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Today's News

  • Grayson teachers lobby for full funding

    INDEPENDENCE – Give the schools the money they need in the 2011-12 budget, many schools proponents told the Grayson supervisors in a marathon public hearing last Wednesday
    More than two dozen citizens spoke for more than two hours at public hearing on the proposed Grayson County Public Schools budget.
    With more than 70 people in attendance, many of the speakers asked the board to fully fund the $5.56 million schools request, citing lack of raises, aging buildings and outdated resources as the primary reasons the funding was needed.

  • State legislators report gifts for 2010

     

  • Gov.'s plan paves way for 58 work

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell continued to drive forward on transportation issues Wednesday, releasing a list of road construction funding.
    Having gotten off the starting line with bipartisan approval for his plan to put billions of dollars of bond funds towards construction projects, the Republican governor recently announced a draft six-year road improvement plan.
    The plan prioritizes money for widening eight miles worth of U.S. 58 in eastern Carroll and several smaller projects in the Twin Counties.

  • HoustonFest receives humanities grant

     

  • The way it should be

    People want relief from high fuel and power prices, so the news about energy efficiency grant is welcome.
    An Earth Day announcement of a $75,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission should get things going in the right direction.
    That and $90,000 match of cash and in-kind contribution from partners will first concentrate on ideas for improving energy efficiency.
    After that, a second phase will produce alternative energy demonstration projects.
    This will include putting up solar panels at Matthews State Forest and wood-fired gasification.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/25/11

     

  • Storm victims in Carroll qualify for tax relief

     Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that residents of Carroll County and 18 other localities affected by severe storms on April 8 and April 16 will be granted a 30-day extension for filing returns and making payments on their state taxes.

  • Storm victims in Carroll qualify for tax relief

     Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that residents of Carroll County and 18 other localities affected by severe storms on April 8 and April 16 will be granted a 30-day extension for filing returns and making payments on their state taxes.

    Carroll and Pulaski are the only counties in Southwest Virginia to receive the designation.

    Pulaski was devastated by a tornado on April 8 and recovery efforts continue.

  • McDonnell vetoes Senate districting lines

     RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell has sent the General Assembly back to the drawing board to reapportion Virginia’s state legislative districts.

    But the Republican governor may have hard time getting his political adversaries to budge.

    McDonnell vetoed the General Assembly’s redistricting legislation on April 15, citing flaws with the reconfigured Senate districts that were drawn by the chamber’s Democratic majority. 

  • Spotlight shines on energy efficiency grant

     A $75,000 federal grant should shed some light on where energy efficiency could save money in an era of steeply rising power costs, local officials said Thursday.