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Today's News

  • Dollar General to open store in Fancy Gap

    FANCY GAP — Continuing rain is making hay hard to harvest and filling creek banks, but it's also slowing down work on Fancy Gap's new Dollar General store.

    Dean Bryant of Berry Construction in Chattanooga, Tenn., said the new facility will be located south of Chances Creek Road on U.S. 52, next to Faye's Antiques, where he understands a campground and an old racetrack used to be.

    The relationship between Bryant and Dollar General is landlord and tenant.

    He has his permits and has started moving dirt, but it's going slow so far.

  • Grayson sticks with vehicle decals

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Grayson County can forget having a cleaner windshield to look out after supervisors opted not to remove county decals this year — but a new design may be looming.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet recommended the board not remove the decal after having conversations with City of Galax officials.

    Galax removed its decals last year, and city leaders told Sweet that they didn't fully evaluate the ramifications.

  • Galax budget passes with all tax, fee hikes intact

    Galax residents and visitors will be spending more on taxes and other rates by Aug. 1, after city council approved the 2009-2010 budget last week by a vote of 6-1.

    These increases — aimed at closing the budget gap — include raising the meals tax from 4 to 5 percent; the lodging tax from 2 to 5 percent; real estate tax from $0.55 to $0.57 per $100; and the personal property vehicle tax from $1.42 to $1.68 per $100.

  • Carroll approves $74.6M budget

    HILLSVILLE — As they approved the fiscal year 2009-10 budget, Carroll supervisors sounded sorry that opening the county swimming pool just isn't possible this year — but they also said they're trying to get a better facility.

    In the end, the supervisors approved a general fund budget of $31.9 million and $15,000 for the law library without any increase in any taxes.

    Combined with the April 27 approval of the $42.6 million school budget, that brings the total to $74.6 million.

  • Grayson okays twice-a-year taxing

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents can prepare to pay half their real estate taxes in October starting this year, as the board of supervisors approved the switch to semi-annual tax collection during a meeting June 11.

    No comments were heard during the public hearing on the change, which will split residents' real estate taxes into two equal payments.

    The first payment will be due Oct. 5, with the second half — as well as personal property taxes — due on April 5.

  • Carroll grand jury returns 151 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury issued 151 indictments at it's Monday session. Of those, 41 were sealed until those named within can be served with court papers.

    An indictment is only a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Those indicted include:

    • Edward Allen Alley — credit card fraud (four counts) and bad check (three counts)

    • Roxanne Garr Boyd, forgery

  • School projects back on schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — After worries arose that the new Grayson Highlands School in the western end of the county would not be ready for students and faculty to occupy by January 2010, things are now looking up.

    Bill Ring, clerk of the works for the school system's two construction projects — the other is Fries Middle School — provided a positive report to the school board during its regular meeting June 8.

    Ring said a “significant amount of progress has occurred since last month” at Grayson Highlands.

  • Hillsville reinstates suspended firefighter

    HILLSVILLE — The case of Roger Hawthorne rejoining the Hillsville Fire Department is about giving a dedicated volunteer a second chance, Chief Mike Musser says.

    Musser suspended Hawthorne from the department last year, pending the results of a Virginia State Police investigation. The investigation stemmed from allegations of embezzlement from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Hawthorne’s former employer.

    A majority of the fire department’s membership voted to reinstate Hawthorne to service at a June 16 department meeting.

  • Hobby show features miniature masterpieces

    Muscle cars, space ships, army tanks, aircraft and more — all in miniature but none shy of detail — that’s what you’ll see at D&J Hobby Center’s annual Hobby Show.

    This celebration of miniature masterpieces is Saturday at the Galax Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The public is welcome to come by and look and admission is free, said Darrell Burris, owner of D&J Hobby Center at 106 Nuckolls Curve Road in Galax, who has organized the show for the past 11 years.

  • Grayson hears trash fee concerns

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 40 people packed the board room of the Grayson courthouse Wednesday night for a public hearing on a proposed $3 weekly charge for trash collection in the county.

    By the end of the nearly one-hour public comment period, 21 citizens had expressed their concerns with the plan.

    While some opposed the fee altogether — saying they already pay for it and/or couldn’t afford it — others questioned why their low-density, multi-family rental units would be required to have a Dumpster.