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Government

  • Millions of taxpayers face refund delays in 2017

    As many as 15 million taxpayers could have their refunds delayed until at least Feb. 15 next year, according to an analysis by tax preparation company H&R Block.
    The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act now requires the IRS to hold refunds for returns claiming the earned income tax credit (EITC) and additional child tax credit (ACTC) until Feb. 15. Approximately 30 million taxpayers claim these credits, with half filing early, H&R Block said in a news release.

  • Elaine Holeton announces new position with VDOT

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Planning and Community Development Director Elaine Holeton recently announced that she will resign her position with the county, to accept a new position with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

  • County thanks administrator for seven years of service

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County held a farewell party for outgoing County Administrator Jonathan Sweet last week, in the Boardroom of the Grayson County Courthouse. The celebration consisted of refreshments, reflections and fellowship with the community.
    Sweet has accepted the position of County Administrator in Pulaski County, and will begin his new job on Jan. 16, 2017. He has served his position as County Administrator in Grayson County since June 1, 2009.

  • Citizens appeal on behalf of Training Center

    By SARA BLANKENSHIP
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE – A public hearing was held Oct. 27 regarding the fate of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center. A special joint subcommittee of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee came to Hillsville to tour the facility and host a public hearing to hear comments from citizens and local officials.

  • County administrator accepts new position in Pulaski

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Last Thursday, Grayson County Administrator Jonathan D. Sweet, ICMA-CM, tendered his formal resignation to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors effective January 15, 2017. According to a news release from the county sent Friday, Sweet has accepted the position as County Administrator for Pulaski County, and will begin his new post on January 16, 2017.

  • 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.