http://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en NAPCO announces expansion, jobs http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/napco-announces-expansion-jobs <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/napco_1.jpg" alt="Michael James, Alleghany county manager, second from right, presented Paul Demmink, NAPCO president, with a special resolution from the Board of Commissioners honoring the plant for 40 years in Sparta. Left is Bill Slagle of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and state Sen. Deanna Ballard, who represents the 45th District that includes Alleghany and four other counties." title="Michael James, Alleghany county manager, second from right, presented Paul Demmink, NAPCO president, with a special resolution from the Board of Commissioners honoring the plant for 40 years in Sparta. Left is Bill Slagle of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and state Sen. Deanna Ballard, who represents the 45th District that includes Alleghany and four other counties." align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Larry Chambers<br /> Staff<br /> </strong><br /> SPARTA, N.C. &ndash; NAPCO announced an expansion of its plant in Sparta, N.C., and the hiring of 35 new employees during a press conference held in conjunction with the start of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.<br /> Michael Smith, Alleghany County manager, praised NAPCO for their commitment to Alleghany County. He said NAPCO recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in Sparta.<br /> Grayson, Floyd banks combine as Skyline National Bank http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-floyd-banks-combine-skyline-national-bank <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gnb-news.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="77" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Since the announcement came in November 2015 that Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd would combine their 200-plus years of banking experience, the two entities have put many hours of time and effort into a smooth transition, as well as appropriate new branding that reflects their shared core values.<br /> This week, the two banks announced that their new, combined name will be Skyline National Bank: a nod to the local communities they will continue to serve.<br /> Suspect in car chase indicted http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/suspect-car-chase-indicted <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/file_jan_03_3_05_19_pm.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Four sealed indictments were opened against Travis Dale Coulson, 38, of Galax, in connection with a chase that occurred Jan. 3.<br /> He was indicted for aggravated malicious wounding (William Gurley IV); two counts of felonious damage to property; and elude police, disregard command to stop.<br /> According to an earlier report, the crash involved Coulson chasing a car and then allegedly forcing it off the road. It went off a bank and plowed into the back of a house.<br /> Old time tradition http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/old-time-tradition <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bob_rozaieski.jpg" alt="Bob Rozaieski" title="Bob Rozaieski" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>By SHANNON WATKINS<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> Bob Rozaieski&rsquo;s dining area, fit into a cozy old Grayson County rental house, is sunny and warm, which only serves to accentuate the comforting solidity of the woodwork sitting on his table.<br /> Consisting of the walnut wood leg of lowboy that&rsquo;s been an on-again, off-again project and two &ldquo;Bible boxes,&rdquo; they&rsquo;re well-made, from the most detailed (the dark walnut wood box) to the least (the leg).<br /> Christiansburg man pleads guilty to soliciting child for sex on Facebook http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/christiansburg-man-pleads-guilty-soliciting-child-sex-facebook <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/james_crowder.jpg" alt="James Norwood Crowder" title="James Norwood Crowder" align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County Circuit Court was recently prepared to hear the case against James Norwood Crowder, 42, of Christiansburg, when the defendant waived his right to trial and pleaded guilty to proposing sex with a child. &nbsp;<br /> Amendment could assist Training Center residents http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/amendment-could-assist-training-center-residents <p> RICHMOND &mdash; The Virginia House of Delegates has passed an amendment to its budget proposal that would prohibit the discharge of residents at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.<br /> New opportunities http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/new-opportunities <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/p1060592.jpg" alt="Home-schooled students dissect owl pellets during the first 4-H meeting at the GATE Center in Independence" title="Home-schooled students dissect owl pellets during the first 4-H meeting at the GATE Center in Independence" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson Agriculture and Technical Education (GATE) Center&rsquo;s grand opening last year paved new roads for local programs specializing in agriculture and natural resources; and Grayson County 4-H has already put the extra space they have to good use by reaching out to a demographic they were unable to before: home-schooled students.<br /> Shooting suspect indicted on more charges http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/shooting-suspect-indicted-more-charges <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/greyling_davis_2.jpg" alt="Greyling Davis" title="Greyling Davis" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Larry Chambers<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Eight more indictments, which were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27, have been unsealed against Greyling Dwayne &ldquo;Beany&rdquo; Davis.<br /> Previously, Davis was indicted on charges of kill and murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony &ndash; subsequent offense.<br />