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Today's News

  • Galax art school to open in summer

    The $661,509 renovation of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts seems to be running on budget and on schedule as South End Construction transforms the former First National Bank in downtown Galax, into the art school, with completion expected no later than the first week in August.

    “The inside job helps out quite a bit during this time of year,” said City Manager Keith Holland. “There hasn't been much of a weather delay.”

  • Lost soldier's family found in Grayson

    When the Korean War ended more than 50 years ago, the enemy never returned or accounted for more than 8,000 American servicemen.

    Since that time, DNA matching has been perfected and more and more remains are being recovered in North Korea.

    The government is obligated to return those remains to their families, and Harold Davis — a 78-year-old combat veteran of the Korean War — is working with the U.S. military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) to ensure all those soldiers' remains are sent home.

  • Dear Mr. President...

    AUSTINVILLE — The lack of a fishing license for her Mexican stepfather led to a heartfelt letter to President Obama that became a national Scholastic contest winner.

    Scholastic Book Clubs named Laurel Elementary fifth-grader Desiree Nguyen as one of 200 "very smart and insightful winners" of the "Dear Mr. President” contest, chosen from nearly 15,000 entries from across the United States.

    Fifth grade teacher Anita Dalton gave her students a chance to enter the writing contest for extra credit.

  • Daddy's Little Hero

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Three-year-old Tyler Musick plays in the floor with his Thomas the Tank Engine train set, not realizing that what he did just days before could have saved his dad's vision.

    On March 23, Tyler and his dad Troy were around their home in Mouth of Wilson. The two went across the street, where an old farm truck was parked.

    It was around 6 p.m., and Troy lifted the hood to check an antifreeze hose on the truck.

    When he did, the hose broke free, spraying the liquid in Troy's eyes.

  • Budget calls for no tax increases

    HILLSVILLE — The town's 2009-2010 budget proposal calls for no tax increases and almost level funding in challenging economic times.

    The request for the general fund in the coming fiscal year is $9,000 less than the current year — $2.941 million proposed, as compared to $2.95 million this year.

    Town Manager Larry South wrote in the budget message that this request contains "no new bold initiative," but allows for current operations and services to continue as normal.

  • Grayson could tax twice a year

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to both help citizens and improve the cash flow during the early months of the budget year, Grayson supervisors will consider switching to biannual tax collection.

    The idea has been thrown around before, but supervisors jumped on the possibility last Tuesday during a budget workshop as a way to pay a bill coming due next fall.

  • Turman to be set free

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2006 beating death of her mother is ready and able to rejoin the community under an outpatient treatment plan, a Carroll Circuit Court judge ruled on April 9.

    Doctors diagnosed Rene Loving Turman as bipolar with psychotic features and found that she did not understand the nature of her actions at the time of the February 2006 incident that left 79-year-old Susan Sprinkle Clark dead.

    Turman told a police dispatcher at the time that she thought her mother was a demon.

  • Salon offers free cuts after Nautilus trims jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — When entering a job interview, one of the key qualities any candidate should have is self-confidence.

    Having that confidence can be hard after a person loses their job and is struggling to find money and time to get the simplest things done, such as their hair.

    Melissa Shepherd, owner of The Hair Junction in Independence, hopes to help those affected by the most recent layoffs at the Nautilus plant in town.

  • Planning, cuts help Carroll balance budget

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's budget process has seen several new innovations this year, earning the financial management director a round of applause at the end of a presentation at the regular April meeting on Monday.

    Carroll's 2010 budget proposal of $31.94 million comes complete with department missions, measurable goals, service levels, charts showing revenue sources, graphs showing county and state breakdowns for funding constitutional offices, explanations of large increases and decreases to line items and more.

  • Blue Devils edge Cavaliers on Sells one-hitter

     INDEPENDENCE –– Jared Sells tossed a complete-game one-hitter Wednesday as Grayson County blanked Carroll County 3-0 in a nondistrict baseball game at the GNB Baseball Complex.

    Sells struck out six and walked two as the Blue Devils (3-3) recorded their second straight shutout, allowing three hits in their past 14 innings.

    Grayson County took the lead for good in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Cody Underwood.