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Today's News

  • Carroll keeps tax rates the same

    HILLSVILLE — The tax rates remain the same for Carroll taxpayers after the county supervisors approved the $72.5 million budget.
    That includes a $32.8 million budget for the general fund, plus the previously approved $39.6 million for the schools, according to information from county officials.
    Supervisor David Hutchins made the budget motion to adopt the tax rates and approve the budget.
    The supervisors approved the budget unanimously.

  • Backpack Buddies program ends successful first year

    Galax City Schools' Backpack Buddies Program finished its first school year, running from September 2009 to this month — a total of 37 weeks.

  • Webb, Nolan marry

    The marriage of Heather Leigh Webb and Justin (Jed) Joseph Nolan was solemnized April 25, 2010, on the beach at Broken Head in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

  • Sweet convicted of sexual battery

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was convicted last week in Grayson County Circuit Court of two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
    A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours last Thursday before finding Fred Sweet Jr., 67, guilty of both charges.
    The jury recommended a sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on one charge and seven years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the second charge.
    The alleged offenses occurred April 21, 2007, and involved a girl who was age 5 at the time. A grand jury indicted Sweet in April 2008.

  • Police: Suspects took over Social Services clients' finances

    INDEPENDENCE — A former Grayson County Department of Social Services caseworker and a DSS caregiver took control of two elderly clients' finances and stole thousands of dollars, according to a criminal complaint filed June 16.
    The charges came after a joint investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 104 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A search of a vehicle stuck in the snow on Dec. 23, 2009, led to three indictments that the Carroll grand jury certified against a 33-year-old Dobson, N.C., man on Monday.

  • United Way agencies face deep cuts

    Twin County United Way, like so many charitable organizations nationally, has fallen victim to sharply reduced contributions as the regional economy continues to sputter.
    TCUW’s most recent fund-raising campaign, which ended March 31, fell more than 50 percent shy of its $215,000 goal due to losses in fundraisers, donors and the decline in jobs.
    As a result, the charity has had to reduce by 25 percent — or $20,000 — its funding to 26 Twin County community agencies it supports, and dipped into reserves to keep from having to make even deeper cuts.

  • Littrell objects to subdivision ordinance change

    HILLSVILLE — The June 14 vote on the proposed changes to Carroll's subdivision ordinance was unanimous, even though one supervisor voiced his personal objection to shrinking minimum lot sizes.
    Planning commission members and county supervisors had already tweaked the language of the ordinance — meant to control residential developments — once since making more sweeping changes last year.
    The supervisors considered another three revisions at its regular June meeting and held a public hearing before making their decision on this round.

  • Inventor hopes to seal deal for pavement-patching product

    Ron Gorton's new business is all about creating bonds.
    In the pursuit of developing his "Fusion Plus" product, Gorton has formed a relationship with the business developers at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.
    The other indispensable bond takes place at a molecular level, because Fusion Plus is meant to be a durable, year-round and affordable fix for cracked pavement.
    Fusion Plus has all kinds of potential applications, but Gorton wants to work with localities and departments of transportation to develop a way to keep the roads in good shape.

  • Schools will serve as collateral for Phase I loan

    INDEPENDENCE — A motion to use the two schools included in Phase I of Grayson’s long-term facilities improvement plan as collateral for an extended loan was nearly defeated after two board members disagreed with the idea.
    Dennis Howard, senior vice president of SunTrust Bank, attended the Grayson School Board meeting last Monday night to explain the plan.