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  • Readers Hotline 7/27/15

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  • Schools could save money on audit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved a bid for school account auditing services at its regular meeting July 14, which should save the school system money.

    Norma Quesinberry, director of finance, told the board that a public notice was placed on the school website for 10 days and two bids were received.

    Based on the low bid of $10,500, the board, on a unanimous 5-0 vote, accepted a bid from Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates.

  • Traffic change coming to U.S. 58

    A traffic pattern change for the U.S. 58 traffic project in Carroll County will go into effect Thursday.

    Weather permitting, the new pattern will begin at U.S. 58 and Virginia 653 (Dust Trail Road) and extend about .7 mile, then connect back into the current travel lane at .5 mile west of Virginia 638 (Dugspur Road).

    Traffic is being placed on a newly constructed section of the eastbound lane in order to construct the westbound lanes.

    The U.S. 58 improvements are being made in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

  • Two charged for drug paraphernalia

    Two people were arrested in Galax last week after a police canine alerted on their vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Jeremiah Foutch stopped a vehicle operated by Ronald E. Byrd, 33, of Fries, for improper registration, according to a Galax Police Department report. The officer’s observations caused them to request Sgt. Jacob Vaughan and a police canine trained in narcotics detection.

  • Common sense is the best safety measure

    Interstate 77 has proven to be an asset to Carroll County and surrounding communities by bringing tourists and potential residents by the thousands.

    With the high level of traffic comes a more immediate responsibility to impose and enforce traffic safety measures.

  • Grayson Relay for Life raises $19,000

    FRIES — Although this year’s headcount for the Grayson County Relay for Life was small, the participants’ efforts were reflected in both their attitudes and the impressive amount of donations that were raised (almost $19,000) for the continuing fight against cancer.

    According to Dreama Underwood, the event chair for the relay, four teams raised a total of $18,893.76, as of last Friday. Money was still coming in this week.

  • Grayson's cut teachers can't reapply

    INDEPENDENCE – A recent policy change by the Grayson County School Board has drawn strong reaction from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA).

    Rebecca Absher, president of the GCEA, told school board members at a recent meeting that the board’s decision not to re-hire teachers who were on the reduction in force list was causing a lot of undue stress.

    “The policy is unfair to loyal employees who have given many years of their life to the school system and worked for five years without a raise,” Absher said.

  • Woman meets canine rescuer

    FRIES — A Fries woman is safe and sound thanks to search efforts from local authorities and a bloodhound’s skilled nose, after she went missing from her home earlier this month.

    On July 13 at approximately 8:40 a.m., members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police responded to Honey Dew Lane in Fries, to a report of a missing senior citizen.

  • Comic-con champions worthy causes

    HILLSVILLE — Cosplay, Magic card tournaments, action figures, stormtroopers… all of these features may seem reminiscent of the almighty San Diego Comic-Con, a four-day event in California that fans of video games, comic books, fantasy characters and the like flock to by the thousands each year.

    This event, and others like it across the country provide a safe haven for die-hard fans.

  • Truck crashes into barn on Cranberry

    A single-vehicle wreck in the 2000 block of Cranberry Road left no injuries but apparently extensive property damage on July 21 at 1:15 p.m. according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.

    A truck hauling an open trailer, driven by Randolph Shawn Turman, 42, of Dugspur, headed away from E. Stuart Drive, came around a curve too fast, the trailer jackknifed and pushed the truck off the road into a small barn, said Cochran.