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Government

  • 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.

  • Independence Town Council approves budget

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Town Council has approved their governmental and utility budgets for the year.
    The motion to approve the budgets, totaling $1.7 million for governmental funds and $2.5 million for utility funds, was approved at a special called meeting on June 27.

  • Grayson approves $22 million dollar budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Another tough budget year has come to a lose, with the county successfully passing a balanced budget for FY 2018-19, totaling $22.3 million.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors held a final meeting to review the budget on June 18. After a short discussion, the board decided to move forward with the spending plan. The budget was formally approved by the board the following Monday, following unanimous approval by the supervisors at their June 18 meeting.

  • Fries approves $494,000 budget

    FRIES — A unanimous vote by the Fries Town Council at their June 5 meeting finalized the town’s budget for fiscal year 2018-19, with a revenue and expenditure total of $493,951.
    Proposed tax rates are as follows: $0.36 cents per $100 value for real property taxes; $1.75 per $100 value for personal property taxes; $1.74 per $100 value for machinery and tools taxes; and $0.30 per $100 value for public utility real estate taxes.

  • County leaders discuss plans for growth

    INDEPENDENCE — A series of upcoming initiatives planned to address growth in areas of tourism, business, health, communication and other needs within the county, were the key topic of this year’s spring “Grow Grayson” forum.
    Recently held at the Independence Fire House, Grayson supervisors and County Administrator Bill Shepley presented an updated list of the county’s planned projects in the coming years, seeking input from school and business leaders within the county.

  • Fries presents budget draft

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council presented a draft of their budget for FY 2018-19 at their May 1 meeting.
    The budget, which will take effect on July 1, currently has a revenue and expenditure total of $493,951.
    Proposed tax rates are as follows: $0.36 cents per $100 value for real property taxes; $1.75 per $100 value for personal property taxes; $1.74 per $100 value for machinery and tools taxes; and $0.30 per $100 value for public utility real estate taxes.

  • County forms plan for future budgets

    INDEPENDENCE — As Grayson County’s budgeting season continues, the Grayson Board of Supervisors sought a review of the county’s finances in order to address the years ahead.

  • Supervisors devise plan for school budget

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – As the Grayson school system faces a $1 million dollar shortfall in revenue due to loss of student funding and an increase in insurance costs, the supervisors are devising a plan to meet the school board’s request for the county to contribute more than the minimum it its required to provide.