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Today's News

  • Town's tax hike is first in 13 years

    FRIES — The Town of Fries has approved a $1.4 million budget for fiscal year 2017-18.

    The budget approved at the town council’s June meeting includes a 3-cent tax rate increase and other increases for water and sewer rates.

    It is the first tax increase seen in the town in 13 years.

    In previous budget meetings, council members explained that the tax increases were needed to help pay for future projects like upgrades to the town’s water plant.

  • CCPS announces new schools superintendent

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board announced the county’s new superintendent at its regular monthly meeting on June 15. Dr. Shirley A. Perry, the current Director of Human Resources for Pulaski County Schools, will fill the vacancy left by retiring superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship.

  • Carroll budget process questioned

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Board of Supervisors adopted and appropriated the fiscal year 2018 spending plan by a split vote at its June 12 meeting, after a debate about the county’s budgeting process.
    Two supervisors, one of whom served on the budget committee, did not vote for the budget.
    During the meeting Laurel Fork supervisor and budget committee member Joshua Hendrick made a motion to approve and appropriate the total budget, including the county general fund, law library fund and previously adopted school budget, in the total of $84.7 million.

  • Galax planning downtown mural

    The City of Galax Public Art Committee has announced plans to install the city’s first mosaic mural at the Grayson Street Stage.
    The mural at the stage, located in the parking on the 100 block of West Grayson Street, will highlight plaques already existing that commemorate the Downtown Revitalization Project.
    The mural will depict local flora and fauna, framed within a fence-like setting, according to a recent news release from Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA).

  • He's three

    Jonas Lynn Stockner turned 3 on April 28. He celebrated with a trip to Pigeon Forge. Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.

    His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Public record for 6/21/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 6/14/17

    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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in December of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers Hotline 6/21/17

    At your service
    This message is for the sheriff’s office. Just west of Galax, I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of your deputies. I’m not sure if I can mention his name, but he has a military style haircut. He helped me with some problems I was having. This deputy was the most professional and courteous officer I’ve ever meet. My kids have always been afraid of police officers, and the way he treated them was amazing. I just wanted to say “thank you.”

    Teasing attire?

  • Law promotes alternatives to suspending students

    Capital News Service

    Suspension from school has long been linked to academic failure.
    Students are away from the classroom for up to several days, missing out on material taught in class and falling behind. Meanwhile, assignments pile up, making a difficult situation even worse.

  • Rosenbaum won’t seek re-election

    INDEPENDENCE — Eddie Rosenbaum has announced that he will not run for another term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    In a recent interview, Rosenbaum said that, due to health problems, he will not join the race to retain his Wilson District seat on the board this November.
    His term will be finished at the end of December.