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Today's News

  • School board discusses facility needs

    INDEPENDENCE — Beginning this fall, students at Grayson County High School will have a new cosmetology lab — if plans go as expected.

    During Grayson’s school board meeting June 9, Maintenance Supervisor Roy Anders said a location had been selected for the cosmetology lab.

    “We took some road trips to Wythe and Carroll and are ready to go as soon as we get a layout,” said Anders.

    The new lab will be located in one of the mobile units on the high school’s campus and is expected to have 10 stations that will accommodate 20 students.

  • Kirby's book retells local legend

    INDEPENDENCE — The legend says Caty Sage was taken from her home in Elk Creek in 1792 and found 50 years later living with an American Indian tribe in Kansas.

    A story that was once written primarily for adults has now been translated into a children’s book by Ellie Kirby.

    Kirby is from Mouth of Wilson and is well known for her prints of illustrations from her children’s book, “Under the Snowball Tree,” and now her newest book, “The Legend of Caty Sage.”

  • Independence tax hike draws no opposition at hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Only two citizens turned out for a public hearing about a proposed tax increase on real estate in Independence — and neither was in opposition.

    Town council held a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed 10.2 percent increase in the real estate tax rate from 12.7 cents to 14 cents per $100 valuation.

    The increase will bring in an estimated $11,000 additional to the town and cover a $10,000 deficit the town faced after deciding not to pull funding from Independence Rescue Squad.

  • County warned to use caution

    HILLSVILLE — Meeting in closed sessions to decide whether to accept a proposal to build the Mayberry Opry Theater on 91 acres of Carroll County land breeds suspicion in the public, one citizen told county officials.

    Mike Goldwasser approached the Carroll supervisors at their Monday meeting, after sending letters to the editors of local newspapers, with concerns about transparency in the process and other steps that he feels need to happen before action can be taken on a proposal to build the theater near the county recreation park.

  • Downtown Dreaming

    Brightly colored steel benches, planters, banners, entry arches and flower boxes are just some of the potentially inexpensive design concepts that could transition the dark, unattractive downtown alleyways into vivid, lively corridors for Galax visitors.

    A few months ago, the state awarded Galax a Community Development Block Grant to make improvements to storefronts.

  • Public record for 6/11/08

    Editors Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 27-March 14 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Iris Vivian Cole and others to Bradley J. Lineberry and others. 5.399 acres in the Pipers Gap District. $25,000.

  • Judge denies camera request for murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Cameras will not be allowed during court proceedings for a man charged with three counts of capital murder in Grayson County.

    Roanoke television station WDBJ 7 filed a motion in Grayson County District Court last month requesting permission to cover Frederick P. Hammer’s hearings and trial with video cameras.

    Hammer, 48, was arrested Jan. 26 in connection with the shooting deaths two days earlier of Ronald Hudler, 74, of Mouth of Wilson; his son, Fred Hudler, 45; and tree farm worker John Miller Jr., 25.

  • Four seek appointment to Hillsville Town Council

    HILLSVILLE — Supporters of an unsuccessful mayoral candidate in the May town election believe he should be appointed to Hillsville Town Council when his former opponent — Sulphur Springs Council Member Bill Tate — steps into the role of mayor in July.

    Tate's new position will leave a vacancy on council, and Billy Walls Sr. and his supporters want him to take Tate's place as the representative for the town's Sulphur Springs district.

    Tate got 288 votes in the May 6 election, and Walls got 175.

  • GHS renovation on schedule

    Galax High School Principal Bill Sturgill and Galax School Board Superintendent Sam Cook couldn't hide their excitement as they walked through the hallways of GHS, pointing out each recently restored classroom, rooms that are undergoing construction and the soon-to-be main entrance.

    This is all a part of an $8 million renovation project, which is expected to be complete in October. The school was built in the 1950s and hasn't had much of an update since.

  • Citizens allege wasteful spending

    HILLSVILLE — Besides accusing Carroll supervisors of being late to their public hearing on the fiscal year 2008-09 budget proposal, citizens also slammed the board for wasteful spending.

    The speakers at Monday’s hearing took the opportunity to share with the supervisors their opinions about the budget proposal that features a 59.5-cent real estate tax levy, following close on the heels of a land reassessment that pushed property values higher by an average of 40 percent.