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Today's News

  • Devils finish MED on hot streak

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County assured itself of at least a second-place finish in the Mountain Empire District and kept alive its barely-flickering hopes of an 18th straight regular season title Friday with an 8-4 win over Galax at GNB Park. The Blue Devils finish the district portion of their schedule at 6-2 (12-5 overall), one game behind league-leading Fort Chiswell.

  • Citizen, surveyor cite problems with subdivision ordinance

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County surveyor and a citizen raised concerns about the county's subdivision ordinance during a recent meeting, when county supervisors considered making revisions to the law.

    The Carroll supervisors approved last year an update to the subdivision ordinance, which is meant to guide residential development in the county.

    After the subdivision had been in place for several months, county officials started talking about revisions.

  • August opening doubtful for new school

    INDEPENDENCE — Though the county has given the Grayson County school system its backing to put out bids for a turning lane that would complete the Grayson Highlands School in the western end of the county, the timetable may be too late to meet the Aug. 9 opening date.

    Grayson Director of Personnel Chad Newman reiterated Monday night that the building is substantially complete. Work is being done to replace the guttering damage that occurred this winter and the sewer system is finishing up.

  • No tax increase in Carroll's budget

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County supervisors approved the school budget and will advertise a county budget with no tax increase.

    Without much discussion in a special meeting last Monday — having previously heard separate presentations on the schools and the county numbers for fiscal year 2011 — the board of supervisors approved motions needed to solidify the Carroll schools budget.

  • Carroll Co. edges closer to Abingdon with 4-2 victory

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County pulled to within a half-game of league-leading Abingdon Tuesday, holding on for a 4-2 win in a Southwest District baseball game at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Public record for 5/19/10 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 at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 1-25 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Grayson seeks $18.3 million for school facilities

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of discussion, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors decided to seek funding above the originally approved $16.3 million for Phase I of the school system’s long-term facilities improvement plan.

    Construction was nearly halted on the school system’s initial phase after contracted amounts exceeded the allowed $16.3 million approved by the supervisors. Included in that phase are additions and renovations to Fries Middle School and a new facility in western Grayson.

  • Bassist killed in Elk Creek crash

    ELK CREEK — The traditional music world suffered another loss last weekend.

    James Alan Mastin, 55, of Fries was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 21 near Elk Creek on the morning of May 2.

    Mastin was the bass fiddle player for popular band Big Country Bluegrass. He had been with the group for more than 20 years and was the son of old-time fiddler Bruce Mastin.

    Mastin and the band played the Grand Ole Opry in 1999, and he played bass on their numerous albums.

  • Houston Caldwell: A Life Cut Short

    Houston Caldwell was a leader, and a person who did everything he put his mind to, according to close friend Stevie Barr, Caldwell's first banjo teacher and the manager at Barr's Fiddle Shop in downtown Galax, where Caldwell worked during the summers for the past few years.

    Caldwell, 18, of Galax — a 2009 graduate of Carroll County High School — died as the result of a motorcycle accident last Friday.

  • Carroll IDA seeks school financing

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll educators will try to finish up a 12-year-old facilities program with a $25 million expansion of the high school and $5.55 million renovation of the intermediate school.

    Pinnacle Architects' Randy Baker and Frank Phillips briefly described the plans and presented a detailed feasibility report to the Industrial Development Authority on Monday.