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  • Galax schools to offer raises, bring back cut positions

    The Galax school system is offering raises for teachers and adding some teaching positions after scaling back its staff over the past couple of years.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget for the school system at Galax City Council’s meeting last month.

    (Council held a public hearing on the school budget Monday.)

    Sturgill explained that the revenue summary shows a reduction in state funds of $332,000, but $210,000 of that drop is from an expired grant that paid for extending the school year.

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  • Work together to fix Grayson schools

    Earl Cherry Jr. of Elk Creek is a Grayson County native who is working toward a master’s degree in history and an M.Ed. in education curriculum and instruction at Virginia Tech. His goal is a career as a high school teacher and administrator. His family was voted Virginia Tech’s “Family of the Year” for 2015. Cherry adapted this letter from his remarks to the Grayson School Board April 16.

    It has come to my attention recently that Mrs. Brandi Ray’s job [as Grayson County High School principal] is in jeopardy.

  • Hill, McCraw want to run for Carroll at-large seat

    Two candidates are in the running for the at-large seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors during this year’s Republican Primary.

    According to the ballot provided by the Virginia State Board of Elections website, Kevin W. Hill will run for the seat against Robert L. “Robbie” McCraw. On May 16, the Carroll County Republican Party will select its candidates to run in this year’s general election on Nov. 3.

  • N.C. 89 curve project delayed

    UPDATED 5/12:

    The final phase of a project to straighten a dangerous curve on N.C. 89 near Lowgap has been delayed until Surry County, N.C., schools dismiss for summer. The North Carolina Department of Transportation now plans to close the road for two weeks starting June 15, and set up a nearly 40-mile detour

  • Man charged with N.C. vehicle theft

    A local man was arrested on a warrant for a stolen vehicle charge, and deputies reported finding drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammunition in the convicted felon’s possession and in his home.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan reported that, on May 6, deputies Eric Testerman and Brad Hawks were dispatched to 700 Edmonds Road in the county, in reference to a reported stolen vehicle from North Carolina.

  • Judge to pick new school board member

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board met in closed session for almost five hours Wednesday night but failed to agree on a replacement for the Oldtown District seat left vacant by Hobert Bailey, who resigned last month.

    Board members went into closed session at the special called meeting shortly after 6 p.m. to interview the four people who submitted letters of interest for Bailey’s seat.

    The four contenders are Diane Haynes, Larry Bartlett, Chris Sutherland and Keith Andrews.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: May 3-9

    2010

    Galax picked up its first-ever baseball win over Grayson County as Travis Cockerham held the Blue Devils to four hits in a 4-1 Maroon Tide win.

    Adam Crotts pitched his second straight complete-game win as Carroll County downed Richlands 11-2. Crotts struck out 14.

     

    2005

    Matthew Tompkins threw a five-inning perfect game, striking out all 15 batters he faced, as Carroll County downed Grundy 4-0.

  • Grayson County powers to pair of baseball wins

    BASTIAN –– Grayson County drilled six home runs in two days and improved to 12-3 on the year, dropping Gate City 14-5 on Monday and following up with a 20-8 trouncing of Bland County on Tuesday.

  • Carroll County improves to 13-0

    HILLSVILLE –– It took Carroll County a few innings to get rolling offensively, but the Cavaliers won their 13th game without a defeat Tuesday, pulling away for a 10-1 win over Pulaski County in a River Ridge District game at CCHS.

    The Cavaliers shut down the Cougars after allowing a first-inning run but led just 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth before erupting for six runs.