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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • County board discusses road plans for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Jeff Russell, Wytheville Residency Administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), spoke with the Board of Supervisors in May regarding the Secondary System Construction program’s estimated allocations.
    Russell told the Board during the meeting that there is $2,857,432 in the current six-year plan, but cautioned that it could change year by year.

  • Fries, Independence welcome new council members

    While turnout was low at the polls for the May 3 general election in Grayson County this year, the towns of Independence and Fries will welcome new faces to their respective town councils.

  • Candidate lists revealed in Grayson

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Nine candidates are seeking election to seven seats on Fries Town Council in the May 3 election while three candidates have filed for the three open seats on Independence Town Council.
    Grayson County Registrar Cody Wingate said the closing date for candidates to register for this year’s council race was March 1.

  • Democrat seeks 9th District seat nomination

    D. Clay Pugh of Sugar Grove is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 9th Congressional District seat in 2016.
    A nominee will be chosen in Wytheville on May 21 for the seat held by three-term Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith.

  • Grayson voters show enthusiasm at polls

    It’s only March, but the subject on everyone’s minds already this year is the United States Presidential election in November.
    This year, a new president will unseat former commander-in-chief Barack Obama, to take the hot seat in the White House; and so far, the competition for the spot is fierce and difficult to ignore. Candidates from both sides are making headlines with cutting debates and head-turning campaigns, and flooding the typical media outlets while simultaneously causing an explosion of discussions over social media.

  • Sheriff wants fair budget for law enforcement

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the most prominent issues being discussed in the General Assembly this year is the governor’s proposed biennial budget, which includes a pay raise for sheriffs’ departments that doesn’t match up with the raise for state police in the Virginia Senate’s budget.

  • Hall to run for Independence Town Council

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A third candidate has filed for election to Independence Town Council.
    Pete Hall of Independence is the third candidate to enter the race. He joins incumbents Ronald Sexton and Jason Cassell.
    Three seats are open in the May 3 election. The terms are for four years.