• Hall to run for Independence Town Council

    By Larry Chambers

    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.

  • Whitetop man still missing

    By Larry Chambers

    WHITETOP – A big question being asked in western Grayson County is what happened to John Wingler Sr.
    Wingler, 74, was last seen on Nov. 11, 2015 at his home at 46 Dolinger Road in Whitetop.
    Numerous searches by the Grayson County and surrounding counties sheriff’s departments have turned up nothing. A helicopter was also used in an aerial search of the Whitetop area but turned up nothing.

  • Incumbents prepare for local elections

    With the filing deadline for this year’s council elections, several incumbents have declared that they plan to run for another term.
    According to Grayson County General Voter Registrar Cody Wingate, elections for Mayor and/or Town Council members in Independence, Fries and Troutdale will be held May 3 this year. The filing deadline to appear on the ballot is March 1 at 7 p.m.
    Independence Town Clerk Kim Farmer confirmed that three incumbents are up for re-election this year for the Independence Town Council: Ronald Sexton, Evelyn Hughes, and Jason Cassell.

  • Board approves ordinance for riverside lots

    INDEPENDENCE — It took several months of meetings, public hearings and changes to pull it off, but the Grayson County Planning Commission’s proposed ordinance revisions for the shoreline recreation zone district have met approval from the Board of Supervisors.

  • Drug-test proposal fails House vote

    Landmark News Story

    RICHMOND — A legislative proposal to drug-test recipients of public assistance was derailed Tuesday on a bipartisan vote in a Republican-controlled House of Delegates subcommittee.
    Two Republicans, Dels. Peter Farrell of Henrico County and Chris Peace of Hanover County, joined minority Democrats in opposing the measure, which failed to advance on a 6-5 vote.

  • House panel rejects attempts to raise minimum wage

    Landmark News Story

    RICHMOND — A variety of proposals from Democratic lawmakers to raise Virginia’s minimum wage were defeated on a party-line vote Tuesday in a Republican-controlled House of Delegates subcommittee.
    The 6-4 vote means none of the measures is likely to advance this session.
    The panel acted after hearing from several low-income Virginians who said the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour forces them to choose between buying food and medicine and paying utility bills.

  • Confederate Flag bill rejected

    RICHMOND — As it has for more than 150 years, the Civil War divided friends again on Jan. 20, this time in a legislative hearing.
    After a discussion about whether the Sons of Confederate Veterans should be allowed to have a Confederate battle flag on license plates, the state Senate Transportation Committee voted 6-3 to reject the idea.
    SB45, sponsored by 40th District Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County), would have removed the prohibition of a flag logo on the organization’s special-interest plates.

  • Bills seek religious exemption from court clerk duties

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — A local legislator has filed two bills in the General Assembly that would allow court clerks and wedding officiants to refuse service to couples if the union goes against their religious beliefs.
    This would apply to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

  • Board of Supervisors holds first meeting of 2016

    GALAX — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors elected officers and reviewed rules of procedure during their organizational meeting Jan. 4 at the Matthew’s State Forest Meeting Center.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet opened the meeting, and began by asking for nominations to elect a chair for the board. Supervisor Kenneth Belton nominated Supervisor Brenda Sutherland. After Sutherland accepted the nomination, and no other nominations were cast, the motion was approved by all members present.

  • 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.”