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  • Carroll will need time to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County, which originally was facing a budget gap of more than $3 million, has reduced that to a $2.7 million deficit, according to Nikki Cannon, interim county administrator.

    The county budget, which was originally to be presented at the supervisors’ April meeting, has been pushed back a month due to the budget not being ready. The budget committee — comprised of Cannon; board chairman Joshua Hendrick and board member Rex Hill — has been working for several months on the 2016-17 spending plan.

  • Grayson plans Wall of Fame for athletes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School officials are reaching out to surrounding school systems for ideas to revive and update the high school’s Sports Wall of Fame to include current and past athletes who deserve the spotlight.

  • Grayson supervisors approve campground changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a request from the Rev. Laura George of Oracle Institute in Independence, concerning amendments to a special use permit for Amethyst Acres Campground.

    The amended permit will allow George to swap one of the two bath houses planned for the property with a dining pavilion.

    Planning and Community Development Director Elaine Holeton prefaced a special public hearing by stating that the change was reviewed Dec. 15, 2015, by the Grayson Planning Commission, which recommended approval.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Staff Reports

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Galax Social Services has information to help anyone who needs to know more about the subject, or suspects abuse or neglect.

    Under Virginia law, an abused or neglected child is any child under 18 whose parent, or any other person responsible for the care of the child, does any or all of the following:

  • Van overturns in crash

    Staff Report

    According to an accident report issued by the Galax Police Department, a three-vehicle crash on Tuesday at 9:03 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Mountain View Avenue. left no injuries but caused heavy damage to the vehicles.

    A 1999 Dodge Caravan, driven by Pebble Sue Hawks, 51, of Galax, was crossing 58 from Waugh Drive to Mountain View when Hawks failed to yield to a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Carol Jean Nichols, 58, of Galax, who was traveling west on 58.

  • Traffic pattern will change for U.S. 58 in Carroll

    A traffic pattern change for U.S. 58 in Carroll County is planned for Monday in the area of Big Reed Island Creek, weather permitting.

    The change is related to U.S. 58 improvements through Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    Westbound traffic will be placed on the newly constructed two lanes from 2.7 miles east of Big Reed Island Creek and then merge back to a single lane at Big Reed Island Creek.

  • Scholarships opened doors for recipients

    Staff Report

    In the mid 1980s, a Galax School Board inquiry lead to a discovery that the ratio of the city’s high school graduates going on to college or another form of higher education was below both the national and state average.

    The board also found that this fact was significantly impacted by the financial limitations and expectations of parents and students.

  • Auto parts, cash taken in larceny

    The Galax Advance Auto was the subject of a crime last week, as employees discovered on April 14 when they came to open the business that, between closing and opening, someone had forcibly entered the business through a rear door, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that investigation revealed that the burglar alarm had been disabled. Once inside the store, the suspects stole about $4,000 worth of auto parts and cash.

  • Wired Road to expand broadband access

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Galax on Monday to announce that The Wired Road would receive a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant that will pay for connecting two existing broadband networks in the Twin Counties and providing internet access to more local residents.

    The governor said the project will remedy unreliable telecommunications in the area and expand broadband internet service to Wildwood Commerce Park, the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market and fairgrounds, the Carroll County Industrial Park, 30 existing businesses and approximately 140 households.

  • Grayson working to close budget gap

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials have spent long hours poring over their upcoming budget, finding creative ways to cover expenditures without sacrificing the main objectives and goals for the county.

    The budget will prove to be a challenge this year; after using a variety of strategies and resources, the county still has a deficit. Expected revenues for this budget total $19.6 million; while requested expenditures totaled $20.5 million.