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Government

  • Anderson will not run for second term

    INDEPENDENCE — At-large Grayson County School Board Member, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, has announced that he will not run for another term on the Grayson County School Board in this year’s general election.
    Anderson took the at-large seat on the school board following a special election on Nov. 8, 2016. He won the election that year by 11 votes against challenger Philip Vaughan. The school board seat was left vacant in July 2016, after former at-large member Tim “T.T.” Carico died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

  • Public weighs in on Grayson budget

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors had a full house at their May 9 meeting; as a number of Grayson County residents turned up to deliver their comments on VDOT’s upcoming road maintenance plans and the FY 2019-2020 budget.

  • County proposes tax hike for FY 2019-2020

    INDEPENDENCE — To balance the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, Grayson leaders have announced the first tax increase that the county has seen in 11 years.
    The $22 million budget will include an additional $0.07 for real estate, bringing the total real estate tax to $0.56 per $100 assessed value; an additional $0.50 for personal property taxes, for a total of $2.25 per $100; and an additional $5 for trash fees, bringing that total to $18 per month.

  • CBD and THC-A oil dispenseries set to open across Virginia

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND -- Virginians with a doctor’s recommendation soon will have access to CBD and THC-A oil dispensaries throughout the state. The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has approved five companies to open the dispensaries -- one in each of the commonwealth’s five health service areas.

  • Community feedback needed for health center

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is partnering with Tri-Area Community Health in an initiative to bring a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) to the aid of the community.
    The healthcare center initiative has been high on the county’s list of priorities since the concept was introduced in 2017 and has moved through several phases in the past year.

  • Carrico will not seek another term

    Sen. Bill Carrico, R, of the 40th District Senate, has announced that he will not seek another term in the 2019 general election.
    Carrico has served for 34 years as a public servant for the Commonwealth. He first served as a state trooper for the Virginia State Police; then as a representative for the 5th House District; and currently serves for the 40th Senate District.

  • Grayson board talks with agriculture groups

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors, during their Feb. 14 meeting, discussed agricultural incentives with two different groups within the county.
    Ashley Edwards, Community Horticulture Agent, was first to speak. Edwards used the opportunity to highlight some of the projects she’s been involved with during her time with the Extension office.

  • New law seeks to treat pets more humanely

    Capital News Service

  • County board plans for year ahead

    INDEPENDENCE — At the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 10 meeting, County Administrator Bill Shepley used his monthly administrator’s report time to provide an overview for the upcoming budget session.
    In his summary, Shepley explained that upcoming financial challenges will require the county to review certain areas of the budget when considering future budget seasons.

  • Bill proposes $15/hr minimum wage

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — After dozens of women rallied at the Capitol on the opening day of the 2019 General Assembly session, a legislative committee passed one of their key priorities — a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Virginia.
    SB 1200 would take effect July 1, initially raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour, then to $13 an hour in 2020 and $15 an hour in 2021. The bill, which passed the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on a 6-4 vote, has advanced to the full Senate for a vote.