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  • Water project floats Carroll some savings

    HILLSVILLE — A competitive bid environment brought Carroll County’s water distribution effort in about $1.3 million less than budget, according to Public Service Authority information.

    The Carroll water distribution system will initially hook up to infrastructure centered at Interstate 77’s Exit 19, but it will also supply water to every public water system in Carroll County outside Cana, public service authority members have said.

  • Bids come in too hot for Fries Fire Department

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is scrambling to find additional money after all 16 bids received for construction of a new 10,000-square-foot facility for the volunteer fire department were higher than the allotted amount.

    Town Manager Brian Reed said the low bid received was $1.204 million, which is $204,165 more than the $1 million the town was approved to receive through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

    The grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered through the DHCD.

  • Schools allowed to seek loan

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll school officials can apply for state literary loan construction funds to upgrade remaining facilities, county supervisors decided Tuesday after thinking about a request for a month.

    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith asked the supervisors in September for permission to proceed with planning and seeking state funds to complete the division-wide school improvement program after a decade of pursuing the work.

  • New fee trashes town's budget

    INDEPENDENCE ee* After agreeing to continue trash collection service with Grayson County, the Town of Independence faces nearly a $13,000 deficit to make up in the 2009-10 budget.

    Town council agreed unanimously last Tuesday to approve the same contract that the board of supervisors approved last week.Vice Mayor Tom Maxwell and Council Member Ronald Sexton were absent at the vote.

    The contract calls for Independence to pay the county $5,247.67 monthly, or $62,972 a year ee* a $26,972 increase in the town’s expenses.

  • Galax may throw vehicle decal decision into reverse

    A decline in revenue for property tax and vehicle license fees has Galax officials considering bringing back automotive sticker decals, according to Keith Barker, acting city manager.

    Galax City Council held the first reading last week to change a draft ordinance in order to reinstate the windshield decal.

    If the ordinance passes, it could go into effect by January. As with previous policy, residents would have to buy a sticker decal for their windshield in the spring.

  • Woman charged with felony child neglect

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman has been charged with felony child neglect for failing to obtain medical care for a child with a serious injury.

    According to a press release from the Hillsville Police Department, officers were called Oct. 5 to a residence to check on the welfare of a small child who had reportedly been injured.

    Officers found a five-year-old child with a large cut on the foot. The child was in need of immediate medical care.

    EMS was called and the child was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment.

  • Nautilus could close in December

    INDEPENDENCE — Less than a year after an announcement that fitness company Nautilus, Inc., would expand its plant in Independence, workers have been told they may not have jobs past Dec. 18.

    According to Wayne Bolio, senior vice president of Nautilus, Inc., based in Vancouver, Wash., employees at the Independence plant were given the federally mandated 60-day notice on Tuesday that the plant could be shutting down.

  • Fancy Gap awarded ARC tourism grant

    Another federal grant will benefit Fancy Gap as a gateway community to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The community won one of six tourism grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

    Fresh off getting more than $8 million in federal stimulus funds to pay for public water and sewer projects, Fancy Gap will also receive $38,500 for an interactive tourism information kiosk, according to the ARC.

  • H1N1 vaccinations planned in local schools

    INDEPENDENCE — Local schools are planning to offer vaccinations for the H1N1 virus beginning this week.

    Galax Public Schools will provide free H1N1 FluMist vaccine to students during school hours on Friday, while Grayson and Carroll schools plan to offer vaccinations next week.

    The vaccine will either be administered through the nose or by injection, depending on the child's medical status.

  • Grayson schools making progress

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has all but one school accredited and once again barely missed federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks as a division — leaving school administrators excited about the improvements.

    School Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett updated the school board on the system's progress during a regular meeting Oct. 12.

    The school system managed to add Independence Middle School to its list of schools that met AYP, leaving only two — Fries Middle and Independence Elementary — remaining to improve