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Government

  • Grayson to celebrate green courthouse project

    Grayson County leaders will celebrate the groundbreaking of its Green Government Initiative 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Grayson County Courthouse.
    Leaders will kickoff the courthouse and administrative facility renovations that will make the building more energy efficient and provide “green” educational opportunities.
    The event also will include a briefing of the project and light refreshments.

  • Grayson returns to once-a-year tax collection

    Grayson residents will once again have their entire real estate taxes due in December.
    Supervisors unanimously approved a change to the county’s tax collection ordinance after much discussion during the budget season.
    Prior to the 2009-10 budget year, supervisors approved a change to twice-a-year taxation to help offset cash flow problems.

  • Citizens protest trash fee 'warrants'

    Some Grayson County citizens say they are upset after receiving a notice of delinquent trash fees and a copy of a civil warrant, even though they say they were not billed for garbage service.
    According to about a dozen citizens who called, e-mailed or wrote letters to the newspaper, they received a  letter notifying them that their trash fee must be paid by Aug. 6, otherwise a warrant (identified as a civil claim for money) will be issued. If the warrant is issued, then the citizens will have to appear in Grayson County District Court.

  • Oracle Institute sues Grayson

    The Oracle Institute is suing Grayson County, saying the Board of Supervisors and a number of county officials discriminated against the organization’s founder when they denied her a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District.

  • Oracle Institute appeals case, citing discrimination

    The woman behind a spiritual retreat planned for Grayson County says she was discriminated against and her constitutional rights were violated when the board of supervisors unanimously voted to deny her a special use permit in June.
    Laura George, president of the Oracle Institute, had requested the permit to build a spiritual education center on an 11-acre property in the Wilson District. The center would have taught spirituality and ethical environmental practices.

  • Carrico: board's vote on Oracle Institute was wrong

    The most heated zoning debate in Grayson County this year will be re-visited in 12 months after supervisors voted last week to re-consider an application for a spiritual education center in the western end of the county.
    Last month, supervisors denied an application for a special use permit in the Wilson District to build a spiritual education community known as the Oracle Institute.
    An estimated 175 citizens turned out for the public hearing last month to speak against the 11-acre retreat, which would have taught spirituality and ethical environmental practices.