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Area developer indicted for embezzling

Allen Worrell Editor

Carroll rescinds motion for Gregson to vacate plat

Decision overturns July vote by Carroll supervisors related to motorcoach park

Allen Worrell Editor A Fancy Gap business can go on as planned after the Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted Oct. 21 to rescind an approved July motion to vacate the plat of property owned by Stephen Gregson. Supervisor Bob Martin originally made the motion during the board?s July 8 meeting to vacate the plat with the consent of Gregson, with the alternative to hold a public hearing on the matter if Gregson objected to vacating the plat. During the July meeting, Ronald Newman told the board the issue dated back to 2006 for a variance that was granted without a public hearing. Board Chairman David Hutchins said there were some things that were supposed to be recorded on a plat that went not, among several other things. At the time, he asked Newman to make a recommendation to the board. Newman said he had been working on the issue with County Attorney Jim Cornwell, but without a public hearing, the variance was improperly granted, meaning the variance would be considered null and void, and that the plat would need to be vacated to take care of the issue. Gregson revisited the matter during the board?s See GREGSON | A8 The Wytheville developer behind the Market Village in Hillsville and the failed Mayberry Opry has been indicted in Buchanan County for allegedly embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a food pantry in that community. Marshall Lineberry, who worked with Carroll County on multiple economic development ventures with company Weststar Investments, LLC., was indicted Oct. 15 in Buchanan County for four counts of embezzling more than $200 from COPE House, and one count of conspiracy to embezzle. Geraldine Matney Yates, age 74, has also been indicted with the same offenses. A Buchanan County Circuit Court judge set bond for both Lineberry, 47, and Yates at $5,000 each on Oct. 18. Both are set to appear again in Dickenson County Court on Dec. 4. According to the indictments, Allen Worrell | The Carroll News Carroll County officials announced Tuesday that Classic Creations, LLC will invest $1.4 million to establish a new commercial screen printing operation to provide retail products to the sports industry. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 55 new jobs. Here, Virginia Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade presents a Virginia flag that flew over The Capitol in Richmond to Classic Creations CEO Keith Sanders (left) and business partner Greg Crowder.

New company bringing 55 jobs to Carroll

Screen printing company Classic Creations to create 55 new jobs in Industrial Park

