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  • Letters to the Editor for 10/19/09

    Bring Change, Buy Local

    To be certain, these are perilous economic times.

    As consumers, we still are frightened by high unemployment figures, a roller coaster stock market, bailouts of major corporations, and a general feeling that the worst may not yet be over.

    With worry comes hesitancy to spend and discretion about items we do purchase. We’ve become a nation of picky buyers and rightfully so.

  • Woman charged with felony child neglect

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman has been charged with felony child neglect for failing to obtain medical care for a child with a serious injury.

    According to a press release from the Hillsville Police Department, officers were called Oct. 5 to a residence to check on the welfare of a small child who had reportedly been injured.

    Officers found a five-year-old child with a large cut on the foot. The child was in need of immediate medical care.

    EMS was called and the child was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment.

  • Nautilus could close in December

    INDEPENDENCE — Less than a year after an announcement that fitness company Nautilus, Inc., would expand its plant in Independence, workers have been told they may not have jobs past Dec. 18.

    According to Wayne Bolio, senior vice president of Nautilus, Inc., based in Vancouver, Wash., employees at the Independence plant were given the federally mandated 60-day notice on Tuesday that the plant could be shutting down.

  • Fancy Gap awarded ARC tourism grant

    Another federal grant will benefit Fancy Gap as a gateway community to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The community won one of six tourism grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

    Fresh off getting more than $8 million in federal stimulus funds to pay for public water and sewer projects, Fancy Gap will also receive $38,500 for an interactive tourism information kiosk, according to the ARC.

  • H1N1 vaccinations planned in local schools

    INDEPENDENCE — Local schools are planning to offer vaccinations for the H1N1 virus beginning this week.

    Galax Public Schools will provide free H1N1 FluMist vaccine to students during school hours on Friday, while Grayson and Carroll schools plan to offer vaccinations next week.

    The vaccine will either be administered through the nose or by injection, depending on the child's medical status.

  • Grayson schools making progress

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has all but one school accredited and once again barely missed federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks as a division — leaving school administrators excited about the improvements.

    School Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett updated the school board on the system's progress during a regular meeting Oct. 12.

    The school system managed to add Independence Middle School to its list of schools that met AYP, leaving only two — Fries Middle and Independence Elementary — remaining to improve

  • Grayson dumps trash site

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to save money during tough economic times, Grayson County has opted to close a public-access Dumpster site at its Public Works Department just north of Independence.

    The county arrived at the decision, according to County Administrator Jonathan Sweet, not only as a way to save the county money, but also because of safety issues.

  • Boucher hears healthcare reform concerns

    HILLSVILLE — About 100 people turned out to Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher's town hall meeting on healthcare reform in Hillsville on Saturday, and attendees heard the congressman's concerns about the public insurance option and his assurances that no federal funds will go toward treating illegal aliens or providing abortions.

  • Reedy’s win lifts Team Elk Creek to SBRA title

    WAYNESBORO -- Defending Southern Bracket Racing Association national champion Team Elk Creek Dragway stormed back to win the 2009 points championship, taking the title over Colonial Beach Dragway in a tiebreaker. For the finals last Sunday under sunny skies, the race began to turn into a battle between Colonial Beach and Elk Creek, with Colonial beach blowing out in the late rounds.

  • Cavaliers move to 10-0 in SWD after win over Graham

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County ran its record to 10-0 in the Southwest District, rolling past Graham 25-14, 25-11, 25-21 Tuesday.