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Today's News

  • Put felons to work

    Money is hard to come by, and Grayson County is working on a new program that could help spend taxpayers' money more wisely.

    Recently, the county decided to embark on a plan to open a Day Reporting Center, similar to one in Giles County. The idea is to take people with minor felony charges — such as bad checks or minor drug violations — and put them to work in the county, instead of in a jail cell. The idea will cost the county around $5,000 to get started, but could save thousands of dollars each year.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/20/09

    No excuse for rude behavior

    How can a school teacher be so rude to parents and get away with it?

    I talked to the principal on many occasions. And all he said was that he would have a little talk with her. But she is being so rude again.

    How many times is it going to take for them to do something about it? They have no right to tell you how to punish your child

    Like for instance to break a child from pulling his shoes and socks off, to take them outside barefoot and it’s a cold and rainy day. Or to hit his rump a little bit harder.

  • Grayson could put felons to work

    INDEPENDENCE — With the expansion of the New River Valley Regional Jail, costs per year have escalated more than $700,000 for Grayson County prisoners in the upcoming budget year.

    Grayson leaders are looking at ways to cut that amount, and invited Kevin Belcher, assistant county administrator in Giles, to their regular meeting last Thursday to talk about a new possibility.

  • Sawyers development plan finding support

    With at least the support from the public, local developer Charles Cecil said he is confident he will be able to get funding to open a training/manufacturing facility in the former Sawyers Furniture building in Galax — possibly within 30 to 60 days.

    “It's going to happen,” said Cecil. “It's just taking longer than expected.”

  • Carroll Chamber making comeback

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is here to stay, says the acting president, as officials prepare to hold the group's first general meeting in months.

    The chamber's mission to promote Carroll County, its businesses and attractions came to a halt last year as embezzlement charges were filed against its former executive director, said Greg Yonce, who's serving as the chamber's chief official in the interim.

    With that court case settled, the time has come for the chamber to pursue that mission once again.

  • Grayson: savings from closed schools still not enough

    INDEPENDENCE — As the debate continues over how much money Grayson schools should return to the county — savings from the closing of schools — the supervisors may take matters into their own hands.

    During a budget workshop meeting April 14, Grayson Schools' Director of Instruction and Assessment Steven Cornett presented the supervisors with the information they had requested earlier in the month.

  • Carroll's Exit 19 project gets $1.9 million

    HILLSVILLE — Earth Day came a little bit early for Carroll County this year, and with it a $1.9 million check from the federal government to pay for sewer service to Exit 19 and Wildwood Commerce Park.

    Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) and Rural Development's Travis Jackson on Monday presented the check for a low-interest loan to fund the sewer project that will serve the Interstate 77 area, including the under-development commerce park and 34 homes on Airport Road and Training Center Road, Boucher said.

  • Wired Road connects Twin Counties to world

    The Wired Road broadband project — which is being deployed throughout Galax, Grayson and Carroll counties — will be the first step to re-engineering and revitalizing the economy, announced Sen. William Wampler during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rex Theater on Monday for the official launch.

    “It's no longer a theory, but is actually going to happen,” he said.

    State and local leaders explained how the $26 million project will make a significant and positive difference to the regional communities and stabilize the local economy.

  • Citizens appeal county's Spirit Harbor decision

    INDEPENDENCE — The decision whether to allow a proposed 150-site recreational park known as Spirit Harbor is now in the hands of Grayson County Circuit Court.

    According to documents filed April 10, community members — 15 in total, many of whom had spoken in opposition of the plan — petitioned the court to review the decision of the Grayson Board of Supervisors.

  • Grayson budget short by $1.3 million

    INDEPENDENCE — With Grayson County government's expenses rising drastically, leaders have to decide if a tax increase is the only answer to make ends meet next year.

    Preliminary numbers show Grayson's budget short by $2.4 million. Early projections of revenue are $14.3 million, and expenses are expected to total $17.1 million.

    The deficit, however, does not include the money expected to be returned by the school board for savings on school closures — which is good news, as the money could be anywhere from $377,000 to more than $600,000.