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Government

  • Grayson faces $1.4 million shortfall

    Grayson County begins its months-long process of balancing its budget with an initial shortfall of $1.4 million.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet presented the supervisors with the first budget snapshot during a work session on April 24.

    Sweet said projected revenues for fiscal year 2014 are $16.86 million, a .03 percent increase ($53,277) over last year’s adjusted revenues.

  • Sweet gets contract extension

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has extended County Administrator Jonathan Sweet’s employment agreement beyond the initial four-year term.

    The agreement was approved by a 3-2 vote during the supervisors meeting earlier this month, with the dissenting votes coming from supervisors John Brewer and David Sexton.

  • State burning law goes into effect Feb. 15

    The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15 – the start of spring fire season in Virginia. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day until April 30 if the fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

  • O’Quinn named to new Rural Jobs Council

    Governor Bob McDonnell created a Rural Jobs Council last Thursday, and shortly after he announced the appointment of Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R – Washington) to serve on the council.

  • Prison funding moves forward in General Assembly

    RICHMOND — Key General Assembly committees advanced proposed revisions to Virginia’s two-year budget Sunday that would open a mothballed state prison in Grayson County and provide state funding for teacher pay raises.

  • Flaccavento challenges Griffith to sign People First Pledge

    ABINGDON -- Anthony Flaccavento, candidate for Congress from Virginia’s Ninth District, challenged his opponent H. Morgan Griffith to sign the People First Pledge and promise to put the people of southwest Virginia ahead of the Tea Party, large corporations and billionaires.

  • Griffith staff hold local office hours July 23 in Independence

    Staff members for Rep. Morgan Griffith will have “traveling office hours” to meet with the public in three Twin County localities during July.
    The hours are:
    • Independence, July 23, 10 a.m.-noon, Grayson County Administration Building board room, Suite 206, 129 Davis St.
    • Galax, July 23, 2-4 p.m., Galax Municipal Building, 111 E. Main Street.
    For information, contact the congressman’s offices: Christiansburg, (540) 381-5671; or Abingdon, (276) 525-1405.

  • Search for new town manager begins

    Independence Town Council has begun its search for a new town manager.
    The town has been without a manager since Kenneth Vaught retired on June 30. He announced in May that he would retire but said he had no future plans.
    Vaught, who lives in Alleghany County, N.C., became town manager on Dec. 8, 2003.
    Mayor Butch Reeves, who is helping out in the town office until a new manager can be hired, said town council interviewed seven candidates for the job in special meetings last Monday and Tuesday.

  • Grayson trashes penalty

    Grayson County citizens will no longer face a criminal charge for non-payment of their trash collection fee, after supervisors made additional changes to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Supervisor Mike Maynard said after talking with the county’s attorney, following the public hearing last month, that there were some additional language changes the board should consider.
    During the public hearing, citizens spoke out about the fact that, if they violated the ordinance, they could potentially be charged with a misdemeanor.

  • Grayson continues to build reserve

    Grayson County continues to build towards its working capital reserve after closing out the current budget year with more than $1 million in its rainy day fund.
    Count Administrator Jonathan Sweet asked the board to consider four motions during the final meeting of the fiscal year to close out the current budget.
    The first action item was to make end-of-year budget appropriations and transfers.