Local News

  • Republicans pick candidates at Grayson mass meeting


    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Republicans picked political newcomer David Sexton as their candidate for the supervisor at-large seat, which is up for grabs in the November election
    During a mass meeting on July 23, Sexton got the nomination over incumbent supervisors’ Vice Chairman Doug Carrico by 44 votes, 70-26.
    Other nominees, whose bids were uncontested within the party, include: Larry Bolt, commissioner of the revenue; Kenneth Belton, Oldtown District supervisor; John Brewer, Providence District supervisor and Mark Burnett, sheriff.

  • Virginia GOP raking in the cash

    RICHMOND — Republicans ended June with a significant funding advantage over their Democratic rivals, and the GOP already is steering money toward key races that could shift the balance of power in the state Senate.
    One of those races is the 20th District contest between Republican Bill Stanley of Franklin County, a first-year senator who moved from the 19th District to the redrawn 20th to take on incumbent Democrat Roscoe Reynolds of Henry County.

  • Grayson Democrats to hold caucus Aug. 2

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Democrats will hold an assembled caucus at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom in Independence, where the party will nominate candidates for at-large, Providence District and Oldtown District board of supervisor seats; sheriff; commissioner of the revenue and treasurer.
    As of press time, no Democrats had announced plans to seek nomination for commissioner of the revenue or sheriff.
    The filing deadline is today, Friday, at 5 p.m.

  • Carroll to begin reassessment

    Carroll County has selected the Daleville firm Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group, Ltd. as general assessor for the 2013 general reassessment of real estate values.
    The last reassessment was effective for the 2008 tax year. Current assessments do not reflect recent changes in market value. State law requires localities to reassess all property at 100 percent of fair market value.

  • Independence to participate in National Night Out

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Independence Police Department will host their first ever National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 2.
    The event will be held at Grayson County High School from 6-8 p.m. The purpose of National Night Out is to encourage the public to be active in crime prevention, bring neighbors together and build stronger relationships between law enforcement and citizens.

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  • Independence okays mural project


    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence office on Main Street recently received a new awning and now the building will soon have a mural painted on the side.
    After discussion at the July 12 meeting, Council Member Jason Cassell made the motion to employ Charles Akers to paint the mural at a total cost not to exceed $2,500, with the labor not exceeding $1,900. The motion passed unanimously.
    No date was given as to when work will begin on the mural.

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  • Branscome Bridge dedicated