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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Public record for 6/24 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded April 10-May 29 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence.

  • Fairy Tale Prom Comes True

    It was a teary-eyed moment for Debbie Ogle, realizing that her 18-year-old daughter Emily is all grown up, as she arrived at the Galax High School prom in a long black dress with her date Jordan Stevens of Carroll County High School.

    Emily, who has Down Syndrome, has always dreamed of a true fairy tale story of going to prom in a horse and carriage — and Debbie dreamed of seeing that happen.

    With the help of Twin County United Way Director Celeste Amburn and many others, both of their dreams came true.