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  • Galax proposes 'realistic' budget

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Members of the Galax City Council met on March 28 to discuss the general and utility fund budgets for fiscal year 2014.
    Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore and City Manager Keith Barker worked together to create a budget that he said was “conservative, yet realistic on both revenue and expenditure costs for the upcoming year.”

  • Natural gas could flow in Carroll by April 15

     

  • Prison hiring for vocational education jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — In a move that suggests Grayson County’s new state prison will be as much about education as incarceration, the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) is hiring several teaching and instructional positions.
    As the DOC prepares to open the long-awaited River North Correctional Center in October, the department will hold an employment opportunity fair for the public on April 17.

  • Carroll to adjust tax rate in new budget

    HILLSVILLE — Adjusting the real estate tax rate to 68 cents per $100 will make it “revenue neutral” after Carroll County experienced the first drop in property values in three decades, according to a budget presentation at Monday’s supervisors’ meeting.
    The reassessment conducted by Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group reflected a 12 percent decrease in total taxable property values as compared to 2012, the firm’s final report said. The total value came in at $2.33 billion.

  • Town auctions rescue squad building

    HILLSVILLE — The former Hillsville Rescue Squad station went to the owner of a trucking company, and the sign went to a long-time volunteer.
    Around 30 people gathered April 6 at the auction of the past headquarters of the now-defunct rescue squad.
    Ambulances haven’t run for years. The squad shut down after an investigation that resulted when a squad member used an ambulance to move furniture. It never reopened, despite several attempts.

  • Clinics to help felons restore civil rights

    Clinics to assist convicted felons in restoring their rights will be held twice a month, from April through October, in Galax.
    The clinics are offered by the Secure Organization Building Educational Recovery Inc. (S.O.B.E.R.), a non-profit fellowship home in Galax for people recovering from addiction. The event is being promoted by The Advancement Project, a civil rights organization that works on restoring the voting rights of Virginians with past felony convictions, upon completion of their sentences.

  • Hillsville amends town code sections

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council adopted several changes to ordinances at its March 25 meeting.
    Some of the town codes needed updates to match up with Virginia state law, said Hillsville Town Manager Travis Jackson. Other were updated to improve or simplify their readability.
    No citizens spoke at a public hearing on March 25 about the changes, so council moved ahead with adoption. All the changes passed by unanimous vote.
    Changes include:

  • Laurel school office fills with smoke

    It appears a HVAC fan motor is to blame for filling the office at Laurel Elementary School up with smoke Friday afternoon.

    While the Hillsville Fire Department and Carroll Sheriff's Office personnel responded, teachers evacuated the students to the Laurel Rescue Squad building.

    School officials say that the students evacuated the building calmly.

  • Galax schools will offer raises, hire teachers

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Members of the Galax City Council discussed several upcoming changes at their March 25 meeting, including the school budget, the demolishing of a long-abandoned building next to the New River Trail access on West Stuart Drive and a golf cart ordinance allowing the recreational vehicles on certain roads.
    School Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the board with the 2013-014 school budget, which was balanced and included enough funds left over to cover several extra expenses.

  • Trial by Fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The room was dark and full of smoke, so seeing was next to impossible.
    The injured firefighter lay helpless underneath the rubble that had fallen from the ceiling during a search of the room.
    All the firefighter could do was scream to the rest of the crew for help. They arrived quickly, and pushed away the fallen debris.
    “Are you alright?” asked one of the firefighter's brothers as the rest gathered around, preparing to carry them out if necessary.