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Today's News

  • State approves license fee increases

    Hunters and anglers will be paying more to help the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries bridge the gap in a budget shortfall the agency expects to face in coming years.

    Outdoors enthusiasts who take advantage of some DGIF facilities and property will also pay more — even if they don't fish, hunt or have a registered boat.

    In a meeting Tuesday, the department's board voted to increase the cost of a number of fishing and hunting licenses and to implement a user fee at state wildlife management areas and department-owned lakes.

  • Carroll seeks school construction bids

    HILLSVILLE — Contractors take note: Carroll County Public Schools have millions of dollars of work available on expansions to two facilities.
    Educators began the bidding process Monday on projects that would add the ninth grade to the high school and turn the intermediate school into a facility to house grades sixth through eight.
    The school system has $15 million in bonds from the federal stimulus to work with so far.

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  • Despite pleas, budget has no additional school money

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Although it wasn’t the amount educators requested, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved the school operating budget last week.
    At the continued meeting of the supervisors on April 26, Supervisor Mike Maynard made the motion to approve the budget in the amount of $20.8 million, which was passed by a unanimous 5-0 vote.
    The total includes $5.28 million in county funds.

  • Local woman target of lottery scam

    INDEPENDENCE — On April 25, the security manager at Grayson National Bank reported one of her customers was a victim of a lottery scam.
    The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, attempted to cash a check for $4,800 at Grayson National Bank’s main branch, according to a press release from the Grayson Sheriff’s Office. GNB officials, suspicious of the checks validity, called the issuer of the check.
    When they discovered the check was a counterfeit, they called the sheriff’s office.

  • Galax man charged in computer scam

    Anthony Gonzalez, 45, of Virginia Street in Galax was arrested April 24 and charged with two misdemeanor counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses.
    According to a Galax Police Department report, the arrest stemmed from an investigation by Senior Police Officer Bill Shaffner. The department received complaints from victims that Gonzalez solicited the sale of laptop computers between February and April, taking funds in advance. No computers were delivered to the victims.

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  • Oracle trial postponed

    The Oracle Institute's religious discrimination case against Grayson County will not be heard Thursday and Friday as scheduled. Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet says the trial has been postponed due to the death of Supervisor Mike Maynard's father. No new date has been set.

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  • Grayson ended year in red

    INDEPENDENCE — Looks can be deceiving, and a brief look at Grayson County’s finances at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year made it appear that the county was in good shape.
    But the county’s auditor — Diana Cox, a CPA from Robinson, Farmer and Cox — left no doubt that the county was actually in the red as of June 30, 2010.
    Quickly going over the numbers, Cox explained during the board of supervisor’s regular meeting earlier this month that the county’s debt per capita has increased sharply over the last five years.