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  • Runway project set to take off

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Airport officials got a lift from the contracting work for the runway safe area project coming in at about half of the engineer's estimate.

    The airport property features a hill and some drop offs surrounding the runway, instead of flat areas, but the runway safe project will address that.

  • School budgeting pays off

    HILLSVILLE — Cutting costs, saving stimulus funds and not filling vacant positions have allowed Carroll County Public Schools to avoid teacher layoffs in the upcoming budget, the school board discussed Tuesday.

    Given the choice between trimming expenses and laying off personnel, Carroll County Public Schools officials have worked hard to save jobs, Superintendent Greg Smith noted.

  • Grayson citizens plead: don't cut teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — Citizens pleaded with the Grayson County School Board not to sacrifice teachers to offset drastic state funding cuts Monday night — just before the board approved the 2010-11 budget.

    Four Grayson citizens attended the regular school board meeting to ask board members to consider alternative cuts instead of reducing personnel.

    Previously, administrators proposed 56 reductions in personnel — including 19 teachers — to offset a growing $2.3 million shortfall in the upcoming budget.

  • Adams, Merdian reappointed

    With three candidates vying for two seats on Galax School Board, incumbents Dr. Jim Adams and Stewart Merdian — whose terms were set to expire June 30 — were reappointed during the Galax City Council meeting on Monday.

  • More cuts possible in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Facing the possibility of an additional $1 million-plus in state funding cuts, administrators with Grayson County Public Schools have identified even more cuts the board could consider if needed.

    On Monday night, members of the board approved the 2010-11 school budget — based on former governor Tim Kaine’s numbers — which included a reduction of 56 personnel, a roughly 6 percent decrease in all employees’ pay and reduction of several employees' contracts throughout the division.

  • Foundation takes over Carter Home

    HILLSVILLE — Carter Home Foundation officials expect a new lease on life

    for the historic home after the non-profit has gained ownership of the Main Street landmark.

    Years of working to transform the former home of industrialist George L. Carter and long-time county office building into a new community center and tourist destination ended with the Carroll supervisors voting Monday to place the building in the foundation's control.

  • •Snack• Packers

    Faye Littrell clasped hands with other Backpack Buddies volunteers at Oakland United Methodist Church last Thursday and started off with a prayer.

    The group was gathered to fill book bags for 21 elementary school students to take home over the weekend.

    "We thank you for your Son, who taught us to feed the hungry," Littrell said during the prayer, as the volunteers in the church's basement Sunday school area kept their heads bowed.

  • Public record for 3/17/10 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 information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Lights to shine on SWVA Farmers' Market

    HILLSVILLE — Increasing use and security are two reasons that extra lighting will go up at the retail building at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market.

    Members of the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority agreed to the price of $8,472 to install 10 wooden poles and 20 400-watt metal halide lights.

    While there was some question whether the funds should come from the IDA or the supervisors, the title to the property is held by the authority, as County Administrator Gary Larrowe pointed out at the IDA meeting.

  • 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.