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Today's News

  • New state laws in effect

     

  • A long-range forecast for Wildwood

    CLICK LINK AT END OF STORY TO READ THE ORIGINAL COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS FOR THE WILDWOOD PROJECT

    The Wildwood Commerce Park project would have a total net revenue of $7,669,236 per locality by year 31, said Ken McFadyen, director of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority.
    McFadyen and Mike Maynard, chair of BRCEDA, compiled a spreadsheet that projects figures of how the Wildwood Commerce Park would pay off.

  • Hillsville refinances water, sewer debt

    HILLSVILLE — A financial consultant noted last week that Hillsville needs to ease pressure on its water and sewer system finances.
    Town officials had sought advice from Davenport and Co. as a budget issue, hoping to reduce the need for rate increases. Consultant Kyle Laux brought town council proposals to refinance existing sewer department debt and fund necessary improvements to the water plant.
    He described the effort as a way to “help find ways to ease the cash flow burden on the water and sewer fund.”

  • 4-H shaped new agent's life

     

  • Money in the bank

    What difference does a year make?
    For Grayson County, it makes about a $5.2 million difference.
    After supervisors raised taxes in back-to-back years, Grayson citizens quickly found themselves moving from a county with one of the lowest tax rates in the state to around the middle of the pack.
    While the tax increases weren’t popular, at that time they were necessary to pull the county out of its financial crisis.

  • The best shelter begins with a caring community

    I’ve often heard people who have come to Galax, Grayson County or Carroll County remark that this area has the nicest people.
    So how have we gotten so out of touch with the sad reality of what is happening to our animals here?
    When did it become acceptable to kill animals because there were just too many?  When did we decide that animals have no value or purpose?
    How often do you pass by the animal shelter on your way to church — a place where many find their sense of a loving community?

  • Readers' Hotline 7/4/11

     

  • Supervisors tinker with bus fund

    INDEPENDENCE — If the Grayson County School Board can come up with at least $75,000 in any of its future budgets, then the Grayson County Board of Supervisors will help it buy school buses beginning in 2013.
    Supervisors agreed June 1 to change the guidelines of its new "School Bus Replacement Fund." The fund now must be a dollar-to-dollar match.
    The county will allocate up to $75,000 per year — or 25 percent of annual county decal collections, whichever is less — to be used by the school system as a matching amount for bus purchases.

  • Walls objects to rates, police in budget

    HILLSVILLE — One town council member remained adamant to the last that water and sewer rate hikes and the purchase of police cars needed to be changed in Hillsville’s 2011-2012 budget.
    Though no citizen appeared in person to object to those proposals at Monday’s meeting, Council Member Billy Walls read into the record a letter from residents Larry and Joyce Davis.

  • Carroll rejects bids, scales back projects

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll School Board members rejected all construction bids in a special meeting Tuesday, in an attempt to keep the cost of construction efforts at the high and intermediate schools under $15 million.
    The school division’s budget is based on the award of Qualified School Construction Bonds for nearly $15 million. This money must pay for the additional space needed to turn the intermediate into a sixth through eighth grade facility and shift the ninth grade to the high school in order to close the aging Woodlawn School.