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  • McCraw in running for Carroll court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — James W. “Jay” McCraw, an independent, has announced his candidacy for the office of clerk of court for Carroll County.

    McCraw is the fourth individual to announce his intent to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Carolyn Honeycutt, who announced her retirement after serving 23 years with the county. Other candidates for the spot include Gerald R. Goad (D), B.P. “Phil” Hawks (R) and Ronald L. Newman (R).

  • Galax schools to offer raises, bring back cut positions

    The Galax school system is offering raises for teachers and adding some teaching positions after scaling back its staff over the past couple of years.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget for the school system at Galax City Council’s meeting last month.

    (Council held a public hearing on the school budget Monday.)

    Sturgill explained that the revenue summary shows a reduction in state funds of $332,000, but $210,000 of that drop is from an expired grant that paid for extending the school year.

  • Hill, McCraw want to run for Carroll at-large seat

    Two candidates are in the running for the at-large seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors during this year’s Republican Primary.

    According to the ballot provided by the Virginia State Board of Elections website, Kevin W. Hill will run for the seat against Robert L. “Robbie” McCraw. On May 16, the Carroll County Republican Party will select its candidates to run in this year’s general election on Nov. 3.

  • N.C. 89 curve project delayed

    UPDATED 5/12:

    The final phase of a project to straighten a dangerous curve on N.C. 89 near Lowgap has been delayed until Surry County, N.C., schools dismiss for summer. The North Carolina Department of Transportation now plans to close the road for two weeks starting June 15, and set up a nearly 40-mile detour

  • Man charged with N.C. vehicle theft

    A local man was arrested on a warrant for a stolen vehicle charge, and deputies reported finding drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammunition in the convicted felon’s possession and in his home.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan reported that, on May 6, deputies Eric Testerman and Brad Hawks were dispatched to 700 Edmonds Road in the county, in reference to a reported stolen vehicle from North Carolina.

  • Truck goes under tractor-trailer on I-77

    A Danville man was airlifted for injuries after colliding with a tractor trailer on Interstate 77 on Tuesday.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, authorities were called to I-77, approximately one tenth of a mile north of Exit 19 at 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers found a 1998 Chevy S10 pickup truck crushed underneath the rear of a tractor trailer, owned by Mercantile Solutions in Georgia.

  • Riders bring trail concerns to forest service

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    WYTHEVILLE — U.S. Forest Service officials and a Grayson County-based horseback riders group still aren’t seeing eye-to-eye following a forum last week about proposed trail closings.

    But Grayson County resident Elizabeth Thomas, the president and founder of the group, MRNRA Trail Advocates Coalition, sees at least one promising sign – the plan to close most of the horse trails in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area is moving at less of a gallop than before.

  • Turman fire proves difficult

    UPDATED 5/7:

  • Naturalists to explore Grayson's highlands

    The 2015 Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally begins May 8 in Grayson County, beginning with the annual dinner in Konnarock.

    The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with registration and sign-ups for field trips to be held Saturday. For those only interested in the field trips, registration resumes at 7 a.m. on Saturday, at the Konnarock Community Center.

    There are morning and afternoon outings, with a hotdog lunch break in between. There will be cultural hikes to historic Troutdale and Fairwood Valley.

  • Hillsville could require utility rate hike to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE — Water and wastewater expenses will be a major factor in planning for the Town of Hillsville’s 2015-16 budget.

    Town officials held a budget workshop April 28, where a rough draft of the proposal was presented to council by Town Manager Retta Jackson and town Treasurer LeAnna Hines.