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Government

  • Morgan Griffith seeks 4th term in Congress

    U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith’s 9th Congressional District seat is up for election this November, and the incumbent Republican is facing two challengers on the ballot, plus a write-in candidate.
    Griffith stopped by the newspaper office to answer a few questions on the campaign trail.
    He has served the past five-and-half years in the U.S. House of Representatives — he’s in his third term — and 17 in the Virginia House of Delegates, from 1994 to 2011.

  • Anderson campaigns for seat on school board

    INDEPENDENCE — Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, one of four candidates campaigning to fill the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to provide a voice for the students, parents and teachers in the Grayson County school system if he is elected.

  • Davis on ballot for school board seat

    James Morgan Davis, a candidate in the four-way race for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to pay it forward to the citizens of Grayson County if he is chosen by the people.
    Davis will race against interim member Philip Vaughan, along with contenders Robert Benish and Tracy “Zeke” Anderson in the Nov. 8 special election for the School Board seat. The seat was previously held by Tim “T.T.” Carico, who was elected to fill the spot last year.

  • Voter turnout high in 2016 election

    Republican candidates swept the ballots in all Twin County precincts by a significant margin in last Tuesday’s election.
    Donald Trump took Galax, Carroll and Grayson easily; and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) retained his seat in a three-way race, also winning in all three localities.
    Trump didn’t win Virginia or its electoral votes, but in other states across the nation, he gained the 270 total electoral votes needed to reach the White House.

  • County fills seats for outgoing county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — After the announcement of Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet’s upcoming resignation in January 2017, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a lengthy list of board appointments to prepare for his departure.
    The list of appointments for their November meeting included seats on 21 different boards within the county. Of these appointments, spots on 14 different boards will be vacated by Sweet.

  • Fries approves resolutions supporting fire department, Lion’s Club

    The Fries Town Council approved two resolutions in support of their local fire department and the Lion’s Club during their Nov. 1 meeting.
    The first resolution approved by Council was in support of the Fries Volunteer Fire Department. The department is preparing an Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program application, and received support from Council during the meeting.

  • Vaughan requests recount for school board seat

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Philip Vaughan of Fries, who finished second in the special election held Nov. 8 for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, has filed a petition with the Grayson County Circuit Court asking for a recount of the votes.
    Four candidates sought the seat left vacant after Tim “T.T.” Carico was killed July 6 in an ATV accident.

  • Alternative proposed for personal property tax forms

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a motion for a public hearing in January, to hear citizen comments about the proposed implementation of a new method for filing personal property tax forms.

  • 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).