• County adds Q&A to public comments

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors, at their Jan. 3 organization meeting, approved the option of adding a question and answer period for clarification purposes. The board’s goal with this change is to improve communication with the public during their monthly meetings.

  • Governor shares plan for suspended drivers in debt

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced plans to end the suspension of driver’s licenses for citizens in Virginia who have outstanding criminal or traffic court debt.
    According to a recent article in The Virginian-Pilot Newspaper, Northam said the reason for outstanding court costs is primarily due to the fact that motorists cannot afford to pay their fines. He noted that suspending motorists’ drivers licenses for unpaid fees only makes the process more difficult for them.

  • County board hears updates on initiatives

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors discussed a number of ongoing projects and efforts to improve the county and draw in visitors during their Nov. 8 meeting.
    County Administrator Bill Shepley highlighted several projects, many of which tie in to the list of initiatives that were announced by himself and the board at the beginning of this year, during his monthly report to the board.

    Broadband project

  • Griffith, Kaine retain seats in 2018 election

    While Virginia continues its transformation into a progressive “blue state” with a series of recent Democratic victories in statewide races, the majority of local voters staunchly held on to conservative “red state” values Nov. 6..
    Democrats took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election, but most voters in the Twin Counties still favored Republican candidates.

  • Amendments will be on Nov. 6 ballots

    While many voters are aware of who’s on the ballot in November, some are surprised to find out they’re not just voting for politicians, but also possibly new laws.
    In Virginia, voters will see two proposed state constitutional amendments regarding taxation of property, which they can vote “yes” or “no” on.

    Amendment 1

  • Are you ready to vote?


    What’s the process of getting registered for the Nov. 6 election?
    Do you still need your voter registration card?
    What’s the deadline for registering?
    Stacey Reavis, Galax voter registrar, took time to answer a few questions so voters in the Twin Counties can be prepared and confident for the polls next month.

  • Absentee voting for General Election underway

    Absentee voting for the Nov. 6 General Election starts statewide today, Friday.
    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail. To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of the 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.

  • New precinct announced for Baywood voters

    BAYWOOD — Cody Wingate of the Grayson County Registrar’s Office has announced an updated polling location for voters in the Baywood precinct.
    Following the closing of Baywood School earlier this year, the polling location will now be located at the Baywood Wesleyan Church, at 1995 Old Baywood Rd. in Galax.
    All voters in Baywood have also been notified by mail of the change.
    Questions can be directed to the Office of Elections, (276) 773-2842.
    The next elections are Nov. 6, for the following races:

  • Health assessment underway in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s Community Health Assessment survey is currently underway, seeking input from members of the community about the area’s healthcare needs.
    The survey is available online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mount-rogers/ and at local areas such as the health department, county office, and local schools. County leaders encourage everyone in Grayson County to take the survey, to help them identify healthcare resources, barriers and priorities within the county.

  • Fries Town Council members sworn in

    FRIES — Following the May election, Fries Town Council members — including new member Frances Annette Boone — were sworn in during this month’s council meeting.
    The ceremony was conducted by Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Susan Herrington.
    Fries Town Council elections were straightforward this year, with seven candidates running to fill seven seats. Boone will replace former council member Gary Sumner, who did not appear on the ballot.