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  • Board extends Sweet's contract indefinitely

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has extended County Administrator Jonathan Sweet’s employment agreement beyond the initial four-year term.
    The agreement was approved by a 3-2 vote during the supervisors meeting earlier this month, with the dissenting votes coming from supervisors John Brewer and David Sexton.
    No comments were made regarding their decision to vote against the agreement.

  • Airport terminal work to start soon

    HILLSVILLE — As increased traffic takes flight at Twin County Airport, officials at the facility expect to have a modern terminal to welcome pilots by the end of 2013.
    Tom Jones, chairman of the airport commission, stood in what is now the parking lot last Friday and pointed to a flag by the recently built commercial hangar.
    That flag marks the southern end of where the 4,000-square-foot terminal will go, taking up much of the asphalt area outside a low chainlink fence.

  • Music trail chooses harmony over discord

    The Crooked Road has ended its effort to achieve National Heritage Area status, after Tea Party groups alleged that the move would put local land use decisions under federal control. The trail that includes the Twin Counties would have been eligible for federal grants to promote mountain music.

  • Family raising awareness of blood clot danger

    HILLSVILLE — Despite having some nagging pains, Jamie Lee Gravley, 22, soldiered on, continuing to put together his son’s toddler bed on June 19, 2012.
    Wife Melanie Gravley described it as a normal day for the young married couple that had set up their home in Mount Airy, N.C.
    Jamie Gravley, a former JROTC Cavalier Battalion cadet and 2009 Carroll County High School graduate, stayed upbeat and energetic right up until the end.

  • Crockett-Stark won't seek re-election

    Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) has announced  that she won’t run for re-election to the House of Delegates this fall, ending her legislative career after four terms.
    Crockett-Stark, 70, represents the 6th District, which covers Wythe and Carroll counties and part of Smyth County.
    Crockett-Stark, who is called “Annie B.” by friends and colleagues and known for her colorful personality, disclosed her decision in an email circulated on Wednesday.

  • County to restrict windmills

    READ THE MOUNTAIN RIDGE PROTECITON ORDINANCE AND SEE A MAP OF PROTECTED AREAS — LINKS AT END OF STORY

  • McDonnell: Virginia hasn't approved Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell wants the Obama administration to know that Virginia has not approved expansion of Medicaid under the federal health reform law, and that he won’t authorize it “given the vast reform required to make our program cost effective.”

  • Grayson developing 'roadmap to the future'

    The Grayson County Planning Commission is developing a "good roadmap to the future" through its yearlong effort to update its comprehensive plan.
    "The goal is to produce an action-based plan that addresses the current needs and future challenges," said Elaine Holeton, director of the county’s Department of Planning and Community Development.
    State code requires each locality in Virginia to draft a comprehensive plan at least once every 10 years. Grayson’s last plan was drafted in 2005, with re-adoption in 2009.

  • Study: trail plan won't infringe on property rights

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Crooked Road, Virginia’s heritage music trail, has proposed that its coverage region of 19 counties and four cities in Southwest Virginia be designated as a National Heritage Area, “based on the region’s unique musical heritage and its significant role in the formation of American music,” according to a press release provided by the organization.

  • Medical board reprimands three local physicians

    The Virginia Board of Medicine reports that three physicians practicing in the Twin Counties were reprimanded for pre-signing multiple blank prescriptions for a nursing home, in violation of state code.
    The prescriptions were to be used only for emergencies, but were “not dated or signed by [the doctors] on the day when issued, as required by the Code [of Virginia],” the board found.
    The board issued the reprimands in June 2012. All three physicians are still permitted to practice medicine, and their licenses were not revoked or suspended.