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  • Fries budget plan includes tax increase

    FRIES ― Fries Town Council members met last week to discuss the details of their $1.4 million dollar budget for fiscal year 2018; which now includes a proposed 3-cent tax rate increase and other increases for water and sewer rates.

    On May 16, council members discussed the need for these increases; which mainly include funding for projects like upgrades to the town’s water plant. In an interview with Town Clerk Jill Hill after the budget workshop, she noted that the proposed tax increase would be the first in 13 years.

  • Trial date set for Connell

    INDEPENDENCE — Terra Lynn Connell, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl, has been scheduled for a two-day jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 5 and 6.

    Connell, 30, was indicted by a grand jury in October on four charges, including possession of ammunition for a firearm after having been convicted of a felony; murder in the second-degree; failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury; and abuse or child neglect.

  • Students explore career options

    Staff Report

    Grayson County 4-H partnered with several businesses in the Galax area and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for a Career Immersion event for 40 students.

    The event offered these students an opportunity to experience local careers and learn about their possibilities before graduation.

  • May 22 is deadline for registering to vote in June primary

    Landmark News Service

    May 22 is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia’s June 13 primary.

    Both major political parties are holding primaries in this year’s statewide elections for governor and lieutenant governor.

    Virginia and New Jersey are the only two states electing governors this year.

  • Carroll grads honor Golden Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE – A heartfelt evening celebrated students, parents and special employees of Carroll County Public Schools at the 2017 Golden Cavalier banquet.

    The banquet held on May 11 was the fourth year of the ceremony and featured many laughs and tears.

    The top 10 graduating seniors were asked to recognize an employee that had a special impact on them during their educational career. Those recognized ranged from a bus driver to educators to aides and some were parents of the students.

  • Independence budget has no tax, fee increases

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council is in the final leg of planning the town’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, with some good news for taxpayers.

    Council scheduled a public hearing on the budget during its May 9 meeting, but received no comments.

    According to recent reports from the town, the fiscal year 2018 budget totals approximately $1.6 million and the utilities budget total is $2.3 million.

  • Historical society seeks info on WWI veterans

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — In cooperation with an initiative by the Virginia World War I Centennial Commission, the Grayson County Historical Society is seeking information about the men and women of Grayson who served their country in World War I.

    The Centennial Commission was established by the Virginia Legislature in 2015 to develop programs and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Virginia’s participation in “The Great War.”

  • Three vehicles involved in Carrolton Pike crash

    Staff Reports

    WOODLAWN — A three-vehicle accident left much vehicle damage and minor injuries on May 13 at 4:05 p.m. on Carrollton Pike, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Phillips.

    A 2010 Ford Focus driven by Daffeny Shelton, 20, of Laurel Springs, N.C., was traveling westbound on Carrollton Pike and pulling into the parking lot at VT Nails, when she was rear-ended by a 2002 Toyota 4-door sedan driven by Holly Bautista, 30, of Galax, also traveling westbound in the right lane.

  • Carroll supervisors approve road plan

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors approved the six-year plan for road improvements at its May 8 meeting.

    The vote was 4-2, after discussion of some roads that were and were not included on the plan.

  • Burglary suspects face new charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned 10 indictments against a Galax man and a Rich Creek woman in connection with the alleged breaking and entering of a home in the Baywood community on April 19.

    The grand jury met April 28 and issued 117 indictments against 64 suspects. Several of the indictments were sealed until arrests were made.