• Shepley welcomed to County Administrator seat

    INDEPENDENCE — The July 13 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors was a transitional one, as the board and county staff publicly welcomed William “Bill” Shepley to his position as the new county administrator.
    Shepley began his new position on July 10. He will fill the position previously held by Jonathan Sweet, who resigned Jan. 15 to accept a position as Pulaski’s county administrator.  

  • New state laws introduced July 1

    Nearly 1,800 laws were passed during the 2017 General Assembly and many will affect our daily lives after taking effect July 1. Here are a few:

    Left lane fines
    Slower drivers who camp out in the left lane can be fined $100 (House Bill 2201). Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, told WTOP radio the change would address “a particularly pervasive and ever-growing problem of cars going grossly under the speed limit in the left lane.”

  • County, school boards hold close-out meetings for end-of-year funding

    Grayson County boards put an end to budget discussions last week, closing out their budget years with positive numbers and a favorable outlook for the year.

    The Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for the FY 2017 year was held at the Independence Middle School Library on June 26.
    Summarizing the totals, Dr. Ted Phillips, Director of Finance, said, “We came up short in some areas, but ahead in others. I am happy to report that we will meet the June and July payroll, and all of the June bills.”

  • Independence approves town budget

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Town Council recently approved their governmental and utility budgets for FY 2017-18.
    This year’s governmental budget totals approximately $1,617,070; and the utility budget total is approximately $2,279,190. There is no tax or water/sewer increase in the budget. Real estate taxes will remain at 14 cents per $100.
    The budget was approved by a unanimous vote by the council during their June meeting.
    The council held a public hearing for the budget in May, but no one signed up to speak.

  • AARP recognizes Grayson as age-friendly community

    INDEPENDENCE — AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), recently approved Grayson County’s application to join the national non-profit’s Age-Friendly Communities network. The approval, which was announced earlier this year, was recognized during this year’s Governor’s Conference on Aging.
    Sandy Troth of the Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee gave the Grayson County Board of Supervisors a report on the conference during their June meeting.

  • Candidates file for general election Nov. 7

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – With the filing deadline fast approaching, five candidates have filed for seats open in the Nov. 7 general election in Grayson County.
    The school board and board of supervisors seats are both up for election in the Wilson and Elk Creek districts.
    Incumbent Brenda Sutherland has filed for re-election representing the Elk Creek District on the board of supervisors and has met all the requirements.

  • County approves secondary road plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved the county’s Secondary Six-Year Road Plan and 2018/19 Construction Priority List, proposed by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
    Prior to the plan’s approval, the board held a public hearing in May, that was preceded by a summary of the plan by Jeff Russell, Wytheville Residency Administrator for VDOT. While the board followed along with the data included in their meeting packets, Russell went over the year’s allocations.

  • Rosenbaum will not run for another supervisor term

    INDEPENDENCE — Eddie Rosenbaum will not run for another term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    In a recent interview with the Declaration, Rosenbaum shared that, due to problems with his health, he will not join the race to retain his seat on the board this November. Rosenbaum is the current representative from the Wilson District; his term will be finished at the end of December.

  • Fries Town Council approves $1.4 million dollar budget

    FRIES — The Town of Fries, during their monthly meeting last Tuesday, approved a $1.4 million dollar budget for FY 2017-18.
    The budget, which totals approximately $1,406,012, includes a three cent tax rate increase and other increases for water and sewer rates. In previous budget meetings, council members explained that the tax increases were needed to help fund future projects like upgrades to the town’s water plant.

  • County board approves $20.9 million dollar budget

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $20.9 million dollar budget for FY 2017-18 during their regular meeting last Thursday.
    The budget, which will go into effect on July 1, will include no tax or fee increases for the fiscal year; however, difficulties in finalizing the budget this year using an outdated financial forecast, has prompted Interim County Administrator Mitch Smith to suggest updating the planning tool not just for future budgets, but to potentially plan ahead even further.