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  • Readers Hotline 3/25/15

    Hit reset
    It’s our own fault Grayson County.... for believing ... leadership can do what it takes to move our public schools into the future. Here we are, millions of dollars in the red, getting rid of teachers and no clue what the future of our children’s schools will look like. We need to clean house in central office and hit the reset button.

    Chiming in

  • Public record for 3/25/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 29, 2014-Sept. 15, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Hillsville names Yonce new police chief

    HILLSVILLE — After eight months of searching for the right candidate to wear the Hillsville police chief’s badge, the town council finally traced their steps right back to where they started.

    Deliberations ran late into the evening at Monday’s Hillsville Town Council meeting. After more than two hours in closed session, members reconvened at 10:10 p.m. to announce that Wesley Yonce, who served the department as interim chief for the past eight months, had been picked to fill the position permanently.

  • Readers Hotline 3/23/15

    Wants to donate

  • Willing Partners to close store in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE— Freezing and flooding over the winter have resulted in the decision to close the Willing Partners thrift shop in Independence, according to Executive Director Kathy Cooley.

    The local nonprofit organization has served the area for more than 15 years with thrift stores in Galax and Independence and a food bank. The thrift stores have provided supplemental revenue for the ministry to operate the food bank and provide crisis intervention to families in need.

  • Attendance policy changes coming in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – After months of discussions between parents, school board members and administrators, it appears changes are on the horizon for Grayson County’s student attendance policy for next year.

    The topic has been debated since last November, when a family with children in Grayson County schools brought the board members concerns over a threat of legal action from the division.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway led the charge from the board’s perspective and continued to push administrators to make the changes necessary.

  • Police seize cocaine, pills and marijuana

    HILLSVILLE — An Asheboro, N.C., man was arrested on several drug charges last week, when a traffic stop turned up 3.5 pounds of marijuana and a stash of cocaine, prescription pills and cash.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Cpl. Rocky Dalton stopped a 2002 Nissan for speeding on Interstate 77 on March 16. “Dalton observed the driver move a small bag from the console of the car. When questioning the driver about the bag, [Dalton] detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car.”

  • With town's support, CCMS could get safety lights

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council will support the Carroll County School Board’s resolution to install a set of flashing lights at Carroll County Middle School.

    School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Vice Chairman Joey Haynes presented the idea at council’s March 9 meeting, and explained that they had contacted the Virginia Department of Transportation with their request.

  • School board member questions teacher attendance policy

    INDEPENDENCE — A hot topic over the last few months at Grayson County School Board meetings has been about the amount of time staff members throughout the division are allowed to take off.

    Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the school board, has expressed multiple times that — while he understands the two issues are separate — he feels the county is penalizing parents for keeping students home from school, but allowing employees to take time away from the classroom for illness.

  • Galax man charged after pursuit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man faces several charges following a pursuit that began in Independence on Feb. 28 and ended in Galax when the vehicle wrecked near Armory Road.

    The pursuit began after Independence Police Officer Renee Dalton observed a Dodge Stratus with New Hampshire license plates following another vehicle too close.