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Government

  • Alleghany elects new leaders

    SPARTA, N.C. – New leaders have been elected by the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners and Alleghany Board of Education.
    Ken Richardson was re-elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners and Tom Smith was elected vice chairman.
    Brad Mabe was elected chairman of the Board of Education and Faron Atwood was elected vice chairman.
     

  • Fluoride out in Sparta

    Due to new developments, the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority directed its engineer to look at ways to provide fluoridated water to Independence and Grayson County and unfluoridated to Sparta and Alleghany County.
    Board chairman Bryan Edwards, who is also Sparta’s town manager, said Sparta Town Council had voted not to purchase fluoridated water from the Authority.
    The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners also voted last month not to buy fluoridated water.

  • Grayson renovates boardroom

    Children are taught from a young age to not color on the walls with markers. Apparently Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet wasn’t paying attention.
    Holding a meeting for the first time in the (nearly complete) renovated board room, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors saw their freshly painted walls marked up.
    Sweet, speaking about the technological advancements in the 90 percent completed room, demonstrated how useful the white walls can actually be during a meeting.

  • Citizens blast Grayson taxes, leaders

    Nearly 300 Grayson County taxpayers braved torrential downpours and frigid temperatures to protest the county’s 2010 tax increase during a citizens’ meeting Nov. 30.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR-Dec. 8, 2010

    Town manager responds to fluoride critics

  • Meeting location changed

    The Grayson County School Board will meet 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Independence Middle School library.
    This is a change from the board’s traditional meeting location at the Grayson County Courthouse.
     

  • Citizens blast Grayson taxes, leaders

    Nearly 300 Grayson County taxpayers braved torrential downpours and frigid temperatures to protest the county's 2010 tax increase during a citizens' meeting Nov. 30.

  • Living in a dangerous world

    We continue to live in a very dangerous world.
    Radicals, terrorism growing in numbers around the world and the Middle East almost to the point of boiling over to a major conflict to an outright war.
    From wars past to the present, American soldiers continue to lose their lives in countries where their enemies hide in the shadows, caves and behind women and children.
    Then you look at the drug war that is costing many people their lives.
    Countries like Afghanistan, Mexico and Colombia continue to ship their poison to our streets, schools and workplaces.

  • Let the post office change its business

    Eight months ago, the U.S. Postal Service implored Congress for permission to make changes necessary to avert financial collapse.
    But Congress dithered, as it often does, and the Postal Service went on to lose $8.5 billion - 20 percent more than it projected - in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. This year, the service is expected to lose another $6.4 billion.

  • Grayson may increase elderly tax relief

    More Grayson County residents could soon be eligible for a tax relief program.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought a recommendation to the board of supervisors on Nov. 10 to increase various aspects of a program that provides relief for elderly residents of the county who struggle to pay their taxes on fixed incomes.
    Sweet said he and Commissioner of Revenue Larry Bolt recommend that the board consider increasing all three phases of the program.