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  • Grayson tackles tax bills

    INDEPENDENCE — Both the commissioner of revenue and treasurer are on board with the possible change to twice-a-year tax collections in Grayson County.

    Talks continued during a budget workshop on May 5. Grayson Supervisors’ Chairman Mike Maynard asked Commissioner of Revenue Larry Bolt and Treasurer Junior Young to attend the meeting and walk the board through the process.

    Young said the real estate taxes would be split into two payments — one half due on October 5 and the other half due April 5.

  • Twisters strike in N.C.

    ENNICE, N.C. — The National Weather Service has confirmed that two different tornadoes touched down in Alleghany County, N.C., late last Friday night, May 8.

    That locality borders on Grayson County in Virginia.

    Cement silos were collapsed, five homes were damaged and several other structures were heavily damaged.

    There were some reported injuries, as well, including two people sucked out a hole in a roof peeled back by the winds.

    The first tornado registered an EF2 on the EF scale and was located 2.5 miles west-northwest of Ennice.

  • Galax furniture makers encouraged by market

    Though Doug Bassett hasn't seen such an unstable economy in all of his career in the furniture industry, the vice president of sales at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture was pleased with how well the company's new lines were received at the High Point market last month.

    Attendance was down at the market in High Point, N.C., and Bassett said he had never attended when the stock market was at its shakiest.

    Since October 2002, the furniture industry has been in a major economic struggle, he said.

  • Rescuers train for disaster

    HILLSVILLE — When emergency personnel from multiple agencies arrived Saturday morning on the scene of a grisly accident between a school bus and a pickup with an intoxicated driver, they found multiple victims scattered on the ground and in the bus, covered in blood.

    They faced lives hanging in the balance, a hazardous materials spill and distraught parents.

    Thankfully, it was all a simulation designed to prepare rescuers for the worst, held on Carroll County High School's driver education lot above the football field.

  • Sign change could lure customers off highway

    Tourists coming to Galax this summer may get better directions to attractions off the beaten path of U.S. 58, if city council decides to implement a permanent off-premises signage program.

    That would direct traffic flow to food and lodging establishments located more than 100 feet off of East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58, council members discussed during Monday's meeting.

  • Funds dry up for Carroll pool

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll's public pool might be a victim of the weak economy in the short term, but county supervisors still hope to improve recreational offerings in the long term, says board Chairman David Hutchins.

    The recession means less revenue for Carroll on a number of fronts, like state aid to localities dropping by $132,742, expected lower sales and real estate tax collections and extra costs for services the county has to absorb.

  • New Grayson school slips further behind schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — Bad news continues for the Grayson School Board regarding the new school under construction in the western end of the county.

    Bill Ring, clerk of the works for the school's building projects, dropped the bomb during the school board's meeting May 12 — the new projected completion date is now February 2010.

  • One of two I-77 shooting suspects in custody

    UPDATED 5/5/09

    WYTHEVILLE — One of two men being sought by Virginia State Police for shooting at several tractor-trailers on Interstate 77 in April is now in custody.

    Emilio Rubio-Gonzalez, 24, of Kernersville, N.C., was arrested today, Tuesday, in Calera, Ala.

  • Swine Flu: Panic or Pandemic?

    Two confirmed cases of swine flu had been reported in Virginia as of last Friday, and the Mount Rogers Health District is preparing to address an outbreak, should one occur.

    Health officials recommended that the public take precautions against the spread of the disease.

    The two confirmed cases are an adult male from eastern Virginia and an adult female from central Virginia. They both had traveled to Mexico, had mild illnesses and are recovering well, according to state health officials.

  • Crossroads to offer bachelor, master degrees

    Even as more Wytheville Community College students fill classes at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, educational opportunities there continue to expand.

    Crossroads Executive Director Oliver McBride said last week that the educational and entrepreneurial facility has a plan to add select bachelor and master degrees through New College Institute of Martinsville to go along with the associate degrees offered by the community college.

    These include degree tracks that will not only serve individuals’ needs, but the community’s, as well.