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  • Public record for 4/22/09

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 27-Dec. 15 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Carroll, creditors question AmerLink

    WILSON, N.C. — Not many specifics came out in relation to AmerLink Log Homes debts in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, including the incentive monies that the company owes to Carroll County, Va.

    AmerLink received a total of $600,000 from state economic development agencies to create a promised 200 jobs and start up a saw mill and related efforts in Carroll County.

    But the jobs and the facility never materialized and the company moved to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February as it owed more than $20 million in debt to more than 200 creditors.

  • Salon's solution: trim what doesn't work

    Country Classics Hair Design will evolve its business instead of suffering from a lack of demand for tanning in the poor economy.

    The owners' decision to adapt shows that at least a few merchants are keeping their heads in the weakening of the national economy.

    Rather than continuing to get burned with the decrease in demand for tanning, Priscilla Sizemore and son Mike Burnette will shut that portion of their business down.

    The owners see the chance to provide a more necessary service in its place and they feel good about it.

  • Grayson superintendent to stay put

    INDEPENDENCE — A 10-month search for a new superintendent for Culpeper County Schools ended Monday night, but Grayson's superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas' name wasn't called.

    According to the Culpeper Star Exponent, the school board voted unanimously Monday night to appoint the assistant superintendent for Bedford County Public Schools as its new leader.

  • School board, county disagree over funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The debate continued Monday night over how much money the school system should return to Grayson County from the savings of closing three schools.

    The money saved from the closings was expected to offset the cost of a new school in the western end of the county, which is already underway.

    At a joint meeting between the Grayson Board of Supervisors and school board to discuss the 2009-10 budget, one thing was certain — nobody knows how much money should be saved as each school in the county is closed.

  • Turtles slowing progress on truck stop

    LAMBSBURG — Paperwork pertaining to development of Exit 1 has slowed to a crawl awaiting state and federal agencies' certification that the project will not damage a bog turtle habitat.

    Southwestern Virginia is among the locations where the endangered reptile lives, and that status requires additional review by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to Carroll Public Service Authority Director Ronald Newman.

  • Will Grayson prison be delayed?

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 350 jobs expected to come to Grayson County in July 2010 could be put on hold if state funding isn’t made available.

    According to Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections, the state did not include operating funds for the county's new prison in the fiscal year 2010 budget.

  • Hillsville, Fries on stimulus priority list

    It appears two local projects still in the running to get state water and sewer stimulus funds belong to Hillsville and Fries.

    The state received a total of 294 applications, requesting more than $1.36 billion for water and sewer projects, but Virginia only received a total of $77 million from the federal government.

  • Huddle House still considering Galax

    Huddle House, a full-service family restaurant, could open in Galax by the end of the year if negotiations go smoothly, said Jim Bullock, franchise development director.

    Huddle House began advertising in The Gazette last summer to find a local franchise owner, and after speaking with several prospective local entrepreneurs, the company is in promising negotiations with one local, who should sign contracts within a couple of months.

    Construction should begin by early fall, said Bullock.

  • AmeriPumps retooling expectations

    HILLSVILLE — AmeriPumps announced it would open a facility in Hillsville last July and the company began ramping up as the recession started to squeeze businesses across the nation.

    Now, the market for the industrial pumps that AmeriPumps assembles and distributes throughout the Western Hemisphere has changed.

    These massive pumps run on Caterpillar diesel engines and feature patented Sykes Pumps from England.