• Registrar assures votes are secure with new equipment

    INDEPENDENCE — With town elections coming up on May 1, Grayson Voter Registrar Cody Wingate re-assured the public that their votes would be safely counted at the polls again this year.
    At the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ April 16 meeting, Wingate presented a review of the recent upgrades of the county’s voting equipment.

  • Flaccavento on ballot for Ninth District

    ABINGDON — Anthony Flaccavento’s campaign has submitted all of the necessary documents, including voter petitions, to appear on the ballot for the 9th District Democratic primary on June 12.
    The Abingdon candidate is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Republican congressman Morgan Griffith in November.
    In order for a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives to appear on the primary ballot, the Virginia Board of Elections requires candidates to obtain a minimum of 1,000 signatures from registered voters across the district.

  • Town council candidates set for May


    The deadline for filing for this year’s town council races has passed, and the candidate lists for Independence, Fries and Troutdale have officially been released.
    General Registrar Cody Wingate released a list of candidates in town council elections for all three localities this year, following the March 6 deadline.

  • Report details economic impacts of SWVA tourism

    ABINGDON – The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Southwest Virginia have released their 2017 Annual Report which outlines the regional economic impact of the tourism economy and spotlights economic, community and tourism development initiatives, regional marketing and branding and updates to Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway.
    The report shows an increase of more than 56 percent in tourism spending throughout Southwest Virginia since 2004.

  • Broadband consultation effort proposed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A broadband consulting company is discussing a potential plan with Grayson County’s administrative effort in the coming months, to expand high speed internet for the area’s underserved communities.
    Sandie Terry, representing Rural Broadband Consulting, LLC, met with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 12, and presented a plan of action for expanding the county’s internet access.

  • General Assembly 2018 reaches halftime

    RICHMOND — We’ve reached crossover, the halfway point of the General Assembly session when each chamber finishes its own bills and hear bills from the other chamber.
    The budget bill is the lone exception that doesn’t have to be complete yet – that has to be done by Sunday.
    Major agreements have come together around raising the felony threshold and reducing red tape in certain state departments.

  • Stricter seat-belt laws shelved for 2018 session

    RICHMOND — Virginia legislators have rejected all bills expanding seat-belt requirements in privately owned vehicles this session. The last two bills, requiring back-seat passengers to wear seat belts, were dismissed by a House subcommittee vote Jan. 23.

  • Carrico proposes salary funding for sheriffs

    Sen. Bill Carrico is petitioning for the creation of a salary fund for deputy sheriffs during this year’s meeting of the Virginia General Assembly.
    According to the state’s Legislative Information System (LIS), a bill for the creation of a “Deputy Sheriff Supplemental Salary Fund,” labeled SB #495, was prefiled Jan. 9 and offered Jan. 10. It has since been referred to the Committee on Finance for further consideration.

  • Citizens guide to the General Assembly

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.
    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which runs through February:

    Do Your Homework
    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • O’Quinn joins fight to save SWVA Training Center

    Del. O’Quinn has joined Sen. Campbell’s efforts to halt the impending closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County.  
    A pre-filed bill introduced Jan. 9, by Del. O’Quinn in this year’s General Assembly, labeled HB #806, seeks to prohibit the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC) and the Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC).
    Del. Todd E. Pillion, R, of District 4, is also a patron of the bill.