Local News

  • Grayson seeks budget comments

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing about the school system’s proposed $20.76 million 2010-11 budget at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom.

    The budget includes a request for $5.1 million in county money – a 22 percent increase from this year’s local contribution of $4 million and an 8 percent increase from $4.7 million in county funds in the 2008-09 budget. The request is on par with the local contribution of $5.1 million in 2007.

  • Carroll opts for renovation over new construction

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County school officials hope to retool financing efforts for improvements to two facilities by seeking Rural Development’s assistance.

    After it became apparent at a special meeting between the school board and the Carroll supervisors that building a new high school plus remodeling two buildings would be too expensive, educators will focus on the renovation idea.

    Schools’ Superintendent Greg Smith mentioned at Tuesday’s Carroll School Board meeting his contact with Travis Jackson of Rural Development.

  • Grayson to borrow money

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson supervisors will explore their financial options as the county looks to make up a potential $2.7 million deficit at the end of the current budget year.

    Corbin Stone of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates — the accounting firm compiling a financial forecast for Grayson County — and Dan Siegel of law firm Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller were on hand April 13 to discuss a few options supervisors need to consider.

  • Water on the way in Carroll communities

    SYLVATUS — A community that has asked Carroll for water for more than two years — will tap into an overflow of money from another public utility system being constructed in the county.

    Carroll County officials from the Board of Supervisors and the Public Service Authority, along with Rural Development Regional Director Travis Jackson, shared the news with the community at the Sylvatus Ruritan Club over a tall, cool bottle of water Monday morning.

  • Two arrested in connection with drug operation

    HILLSVILLE — Federal court documents describe an investigation into a substantial illegal drug operation that led to the arrest of two Hillsville men April 14.

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office recently reported that Rigoberto Ruiz-Ruvalcaba of 328 Saddle Up Trail and Stacey Harold Bullion of 63 Lewis Lane face federal charges of distribution of methamphetamine.

    These charges cap off a two-year investigation by the Twin County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Galax to hold candidate forum

    The 2010 Galax City Council election, which will be held on May 4, is a race between five people for four seats.

    The four-year terms of council members John Garner, Derrick Davis, C.M. Mitchell and Willie Greene are set to expire on June 30, and all four are seeking reelection. Margaret “Margo” Crouse, owner of Margo's Interior Decorating in downtown Galax, is also seeking election.

  • Airport breaks ground for runway safe project

    HILLSVILLE — The earth shifted in a way for the Twin County Airport last Friday, as government officials broke ground for a project that will launch a new safety effort at the facility.

    Regional and state officials, as well as a representative from 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher's office, converged on the airport in Carroll County to break ground for a runway safe area project.

  • VDOT reduces staff, begins reorganization

    The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing major portions of its reorganization this week to reach a mandated staffing reduction to 7,500 full-time employees by July 1, and to streamline the way it does business.

    VDOT’s restructuring program changes business practices and alters the way citizens, developers, localities, businesses and transportation industry contacts will do business with the agency.

  • Jessup, Walls run for town council seat

    HILLSVILLE — Sulphur Springs ward voters going to the polls May 4 will have the choice of casting ballots for Frieda Jessup or Billy Walls Sr.

    This is the only contested race in Hillsville, where two candidates are vying for the same seat on town council.

    Voters can return to office Jessup, who was appointed to fill the vacancy created when former representative Bill Tate was elected mayor two years ago. Or, they can select Walls, the co-owner of B&T Garage.

  • Arson charge filed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to his deceased neighbor's home.

    On April 22, deputies from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office responded to a suspected arson at 7052 Carsonville Road in Independence.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that the owner of the residence, Oscar Lee Young, had been hospitalized in Winston-Salem, N.C., and passed away that same day from an unrelated illness.