http://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Educational resources at Matthews Living History Farm http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/educational-resources-matthews-living-history-farm <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3249.jpg" alt="Matthews Living History Farm " title="Matthews Living History Farm " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By D. T. CLARK<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> GALAX &ndash; Daniel Boyer seems a like a young man with a lot of energy, good ideas, and excitement, all wrapped in a personality that has been shaped and refined by the best of Grayson County. And he&rsquo;s delighted to have a job that lets him share all of that with local students, new and established farmers, and folks who are just visiting.<br /> Free Market announced in Grayson http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/free-market-announced-grayson <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kathy_cole_-_free_market_discussion.jpg" alt="LandCare president Kathy Cole speaks with the Board of Supervisors" title="LandCare president Kathy Cole speaks with the Board of Supervisors" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Grayson LandCare has signed a one-year lease for the former Briarpatch Metalworks building on N. Independence Avenue, where the organization will soon offer a new community resource: the Free Market.<br /> Community bids farewell to cinema manager http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/community-bids-farewell-cinema-manager <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mike_cinema_iii_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> GALAX &mdash; If his life was a movie, this would be the scene where our hero leaves behind the life he&rsquo;s known and embarks on a journey into the unknown.<br /> He&rsquo;s not really jetting off for an unknown planet or a lost city, but Mike Steinsberger is leaving Twin County Cinema III after 22 years as manager.<br /> He&rsquo;s excited to begin this next chapter, but first he has unfinished business: thanking the community that has supported him and his family for more than two decades.<br /> Fries woman charged in son’s death http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/fries-woman-charged-son%E2%80%99s-death <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tanisha_ann_lineberry.jpg" alt="Tanisha Ann Lineberry" title="Tanisha Ann Lineberry" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> FRIES &mdash; The Grayson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office confirmed Friday that Tanisha Ann Lineberry of Fries has been charged in the death of her three year-old son.<br /> The child, 3 year-old Jaylen Lineberry, died after being struck by a vehicle his mother was moving in the driveway, according to earlier reports. Deputies responded to 286 Adder Lane in Fries on April 30.<br /> GGEMS announces new bariatric equipment http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/ggems-announces-new-bariatric-equipment <p> Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Services (GGEMS), serving the City of Galax, Grayson County, and surrounding area, have recently purchased and implemented both the Stryker XPS bariatric (meaning related to the treatment of the obese) EMS cot, with a 700 lb. capacity, and the Transafe ramp and winch system, capable of lifting up to 2,700 lbs. This makes GGEMS the area&rsquo;s only EMS bariatric transport provider of the morbidly obese.<br /> According to Chief Ron Passmore, this will prevent EMS workers&rsquo; back injuries and ensure patient safety and convenience.<br /> LandCare Rocks the New River http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/landcare-rocks-new-river <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/p1110897.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> Grayson LandCare held its &ldquo;LandCare Rocks the River&rdquo; event July 30, which was marked by bright sunny skies, cool breezes, lively music, good food and a festive, happy five hours for all in attendance.<br /> &ldquo;We basically wanted to create awareness about Grayson LandCare as an organization, and celebrate the New River,&rdquo; said LandCare Communications Chair Faith Hinkle, who also serves as manager for the Fries Farmers Market, which took place at the same time.<br /> Galax man arrested for child sex crimes http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/galax-man-arrested-child-sex-crimes <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/adam_haga.jpg" alt="Adam Haga" title="Adam Haga" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A Galax man has been arrested on charges involving child sexual abuse, in an ongoing investigation.<br /> According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, investigators responded July 20 to complaints of child sexual abuse, made against Adam Lee Haga, 44, of Galax.<br /> The release confirmed that Investigator Mico Davis interviewed Haga on July 26.<br /> Haga was arrested and charged with forcible sodomy, a felony in Virginia; and taken before the magistrate for a bond hearing, Vaughan said.<br /> Relay for Life raises funding for cancer research http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/relay-life-raises-funding-cancer-research <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/p1080141.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County Relay for Life team held a Celebration of Hope at Grayson County High School on July 21. The event featured musical performances by The Preachers&rsquo; Choir and the Heritage Four in the high school&rsquo;s auditorium, and a luminary ceremony to conclude the evening.<br /> Between performances, messages of hope were given and survivors were honored. Money raised from the event totaled $10,361 last week, and donations are still coming in. Donors can give for this year&rsquo;s relay campaign through Sept. 1.<br />