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  • Fireworks rescheduled

    Independence has rescheduled its fireworks for Saturday at 10 p.m.

    The show was cancelled Monday night due to weather.

  • Carroll goes after delinquent taxes

    HILLSVILLE — More Carroll property owners have been convinced to catch up on what they owe in back taxes, the county attorney says.
    Jim Cornwell has been collecting delinquent taxes for the county, and he puts the amount in taxes, penalties and interest at $103,462.
    That number has risen from Cornwell’s report at the June 13 Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting.
    That figure does not include attorney or administration fees or other costs, he stressed. Those fees are covered by the taxpayer being billed.

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  • Hillsville refinances water, sewer debt

    HILLSVILLE — A financial consultant noted last week that Hillsville needs to ease pressure on its water and sewer system finances.
    Town officials had sought advice from Davenport and Co. as a budget issue, hoping to reduce the need for rate increases. Consultant Kyle Laux brought town council proposals to refinance existing sewer department debt and fund necessary improvements to the water plant.
    He described the effort as a way to “help find ways to ease the cash flow burden on the water and sewer fund.”

  • Walls objects to rates, police in budget

    HILLSVILLE — One town council member remained adamant to the last that water and sewer rate hikes and the purchase of police cars needed to be changed in Hillsville’s 2011-2012 budget.
    Though no citizen appeared in person to object to those proposals at Monday’s meeting, Council Member Billy Walls read into the record a letter from residents Larry and Joyce Davis.

  • Animals For Adoption This Week


    These animals are waiting for homes at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Regional Animal Shelter, at 201 Fair St. in Galax. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information, call 236-8501.

    Strays without collars are held five days before they are available for adoption. Strays with collars are held for 10 days. The owners of animals with tags are contacted immediately. Animals become available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • Carroll budget balances with no tax increase

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll supervisors — hearing no citizens speak about the 2012 fiscal year proposal — approved a $33.98 million budget during its June 13 meeting.
    This included adopting the tax rates with real estate (59.5 cents per $100 valuation) and personal property ($1.60 per $100 valuation) tax rates unchanged.
    Including the school funding and library fund, the entire county budget totals $71.9 million

  • Grayson ends year with $5.2M in bank

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson supervisors approved the county’s 2011-12 budget after reaching all goals set forth prior to the budget season, and were able to give county employees a one-time cost-of-living increase.
    The county passed its $17.6 million budget on June 23 without raising the tax levy for the first time in three years.
    After closing out the 2010-11 budget, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet gave the board a snapshot of where the county stands financially at the end of this budget year, compared to last year.