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  • Driver leads police on 3-locality chase

    It took four agencies and nearly 20 minutes to stop a car caught speeding on Virginia 89 last Friday night.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Brandon Alexander Berzer, 22, of Woodlawn, faces seven charges — including two felonies — in relation to a chase Friday night that spanned Grayson and Carroll Counties and the City of Galax.

    According to Vaughan, Deputy Gene Bowers was running radar on Virginia 89 at the intersection of Fairview Road.

  • Instructors drawn to Galax art school

    More than 80 artisans — some from as far as Raleigh, N.C. — attended the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts instructors' orientation meeting last week to learn the elements of becoming a professional instructor at the art school.

  • Galax tightens budget

    Significant losses in this year's revenue has the City of Galax rethinking its expenditures for the 2008-2009 budget — including holding off on renovating the Galax Farmers' Market, obtaining a city street sweeper and moving forward with water and sewer projects.

    Meals tax revenue was down by 9.59 percent, dropping from $598,522 to this year's $541,098, according to the Nikki Shank, the city's director of finance.

  • Volvo slashes 650 jobs

    DUBLIN — Volvo North America Trucks has announced it is laying off 650 workers at its truck manufacturing plant near Dublin.

    The company will eliminate 40 percent of the plant’s remaining work force, beginning in March and effective by the end of April, according to an announcement issued Tuesday morning.

    “We are reducing our production capacity in alignment with declining demand,” spokesman Jim McNamara said. “These layoffs are considered permanent.”

  • School employee pay cut possible in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools' employees could face a pay cut if the $1.2 million gap from Governor Tim Kaine’s proposed budget cuts can’t be closed.

    Schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas gave the county school board a budget forecast for the 2009-10 school year during its regular meeting Jan. 26.

    Thomas said drastic measures were being taken to close the gap without cutting personnel or pay. “The budget forecast is not good. The cuts will clearly have a negative impact on our school division.”

  • Galax schools to address bullying

    Galax school officials plan to combat bullying by implementing a prevention program that would discuss the different issues associated with it, said interim superintendent Rebecca Cardwell at the Jan. 13 Galax School Board meeting.

    Cardwell said faculty, staff and parents should not ignore students' opinions on the issue. As a result, students are being surveyed at Galax schools on the types of bullying — gang, racial, physical, verbal, cyberspace — they see.

  • Sheriffs: Cuts could impact public safety

    RICHMOND — In a sign of the severity of the Virginia budget shortfall, state officials have turned to cuts in core services — in classrooms and on the roads.

    The recent announcement that Twin County schools would be losing millions of dollars in state funding has been followed by the proposition that sheriff's departments won't be fully funded, either — possibly to the detriment of public safety, say local sheriffs.

  • Stimulus funds sought for U.S. 58

    RICHMOND — Del. Ward Armstrong — like most states and localities — has an economic stimulus package wish list, and it includes completing improvements to U.S. 58 east from Hillsville to Stuart.

    That dovetails well with the desire of Carroll County officials for federal money to pay for "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects to create jobs.

  • Public record for 1/21/09 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. 

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

    Jamie Charles Hawks of Lowgap, N.C., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; $25 fine and $91 costs.

  • Smith: School plans depend on federal funds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins asked twice at a Jan. 12 meeting to be sure: construction plans for three schools will go ahead only if federal stimulus package monies are made available to the county.