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  • Hearing held, but no road funds available

    HILLSVILLE — Lack of any new Virginia Department of Transportation funds didn’t throw up a roadblock for two citizens at a public hearing for the six-year plan earlier this month.

    The public hearing at the regular March Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting was more perfunctory than anything, a legal requirement even though there’s nothing new to highlight in the secondary road improvement budget.

    Hillsville residency administrator Bob Beasley moderated the last public hearing before the April closure of the VDOT office.

  • Parents protest budget cuts

    Grayson County school administrators may still be crunching numbers when it comes to cuts in state and local funding, but schools’ staff, parents and students already are feeling the squeeze.

    Fairview Elementary School parents and supporters are organizing to protest the school system’s proposed 2010-11 budget cuts.

  • Community takes pride in project

    For those installing water lines in the Self Help program on Pridemore Road, the temperature in the trench felt warmer than under the tent set up for the official groundbreaking March 11.

    With community residents installing the line with assistance from Carroll Public Service Authority workers, the backhoe had moved Pridemore a ways from its intersection with Hebron Road by the time representatives of the county showed up on site.

    Staying in the trench kept the workers out of the chilly winds at least.

  • Stimulus money 'rollover' will soften cuts in Galax

    Rolling over $353,133 in stimulus funds from this fiscal year to the next means Galax schools will not endure layoffs and wage or program cuts, but will instead continue to implement innovative programs, said Galax Schools’ Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The proposed 2010-2011 budget for Galax schools will have a reduction in funds of $755,000 from the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    Budget figures for 2009-2010 show Galax schools received $6.761 million in state aid and $1.845 million in federal aid.

  • Sheriff tackles fleeing suspect

    WHITETOP — One man was arrested on meth charges after Grayson County deputies responded to a fight in progress in Whitetop last Tuesday.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he and Patrol Lt. Tim Sawyer responded to the call off of Whitetop Gap Road.

    Upon arrival, Ronald Dean Taylor, 51 of Robin Lane was located in the driveway. While Sheriff Vaughan and Lt. Sawyer were conducting a consent search of the residence, Taylor bolted out the back door ran through a briar thicket and into a field containing Christmas trees.

  • Accidental shooting investigation closed

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville police have closed their investigation into an accidental shooting at a worksite on March 15.

    The investigation into the accident at the U.S. 58 bypass involving Theodore Clayton Fortune, 46, found that the gun was not in his hand, said Police Chief Steve Williams on Friday. And the incident was clearly an accident.

    Police were still unsure why the gun went off or why Fortune had it on the job, because they had not talked to Fortune, who was still getting medical treatment.

  • Grayson roads in bad shape

    INDEPENDENCE — While it may be stating the obvious, Grayson supervisors let the Virginia Department of Transportation know that roads in Grayson are in bad shape.

    Matthew Cox of VDOT was on hand to take maintenance concerns during the supervisors' meeting March 11.

    Vice Chairman Doug Carrico simply stated that he could pick any dirt road in Grayson County, and "They're all bad now," he told Cox.

    "I don't know how some school buses are making it. The pot holes are getting bad and roads are breaking up pretty much everywhere."

  • Properties with a view increasing in value

    Properties near the New River have increased in value, while mobile home values have dropped, according to Grayson County's assessor.

    Grayson landowners have received their property reassessment notices and, from March 2-19, had the opportunity to voice any opposition or concerns with Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal, the Staunton-based firm that performed Grayson's reassessment.

    Overall, Grayson has seen values increase for properties near or with views of the river or other bodies of water, according to Assessor Gena Hackler.

  • Fancy Gap plans for future

    FANCY GAP — When Carroll County officials asked for community input for the comprehensive plan, they probably didn't expect citizens to bring in a PowerPoint presentation for their community.

    But that's exactly what two Fancy Gap business owners, Charles and Margaret Barnhardt, have done, sharing their vision for the community with the planners, officials and others at the governmental center last Monday.

    (One town hall meeting for the comprehensive plan remains this week — at the Woodlawn school cafeteria Thursday from 5:30–7 p.m.)

  • Public record for 3/24/10 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Galax General District Court, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Darrell Jonathan Payne of Jolo, W.Va., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $91 costs.