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  • Man dies in tractor accident

    HILLSVILLE — A well-known farmer in Carroll County fell victim to an accident last Saturday while working on his tractor.

    Kenneth Owen Dalton, 47, of 3534 Terry's Mill Road in Meadows of Dan, was found under his tractor tire, said a report by Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies. He had been working on his dual-wheel tractor at the time of the accident.

    A family member returned home to find Dalton had suffered the accident at about 3:13 p.m.

  • State recognizes online classroom

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools' foray into online teaching has been recognized in the Virginia School Boards Association 2010 Showcases of Success, detailing educational highlights from around the state from the past year.

    Called the Virginia Virtual Academy, also known as VAVA, Carroll educators got interested in an online curriculum as a way to reach out to the 200 families who home-school in the county.

    Families in Carroll can enroll in the virtual school for free, and courses are also available to students outside the county for a fee.

  • Galax candidate forum planned

    Now is the time to see how present and prospective council members will represent the City of Galax during the next four years, said Brenda Stamey, who has organized a candidate forum.

    The Galax City Council election is five weeks away, on May 4. Through a candidate forum, Stamey said, Galax citizens will have a chance to get to know the issues facing the city and the visions of the candidates.

    The “Get to Know Your City Council” forum, sponsored by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held April 28 at the Crossroads Institute at 7 p.m.

  • Grayson budget adjustment spares some teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — Amendments to the 2010-11 Grayson education budget include the school system continuing to cover 100 percent of employees’ Virginia Retirement System contributions and the reinstatement of seven teaching positions.

    School board members held a special called meeting Monday night to make adjustments to the previously approved budget.

    The original version of the budget was based on former Gov. Tim Kaine’s numbers. Once the General Assembly approved the state’s biennium budget, adjustments were needed to the local spending plan.

  • Galax school budget balances without personnel cuts

    As Galax school administrators worked figures based on the worst case scenario — the proposed budget from the state House of Delegates — over the past few weeks, receiving final figures from the state came as a relief, said Galax Schools' Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    During a board meeting last month to approve the new budget, Sturgill said the final state figures came close to the budget proposed by the Senate.

  • Carroll grand jury issues charges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court last week released several indictments that had been sealed until those charged could be served with court papers.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Those named in the indictments include:

    • Rex Edward Smith — conspiracy to distribute cocaine, a schedule II drug (two counts)

    • Michael Roland Cox — distribution of methadone, a schedule II drug

  • The long way home

    The Carico Bridge will be closed indefinitely while the state builds a replacement, causing motorists traveling between Galax and Fries to take longer alternate routes.

    The bridge, which crosses New River in Grayson County, closed March 11 after a Virginia Department of Transportation inspector noticed damage to the bridge’s crossbeams, apparently the result of a too-tall vehicle driving across it.

  • Carroll, Hillsville meet in court over utility dispute

    HILLSVILLE — After arguing over water and sewer bills and rate calculations in court filings for years, attorneys for Hillsville and Carroll County went toe-to-toe in a March 30 motions hearing about the long-standing utilities disagreements between the two localities.

    Hillsville has appealed to the Carroll County Circuit Court to grant its claims against the county for water and sewer service to the Interstate 77 area and sewer service to county buildings in the amount of $156,199.

  • Public record for 4/7/10 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Jan. 9-Feb. 17 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Carrico bridge won't reopen

    The Carrico Bridge on Virginia 94 over the New River, which closed March 11 for inspection after being damaged by an overheight vehicle, will remain closed while a new bridge is built, according to a press release Monday from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    Construction of the new bridge in Grayson County was scheduled to begin this fall and plans were to use the existing bridge for traffic during construction and remove the old bridge upon completion of the new one.