• Special elections for school board, Troutdale Town Council

    By Larry Chambers

    Not only will Grayson County and Troutdale voters go to the polls on Nov. 8 to elect a president and Ninth District congressman, but they will also have two special elections.
    One of the special elections is to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico on the Grayson County School Board.
    The other special election will be for Troutdale voters to fill an open slot on the Troutdale Town Council.
    The seat has been open since January when Pat Tilson passed away.

  • Vaughan seeks to continue Carico’s vision for school system

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim At-Large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.
    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the At-Large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning next year.

  • Fries woman volunteers to raise money for new playground

    FRIES — A local Fries resident has volunteered to raise funds for new playground equipment for the Fries Town Park.
    Kim Mallory, a lifetime Fries resident, requested Fries Town Council’s permission to apply for grants and organize fundraisers to upgrade the existing playground’s equipment during last week’s council meeting.

  • Absentee begins for 2016

    Absentee voting is underway in Virginia for the Nov. 8 election.
    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at a local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail.
    To vote absentee, voters must meet one of 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia absentee ballot application.
    In-person absentee voting is available at local voter registration offices Monday-Friday during regular office hours and on Saturdays Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

  • Ruth Ross withdraws from Grayson School Board race

    INDEPENDENCE — Ruth Ross, one of five candidates slated to run for the open At-Large seat on the Grayson County School Board in a special election on Nov. 8, has announced that she will withdraw from the race.
    In place of her campaign, Ross announced her endorsement of fellow candidate Robert Benish.
    In an interview with The Declaration on Monday, Ross explained that her decision to drop out of the race came after she and her husband began to consider a move to Washington, in order to be closer to their two grown children and their two grandsons.

  • Boyd to run for 9th District seat in November

    Janice Allen Boyd has announced her candidacy for the U.S. Congress 9th District seat.
    The district includes Galax, Carroll and Grayson.
    The independent candidate said she has “traveled over every major and minor road system and met thousands upon thousands of residents” personally to gather signatures on a petition to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot. In a news release, she thanked residents from Abingdon and Christiansburg who put her over the minimum 1,000 signatures she needed.
    Boyd previously ran for U.S. Congress in 2008.

  • Grayson County Voter Registrar reminds citizens of registration deadline for November election

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County residents who plan to vote in the Nov. 8 election are reminded that they must be registered.
    Cody Wingate, registrar for Grayson County, said the deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.
    Wingate said anyone could register at the registrar’s office on the first floor of the Grayson County Courthouse or online.
    He said anyone who registers must receive a letter from him informing them that they are officially registered.

  • Benish seeks at-large School Board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Robert Benish will appear on the ballot again this year during a special election on Nov. 8 to fill the at-large supervisor seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    The winner of this year’s election will serve out the remainder of Tim “T.T.” Carico’s unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2019. Carico, who won the seat in last year’s election, died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in July.

  • Alleghany has new county manager

    By Larry Chambers

    SPARTA, N.C. – The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners announced last week that Michael James will take over as the new county manager.
    James is currently the Director of Community Development and Economic Development for Lee County in Jonesville, Va.
    He replaces long-time county manager Don Adams who resigned in July to become county manager of Jackson County in Sylva, N.C.
    Alleghany received 27 applications for the position.

  • Ballot will contain two proposed amendments

    In addition to the races for president, vice president and congress, voters on Nov. 8 will see two proposed amendments to the Virginia constitution on the ballot.
    The Right To Work Law as laid out in the Virginia Constitution currently states that forced union membership and payment of forced union dues as a condition of employment is prohibited –  in other words, employment may not be denied on the basis of one’s union membership or lack of one.