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Today's News

  • Grayson considers line of credit

    INDEPENDENCE — The month of October was a tough one financially for Grayson County, after county leaders were forced to borrow $1.6 million to pay the bills.

    Now, the board of supervisors is considering the idea of establishing a line of credit with a local bank to cover any shortfall in the future.

    During last month's meeting, supervisors asked County Administrator Bill Ring to request proposals for a line of credit and return to the December meeting with his findings. Ring returned this month with two options — SunTrust and Carter Bank.

  • Ground broken for major Carroll utility project

    WOODLAWN — Winter weather cut down on the warmth with which the ground breaking of the Woodlawn sewer might have received on a more mild day than Dec. 9.

    Moisture-laden winds on that overcast day made the temperatures seem cooler than the 40s, which prompted Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) to keep his remarks brief.

    The U.S. Congressman, as well as local officials, stressed the broad swath of Carroll County to which the $5.26 million project will provide wastewater treatment services.

  • FMS renovation bids lower than expected

    INDEPENDENCE — In November 2008, Grayson Schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas pleaded her case to the board of supervisors that the budget for Phase I of the new school project was still within the 10 percent margin allowed.

    In December, the low bid was way off from the school system's prediction of $6.4 million for renovations at Fries Middle School — but, on the positive side this time.

  • Wreck a reminder of deadly explosion

    Almost a year to the day after a tragic propane tank explosion that killed two and injured three others at a laundromat in Fries, a chillingly similar accident occurred in Galax.

    After a car struck the Fries tank on Dec. 10, 2007, leaking gas was ignited by spark from a clothes dryer. The result was a fireball that set a fire station ablaze and a shockwave that heavily damaged a building.

    This time, thankfully, no one was injured.

  • Olde Mill tees up planned community

    LAUREL FORK — The owners of Olde Mill stand ready to drive a their idea to make the Carroll County sporting staple into a golf resort community.

    Opened in 1972, the designs always called for creating a golfing community along the course that encompasses 800 acres, including a 54-acre lake, according to Hagen Giles, Olde Mill's general manager.

  • Hillcrest's Angels

    Hillcrest Baptist Church in Galax is providing grocery relief through Angel Food Ministries to everyone bogged down by the rising costs of groceries and other bills during these tough economic times.

    People from all income levels gather at Hillcrest Baptist each month — some waiting an hour before the door opens to pick up their supply of food.

  • Carroll connection fee raises question

    HILLSVILLE — County subsidized water connections for citizens will no longer be offered, starting with a possible project in western Carroll, Public Service Authority members decided at their Dec. 8 meeting.

    Circumstances have changed since the days that Carroll County covered connection fees when citizens who signed up prior to project construction got free hook-ups, authority members discussed.

  • City to help merchants get in the zone

    The City of Galax, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, will hold a “How to Apply” workshop for businesses located in the city's recently expanded enterprise zones on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Crossroads Institute.

  • Court denies Dutton's murder convition appeal

    An appeals court has upheld the murder conviction against a 57-year-old Ivanhoe man in the Jan. 3, 2007, shooting death of his estranged wife.

    Robert Allen Dutton was convicted in the first-degree murder of his wife, 41-year-old Sandra, by a seven-man, five-woman jury in a Carroll County Circuit Court trial.

    Dutton was also found guilty of burglary and use of a firearm. He was sentenced to two life terms plus three years in prison.

  • Library a labor of love

    LAUREL FORK — The Laurel Fork community library may be the first that measured its books in pounds.

    That's because an early summer move drove home the weightiness of its collection. Organizer Annetta Stanley estimated the books would tip the scales at more than 5,000 pounds.

    That's about 3,000 books total.

    A Laurel Fork native who lived in North Carolina until her return to the area about nine years ago, Stanley actually Freecycled her way into creating a community library.