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Government

  • Petition decrying Grayson County's coyote killing contest gets 700-plus signees

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County’s coyote killing contest launched last month is apparently attracting its share of attention – not so much from participants, at least not yet -- but more from folks opposed to it. The contest is a follow-up to the county’s coyote bounty program that started in March. While county officials say that, as of last week, 28 individual hunters had killed 45 coyotes total since the bounty program started, a petition calling for an end to coyote killing contest had reportedly received more than 700 signatures.

  • Grayson County supervisors pick Sexton as their 2015 chairman

    GRAYSON COUNTY -- The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has picked David Mack Sexton as its new chairman for 2015. The selection of Sexton, which was by a unanimous vote, came at a special Jan. 5 called organizational meeting at the Matthews State Forest Meeting Center. Sexton succeeds John Brewer, who served one term in the post.

    The board annually selects its chairman near the start of the year.

    Brenda Sutherland was picked for the second straight year to serve as vice chairman. It was also a 5-0 vote.

  • Candidates share goals for Fries Town Council

    FRIES — Nine candidates are vying for seven seats on Fries Town Council this year, with many shared objectives in seeing the town grow through recreational and business development through several ongoing projects.
    Fries has made headlines many times over the past year with the sale of the mill property and other downtown properties; the implementation of a “LOVEWorks” sign; a new information center; and most recently, the announcement of the long-awaited Fries Depot project being put up for bids.

  • County working to close budget gap

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials have spent long hours poring over their upcoming budget, finding creative ways to cover expenditures without sacrificing the main objectives and goals for the county. However, the budget will prove to be a challenge this year; after using a variety of strategies and resources, the county still has some money left over in expenditures.
    The Board of Supervisors continued their April 4 budget meeting to discuss the details of the county’s FY 2017 budget on April 12.

  • County approves remaining school funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from the School Board to appropriate the remaining balance of the FY 2016 school board budget.
    The board discussed and approved this motion with an amendment requesting the return of carryover funds during their April 14 meeting.
    In a letter to the board dated April 4, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore requested funds for the month of April, which total $1.6 million.

  • Hall, two incumbents seek Town Council seats

    INDEPENDENCE — Pete Hall of Independence will join two incumbents on the ballot on May 3 for seats on the Independence Town Council.
    Hall was the third candidate to enter the council race this year. He joins incumbents Ronald Sexton and Jason Cassell.
    Three seats are open in the May 3 election, with three candidates in the running. The terms are for four years.
    Evelyn Hughes, whose term expires this year, confirmed in February that she would not run again.

  • County presents budget, comprehensive plan update

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors reviewed the county’s Comprehensive Plan, and heard an update on the county’s upcoming budget at their May 12 meeting.
    Elaine Holeton, Director of Planning and Community Development, presented the Comprehensive Plan report, highlighting the major points of Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Treasurer seeks to eliminate county stickers

    INDEPENDENCE — Due to loss of revenue, paired with feedback from the community, Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga has suggested the elimination of decals for vehicles in the county, in exchange for a fee that will be easier to manage and enforce.
    Haga presented this request to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors at their May 16 meeting.

  • Veteran challenges Griffith in 9th District

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    Derek Kitts – a Roanoke native, decorated U.S. Army veteran, Southern Baptist, husband and father – has thrown his hat in the ring to represent the 9th Congressional District as a Democrat who is both pro-gun and pro-choice.
    Kitts did three tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan, garnering two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

  • Fries approves $1.39M budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council approved a balanced budget during their June 7 meeting; and bid farewell to outgoing council member Carolyn Jones.