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  • Candidates file to run in Grayson town elections

    One new candidate has filed to run against incumbents for a seat on each of the town councils in Grayson County.
    Council elections in Independence, Fries and Troutdale will be held May 6.
    For Independence, Jeffrey Z. Miller is the newcomer filing for candidacy, while incumbents Cecil Adams, Buddy Halsey and Tom Maxwell will seek re-election. Mayor Butch Reeves will also seek re-election.
    Both the elected mayor and council members serve four-year terms.

  • Landowners protect more than 4,500 acres of farms, forests

    Story submitted by New River Land Trust

    INDEPENDENCE — The New River Land Trust and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation worked with local landowners to conserve more than 4,500 acres in 2013, including a cluster of easements in historic Spring Valley in Grayson County.
    Spring Valley landowners Ray Vaughan Poole, Janie Gentry and Timothy Luper combined to protect 350 acres.

  • Governor vetoes guns in cars bill

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s first use of the veto pen — on a gun rights bill he previously sought to weaken with an amendment — is more symbolic than substantive.
    While its effect doesn’t change the law on storing guns inside a private vehicle, it’s a clear reminder to McAuliffe’s gun control base that he’s in their corner.

  • Bid for a Cure auction set for March 22

    The 13th Annual Bid For A Cure event will be held at Crossroads Institute on Saturday.
    The Twin County area saw the beginnings of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) fundraising in 1998, when Kelly and Susan Haga’s infant son was diagnosed with the disease. For several years, they organized an annual walk-a-thon, and In 2001 they stepped up their efforts when they had another child diagnosed with CF.

  • Mitchell to seek 8th term on city council

    Four seats on Galax City Council are up for re-election this year, with five candidates contesting to fill them.
    C.M. Mitchell is vying for another opportunity to serve on the council. If elected again in May, this will be his eighth term.

  • Nepotism ban passes with split vote

    INDEPENDENCE — After going back to the drawing board and composing three drafts, Grayson County Supervisors passed an anti-nepotism policy last Thursday night; however, two supervisors opposed the “tweaks” in the new draft.
    The original draft of the anti-nepotism policy presented to the supervisors during their February meeting prohibited the board from appointing or hiring any family member and would have forced supervisors to disclose familial relationships before new hires or appointments.

  • Animal advocates applaud fox penning ban

    RICHMOND — The General Assembly has voted to prohibit any new fox pens from opening up and phasing out the existing ones over the next 40 years.
    The practice of fox penning involves releasing an animal — usually foxes, but also coyotes — in a fenced-in space for dogs to chase. Laura Donahue, Virginia director for the Humane Society, said one of those fox pens is located in Carroll County.

  • Citizens split on subdivision changes

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials put off creating a new kind of subdivision for a month for further review, but proceeded with several other modifications to the subdivision ordinance after a public hearing at their March 10 meeting.
    Neither Carroll planning commission members nor the supervisors have come to a conclusion about allowing “flag lots” and “flag poles,” both designed to allow access and development of properties that do not front on a public road.

  • State legislators reach compromise on mental health

    RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers have reached a compromise on reforming mental health policies that satisfies the state senator whose personal tragedy inspired this round of revision to state psychiatric protocols.
    The negotiated deal extends emergency custody orders to 12 hours — the current maximum is six-hours — and requires state hospitals to take patients after eight hours if another bed isn’t found, Sen. Creigh Deeds said.

  • Grayson offering coyote bounty

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is getting ready to declare war on coyotes.
    A draft coyote ordinance has been provided to members of the board.
    Wilson District Supervisor Eddie Rosenbaum said the large number of coyotes roaming the hills of the county was causing a big problem for farmers.