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  • Grayson SOL scores rising

    INDEPENDENCE ― Student test scores are climbing in across the board in Grayson County schools, when compared to the previous year’s first semester.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore began his monthly address by presenting board members with a list of state Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores for the first semester of 2017-18, in direct comparison with the first semester of 2016-17.

  • Carroll looks at budget challenges

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Solutions ranging from eliminating positions and requiring county stickers to billing county residents for fire and EMS services have been proposed by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to pay for capitol improvement and balance the budget for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year.

    The board and county leaders met for a work session on Jan. 22, to begin developing plans of action to balance the county’s budget.

  • Bill would affect pay for deputies

    RICHMOND — Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) is petitioning for the creation of a salary fund for deputy sheriffs during this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly.

    According to the state’s Legislative Information System, a bill (SB 495) for the creation of a Deputy Sheriff Supplemental Salary Fund was prefiled Jan. 9 and offered to the Virginia Senate on Jan. 10. It has since been referred to the Committee on Finance for further consideration.

  • Keepers' trial for teen's death set for September

    CHRISTIANSBURG — The trial of Natalie Keepers, tentatively scheduled to start in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Feb. 5, has been moved to Sept. 17.

    Keepers is charged with being an accessory to murder before the fact and concealing a body in the 2016 death of Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg. Lovell’s body was found off Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., seven miles south of Galax and a little over a mile outside Grayson County.

  • City water rates will rise in 2020

    There were no speakers at a public hearing for an ordinance that includes increased water and sewer rates at the Jan. 8 Galax City Council meeting.

    Council voted unanimously to accept the rate revisions as outlined in the last meeting.

    As City Manager Keith Barker explained at the Dec 11 meeting, the rate increase is driven by the cost of upgrading the city’s wastewater management facility.

  • Grayson teachers seek competitive pay

    INDEPENDENCE — With budget season coming up, advocates for Grayson County educators are asking the school board to do what it can to level teacher’s pay with competing nearby localities.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, representatives from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) shared their number one goal for this year’s budget with the administration.

    The GCEA’s Deborah Greif got right to the point by sharing feedback from teachers and data from Grayson and surrounding school systems.

  • Nuckolls Drug expanding into former bank

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Nuckolls Drug Company, a local pharmacy serving the Carroll County community for over a century, will be expanding its business into the old Bank of Floyd building, located at 185 South Main Street in Hillsville.

    The store has been in the Nuckolls family since 1896 and serves an average of approximately 3,000 customers annually in Carroll County.

  • Shoplifting incident leads to drug charge

    Staff Report

    A shoplifting incident at the Galax Walmart on Jan. 17 resulted in the arrest of a Lambsburg woman on drug charges.

    According to a police report, Officer Silverio Gonzales was dispatched to meet with loss prevention personnel at Walmart. Store personnel had detained Mackenzie Fallon Gunsaulis, 25, after she allegedly attempted to leave the store with merchandise valued at more than $400.

    Gonzales placed Gunsaulis under arrest. Subsequent to this, Gonzales discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana.

  • Davis convicted of first-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis will serve a sentence of life in prison after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates and wounded David Patton.

    The jury deliberated for two hours on the evening of Jan. 19 before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling and one count of violating a protective order.

  • Plotting course for Grayson's future

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has approved a list of initiatives proposed by County Administrator Bill Shepley, including better access to broadband and healthcare, a community wellness center, shopping options for the Mount Rogers area, job training, better opportunities for tourism and agriculture and a community for senior citizens.

    The ideas will be further studied by a selection of committees.