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Government

  • County discusses Fishers Gap truck traffic

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing at its meeting on May 10, regarding truck traffic on Fishers Gap Road.
    The hearing was set to receive public comments regarding prohibiting through truck traffic on Fishers Gap, south of Galax, with an alternate route of use being Edmonds Road and Route 89.
    Several truck drivers attended the meeting to listen to the comments, but none of them spoke publicly.

  • Registration deadline approaching for primary election

    The June 12 primary election will include a U.S. Senate race and a race for the U.S. House of Representatives Ninth District.

    This year’s primary election will be a dual primary, meaning that voters will be able to participate in either the Republican or the Democratic election, but not both.

    The Democratic race will determine who will challenge Republican congressman Morgan Griffith in November. On the ballot for this race are Anthony J. Flaccavento and Justin D. Santopietro.

  • Grayson town elections held

    In Grayson County, only two newcomers joined any of the town councils holding elections — Fries, Independence and Troutdale.
    The Independence Town Council race had four candidates vying for three available seats. The three incumbent candidates who received the most votes left the face of town council unchanged, with Buddy Halsey receiving 53 votes (31.4 percent), Jeffrey Miller receiving 46 (27.2 percent) and Tom Maxwell receiving 43 (25.4 percent).
    Newcomer Jessica Anders was not elected; she received 27 votes, or 15.9 percent.

  • 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

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    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.