• 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.

  • 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

    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.