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  • Town council to hold public hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Town council has scheduled a public hearing for May 10 to take comments from citizens on the 2011-2012 budget.
    The hearing is set for 6:45 p.m. and will be held prior to council’s regular monthly meeting.
    The government budget is $1,308,532 and the utilities budget is $1,539,628.
    There is no tax or water/sewer rate increase proposed and the real estate tax will remain at 14.8 cents per $100 valuation. The personal property rate will remain at 63 cents per $100.

  • Plane misses runway, lands in field


    A 1957 Cessna plane came up short while attempting to land at Twin County Airport at about 1:50 p.m. Sunday, authorities say.

    Jon T. Stauffer of Thomasville, Ga., ended up landing the plane in an open field just across Airport Road from the runway — perhaps about a football field’s length away, said Virginia State Police Trooper R.B. Phipps.

  • Mother-Daughter Look-Alike Contest


  • Tazewell goes long in win

    HILLSVILLE –– Tazewell scored eight runs with three swings of the bat and brought Carroll County’s four-game win streak to a screeching halt Thursday with a 9-0 Southwest District win at Bill Worrell Field.

    Having breezed through the Bulldog order the first time through, including striking out the side in the top of the first, Cavalier starter Garrett Nelson ran into trouble with one out in the top of the third when Josh Mitchem doubled to deep center and Zac Wasilewski beat out an infield single.

  • Cavaliers notch big Southwest softball win

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County took an early lead and held on for a 3-1 win over Abingdon in a key Southwest District softball game Tuesday.

    Abingdon (7-2 overall, 3-1 district) returns five starters from the team that lost in extra innings in last year’s Group AA state title game, but the Cavaliers (8-1, 4-1) held the Falcons scoreless through five innings while building a 3-0 lead.

  • Tide’s Wilson baffles Bland Co.

    Grace Wilson flirted with perfection before settling for an 8-3 win in a Mountain Empire District softball game Tuesday at Mountain View Park.

    Wilson did not allow a Bland County batter to reach base through the first five innings but lost the perfect game and the no-hitter when Lindsey Hylton led off the sixth with a single.

    Galax led 8-0 at that point thanks to a quick start, taking an early lead on a two-run error in the first inning. Haley Reynolds added a two-run double in the second and scored on Harley Brewer’s double as the lead grew to 6-0.

  • Shaky D ruins MED opener

    Galax’s late-game offensive fireworks weren’t enough to overcome its early-game defensive implosion.

    In a key early game between Mountain Empire District title hopefuls, the Maroon Tide committed seven errors in the first two innings, fell behind Fort Chiswell by nine runs in the fifth inning and rallied back to within reach before taking an 11-8 loss Tuesday at Felts Park.

  • Hillsville clinic won't stay vacant long


  • Grayson teachers lobby for full funding

    INDEPENDENCE – Give the schools the money they need in the 2011-12 budget, many schools proponents told the Grayson supervisors in a marathon public hearing last Wednesday
    More than two dozen citizens spoke for more than two hours at public hearing on the proposed Grayson County Public Schools budget.
    With more than 70 people in attendance, many of the speakers asked the board to fully fund the $5.56 million schools request, citing lack of raises, aging buildings and outdated resources as the primary reasons the funding was needed.