Local News

  • 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.

  • Carroll still working on natural gas

    HILLSVILLE — Interest in tapping into natural gas has never really waned in Carroll County, but efforts to open up a supply have yet to come to fruition.

    When the natural gas pipeline owned by a Duke Energy subsidiary got installed in the eastern half of Carroll, the company agreed to include five gas access points — or "taps" — along its length.

    But the lack of a local distribution system has stymied the process of making natural gas generally available, though Carroll County officials appeared to have a partner in Atmos Energy.

  • Three seek Galax School Board seats

    Three candidates — including incumbents Stewart Merdian and Dr. Jim Adams and retired school administrator and educator Patricia Weaver — will vie for two seats on Galax School Board.

    Merdian and Adams' terms are set to expire June 30.

    After interested citizens submitted letters of interest, a public hearing was held during the Feb. 22 Galax City Council meeting to hear a brief introduction from and conduct interviews with each of the candidates. The interviews were conducted in closed session.

  • Edna Bowers " "the quintessential mountain woman"

    FANCY GAP — Edna Lee Saunders Bowers represents "the quintessential mountain woman," says a local artist who created a drawing of her chopping wood.

    Bowers' image will be familiar to those who have picked up a menu at Rhudy's Restaurant in Laurel Fork — that's where woodcarver and artist Brad Smith first saw her photograph.

    Smith, who operates the Treasure Potts II art gallery in Fancy Gap, noted the print has made a big impression on many who have bought it from the store or at a benefit.

  • Bankruptcy trustee to take on Carroll in AmerLink case

    WILSON, N.C. — It appears that the trustee in AmerLink's bankruptcy case will try to get the lease on Carroll County property at the former log home company's sales office turned over to a bank to satisfy AmerLink's debts.

    Carroll County has been trying to make sure that the property — a home sales office and visitors' center at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market — come back to the county for its use.