• 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.

  • Grayson citizens voice tax increase opposition

    Grayson County supervisors approved a tax increase last summer and residents continue to express their displeasure as they threaten to choose new leaders during the next election.
    Twelve residents spoke before the Board of Supervisors last Wednesday night and all had the same general comments — the 44 percent tax increase last summer is unacceptable.
    Many of the residents who spoke noted that, with the most recent reassessment and the 44 percent increase, their taxes effectively doubled.

  • Oracle appeal heads to court

    A Board of Zoning Appeals hearing involving The Oracle Institute was brief and confusing for about 20 citizens in attendance Thursday.
    Citizens filed into the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom, many of them holding handwritten or typed notes, thinking they would have an opportunity to speak; however, Thursday’s hearing focused on whether the Board of Zoning Appeals has jurisdiction to hear Oracle’s appeal of the Board of Supervisors’ June denial of the permit. According to Virginia law, it doesn’t.

  • Leaders launch 'Going Green' program

    Grayson County officials gathered last Wednesday to kickoff their Going Green program at the Grayson County Courthouse.
    Jonathan Sweet, county administrator, joked that the program didn’t mean that they were going to paint everything green.
    “We plan to renovate the courthouse through a $808,000 energy grant along with a $50,000 grant from the Tobacco Commission,” Sweet said.

  • 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.