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Today's News

  • Three vying for Elk Creek seat

    INDEPENDENCE — In a year in which America will choose a new leader, citizens of the Elk Creek District in Grayson County will select a new supervisor through a special election.

    Three candidates are running for the seat, and that doesn’t include Chris Morton, who opted to not seek election Nov. 4 to the post he was appointed to fill.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors appointed Morton last December to serve part of the unexpired term of Ralph Tuggle until a special election could be held.

  • Loan to cover shortfall

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite borrowing $1.6 million to pay the bills this month, Grayson County officials insist the county is not going broke.

    In a special called meeting last Thursday, the board of supervisors approved a resolution allowing the county to borrow $1.633 million from Grayson National Bank with a repayment term of 60-days.

    “This loan addresses a shortfall in cash flow,” said County Administrator Bill Ring. “This does not reflect on the budget... in fact, the budget is quite healthy.”

  • Collier passes away

    DUGSPUR —A long-time Dugspur business man and Carroll County public servant — who family members remember as a man that worked tirelessly for his community — died Oct. 21.

    Avis H. Collier, 81, ran Collier's Store from the 1950s to the dawn of the 21st Century, and still made time to serve on the Carroll Board of Supervisors and the Carroll School Board, found the Dugspur Rescue Squad and work toward the creation of the Twin County Regional Hospital.

  • Galax to move ahead with road projects

    Galax City Council has approved the city manager's recommendation of how to have the Virginia Department of Transportation proceed with the Glendale Road project and other road improvements in Galax.

    Going with a smaller-scale project at Glendale's intersection with U.S. 58 would free up funds for those other projects, which include traffic signal improvements, realignment of Cranberry Road, pedestrian safety along 58, bridge repairs and enhancements to South Main Street.

  • Covering Costs

    While many residents of the Twin Counties are living paycheck to paycheck, it appears local governments are, as well.

    Grayson County was forced to borrow $1.6 million to cover the bills for the month of October, but not because of a budgetary problem.

    County officials are adamant that the problem lies in the shortfall in cash flow, something that is common during the months leading up to the tax deadline of Dec. 5.

  • Ground broken for 'self-help' water project

    WOODLAWN — If the weather at the groundbreaking for the Happy Hollow water project is any indication, neighbors installing the lines will have to bundle up while they're in the trenches.

    Neighbors, joined by state and local officials, braced themselves against a windy and chilly morning to celebrate the community's success in landing the Self-Help project.

    The residents' willingness to work is responsible for this project coming to pass, noted David Hutchins, chairman of the Carroll Public Service Authority.

  • Hawthorne charged with felony

    HILLSVILLE — Among the sealed indictments from last Thursday's special grand jury was a charge of felony embezzlement against the former executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

    Named in the one count of embezzlement filed in Carroll Circuit Court was Roger Thomas Hawthorne, 56, of Hillsville.

    The indictment was unsealed after Hawthorne turned himself in to authorities on Friday.

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

  • Dove pleads guilty to petit larceny

    HILLSVILLE — A former executive director of the Southwest Regional Enterprise Center in Galax pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Kim Dove was originally charged with embezzlement through an indictment by a Carroll grand jury, but in court Thursday the charge was reduced to the misdemeanor through a plea agreement.

  • Maroon Tide can't repeat upset magic

    The predicted high-scoring affair between Galax and Bland County never materialized Friday night, as a steady rain and field conditions slowed the teams to a scoreless first half before the Bears pulled away to win 19-8 on two late touchdowns.

    The Maroon Tide held an 8-6 lead into the fourth quarter, until Cory Andrews put Mountain Empire District co-leader Bland on top for good with a 3-yard touchdown run with 8:02 remaining.

  • MED volleyball title slips past Maroon Tide

    WYTHEVILLE –– After a combined 40-plus matches played by Galax and Fort Chiswell, the entire previous three months all came down to one little game to 15.

    In a one-match playoff to decide the Mountain Empire District regular season championship, Fort Chiswell rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the fifth game and scored the final eight points to defeat Galax 17-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-17, 15-9 at George Wythe High School.