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Government

  • Carrico files bill to reinstate Confederate Flag license plates

    RICHMOND — Senator Charles W. Carrico Sr. filed a bill earlier this month that, if approved, will allow motorists to once again display the Confederate battle flag on their license plates.
    Senate Bill No. 45, which was pre-filed by Carrico on Dec. 15, 2015 and will be offered during the General Assembly on Jan. 13, seeks to “amend and reenact § 46.2-746.22 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Sons of Confederate Veterans special license plates; logo or emblem on plate design.”

  • Grayson looks at funding non-county agencies

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is considering some changes in the way it responds to funding requests for non-government agencies.
    The issue came up at the final meeting of the board in 2015, which was short and to the point, with a few goodbyes and continuations of action items for the incoming board members in January.

  • State won’t recognize concealed handgun permits from 25 states

    Note: Some of the information in this article was provided by The Virginian-Pilot

    RICHMOND — Virginia will no longer recognize concealed handgun permits from 25 states effective Feb. 1, Attorney General Mark Herring said at a news conference on Tuesday.
    Herring called his decision “a common-sense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that our concealed carry laws and safety standards apply to everyone in Virginia, whether they are a resident or a visitor.”

  • Rubio, Clinton selected to top Virginia’s presidential primary ballots

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won Virginia’s drawing to be listed first on the ballot for the state’s crowded Republican presidential primary March 1.
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lead the Democratic candidates, followed on the party’s primary ballot by former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, then Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to a drawing by the State Board of Elections.

  • Board says no to pay increase

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has discussed the possibility of a pay increase for continuing and incoming supervisors, beginning next year.

  • New faces join supervisors, school board

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    After several months of heated debates and passionate campaigning, Grayson County citizens have chosen who they want to lead their local government beginning in 2016.
    Poll results, many of which came in by 10 p.m. Tuesday night, showed heavy support for incumbent campaigns. Officials who will be retaining their seats include Circuit Court Clerk Susan Herrington, Treasurer Kelly Haga, Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, and the Board of Supervisors’ Oldtown District representative Kenneth Belton.

  • Candidate answers ad’s claims about experience

    A candidate for Grayson County Circuit Court clerk contends there are inaccuracies about him in what he called a “rather negative” campaign advertisement that the Grayson County and Galax Bar Association placed Wednesday.
    The ad in The Gazette and Declaration newspapers on Wednesday provided an endorsement for Grayson Circuit Clerk Susan Herrington, who is seeking re-election, while also raising questions about Williams’ record and past employment.

  • Brooks runs for Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney seat

    Staff Reports

    Roger Brooks, a Republican, is challenging independent incumbent Douglas Vaught for the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney seat in the Nov. 3 election.
    “I decided to run for commonwealth’s attorney because I see the position as another opportunity to give back to the community,” Brooks said in an email to the newspaper. “For 20 years, I have provided services, often for free, for fire departments, rescue squads, churches, even towns in Grayson County.”

  • Combs to seek another term in Grayson County School Board election

    Staff Reports

    Wynn Johnson Combs will seek another term for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board this November.
    Combs, an independent candidate, will be challenged this year by Randy L. Shinault, also independent for the seat.

  • Grayson candidates discuss campaigns at forum

    Fourteen candidates in this year’s Grayson County general election introduced themselves and their campaigns to the community during a candidate forum at Grayson County High School on Oct. 6.
    Hosted by the Twin County Chamber of Commerce, the forum organized a series of questions for each candidate, presented by a panel made up of Chamber President Marty Hall, Executive Director Judy Brannock, Executive Attorney Raquel Lyons and Vice President Zach Dotson. Questions pertained to the offices sought by each candidate.