Today's News

  • Grayson courthouse awarded 'green' grant

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will receive more than $808,000 in energy conservation grants to assist with a $1.2 million courthouse enhancement project that make the government building a learning lab for advanced “green” technologies.

    Grayson will work with Wytheville Community College to develop solar and other renewable energy technologies.

  • Road repairs to begin in Galax

    Repairs to the roads in Galax will begin sometime after April 12, when asphalt plants begin production, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

    For now, potholes and pavement hazards on main roads in the city, including East Stuart Drive and Main Street, are being sealed with cold patch asphalt.

    This is a temporary fix, Barker said, because the pliable cold patch material can easily sink in or be pulled out of the road.

    City road crews will spend a majority of the spring patching potholes caused during the harsh winter.

  • Treading lightly on the environment

    When it comes to his waste tire disposal business, owner Ben Bryant refuses to think small.

    Estimates say there are as many waste tires in Virginia as people each year, meaning there's plenty of potential business out there for New River Tire Recycling.

    Tires act as mosquito magnets when full of water. They burn hot in a fire and can be a nuisance to dispose of.

    But those are three problems that Bryant's business can solve.

    "We'd love a million if we were really shooting for the stars," he said about the volume of business he wants to do.

  • Mebane, N.C., man dies in fatal accident

    A 52-year-old Mebane, N.C., died as the result of injuries sustained in a high-speed, single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 in Carroll County Tuesday night, according to a Virginia State Police Report.

    Terry Vaughn Black was not wearing a seat belt as he headed north bound on Interstate 77 at 85 mph, driving a 1992 Jeep Cherokee, according to an incident report by Trooper C.H. Campbell.

    The accident occurred at about 11:26 p.m. around the 21 mile marker.

  • Man dies in tractor accident

    HILLSVILLE — A well-known farmer in Carroll County fell victim to an accident last Saturday while working on his tractor.

    Kenneth Owen Dalton, 47, of 3534 Terry's Mill Road in Meadows of Dan, was found under his tractor tire, said a report by Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies. He had been working on his dual-wheel tractor at the time of the accident.

    A family member returned home to find Dalton had suffered the accident at about 3:13 p.m.

  • State recognizes online classroom

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools' foray into online teaching has been recognized in the Virginia School Boards Association 2010 Showcases of Success, detailing educational highlights from around the state from the past year.

    Called the Virginia Virtual Academy, also known as VAVA, Carroll educators got interested in an online curriculum as a way to reach out to the 200 families who home-school in the county.

    Families in Carroll can enroll in the virtual school for free, and courses are also available to students outside the county for a fee.

  • Galax candidate forum planned

    Now is the time to see how present and prospective council members will represent the City of Galax during the next four years, said Brenda Stamey, who has organized a candidate forum.

    The Galax City Council election is five weeks away, on May 4. Through a candidate forum, Stamey said, Galax citizens will have a chance to get to know the issues facing the city and the visions of the candidates.

    The “Get to Know Your City Council” forum, sponsored by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held April 28 at the Crossroads Institute at 7 p.m.

  • Grayson budget adjustment spares some teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — Amendments to the 2010-11 Grayson education budget include the school system continuing to cover 100 percent of employees’ Virginia Retirement System contributions and the reinstatement of seven teaching positions.

    School board members held a special called meeting Monday night to make adjustments to the previously approved budget.

    The original version of the budget was based on former Gov. Tim Kaine’s numbers. Once the General Assembly approved the state’s biennium budget, adjustments were needed to the local spending plan.

  • Galax school budget balances without personnel cuts

    As Galax school administrators worked figures based on the worst case scenario — the proposed budget from the state House of Delegates — over the past few weeks, receiving final figures from the state came as a relief, said Galax Schools' Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    During a board meeting last month to approve the new budget, Sturgill said the final state figures came close to the budget proposed by the Senate.

  • Carroll grand jury issues charges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court last week released several indictments that had been sealed until those charged could be served with court papers.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Those named in the indictments include:

    • Rex Edward Smith — conspiracy to distribute cocaine, a schedule II drug (two counts)

    • Michael Roland Cox — distribution of methadone, a schedule II drug