Local News

  • Grayson sheriff asks for more money

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan was among department heads presenting county supervisors their budget requests for the 2010 fiscal year on March 11.

    Last year, the sheriff's office was granted $684,238.

    Vaughan — whose $53,689 department request was 7.8 percent higher than last year — explained his reasoning for the increase to the board of supervisors.

  • Grayson rec park seeks help with salaries

    INDEPENDENCE — A youth employment program could help out this summer with salaries at the Grayson County recreation park.

    Director Keith Weatherman presented his annual budget request to the board of supervisors earlier this month.

    In that budget, Weatherman requested roughly $39,000 for part-time salaries during the summer months — the busiest part of the year.

  • Carroll road projects shrink to just two

    HILLSVILLE — While closure of the Hillsville residency is in the forecast, so too are changes for the Virginia Department of Transportation's services.

    The number of roads on the six-year plan will basically shrink to two — and both of those involve spending federal funds to improve Virginia 620 at Exit 19, Bob Beasley, VDOT resident administrator, told the Carroll supervisors in an appearance at Monday's meeting.

    Maintenance will make roads with more than 10,000 vehicles on them the focus.

  • Carroll, Hillsville oppose closing VDOT office

    HILLSVILLE — Concerned Carroll County citizens and government officials will ask the Virginia Department of Transportation to spare the Hillsville residency office from a proposed $2.6 billion in cuts.

    The economic downturn caused the Commonwealth Transportation Board to consider a restructuring of VDOT, closing residency offices and rest areas and laying off 450 employees to address the budget shortfall.

    The consolidation would close the Hillsville office and shift its services to Martinsville.

  • Helen Kyle to join Galax School Board

    After spending nearly three hours in closed session on Feb. 23 interviewing seven candidates for two seats on the Galax School Board, city council appointed Helen Kyle and reappointed Ray Kohl during Monday's meeting to fill the positions.

    The terms for Kohl, who serves as school board chairman, and vice chairwoman Theresa Lazo are set to expire June 30. Lazo decided not to seek reappointment.

    This is Kyle's second stint in public office. She previously served on Galax City Council.

  • Hammer defense requests paint analysis, special litigator

    INDEPENDENCE — The defense team for Frederick Phillip Hammer — charged with the shooting deaths of Ronald Hudler, his son Frederick Hudler and a Hudler farm worker John Steven Miller — asked Judge Brett Geisler during a motions hearing on Wednesday to allow for extra analysis of a paint chip and a litigator to rebut allegations that Hammer would be a danger in the future.

    Defense Attorney Robert Finch said he would like to send a paint chip to Microtrace LLC in New York for thorough testing.

  • Smith: use stimulus funds with caution

    HILLSVILLE — The nearly $1.6 million in funding from the federal stimulus package could save jobs in the Carroll County Public School System, and educators remain hopeful that the government will allow more flexibility in the recovery effort.

  • Horton appeal denied

    HILLSVILLE — The 14 cruelty to animal convictions against a Hillsville businessman in a puppy mill case have been upheld by a Virginia Appeals Court judge.

    This makes the second time a court has refused to overturn the 14 misdemeanor convictions against Lanzie Carroll Horton Jr. resulting from a trial in Carroll General District Court.

    Those animal cruelty charges, as well as the 25 animal neglect convictions that went uncontested in this appeal, stem from a national Humane Society and Virginia PAWS campaign to expose puppy mills in the state.

  • Grayson gives Elk Creek to firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — To the pleasure of more than 30 Elk Creek Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department members in attendance, the Grayson Board of Supervisors last week approved transferring the old Elk Creek School property to the fire department — for free.

    Kevin Spurlin, representing the county's School Facilities Committee, wasted no time telling the board what the community wanted out of the building.

  • SOL scores on the rise in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary scores for eighth graders and end-of-course tests for high school students brought good news to the Carroll County School Board in February.

    The scores show some of the highest results ever achieved in Carroll schools since Standards of Learning tests began in 1998, according Beverly Parker, director of school improvement.

    "In this time of economic struggle... I am very pleased to bring these results to you tonight," she told the school board.