• Veteran challenges Griffith in 9th District


    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.

  • Grayson to revisit county decal request

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved to request Treasurer Kelly Haga revisit his proposal to discontinue the vehicle decals for the county in favor of an annual fee, at a date no later than December of this year.
    The approval was made during the board’s June 9 meeting, following a staff recommendation to revisit the matter as part of the larger budget framework during the budget discussions and planning for FY 2018.

  • Governor approves new state laws

    RICHMOND — New state laws and changes to the law passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor are now in effect.
    A look at some of the new laws and changes:

    State law now requires that both parties to a marriage be at least age 18 unless permission is granted from a juvenile court. The new law removes previous exceptions allowing marriage for those 16 and older with consent of a parent and for those younger than 16 who are pregnant and have consent of a parent.


  • Grayson grand jury releases indictments

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on two counts of rape last Friday by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.
    Jovanni Martinez Garcia, 28, was indicted on the two charges that involved a female less than 13 years old. One count allegedly occurred on or about April 4, and the other on or about April 7.
    The grand jury indicted 11 people on 18 charges, including several sealed indictments that will be opened later.

    Other indictments included:

  • Fries Town Council members sworn in


    FRIES — New and returning members of the Fries Town Council were sworn in by Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Susan Harrington during their July meeting.
    Continuing members, who were re-elected in May, include Mayor Richard Farmer, William Davis, JoAnn Gunter, Nancy Hawks, and Marie Isom. New member Cynthia Grant and returning member Gary Sumner (who served in several aspects in the past, including Mayor), were also welcomed at the meeting.

  • Interim county administrator appointed in Alleghany

    By Larry Chambers

    SPARTA, N.C. – Tom Smith, chairman of the Alleghany Board of County Commissioners, added a new title July 18 when he was appointed interim county administrator.
    Smith said he would serve in his new capacity until a new county administrator is hired or a permanent interim county administrator is appointed.

  • Board of equalization to hear feedback on tax assessments

    INDEPENDENCE — The Board of Equalization for Grayson County will hold several meetings from August through the beginning of September, to hear feedback from the public about this year’s real estate tax assessments.
    Tax reassessment letters have been mailed out, and by this time, property owners in Grayson County should be aware of any changes they should expect. Written or oral complaints of inequalities in real estate assessments will be considered by the board for increase, decrease, or affirmation during these meetings.

  • Senior advocacy group forms in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE — A group seeking to identify and meet the needs of the senior community in Grayson County has recently formed, with the help of the county administration.

  • Leftover funds may be used to prevent child abuse


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors heard a request from Tony Isom, chairman of the Grayson County Community Policy Team (CPMT), regarding a possible use of end-of-year local funds tied into the Children’s Services Act (CSA) and the Department of Social Services (DSS), during their July meeting.
    The proposal Isom presented to the board was to utilize end-of-year local funds for programs such as child abuse prevention.