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Today's News

  • Hammer must pay murder victim's family $14.9 million

     

  • Fire destroys greenhouse

     

    A greenhouse at Childs Farms was destroyed Friday when a trash fire spread, according to David Young of the Hillsville Fire Department. Three other greenhouses had damage, too. The fire department responded at 1:30 p.m and kept the fire from spreading into the woods. No one was hurt.

  • Grayson school budget approved

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board on March 14 approved a proposed $21 million budget for 2011-12.
    The amount includes a request for $5.56 million in local funds — nearly $1.4 million above the $4.18 million the school system received from Grayson this year.
    Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas noted that the request is on par with local funding for Grayson schools in 2006-07.
    The additional money addresses a $154,000 state shortfall and eight critical needs, including:

  • Let post office adapt to survive

    The United States Postal Service is careening toward insolvency, with projections showing it finishing another year spending far more than it earns.
    A report issued this month by the Government Accountability Office revealed the postal service posted a net loss of $329 million in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
    It's on pace to lose $6.4 billion through September, barely has $1 billion in cash reserves and plans to borrow billions more this year from the U.S. Treasury, pushing its debt level to the maximum allowed by law — $15 billion.

  • A real threat to virtual school

    It's ironic that, while Virginia serves as a technology hub, the General Assembly may be sending the state's one virtual school offline due to a funding decision made this year, an official with the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy believes.
    Chris Braunlich, vice president of the think tank, posted a blog on the group's website arguing that the decision will impact not only the virtual school hosted by Carroll County, but also any rural division that wants to offer more educational opportunities to its students.

  • Drugs driving crime in Galax

    Galax has experienced marked increases in reported crimes since 2008, including a 17 percent increase in “Part A” crimes — property crimes, crimes of violence, gambling, prostitution, extortion and narcotics, Galax Police Chief Rick Clark told city council during his annual report on March 14.
    “Part B” crimes — crimes that are generally considered nuisance crimes or quality of life issues — were down by 13 percent.

  • Educators: students suffering from budget cuts

     

    CLICK THE LINK AT THE END OF THE STORY TO SEE THE SCHOOL BOARD'S FULL REPORT, WITH PHOTOS

  • Station listens to listeners

     

    CLICK ON THE LINKS AT THE END OF THE STORY TO SEE THE STATION'S NEW SCHEDULE AND A PROFILE OF WBRF — CLASSIC COUNTRY 98.1

  • Man dies from injuries

     

  • Governor pitches pothole patching project

    For the second consecutive year, Gov. Bob McDonnell has instructed the state highway department to commence patching potholes across Virginia as winter comes to an end.
    McDonnell’s “pothole blitz” is a coordinated campaign to fix thousands of road divots that formed this winter as a result of moisture seeping into pavement, expanding as it freezes then weakening the integrity of the roadway during thaws.
    Once compromised, the pressure of vehicle traffic on the road can cause pavement degradation that leads to potholes.