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  • Water park, foster home find support, but mired in uncertainty

    By PATRICK SMITH and SHAINA STOCKTON
    FRIES — A Fries resident, backed by support from Fries Town Council, is seeking to locate a potential business at the town’s old Washington Mill property.
    Catrinna Shupe, who approached council members in December 2013 with her vision for “Kiddie Cats Cove” — a combined water park and children’s foster home — visited the board again at the Jan. 14 meeting to give an update on her progress.

  • General Assembly members report gifts

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — Members of the 2014 General Assembly reported accepting more than $260,000 worth of free meals, tickets to football games, overseas trips and other gifts last year, according to legislators’ annual disclosure forms.
    The average value of the gifts was $267, down from $467 in 2011, the most recent comparable post-election year. The overall number of gifts increased to 973 from 534 during the same period.

  • Zoning repeal ready for review

    By PATRICK SMITH and Staff Reports

  • Hundreds sign petition to keep trucks off curvy road

    ELK CREEK — Hundreds of Grayson County citizens have signed a petition calling for improved signage to warn tractor-trailer drivers of GPS routing that often leads them into navigating dangerously curvy roads.
    The petition was presented to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and to Virginia Department of Transportation Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell at the supervisors’ Jan. 9 meeting.

  • Two registered for town election

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates so far have gathered enough petitions to be on the ballot for the spring elections in Hillsville, according to the Carroll County Voter Registrar’s Office.
    Billie Taylor will run for mayor, according to Kim Cloud, general registrar.
    Billy Walls Sr. will seek re-election as the representative for the Sulphur Springs ward.
    Several others have picked up petitions at the registrar’s office and more candidates are expected, Cloud said.

  • Zoning referendum bill meeting postponed

    RICHMOND – A meeting between Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) and the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, which was supposed to decide the fate of a zoning referendum bill last Tuesday, has been postponed.
    The supervisors want voters to decide if the county should keep or repeal its zoning ordinance. They voted 3-2 to seek General Assembly approval for a referendum on the ballot this November.

  • Citizen continues to question Carroll PSA

    HILLSVILLE — As Carroll County’s appeal to get back $267,000 in Rural Development funding for the Fancy Gap sewer project continues, a citizen says Public Service Authority documents show that federal officials did not know about the Joy Ranch Road extension.
    Rural Development clawed back $267,000 in funding  \ though county officials have indicated $280,000  \ after the county utilities authority failed to do a preliminary engineering report and an environmental report for the sewer line extension that went beyond the Fancy Gap area.

  • Training center protection bill set aside

    RICHMOND — Many bills introduced by local representatives in the General Assembly have been falling by the wayside, including an effort to protect Virginia’s training centers from closing.

  • Man killed in sawmill accident

    FRIES — A worker at a lumber mill in Grayson County was killed during his shift on Wednesday morning.
    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members from his department and Fries Rescue Squad were called to C&B Lumber in Fries at 8:36 a.m.  
    The caller reported an accident at the facility. Upon arrival, officers found Dennis Carlie Johnson, 55, of Turkey Knob Road, deceased.

  • Senator backs zoning referendum bill

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson supervisors’ effort to put the future of zoning before county voters now has a sponsor in the General Assembly.
    A three-member majority of Grayson County supervisors voted Jan. 9 to direct county staff to pursue a special referendum vote on the issue of repealing the county’s zoning ordinance, which requires General Assembly approval.