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  • County budgets overspent

    INDEPENDENCE — With one quarter of the 2008-09 fiscal year officially complete, several departments in Grayson are already being red-flagged.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring gave an update on the budget to the board of supervisors at its regular meeting last Thursday night.

    “Times are difficult,” said Ring. “Money is short.”

    Of course, the summer and fall months tend to be the slower because tax revenues have not begun to come in.

  • Furniture company goes eco-friendly

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co., now the largest manufacturer of wooden adult furniture in the nation, has set goals to drastically reduce solid waste, electricity consumption and finishing waste, allowing the company to become certified in Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC).

    The environmental management program was launched by the American Home Furnishings Alliance in 1999. It is a set of management tools and principles that a company can use to integrate environmental concerns into daily business practices.

  • Chamber requests investigation

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia State Police confirmed that an investigation is underway into financial allegations at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

    Sgt. Mike Conroy confirmed that chamber officials are cooperating with the investigation.

    As the state police just got the information last Monday, the investigation is just starting. Conroy estimated that a typical investigation like this takes 60 to 90 days.

  • Littrell weighs in on closed meetings

    HILLSVILLE — As a candidate for the Carroll Board of Supervisors, Tom Littrell campaigned on having more open county meetings and using closed sessions as sparingly as possible.

    After sitting in on both open and closed sessions, Littrell the supervisor believes that county officials have correctly and appropriately used exemptions allowed by law.

    The point was raised recently by citizen Mike Goldwasser, as closed sessions have related to land deals by Carroll’s governing bodies.

  • Weststar deeds pump station to Carroll PSA

    HILLSVILLE — An arrangement between developers and Carroll County over a pumping station near Interstate 77 has been reached.

    In a press release Monday, Carroll officials said that the board of supervisors and public service authority have reached “an exceptionally reasonable agreement” regarding the pump station at the intersection of I-77 and U.S. 58.

    The pump station property was located on land that Weststar Investments LLC bought at the intersection.

  • Board seeks input on school chief hiring

    The Galax City School Board will seek citizen input on the qualifications they desire in a new schools superintendent.

    The board has started the process of hiring a new superintendent to replace Sam Cook, who will retire at the end of 2008. Cook has been a superintendent of Galax schools since July 1, 1996, and is retiring after more than 42 years in public education.

  • Dog loses leg in bear attack

    TROUTDALE — A family's dog is left with three legs after she was attacked by a bear last week within 500 feet of a popular playground where children were playing.

    Scarlett McGrady of Troutdale said it happened last Friday.

    McGrady was in Galax around 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 and called her house to tell her children she would be late getting home from work.

    “My daughter, Cheyenne answered the phone telling me that something had just happened to Xenia [the family's Siberian Husky] at the playground and she was bleeding,” she said.

  • VDOT to fix 58 trouble spot

    HILLSVILLE — The fix will soon begin, weather permitting, on a steep spot on U.S. 58 known for car accidents where pooling water causes vehicles to hydroplane.

    That's what the portable electronic message boards on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn mean when they flash that a "federal safety project" will begin soon.

    Johnny Hurst, the Virginia Department of Transportation's contract administrator in the Hillsville residency office, said the project competed with other road safety projects for federal grant dollars and won.

  • Carroll welcomes AmeriPumps' investment, new jobs

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia economic development officials joined in the celebration of a transportable pump manufacturer and distributor in the Carroll Industrial Park at a ribbon cutting on Sept. 30.

    Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick Gottschalk, representing Gov. Tim Kaine, wielded a pair of scissors to welcome the 125 jobs and $4.5 million investment AmeriPumps will bring to Hillsville and Carroll County.

  • Clergy denounces chaplain policy

    Echoing recent Republican criticism, about a dozen Christian clergy members in Virginia have denounced a new policy that instructs State Police troopers working as chaplains not to invoke specific deities in public prayers offered at government events.

    The ministers, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of congregations and pastors across the state, called on Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to rescind the nonsectarian prayer policy, labeling it an affront to Christianity.