Local News

  • Candidates file for May elections

    There will be at least one contested race in elections for Hillsville Town Council and Galax City Council in May, but there are just enough candidates to fill spots on Independence and Fries town councils.

    The deadline for candidates to submit the required amount of petitions signed by registered voters was March 2 at 7 p.m.

    Municipal elections will be held May 4.

    Carroll County

    Hillsville Town Council will boast one contested race in municipal elections this May in the Sulphur Springs ward.

  • Arts funding threatened

    RICHMOND — Even as hundreds of arts supporters wearing "Save the Arts" stickers descended on the Capitol, the House of Delegates passed a version of the state budget on Feb. 25 that would eliminate the state arts commission.

    Advocates — including some from the Twin Counties — packed the House gallery and lined the halls and staircases to urge lawmakers to preserve the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

    However, there was no discussion of arts funding before the delegates approved their budget by a 61-38 vote.

  • Miss CCIS pageant

    HILLSVILLE — Twenty contestants vied for the first-ever Miss Carroll County Intermediate School Pageant on Feb. 27, but only one could wear the crown and sash.

    Autumn Hill became the first Miss CCIS after the four competitions at the event — academics and achievements, casual wear, evening wear and on-stage question, according to a press release submitted by Brittany Quesenberry, school counselor and pageant organizer.

    When the lights came up and the curtain opened, contestants performed music of the Black Eyed Peas for the opening number.

  • Bills cause concern for Galax

    Galax officials returned from a meeting with state legislators with some concerns about how several bills would impact the city.

    City Manager Keith Barker attended Legislation Day in Richmond on Feb. 11 with Vice Mayor Willie Greene and representatives from Carroll County, and reported on the trip at Galax City Council's Feb. 22 meeting.

    They met with delegates Bill Carrico, Ward Armstrong, Dave Nutter, Ann Crockett-Stark and Terry Kilgore and senators Roscoe Reynolds and William Wampler.

  • Fries mayor resigns

    FRIES — Citing a possible conflict of interest in a future endeavor the former mill town hopes to undertake, Fries Mayor Marie Isom has resigned from her position.

    The announcement came at the end of council's regular meeting Tuesday night, just as the board appointed Kathy James to fill the void left by former mayor Mike Spears.

    Isom explained that council will hold a special called meeting on March 16 for a public hearing and approval of an application for additional Community Development Block Grant monies.

  • Another dimension

    In December, the film “Avatar” swept audiences away to another planet and another dimension, becoming the most successful — both critically and financially — 3D movie of all time.

    The multi-billion-dollar success of “Avatar” has ushered in a new wave of 3D movies this year, starting today, Friday, with Disney's “Alice In Wonderland.”

    And, just in time, Galax's movie theater has upgraded with new technology to take moviegoers into director Tim Burton's psychedelic Wonderland.

  • Thomas: More school personnel cuts likely

    INDEPENDENCE — Just one week after Grayson County school administrators proposed 56 personnel reductions, leaders said additional job losses are likely forthcoming.

    Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas updated the school board briefly during a second budget work session Monday night.

    Thomas said concrete numbers from the state have yet to be provided, but both the state House and Senate budgets approved last week include "drastic cuts" that "will have a negative impact on education of Grayson County students."

  • Public record for 3/3/10 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. 

    For more information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 4-18, 2009, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Nautilus’ commercial division to be purchased by Med-Fit Systems

    INDEPENDENCE — It's being called a victory for not only Grayson County, but also the Commonwealth of Virginia and America.

    At least 115 employees will keep their jobs in the immediate future at the Nautilus plant in Independence after Med-Fit Systems Inc. announced the purchase of the fitness company's commercial assets.

    The announcement was made Friday and comes after months of negotiating with various companies to secure jobs for Grayson County residents.

  • Governor signs APCo bill

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed identical pieces of emergency legislation that will immediately reduce the cost of electricity to Appalachian Power's residential customers by approximately 12 percent.

    The legislation will suspend the interim rates that went into effect in December 2009, when the company filed an application for a rate increase with the State Corporation Commission.

    The law will no longer allow interim rates in cases like this one, and APCo agreed to apply the law immediately to their current rates.