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Today's News

  • One-time fix may cause future budget hole

    HILLSVILLE — Federal and state stimulus package money could make up approximately two-thirds of Carroll County Public Schools' $1.34 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2009-2010, if educators are allowed to spend the one-time funds that way.

    Educators proceeded to plug the stimulus fund numbers into the proposed budget in order to minimize the impact of the slowing economy on Carroll County.

    They hope to save jobs and programs that way, said Superintendent Greg Smith at a budget public hearing Tuesday.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/23/09

    Listen to constituents' opinions

    Once again, we have in Grayson County a prime example of our county supervisors voting in opposition to the will of the people. See “Grayson approves Spirit Harbor request,” March 16.

    For the past 20 years, governments on every level have repeatedly and consistently voted contrary to the will of the majority of the people.

    This amounts to taxation without representation and disenfranchisement. Last time this happened, our forefathers fought a revolution over it. Think it won’t happen again? Think again!

  • Galax pounds Floyd for first win

    FLOYD -- Galax banged out 14 hits and broke into the win column in a big way Friday, rolling past Floyd County 13-3 in five innings in a nondistrict game.

    The Maroon Tide (1-1) scored four runs in each of the first two innings and coasted the rest of the way.

    Tyler Houk was 4-for-4 with four RBI and slugged a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning for the Maroon Tide. Jacob Woodel, Brock Cox and Eddie Hanks added two hits each.

  • Phone tag with Kenny Wallace

    It’s embarrassing really...A person like Kenny Wallace takes the time to sit down and talk with you on the phone, dials your numbers, and you miss the call.

    What am I talking about?

    Last week, I was scheduled to have an interview with Wallace over the phone. The interview was scheduled for 1 p.m., only I missed the call.

    After leaving me a voice message, Wallace called back minutes later...Again, I wasn’t near my phone.

    Thatss twice, if you lost count!

  • Cavs hot right off the bat

    HILLSVILLE -- It’s common at this time of year, especially with the dearth of outdoor practice time, for pitching to be ahead of hitting. If that is the case, Carroll County has a lot to look forward to offensively.

    Playing their season opener, the Cavaliers’ bats were in late-April form as Carroll County pounded Floyd County 14-2 in five innings in a nondistrict game Thursday at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Grayson school behind schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — The opening date of the new Grayson Highlands School in the western end of Grayson County continues to be pushed back — and now, school board members have been told the contract does not have a penalty clause if the contractor goes over the proposed deadline.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring, who is also serving as the school system's clerk of the works at the school construction site, updated the board on the progress at the school last Monday.

  • Grayson sheriff asks for more money

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan was among department heads presenting county supervisors their budget requests for the 2010 fiscal year on March 11.

    Last year, the sheriff's office was granted $684,238.

    Vaughan — whose $53,689 department request was 7.8 percent higher than last year — explained his reasoning for the increase to the board of supervisors.

  • Grayson rec park seeks help with salaries

    INDEPENDENCE — A youth employment program could help out this summer with salaries at the Grayson County recreation park.

    Director Keith Weatherman presented his annual budget request to the board of supervisors earlier this month.

    In that budget, Weatherman requested roughly $39,000 for part-time salaries during the summer months — the busiest part of the year.

  • MS sufferers offer support

    HILLSVILLE — Regina Dalton won't let multiple sclerosis get her down — and she's doing what she can for others, too, through a new support group in the Twin Counties.

    "My personal motto is 'I have MS, but MS doesn't have me,'" she explained when talking about what led her to launch the Twin County MS Support Group. "I'm not going to give in to it... I have too much to live for."

    Though her eyesight has worsened and her energy level has dropped, Dalton remains defiant.

  • SPORTS SHORTS

    Youth hitting league

    The Home Run Factory in Independence will host a youth hitting league. Entry fee is $40 for the 5-week league. Open to boys and girls ages 6 and up. League will consist of baseball and softball. Call (276) 768-9912 or (276) 768-7089.

    Grayson County youth wrestling