Michael Howlett Staff Writer A large throng of state, county and town officials, as well as interested citizens and business leaders, gathered on Oct. 29 to welcome a new business to Carroll County. Classic Creations announced the creation of 55 new jobs with an investment of $1.4 million in its commercial screen printing facility located in the Carroll County Industrial Park. CEO Keith Sanders said his new company is the fulfillment of a ?lifelong dream.? In September of 2012, Sanders began exploring the possibility of bringing a new screen print facility to Southern Virginia or North Carolina. ?The general thought was that a trusted facility which produced a quality product along with great customer service would be welcomed in the industry,? he said. As he explored the feasibility of such a venture, Sanders said he quickly narrowed his search to Carroll County. The main reasons behind his choice were the high quality of an available work force, the availability of a facility that ?fit? the requirements Classic Creations needed in square footage, curb appeal, lower startup costs, accessibility to transportation routes, and lower operation costs. ?Additionally, a very significant contributing factor was the hard work put forward by Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, Blue Ridge Crossroads, and the cooperation of the Town of Hillsville. All of these entities worked hard and partnered together to provide the incentives and assistance that helped to bring the project to Carroll County,? said Sanders. ?During this process I determined that I would need a financial partner that would bring equity and collateral to the project as well. At the recognition of a needed equity partner, Greg Crowder stepped forward to invest in the project and is now a partner in the operation. Greg has over 20 years of experience in the industry; marketing, wholesaling and distributing products for NASCAR and other related entities.? Sanders also announced that Crowder would be closing his warehouses in Monroe, N.C., and moving his distribution of NAS- CAR merchandizing to Classic Creation?s facility, which would create even more new jobs. Classic Creations will provide hightech screen printing, embroidery, art, packaging, warehousing and fulfillment services to the nationwide imprinted apparel market. It will be a state-of-the art-facility that will provide contract and full package programs to major retailers, manufacturers, licensing companies and promotional product distributors. Sanders said Classic Creations will unitize all the newest equipment, techniques and fashion innovations in the industry. Its products will be distributed nationwide and produce products for NASCAR, the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, as well as for catalog mail order, Cracker Barrel Restaurants, colleges and universities, corporations, private label apparel brands and major retailers. Sanders said he expected Classic Creations to generate $2 million in sales the first year of operation and continue to grow from that point. ?Classic Creations will be the benchmark screen print facility that all other facilities across the nation will be measured. And we plan to keep the number one spot in the industry by developing new processes, utilizing the latest equipment and having the best workforce available. It is the combination of place, people, passion and purpose in Carroll County that will allow us to prosper,? he said. Sanders added that Classic Creations will also be a strong member of See JOBS | A9 the alleged embezzlement activity transpired over a two-year period from January of 2011 through June of this year. Buchanan County Commonwealth?s Attorney Gerald Arrington told The Carroll News the alleged embezzlement activity was originally investigated by the Virginia State Police before being turned over to his office. He said ?tens of thousands? of dollars are alleged to have been embezzled from COPE House, an organization he called ?essentially a food pantry serving the underprivileged in our county.? The food pantry has since dissolved, he said. Among the allegations in the case include funneling of cash for personal assets and liquidation of property donated to the food pantry for personal gain, Arrington added. According to Arrington, the COPE House was a food pantry operated by Geraldine Yates and her husband, as well as some of their family, and other community volunteers. The Yates family was primarily the head of the organization, he said, adding that a third person of interest in the case passed away before a grand jury could have considered indicting the individual. Lineberry?s Weststar Investments, along with Mended Wings Productions, was the only group to submit a proposal to develop a 91-acre, countyowned property off of Interstate See EMBEZZLING | A8

McGrady and Campbell vying for the 6th District seat

Democrat Jonathan Mc- Grady and Republican Jeff Campbell are vying Jonathan for the 6th McGrady D i s t r i c t seat in the V i r g i n i a House of Delegates, which was previously held by Annie B. Jeff Crockett- Campbell Stark. In today?s edition of The Carroll News, they answer questions submitted by staff writers. If elected, what specific issues in Carroll County would you address? McGrady - First and foremost, I intend to fight to create new jobs and save the jobs we have by keeping the Soutwestern VA Training Center open. It was the first place I visited when I began my campaign in March. Having lived in Carroll County my whole life, I know how important the training center is to the thousands of residents it has served through the years and the hundreds of dedicated employees that work there. Additional parts of my job plan include: recruiting new business to fill our empty buildings at the Carroll Industrial Park and helping land a mega business at Exit 19 Wildwood Park. To do this, we need to make sure that local businesses get the first crack at state contracts so our tax dollars create jobs here- not in China or Mexico, fight for incen- See SEAT | A8

Schools, CWC team up for water safety

Michael Howlett Staff Writer Each week, students from a fourth grade class at one of Carroll County?s elementary schools get life-saving instruction in the indoor pool at the Carroll Wellness Center. The local Schools in Pools program, which was started in 2004, comes under the auspices of the American Red Cross?s Longfellow Whale (water habits are learned early) Tales program. Starting in September, each Monday through Thursday, a fourth-grade class spends an hour each day at CWC. The program?s main purpose is to teach water safety, but students do get some free time at the end of class to swim or just play in the water. ?This is a win-win situation,? said Carroll County School Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship. ?The kids love it. They get to have a lot of fun, but, more importantly, they learn how to save themselves. We consider it a very successful program, and the (school) board has See SAFETY | A8 Photos by Michael Howlett | The Carroll News A fourthgrader from St. Paul School pulls instructor Roseanne Black in during water safety training at the Carroll Wellness Center.

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