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  • Carroll narrowing budget gap

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County budget committee is looking to amend the school system’s funding request to make up a shortfall in its 2016-2017 spending plan, and might recommend a personal property tax increase to pay for other expenses.

    The committee met April 29 to discuss the budget and how to continue to close what started as a $3.5 million gap.

  • Good Stewards: students compete for best conservation ideas

    INDEPENDENCE — Cash prizes were awarded to Grayson High School students in the 2016 Grayson LandCare Land Stewardship Competition, held April 23 at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

    Eighth grader Mary Ellen Wingate was awarded the $1,000 first prize for her project, “Recycle and Redesign: Doggone Tired.”

  • Hospital will hold emergency simulation

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital will conduct an emergency response exercise on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

    In this instance, the exercise will test the response to a fictional hostage incident. The community may see law enforcement response and presence at the hospital during the drill, but should not be alarmed. The exercise will be in a contained area and it will not impact patient care.

  • BBB warns: scams grow like weeds in spring

    As bright springtime flowers bloom, so do new dark, weed-like scams. Scammers will be going door-to-door with plans to rip off local residents for services from discounted food deliveries to repairing weather damaged shingles. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers that now is the time to be on your guard.

    Door-to-Door Meat Selling Scams

  • Hillsville councilmen to run unopposed

    HILLSVILLE – Three town official seats are up for election on May 3, and all incumbents are running unopposed. Pine Creek district councilman Ed Terry, Pipers Gap district councilman David Young and Mayor Greg Crowder all addressed the upcoming election at the April 25 town council meeting.

  • Two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 58 results in minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash at approximately 8:40 a.m. last Tuesday at the intersection of Bee Line Drive and U.S. 58 left one overturned and minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.
    Anna Lee Zyss Hill, 56, of Fries, driving a 1996 Ford Ranger, was pulling off of Bee Line Drive onto 58 eastbound when she struck a 2006 Honda Pilot, driven by Susan Lee Whitaker, 33 of Fancy Gap. Whitaker’s vehicle flipped over onto its side and then rolled over onto its top.

  • Council elections set for Tuesday

    The City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries, Independence and Troutdale will hold elections on May 3.
    Fries and Galax races are contested, with more candidates than seats, while Hillsville and Independence both have three candidates for three seats and Troutdale has only its incumbent mayor on the ballot.
    Fries has an entire slate of candidates on the ballot for all its town council seats, as the terms for all those serving expire June 30. In other localities, only a portion of the council seats are up for election, due to staggered terms.

  • Southwestern Virginia Training Center celebrates 40 years

    Though it faces an uncertain future, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County will focus on its past this week.

  • Police: driver wrecks in stolen vehicle

    INDEPENDENCE — A Sparta, N.C., woman was arrested April 25 and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and operating a stolen vehicle.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jordan Johnson’s report, he spotted Rebecca Rose Lyall, 31, driving a 1990 Geo Metro on U.S. 58 at 2:38 a.m.

  • Grayson schools must give back unused funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from the school board to appropriate the remaining balance of the Fiscal Year 2016 school board budget.

    The supervisors discussed and approved this motion with an amendment requesting the return of carryover funds during their April 14 meeting.