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  • Family loses home to fire

    DUGSPUR — Smoke alarms went off in a home Dec. 17 on Panther Creek Road, just after parents put their child to bed, according to Hillsville Fire Department officials.
    Investigating the reason for the alarms in the single-wide trailer, members of the Ayers family looked in the bathroom and discovered a wall inside burning.
    The flames were “going up the wall,” Richard Ayers told authorities.
    The three family members made it outside without injury and then called the fire department.

  • Stabbing investigated in Pipers Gap area

    A 16-year-old male was taken into custody on Dec. 20 by Galax Police Department officers and Carroll Sheriff’s Department deputies after police received a report of a possible stabbing, according to a press release.

  • $10 billion budget increase proposed

    RICHMOND — Your household budget may not be growing in this era of flat wages, but Virginia’s is.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget for the next biennium totals nearly $96 billion, an increase from the $86 billion for the current two-year cycle that runs through June 2014.

  • Their mission is nutrition

    Backpack Buddies participants at Gladeville Elementary get grocery bags stuffed with care, to ensure the family receives plenty of Christmas fare.
    The 23 items packed often overflowed, and the students had to carry home quite a load.
    The Mount Olivet United Methodist Church women’s group spearheads it, so during the holidays the families don’t have to fret.

  • Trial date set in Owens murder case

    HILLSVILLE ― With all the forensic evidence having been processed by the state crime lab in Roanoke, Carroll County Circuit Court officials have set the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Woodlawn man for June 2014.

  • Court releases drug case search warrants

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Drug Task Force members searched two residences and a business in Galax on Sept. 15 after several undercover buys of illegal drugs, according to three search warrants sought in the case.
    The search warrants were sealed by Carroll County Circuit Court until Dec. 18, two days after the most recent meeting of the Carroll grand jury.

  • Public record for 12/18/13 edition

    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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers' Hotline 12/18/13

    Steam your buns
    There is a little deli shop [address omitted in editing] … Try to make a great hot dog but theirs is just like everyone else’s because if they would just only use a steamer to steam their buns, they would have the best hot dog in Southwest Virginia. It is the only thing they lack, having the best hot dogs to brag about. They don’t brag, but they could if they steamed their buns. Nobody steams their buns anymore and the hotdogs are not much. This is coming from a hot dog lover.

  • More water work on the way at Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — More water supply work will take place at Interstate 77 Exit 1 soon, after the Carroll Public Service Authority recently requested bids for an improvement project there.
    Authority officials have issued advertisements seeking sealed bids for two components in this effort:
    • for installation of lines and a pump station.
    This will include 16,100 feet of pipe up to eight inches in diameter.
    • for a 105,000 gallon water storage tank, which includes an access road and piping.

  • Woman could face federal fraud charges

    A Galax woman was arrested Dec. 11 on a direct indictment alleging that she obtained money by false pretenses from a disabled person.
    Tamara Parnell, 35, of Galax was arrested by Galax Detective Robbie Isom and a special agent of the U.S. Secret Service, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    An investigation was conducted following a complaint received by the Galax Department of Social Services, alleging that Parnell had diverted funds from an account of a female she was paid to keep in her home, Clark said.