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  • Old school turned over to Fries fire department

    INDEPENDENCE — Providence School is getting closer to becoming property of the Fries Volunteer Fire Department.
    All the speakers at a May 17 public hearing, held during the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting, spoke in favor of transferring the property.
    For the past three months, the fire department and board of supervisors have been working on an agreement to transfer the old Providence School property to the department.

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day observed at Hillsville VFW


  • With conflict resolved, can utility project resume?

    HILLSVILLE — Will the resignation of the Laurel Fork supervisor from Nehemiah Engineering satisfy Rural Development concerns about a conflict of interest on Fancy Gap water and sewer inspections?
    The Carroll County Public Service Authority decided in an early morning meeting last Thursday to send Rural Development’s Travis Jackson a letter to find out.

  • Tax rates could rise to balance Galax budget

    The City of Galax has proposed a increase to the meals tax as part of the $15.7 million budget for 2013.
    Raising the meals tax rate from 5¢ to 7.5¢ would maintain services and prevent Galax teachers from taking home less money in their paychecks next school year due to a 5 percent increase in contributions to the Virginia Retirement System.

  • Assistant administrator files harassment complaint against supervisor


    UPDATE - TUESDAY, MAY 22 — At the request of Nikki Shank, the protective order filed against Supervisor Bob Martin has been dismissed, according to court officials.

    Shank had already been in court in the morning when Judge E.M. Turner III recused himself from the hearing the matter.

  • Vaught to resign as town manager


    INDEPENDENCE — Town Manager Kenneth Vaught resigned his position last week in a letter to Independence Town Council.
    After the regular meeting May 8, town council members went into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.
    After a half-hour session, council returned to regular session and Council Member Buddy Halsey made the motion to accept Vaught's resignation, which council approved on a unanimous vote.

  • Hillsville hears opposition to employee contracts, Bottle House purchase

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville resident launched a preemptive strike Monday night against two issues that were rumored to be under consideration by town council — the purchase of local landmark the Bottle House and a change to the town code that would place the town manager and police chief on contracts, rather than serving at the pleasure of council.
    Nancy Beasley’s objections came before any formal discussion of either issue.

  • Hendrick resigns from job after conflict ruling

    UPDATED 5/17/12, 11:45 A.M. — Carroll County Public Service Authority decided in an early morning meeting Thursday to send Rural Development a letter to find out whether the resignation of Laurel Fork Supervisor Joshua Hendrick from Nehemiah Engineering will satisfy the federal agency's concerns about a conflict of interest on Fancy Gap water and sewer inspections. The PSA also adopted a new conflict of interest policy this morning, which applies to construction inspectors.

  • Rural post offices spared

    The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service announced a new strategy that could keep the nation’s smallest post offices open for business, yet reduce the number of hours they are open.
    The plan provides a framework to achieve significant cost savings as part of the plan to return the organization to financial stability.
    Existing post offices would continue to operate, but some would have modified retail window hours to match customer use.

  • Judge rules in favor of training center families

    RICHMOND — Family members with loved ones at state training centers scheduled to close will be heard in federal court before Judge John Gibney Jr., after an order issued May 9.
    Several family members, including Loretta Evans of Galax, filed a motion on behalf of their loved ones in the case being heard by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.