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  • From textbooks to tablets


  • Hillsville flushes plans for utility rate hike

    HILLSVILLE — An expected water and sewer rate increase has gone down the drain as Hillsville officials prepare the fiscal year 2013 budget.
    Town Manager Larry South said that Hillsville also will hold the line on taxes for its proposed $2.94 million general fund in the fiscal year starting July 1.
    “It is a pleasure to present a proposed budget with ‘no’ fee or tax increase,” South wrote in the town’s budget proposal.

  • HoustonFest snags Skaggs


  • County requests opinion on conflict question

    HILLSVILLE — A Rural Development official has gotten involved in the question of whether there’s a conflict of interest in the Fancy Gap water and sewer project, leading the Carroll Public Service Authority to request an opinion from the commonwealth’s attorney on the matter.
    The authority held a special meeting Wednesday evening from about 5:15 p.m. until about 6:55 p.m., with all but about five minutes in closed session.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/18/12

    Real reason
    Everyone knows the real reason gas prices are going up. It’s the big oil companies and the investors and a Congress that is voting for them and all their tax breaks because then Congress gets a big donation to their campaign fund.

    As it should be

  • School chief not retiring after all


  • Parents, students ask county to pay for principals

    INDEPENDENCE — Students, teachers, administrators and support staff all asked Grayson County supervisors to consider funding the school system above the state’s minimum Local Required Effort to keep principals and aides at all division schools.
    Ten concerned citizens spoke during the public hearing earlier this month on the proposed 2012-13 school budget and most had the same message — they like their principals and don’t want to give them up.

  • Medical merger could be good for city's financial health


  • She's one

    Paisley Brooke Snider celebrated her first birthday Feb. 1 with a Princess party at Pleasant Grove Fellowship Hall with family and friends.

    Her parents are Curtis and Lorie Snider. She has two older sisters, Palin and Blair Snider. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her great-grandparents are Pauline Marshall of Laurel Fork and Freida Deskins of Hillsville. She has an aunt, Holly Choate.

  • She's four

    Hayleigh Noelle Dolinger turned four on April 3. She celebrated with her family on April 1 at Mount Hope United Methodist Church in Fries.

    She is the daughter of Robbie and Monica Dolinger of Galax. Her big brother is Robbie Jr. Maternal grandparents are Mike and Sue Huffman of Fries. Paternal grandparents are Juanita and the late Ed Dolinger of Independence. Her special great-grandmother is Mildred Ring of Fries.