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  • Carroll considers construction manager

    HILLSVILLE — Hiring a construction manager for the Carroll schools' phase III renovation work could save time, money and headaches through more intense oversight through the planning and building effort, according to a presentation from Skanska to the school board Tuesday.

    The presentation from the construction and development company continues the Carroll County School Board's planning process as educators investigate the possibilities of significantly renovating the high and intermediate schools and building a new facility in two different options.

  • Fries Middle School to keep mascot, colors

    INDEPENDENCE — A call from a concerned community member in Fries sparked a brief discussion on whether the town's middle school would keep its school colors and mascot after renovations and additions are complete.

    Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas notified the school board Nov. 9 that a call had come from a community member regarding two issues at the school.

    The first, she said, was that the large oak tree in front of the school would be cut down for parking.

  • Keith Barker named Galax city manager

    After serving as interim city manager for a couple of months, Keith Barker's position will become permanent.

    Galax City Council appointed Barker the new city manager following a closed meeting on Monday night. Barker will replace former city manager Keith Holland, who resigned in September.

    A graduate of Virginia Tech and a licensed architect, Barker has worked for the city for 17 years, serving as a building official for 10 years and then head of the engineering department.

  • Grayson seeks FMS improvements

    INDEPENDENCE — If Grayson County is not fully accredited division-wide following the current school year, it won’t be due to a lack of effort.

    The school system has eight of its nine schools fully accredited, with Fries Middle School receiving warnings in English and math. Now, school administrators are working closely with faculty, parents and the Virginia Department of Education to bring the final school above the benchmark.

  • triskaidekaphobia: irrational fear of the number 13

    Halloween is a fortnight’s ghostly memory away, but the superstitious still have today, Friday the 13th, to dread.

    But why does this auspicious day hold relevance?

    Surely, if the Bogeyman exists, he can’t be content to play during Halloween alone.

    Is there fact behind the bad luck occurrences or is it all just coincidence and circumstance?

    As with many things in Western culture, 13 originally got its unlucky reputation from Norse mythology — not by a guy in a hockey mask in a horror movie.

  • Public record for 11/18/09 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the Carroll County District Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

    Brandi Lee Begley of Cana, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $50 fine and $91 costs.

  • NOV. 3, 2009 ELECTION RESULTS

    Unofficial results in the gubernatorial race from Carroll County show that Republican candidate Bob McDonnell took a resounding 72.98 percent of the vote totals with 5,228.

    It was the same story in Grayson, as McDonnell managed 3,026 votes (70.29 percent). McDonnell also took Galax with 818 votes compared to 490 votes for Deeds.

    Deeds appealed to only 1,932 Carroll voters, earning 26.97 percent of the ballots cast, while gaining only 1,279 (29.70 percent) in Grayson.

  • Carroll lifts acid emergency

     HILLSVILLE — The Lambsburg emergency caused by thousands of gallons of acid used by a former business on Old Pipers Gap Road is all over — except for the billing.

  • AmerLink could be sold to pay debts

     A motion before the bankruptcy court in Wilson, N.C., seeks to change log home manufacturer AmerLink's reorganization into a complete liquidation.

  • Maynard, Irwin seek supervisor's seat in Wilson

    INDEPENDENCE — Only one Grayson County incumbent will face a challenger this year in the Nov. 3 general election.

    The race for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors pits Republican incumbent Mike Maynard against Democratic challenger Kate Irwin.

    Incumbent Elk Creek Supervisor Brenda Sutherland will run unopposed, as she seeks her first full term. She is serving a one-year term as a result of a special election in 2008.