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  • GCEA: bad time to request salary increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Raises may not have been in the request from the Grayson County Education Association for the upcoming school year, but increases in other areas were.

    Facing a potential $2.3 million reduction in its budget, the Grayson County Public Schools is preparing for the possibility of possible reductions in positions.

    GCEA President Rebecca Absher was the only speaker at a public hearing concerning the school system's 2010-11 school budget on Feb. 8.

  • Getting ready for the real world

    Galax High School is helping to prepare juniors and seniors for all the challenges that come with going to college.

    Cathy Parks, the school system's reading specialist, told Galax School Board members at last Tuesday's meeting that she wanted to come up with a way to get students to think about the future.

    So, she and GHS Principal Bill Sutherland looked through past yearbooks and sought out alumni now attending college. They invited the GHS graduates to speak with high school students about their college experiences.

  • Grayson plans for the worst

    INDEPENDENCE — Facing more than $2 million in possible reductions to its budget, the Grayson County Public School System could be looking at double-digit position losses for the upcoming year.

    While hopes are to cut those positions through attrition and retirement, school administration has prepared a policy it would follow if it becomes necessary to lay off staff.

    The school system's Director of Personnel Chad Newman brought the “Reduction In Force” policy to the school board at its regular meeting Feb. 8.

  • Locals face federal drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — Four Galax residents and two Hillsville men face distribution of methamphetamine charges, according to an 11-count federal indictment.

    The Jan. 14 indictment lists those charged as Michael Samuel Sawyers, Antreyhue Dane Davis, Kenneth Joe Kennedy and Stephanie Nicole Bean Davis, all of Galax; and Benjamin Lee Hancock and Bobby Wayne Thompson Sr., both of HIllsville.

  • Mission of Mercy

    Dina Slusher, Barry Newman and Dwayne Harmon can't get the horrific images of Haiti out their heads, after going on mission trips to the country in 2009 and early this year.

    The places where they provided assistance and stayed during their weeks in Haiti have now been lost in the earthquake.

    Some of the children and families that they grew attached to died in the disaster.

    So many children that they've seen, touched and fed have died.

  • Guardian cuts 52 workers

    Guardian Industries of Galax, also known as Consolidated Glass & Mirror Corp. laid off 52 employees Tuesday.

    This reduction was directly related to the challenging economic conditions facing the country over the past three years, according to a press release issued today, Wednesday.

  • Public record for 2/24/10 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 more information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Federal loan will buy 6 buses

    HILLSVILLE — A federal loan will help Carroll schools add six new buses to update its fleet.

    The Carroll County School Board signed off on the idea at its Feb. 9 meeting with a resolution that will allow the division to roll off some of its older buses.

    The Carroll Industrial Development Authority provided assistance, too, in administering the loan.

  • Grayson to pay more

    INDEPENDENCE — The bad news for Grayson County's upcoming budget season got worse last Monday afternoon when Gov. Bob McDonnell announced he will undo a proposed freeze of the Local Composite Index, a formula that determines how much a locality can afford to spend on education.

    In December, Grayson Public Schools' Finance Director Julie Bear told the school board that the school system's composite index had risen nearly 22 percent, which means the state calculated that Grayson should be able to pay more towards the school system's budget than it has previously.

  • Food stamp use on the rise in Galax

    The number of local households receiving food stamps is gradually increasing, according to Susan Clark, director of the Galax Department of Social Services.

    With the state of the economy, it's hardly surprising that the number of those seeking assistance is growing.

    As of December 2009, 924 households (or 1,767 people) received food stamp assistance, which is now being called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That's up from 854 households, or 1,664 people, at the beginning of last year.