http://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Fire at former Ogle’s Restaurant still under investigation http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/fire-former-ogle%E2%80%99s-restaurant-still-under-investigation <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ogles_fire.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the former Ogle&rsquo;s Restaurant building Saturday.<br /> According to a report from the fire department, the department arrived at the building on South Independence Avenue Saturday night at 11:47 p.m. At the scene, firefighters discovered flames coming out of two windows on the second floor of the building.<br /> &ldquo;Crews performed an aggressive interior attack [on the fire] and [were] able to keep the fire on one side of the building,&rdquo; said the report.<br /> Holdaway will not seek another term on school board http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/holdaway-will-not-seek-another-term-school-board <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/holdaway_shannon_1.jpg" alt="Shannon Holdaway" title="Shannon Holdaway" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Larry Chambers<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Two slots will be up for election for the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 7 general election for the Wilson and Elk Creek districts.<br /> During last Monday&rsquo;s meeting of the school board, Fred Weatherman said he plans to seek another four-year term representing the Elk Creek District. He has served on the board for four years.<br /> Shannon Holdaway, who has represented the Wilson District for the past 12 years, said he will not seek re-election.<br /> