• Shinault enters race for Providence District seat on school board


    INDEPENDENCE — Randy Shinault has announced his campaign to fill the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board in this year’s general election.
    Shinault, an independent candidate, is running against incumbent Wynn Combs, who is also an independent.
    A graduate of Fries High School, Shinault attended (but did not graduate from) Wytheville Community College and Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia (now called UVA-Wise).

  • Haynes runs for Oldtown District seat on Grayson School Board

    This year’s race to fill seats on the Grayson County School Board will include Diane Haynes on the ballot for the Oldtown District.
    Haynes, who is running unopposed as an independent candidate, has an extensive history teaching for various schools in the Grayson County school system. Her career in education began in 1975. At that time, her bachelor’s degree from Radford University allowed her to teach students from grades 4-8.

  • Dr. Robert Benish seeks School Board At Large seat

    Dr. Robert Benish has joined this year’s political race to fill the at-large supervisor seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    Benish is one of three independent candidates vying for the seat this year. John K. Brewer and Tim L. “T.T.” Carico also will be listed on the ballot this November.
    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.
    Benish, trained in gastroenterology, has served Grayson County, Galax and surrounding communities for 28 years.

  • Chamber announces candidate forum

    The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the general public to attend their national Candidates Public Forum in Grayson County on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Grayson High School Auditorium in Independence.
    The candidate forums are held to introduce prospective government entities and allow a non-biased platform for discussion and debate on issues that will directly affect their candidacy and the voters who select their government leaders.

  • Brewer to run for county treasurer

    Stephanie Brewer has announced her candidacy for the Grayson County Treasurer seat in this year’s November election.
    Brewer, who has registered as an independent candidate, according to the State Board of Elections database, will run against incumbent Democrat Robert Kelly Haga.
    In making her announcement, Brewer stated “I am a strong conservative who understands the need for taxation but believes it should be as minimally intrusive as possible in people’s everyday lives”.

  • Luke Shaw announces candidacy for Supervisor seat

    Larry “Luke” Shaw has announced his candidacy for the Grayson  County Board of Supervisors Oldtown District.
    Shaw is a lifelong resident of Grayson County, having lived his whole life in the Oldtown District. He is the son of the late Connie and Nora Shaw and has raised three children in Grayson County, all of whom have been educated in the Grayson County Public School System.

  • County seeks donors to help fund coyote bounties

    INDEPENDENCE -- With funds exhausted for a bounty on coyotes in Grayson County, one supervisor took it upon himself to donate additional funds in hopes that other citizens will follow-suit.

    Supervisors were notified by a March 6 memo from County Administrator Jonathan Sweet that only $480 of the total budgeted $10,000 remained.

    Needing at least $500 to pay in prize money to the citizen that turned in the most coyote carcasses, Sweet said the board would need to decide if it appropriated additional funds for the contest that was scheduled to run through May 15.

  • Grayson supervisors double funding for coyote killing program
  • Del. O'Quinn seeks input from Grayson County residents


    By Israel O'Quinn

    Guest Columnist

    It is a great honor to represent you in the Virginia House of Delegates and I am thankful for the opportunity.  I look forward to working with you in the years to come.

    I want to hear from you! Please take my legislative survey (as soon as possible for) the 2015 Legislative Session.

    1. What services provided by state government are most important to you? (Please rank your responses. 1 = Highest Priority, and 6 = Lowest Priority.)

  • Grayson teacher rep to school board: Don't cut our pay

    INDEPENDENCE -- As Grayson County administrators look to make up a $500,000 budget deficit, the division’s Education Association president suggest they avoid reducing teachers’ pay.

    Rebecca Absher, president of the GCEA addressed the school board during its regular meeting this week after rumors began circulating that administrators were considering cuts that would affect the teachers’ pay.