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  • Bills could have impact on lives of Virginians


    House bill targets mail-order drugs

  • Grayson finances go from 'almost broke' to stable

    INDEPENDENCE — After being declared “almost broke” in 2009, Grayson County’s financial health improved to stable condition in 2013, according to an auditor’s report presented during the board of supervisors’ February meeting.
    The most telling example: County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said that in 2010, Grayson only had enough money to last one day in its operating reserves. In 2013, reserves could have lasted the county up to two months.

  • Veto likely for student prayer protection bill

    Legislation aimed at ensuring students’ right to pray and engage in other religious expression at school has passed the General Assembly, but not by sufficient margins to overcome a promised veto by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    State Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill passed the House of Delegates on a 64-34 vote on Feb. 26. It had earlier cleared the Senate, 20-18. Neither vote is enough to override a veto, which requires a two-thirds majority.

  • Three now filed for Hillsville ballot

    HILLSVILLE — An incumbent for the Laurel Fork ward of Hillsville Town Council will also appear on the May municipal ballot, according to the Carroll County General Registrar’s Office.
    Greg Yonce turned in his petitions last week to seek re-election.
    He joins Sulphur Springs incumbent Billy Walls, who is also seeking re-election, and mayoral candidate Billie Taylor.
    Tuesday at 7 p.m. is the last time that candidates can file to qualify for the spring election, the registrar’s office says.

  • Legislators postpone 'Andrew's Law' until 2015

    RICHMOND — The work to protect state “Samaritan” workers by strengthening the penalties against reckless drivers has ended until the 2015 session of the General Assembly, say family members of a Virginia State Police trooper killed in the line of duty.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car. Fox was directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • Combative patient dies after Gambetta Road call

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  • Anti-nepotism policy fails in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of including an anti-nepotism policy in its Rules of Procedure in January, but last week voted 3-2 against a draft proposal of the same policy.

  • County, citizens dive into water park study

    HILLSVILLE — Consultants working on a feasibility study for a $3.6 million water park/pool concept in Carroll County believe the recreational facility would operate at a loss, assuming county residents get a discounted admission fee, as discussed at a special meeting Tuesday.
    Several consultants collaborated on a conceptual plan for facilities at the Carroll County Recreational Park near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange, or on the site of the former Woodlawn school.

  • Medicaid showdown could lead to state shutdown

    RICHMOND — If the high stakes of a fractious Medicaid expansion debate that threatens a state government shutdown weren’t clear before, they were after marathon legislative debates ended Feb. 20 with one side of the state Capitol accepting the idea and the other rejecting it.

  • Zoning to be fixed, not repealed

    INDEPENDENCE — The repeal of Grayson County’s zoning ordinance has been put on hold, at least for the time being, after a motion and rare unanimous vote by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors to table the repeal process on Feb. 18.