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Today's News

  • Hillsville, Carroll sign settlement

     

  • Schools could ask Grayson for $1M more

    By TINA E. VAUGHN
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is considering asking the county for $1 million more in local funds than it received this year to make major repairs at some schools, increase teachers' salaries and prevent further cuts to educational opportunities for students in 2011-12.
    During a work session March 7, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas outlined two options for the school board to consider:

  • Educators say students are suffering from cuts

    By TINA E. VAUGHN
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Instructional materials and course offerings for Grayson County students are dwindling, educators said during Grayson County School Board budget work sessions held Feb. 28 and March 7.
    Following three years of “severe” budget cuts, students are beginning to suffer, said Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas. “We’ve kicked the can down the road for years. It’s just catching up with us.”

  • Public record for 3/16/11 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 Nov. 23-Dec. 17 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Bond, Jones marry

    Jessica LeAnn Bond of Fries and Ethan Ray Jones of Readyville, Tenn., were united in marriage Sept. 17, 2010, in at outdoor wedding in the Providence community.
    Brother Tim Watts officiated the double-ring ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bond of Fries. She is the granddaughter of Billy and Francis Carico and Wayne Bond of Fries and Mary Bond of Woodlawn.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Jones and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Cricket )Bryson, all of Readyville, Tenn.

  • Nelson, Campbell to marry

    Ricky and Becky Nelson of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Rebecca to Eric Campbell, son of Clifton and Sonja Campbell of Unicoi, Tenn.
    Nelson is a 2007 graduate of Grayson County High School and will graduate May 7 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from King College, Bristol, Tenn.

  • Turns one

    Coleson Creed Burchett celebrated his first birthday Feb. 25 with a Sponge Bob party with family and friends.

    He is the son of Tammy Burchett and grandson of Eva Burchett. His big sisters are Eden, Alicia and Kelsey.

  • Galax welcomes champions home

     

    Normally the streets of Galax are deserted at 12:30 a.m. but last Saturday was a different story. The Galax Maroon Tide, which won the Group A Division 1 state basketball championship last Friday at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond with a 49-47 victory over Page County, arrived back in Galax. Team members rode on the back of a Galax fire engine while coach Verl Brown rode in the front seat and assistant coach Rudolph Bryan rode on the back of the truck. A caravan of supporters followed the team down Main Street en route to the high school.

  • Smallwood charged for meth

     

    On March 9, members of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office charged Anthony Franklin Smallwood, 42, of 3926 Comers Rock Road in Elk Creek, with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
    According to the sheriff's department, 10 grams of meth was seized, along with $571 in cash.
    Smallwood was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin and held on a $5,000 secured bond.
    Deputy Eric Testerman, Investigator Todd Perkins and Sheriff Richard Vaughan made the arrest.

  • Council reappoints Garland, amends school budget

    Galax City Council has reappointed Donna Garland to the Galax School Board.
    Garland, whose term was set to expire June 30, was the only one that submitted a letter of interest to the city for the board position.
    "We are, as you know, in the middle of tightening the budget, and I think it would be difficult for anyone to step into a process like this," Garland wrote in the letter of interest. "While I think we have many people in Galax who would be wonderful additions to the board, I think at this time a continuity of effort is necessary."