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Today's News

  • Grayson supervisors set 2010 goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Strengthening the county's fiscal well-being and bolstering economic and community development top the list of goals set forth by the Grayson County board of supervisors.

    Board members discussed the goals briefly during their regular March meeting.

    They include:

    • developing a financial forecast, which is currently being done.

    • developing a budget process.

    • seeing productivity gains in each county department.

    • performing a public utilities audit and conducting necessary rate studies.

  • Hillsville anticipates future utility troubles

    HILLSVILLE — Losing Carroll County as a water and sewer customer will probably cause future rate increases for other users in Hillsville, the town manager warns, but for the upcoming fiscal year the budget proposes holding the line on both fees and taxes.

    The fiscal year 2010-11 budget proposal is a lean one, according to Town Manager Larry South in his annual budget message. On top of the challenging national economy, Hillsville will also take a hit with Carroll County's decision to change water and sewer service providers.

  • Our Heritage On Display

    This weekend is a very big event for Galax and the Twin Counties. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is holding its grand opening, with a colorful black tie gala on Friday night and then a Parade of the Arts on Saturday, with something for everyone.

    I do hope that you will be coming to celebrate!

  • Art school announces grand opening events

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will celebrate its official opening in downtown Galax with a black tie gala on Friday evening and a community celebration of the arts on Saturday.

    The Colorful Black Tie Gala is planned for Friday evening from 7 to 10. The school will host “Women of the Blue Ridge Plateau,” the opening exhibit for “Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts.”

  • Convictions lead to deportation

    HILLSVILLE — A Kernersville, N.C., man pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday to several charges related to an April 16, 2009, shooting.

    The Carroll County grand jury indicted Emilio Rubio-Gonzalez, 25, on multiple charges in December, according to information from the court.

    Those charges include:

    • two counts of attempted second-degree murder against Jimmie W. Grunden and Mark E. Hunley

    • three counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle

    • two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • What's down the road for VDOT in Carroll?

    HILLSVILLE — As staff get ready to lock the doors and turn off the lights for the last time at the Virginia Department of Transportation office in Carroll County, a spokeswoman says the state agency has not made all the decisions about how the shutdown process will unwind.

  • Kohl named new Galax tourism director

    Ray Kohl of Galax has been named director of the Galax Visitor Center, and is replacing the position of Galax Tourism Director, last held by Chuck Riedhammer, who resigned last month.

    Kohl was hired last Thursday and will begin in the new position today, Monday.

  • Grayson faces potential deficit

    INDEPENDENCE – Citing a possible deficit of more than $5.5 million by December, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has begun crunching numbers for the 2010-11 budget.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet addressed the board during its first work session last Wednesday night and noted that the goal of the meeting was to give supervisors a broad look at projected revenues and expenses the county will encounter as it moves into a new budget year.

    Sweet first asked supervisors to consider informally adopting a budget mission as they begin the three-month process.

  • Tire fire under investigation

    HILLSVILLE — A pile of tires that burned last Wednesday at a Carroll County residence has sparked an investigation by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, emergency officials say.

    Shortly after responding to a vehicle fire, Hillsville Fire Department personnel got alerted to a blaze at 3960 Poplar Camp Road, according to information from David Young, the department's photographer. This was at the residence of Sandy Cochran.

  • 'Parade of the Arts' part of art school celebration

    The Young Actors Co-op — a group of talented, young actors — will ham it up in Victorian-era theater costumes and show off their juggling and unicycle-riding skills in the Parade of the Arts on Saturday at noon, a featured event of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' grand opening.

    The parade will begin at the Galax Recreation Center and head north on Main Street, turning onto Center Street and then onto Grayson Street.

    “This parade is going to be full of fun and surprises,” said Sandra Hankley, a volunteer for CCSA.