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  • Town dumps on Sweet over garbage fee

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence will request proposals for solid waste collection after county officials told town council that the trash fee for all Grayson County citizens — including town residents — “is what it is.”

    Grayson County Supervisors last month approved an addition to the county's Solid Waste Ordinance that attached a $3 weekly fee for trash removal on all Grayson residents.

  • Restaurant responsible for sewer work

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Service Authority declined to put in a small sewer line across U.S. 58 to serve the new Gallaher's steak house, but approved the concept with conditions.

    Gary Larrowe, executive director of the authority, passed along a request from Mike and Barbara Gallaher to install an 1.5-inch line from the restaurant's location in the former clothing store on the north side of U.S. 58 near Interstate 77, where their coffee kiosk used to be.

  • Grayson educators look at exam exemptions

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County school administrators will look at the exam exemption rule, after school board members raised concerns during their meeting Tuesday.

    Board Member Hobert Bailey was the first to speak about the rule — which exempts any student with perfect attendance from taking the final comprehensive exam — noting that he's heard several complaints from former students.

  • Grayson school could open on time

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 90 percent of all building framing is complete at Grayson Highlands School, under construction in the western end of the county.

    Grayson County Schools' Director of Personnel Chad Newman updated the school board on the progress during the board's regular meeting July 13 and said that work continues to go "really well."

    There are more than 50 people working busily on the site, trying to make up days lost during the bad parts of winter and ensuring the building is ready to open by January 2010.

  • 32 lose jobs at Hillsville plant

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Employment Commission office in Galax reports that 32 Bucyrus employees from the company’s plant in Hillsville sought help after being laid off from the international heavy equipment maker.

    “All I know is they walked in one day last week and the employees told us there were 32 employees laid off permanently,” explained Bill Webb of the VEC.

  • Results hiring for call center

    The Results Galax call center transitioned its services, which will allow the company to hire about 140 employees.

    Employment at the customer service call center for XM Satellite Radio company has increased to 236, including 168 product agents, 44 in training and the rest in management and administration. All but six are full-time workers.

    For the past couple of years, the call center set up for customer trial subscriptions to XM radio and took customer support calls.

  • Beware of credit card phone scam

    To Our Readers:

    A telephone scam of calls claiming problems with credit card numbers used by classified advertising customers has been reported by newspapers in other states.

    Several classifieds customers reported being contacted by telephone by individuals falsely identifying themselves as an employee of the advertising department.

    Customers were told that a payment problem had occurred with their advertisement appearing in the newspaper. The caller then asked for the customer’s credit card number or checking account transaction routing number.

  • Students found memorial scholarship for classmate

    More than a year ago, Galax High School sophomore Zach Cockerham passed away from heart complications, but classmates Zach Robinson, Dustin Roberts and Todd Nichols are making sure the memories of their friend are kept alive for all whose lives he touched.

    Ask recent graduates Robinson, Roberts and Nichols about Cockerham and they'll all have the same response — he was a good kid, a class comedian who made everyone laugh with his wisecracks, a guy with a sweet heart who loved the outdoors, baseball, football, fishing and hunting.

  • Teens walk away from fiery crash on I-77

    FANCY GAP — A 2007 Subaru hydroplaned on Interstate 77 near the 9 mile marker on July 11, tumbled down a ravine and burst in flames — but the three occupants inside walked away almost unscathed.

    Alana Louise Gibson, 16, of Riegelsville, Pa., was heading north on the interstate with her two sisters in the vehicle, according to Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

    "They came up on a real heavy thunderstorm," the trooper said. "Their vehicle hydroplaned and went off the road to the left, striking the guardrail."

  • Carnival mystery solved

    Despite the broken tradition of a carnival for this July 4th week, people packed the Felts Park stands for the Galax Volunteer Fire Department's other attractions — such as the lawn mower race, demolition derby, parade, fireworks and motorcycle stunts — said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    Firefighters appreciated the support, given the pressure they were under last week. The department contracted with Tolve Amusements — or so it thought — to bring a carnival to town last week.