• School budget focuses on salaries

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board presented its budget for the next fiscal year to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on March 6.

    At a short joint budget session on March 6, the two boards met at the county boardroom to go over a summary of the 2019-2020 budget and address any concerns.

    The budget proposal totals $21.9 million.

  • College plans local projects

    Staff Report

    Wytheville Community College (WCC) continues to expand learning opportunities at its location at the Crossroads Institute in Galax and is joining other partners for a proposed project at the former Baywood Elementary School in Grayson County.

    WCC is also continuing partnerships with other community colleges and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, according to a recent news release detailing its recent activities.

  • Grayson Bees

    Spelling bee competitions are underway in Grayson County Public Schools.
    Grayson Highlands School held their spelling be last Tuesday, Feb. 19. The bee was held to determine five winners, who will move on to compete in the Grayson County school district.
    A total of 29 students participated in the spelling bee. The winners were Andy Funk, Aidan Blackburn, Maddy Ashlin, Eva Jarvis, and Ireland Grady.

  • Galax school board honored

    The February Galax School Board meeting involved recognition for the school board members and a humorous appearance by school administrators.
    February was the Virginia School Board Association’s School Board Appreciation Month; the board, along with board clerk Kathy Halsey, received recognition from the VSBA. They, along with Supt. Bill Sturgill and Asst. Supt. Kristie Legg, received handmade wooden plaques from the CTE students, who made them in class.

  • Learning life lessons

    INDEPENDENCE — Seventh graders at Independence Middle School were commended at a ceremony, for successfully completing the Botvin Life Skills Program.
    The Botvin LifeSkills program is a pilot program funded by a grant through Virginia Tech. The program offers practical lessons in making positive life decisions.
    Erin Cox, 4-H Agent, said that the grant program was received by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, from Virginia Tech. Cox partnered with Coach Charles Campbell, who provided instruction for the program.

  • School board talks budget, weather closures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School’s Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed the upcoming budget and winter weather school closure policy during the board’s Feb. 11 meeting.

    Beginning with the budget, Wilmore said the staff has been working on the numbers extensively since the beginning of the year, and the primary goal is to continue catching up to teachers’ step raises this year.

  • Old school meets tomorrow's tech

    BAYWOOD — An old Chinese proverb states that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” and for the up-and-coming Baywood Technology Center — a growing initiative that will span multiple counties and involve a growing number of partners — the spark began with a single meeting.

  • Principal returns after transplant surgery

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School welcomed back Principal Charles “Chuck” Thompson this week, after his long-fought medical battle over the past year.

    Thompson, who was admitted in February 2018 to the lung transplant program at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N. C., successfully underwent a double lung transplant as method of treating a medical condition with which Thompson has contended for years, called pulmonary hypertension.

    Nearly a year later, Thompson returned to his office at CCHS on Tuesday.

  • Grayson teachers request raises


    INDEPENDENCE – Debby Greif, president of the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA), asked for salary increases for teachers during a budget presentation at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

    In her report, Greif discussed things the GCEA would like included in the 2019-2020 school budget.

    The main points the GCEA would like to see included in the budget are:

    • All teachers’ salaries adjusted to match their experience level;

  • City tackling GES traffic backups

    The Galax Traffic Safety Committee has offered solutions that may help ease traffic issues on South Main Street near Galax Elementary School during student pickup hours, according to Police Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    Cooper, who is on the committee, presented these solutions to Galax City Council at its Jan. 14 meeting.