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Today's News

  • Galax tightens budget

    Significant losses in this year's revenue has the City of Galax rethinking its expenditures for the 2008-2009 budget — including holding off on renovating the Galax Farmers' Market, obtaining a city street sweeper and moving forward with water and sewer projects.

    Meals tax revenue was down by 9.59 percent, dropping from $598,522 to this year's $541,098, according to the Nikki Shank, the city's director of finance.

  • Pop Quiz

    Today’s special guest is Drew McCraw, an all-Southwest District lineman for the Carroll County football team and the No. 2-ranked heavyweight wrestler in Group AA, behind Andrew Miller of Bassett. McCraw is a senior and is drawing serious recruiting interest in both sports. Though he is open to playing either sport in college, his main focus right now is of course wrestling and the upcoming district, region and state tournaments.

  • Big first half lifts Devils past Bears

    BLAND –– Grayson County took a 27-16 halftime lead and held on through the second half, claiming a 61-51 Mountain Empire District win Friday.

    Preston Bowen and Eric Harvey led the Blue Devils with 14 and 13 points, respectively, and Bubba Bowen added 11.

    Grayson County 13 14 10 24––61

    Bland County 5 11 10 25––51

    Grayson County (13-6, 3-2)

    Rutherford 9, P.Bowen 14, Eller 5, Harvey 13, B.Bowen 11, Blizzard 9.

    Bland County (5-12, 0-5)

  • Volvo slashes 650 jobs

    DUBLIN — Volvo North America Trucks has announced it is laying off 650 workers at its truck manufacturing plant near Dublin.

    The company will eliminate 40 percent of the plant’s remaining work force, beginning in March and effective by the end of April, according to an announcement issued Tuesday morning.

    “We are reducing our production capacity in alignment with declining demand,” spokesman Jim McNamara said. “These layoffs are considered permanent.”

  • School employee pay cut possible in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools' employees could face a pay cut if the $1.2 million gap from Governor Tim Kaine’s proposed budget cuts can’t be closed.

    Schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas gave the county school board a budget forecast for the 2009-10 school year during its regular meeting Jan. 26.

    Thomas said drastic measures were being taken to close the gap without cutting personnel or pay. “The budget forecast is not good. The cuts will clearly have a negative impact on our school division.”

  • Galax schools to address bullying

    Galax school officials plan to combat bullying by implementing a prevention program that would discuss the different issues associated with it, said interim superintendent Rebecca Cardwell at the Jan. 13 Galax School Board meeting.

    Cardwell said faculty, staff and parents should not ignore students' opinions on the issue. As a result, students are being surveyed at Galax schools on the types of bullying — gang, racial, physical, verbal, cyberspace — they see.

  • Devils trip up Tide 74-67

    Over the years, Grayson County-Galax basketball games have been decided by buzzer-beaters, they have been lopsided laughers and they have been swayed by tremendous individual efforts. The most recent meeting was the first one in which the outcome was greatly influenced by a scramble for the ball near midcourt.

    Galax rallied from a 12-point deficit to tie Grayson County by early in the fourth quarter when a debated call resulted in a huge momentum swing leading to a 74-67 Blue Devil win in a Mountain Empire District game Saturday night.

  • Quick start lifts Galax

    Galax jumped out to an 11-point lead in the first seven minutes and battled through a game-long shooting slump to roll past Grayson County 47-38 in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Saturday night.

    The Maroon Tide (7-10 overall, 2-3 district) managed just a 29-percent effort from the floor (14 of 49), but was aided greatly by an even colder 32 minutes by the Blue Devils, who hit just 8 of 52 from the field (15.4 percent) in falling to 1-19, 0-6.

  • Carroll boys break skid with triple-double, buzzer-beater

    HILLSVILLE –– Hello, ‘W.’ Good to see you again.

    Carroll County snapped a six-game losing skid when James Lanning scored at the final buzzer, lifting the Cavaliers to a 60-58 Southwest District win Saturday over Grundy.

    Lanning had given Carroll County (3-15 overall, 2-6 district) a 58-56 lead with a stickback before Grundy re-tied the game at 58. A missed Carroll shot went out of bounds to the Cavaliers, who called timeout with 2.5 seconds left to set up the final play.

  • Sheriffs: Cuts could impact public safety

    RICHMOND — In a sign of the severity of the Virginia budget shortfall, state officials have turned to cuts in core services — in classrooms and on the roads.

    The recent announcement that Twin County schools would be losing millions of dollars in state funding has been followed by the proposition that sheriff's departments won't be fully funded, either — possibly to the detriment of public safety, say local sheriffs.