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  • Governor offers 2-year Medicaid pilot program

    RICHMOND — How dysfunctional is the Virginia General Assembly right now?
    So much that members back in town for the opening day of a special session on an unfinished state budget clashed over routine procedural resolutions.
    Those measures, which set rules for legislative sessions, are normally agreed to as a matter of course.
    On Monday, the House of Delegates and the state Senate split on them — an inauspicious start to a critical policy-making session when Virginia’s $96 billion, two-year budget hangs in the balance.

  • Sheriff's department participates in Operation Safe Stop

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced that his office will be collaborating with other law enforcement agencies and school officials to conduct Operation Safe Stop Day today, Wednesday.
    This campaign involves raising public awareness to the dangers of passing school buses that are picking up and discharging children. Law enforcement officers will be following school buses on their routes and observing selected bus stops.  Motorists who violate the law and pass stopped school buses will be charged.

  • Former teacher, principal charged

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, has been charged with hazing and corporal punishment of a George Wythe High School football player.
    “The charges issued were obtained at the direction of the Special Prosecutor appointed by the Wythe County Circuit Court for the investigation of certain complaints,” according to the March 21 release from Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, the special prosecutor.

  • Taylor challenges Crowder for mayor

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville businessman and town council incumbent will face a challenge from a long-time educator and agricultural leader in the May 6 election for mayor.
    Greg Crowder, who has served as Hillsville’s mayor since 2012, owns Race Inn and Pole Night Distribution and helped attract Classic Creations screen printing to the Carroll County Industrial Park last year.

  • 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.