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  • Grayson roads in bad shape

    INDEPENDENCE — While it may be stating the obvious, Grayson supervisors let the Virginia Department of Transportation know that roads in Grayson are in bad shape.

    Matthew Cox of VDOT was on hand to take maintenance concerns during the supervisors' meeting March 11.

    Vice Chairman Doug Carrico simply stated that he could pick any dirt road in Grayson County, and "They're all bad now," he told Cox.

    "I don't know how some school buses are making it. The pot holes are getting bad and roads are breaking up pretty much everywhere."

  • Properties with a view increasing in value

    Properties near the New River have increased in value, while mobile home values have dropped, according to Grayson County's assessor.

    Grayson landowners have received their property reassessment notices and, from March 2-19, had the opportunity to voice any opposition or concerns with Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal, the Staunton-based firm that performed Grayson's reassessment.

    Overall, Grayson has seen values increase for properties near or with views of the river or other bodies of water, according to Assessor Gena Hackler.

  • Fancy Gap plans for future

    FANCY GAP — When Carroll County officials asked for community input for the comprehensive plan, they probably didn't expect citizens to bring in a PowerPoint presentation for their community.

    But that's exactly what two Fancy Gap business owners, Charles and Margaret Barnhardt, have done, sharing their vision for the community with the planners, officials and others at the governmental center last Monday.

    (One town hall meeting for the comprehensive plan remains this week — at the Woodlawn school cafeteria Thursday from 5:30–7 p.m.)

  • Public record for 3/24/10 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Galax General District Court, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Darrell Jonathan Payne of Jolo, W.Va., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $91 costs.

  • Carrico Bridge closed for repairs

    The Carrico Bridge on Virginia 94 in Grayson County was closed Thursday afternoon for emergency repairs.

    The bridge will be closed for several weeks due to the repairs.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation is dealing with a problem area found on the bridge. An inspection found that further repairs are necessary.

    Motorists and trucks can detour around the bridge by using Virginia routes 94 and 274.

    Local traffic traveling from Fries to Galax can use Virginia 606 and 721 across the low-water bridge to Glendale Road.

  • Carroll officials doubt construction cost claim

    WOODLAWN — The claim by financial advisors that school improvements wouldn't add to the Carroll County tax levy just didn't add up for county supervisors and school board members Wednesday.

    The Carroll School Board hosted a dinner meeting at Woodlawn School for the supervisors in order to share advice received from the financial team working on the project.

  • Fries seeks grant money

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is seeking funding from the Virginia Department of Health to complete a system-wide water improvement project on the town's water infrastructure.

    Town Manager Brian Reed spoke briefly to council before action was taken during a regular meeting March 2.

    Reed said the Lane Group — which is working with Fries on various projects — helped the town compile a list of everything that needs updating throughout the system.

  • Runway project set to take off

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Airport officials got a lift from the contracting work for the runway safe area project coming in at about half of the engineer's estimate.

    The airport property features a hill and some drop offs surrounding the runway, instead of flat areas, but the runway safe project will address that.

  • School budgeting pays off

    HILLSVILLE — Cutting costs, saving stimulus funds and not filling vacant positions have allowed Carroll County Public Schools to avoid teacher layoffs in the upcoming budget, the school board discussed Tuesday.

    Given the choice between trimming expenses and laying off personnel, Carroll County Public Schools officials have worked hard to save jobs, Superintendent Greg Smith noted.

  • Grayson citizens plead: don't cut teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — Citizens pleaded with the Grayson County School Board not to sacrifice teachers to offset drastic state funding cuts Monday night — just before the board approved the 2010-11 budget.

    Four Grayson citizens attended the regular school board meeting to ask board members to consider alternative cuts instead of reducing personnel.

    Previously, administrators proposed 56 reductions in personnel — including 19 teachers — to offset a growing $2.3 million shortfall in the upcoming budget.