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Government

  • Efforts to save Training Center continue

    By BRIAN FUNK
    Staff

    WOODLAWN — The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close in June 2018, but those who want to save the mental health facility have not given up hope.

  • DSS notifies CHIP recipients of uncertain future

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

     
    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is notifying Virginia families with one or more family members who are enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that they could lose their coverage unless the United States Congress reauthorizes the program soon.

  • Treasurer responds to county’s spending questions

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson Treasurer Kelly Haga has responded to recent news report which detailed a request from the county to explain a list of purchases made over the last three years using a county credit card.
    Following the results of an audit last December, Haga confirmed that his company credit card has been suspended, and purchases over a span of the past three years were questioned; but to his knowledge, the issue has since been resolved.

  • Insurance healthier than expected in Va.

    The political brawls over the failed efforts to abolish key parts of the Affordable Care Act beg the question: How has the law – and the fight to repeal it – affected Virginians’ ability to obtain health insurance they can afford?
    Opponents of what is also known as “Obamacare” have argued it’s a doomed system and a disaster for the country. Warnings abound that it has caused health care costs to skyrocket beyond people’s ability to pay.
    Supporters said parts of the landmark law needed to be fixed but not discarded.

  • Committee, county seek FQHC for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has agreed to partner with the Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee, in an effort to bring a Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC) to Grayson County.
    Senior Advocacy Committee Member Sandra Troth made the request during the board’s Nov. 9 meeting. According to Troth, the board asked the committee previously to put together a subcommittee, to assess the feasibility and advisability of securing a FQHC for the county.

  • Revels, Sage take Wilson District seats

    Two new members will join the board of supervisors and school board in Grayson County, both representing the Wilson District, after wins in Tuesday’s election.
    Both ran for seats soon to be vacated by incumbent candidates who decided not to seek re-election.
    In the race for Wilson District supervisor, Rex Revels, a Republican, received 948 votes (77 percent), beating Democratic opponent Gesche Morley, who received 281 votes (23 percent.)

  • Northam wins governor’s seat

    Landmark News Service
    and Staff Reports

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be Virginia’s next governor after fending off a challenge from Republican Ed Gillespie that embraced the tactics of President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the campaign.
    In the Twin Counties, Gillespie easily carried Galax, Carroll and Grayson precincts, with wins ranging from 69 to 77 percent. Other Republicans on the ticket also took the three localities, bucking the state’s gradual shift to the left.

  • County, lawyers say treasurer investigation pending

    INDEPENDENCE — Lawyers for Grayson County confirmed last week that an investigation of some treasurer’s office expenditures stemming from a 2016 audit is still pending.
    The expenditures are pending a review by state police, county officials said.

  • Sage seeks Wilson District school board seat

    Rick Sage will appear on the ballot this November in the race for the Grayson County School Board’s Wilson District seat.

    Sage will face Betsy Shearin, with the winner filling the seat that will be vacated by Shannon Holdaway, who is not seeking another term. All school board candidates are independent.

    Sage’s father was born and raised in Grayson County; but being a self-proclaimed “military brat,” Sage grew up not just in Grayson, but all over the country and eventually overseas.

  • Shearin seeks School Board seat

    Betsy Shearin will join the race for a seat on the Grayson County School Board, in representing the Wilson District in this year’s general election.
    Shearin, an independent candidate, will be challenged by Rick Sage, another independent candidate, for the spot. The winner will fill the seat vacated by Shannon Holdaway, who announced earlier this year that he will not seek another term.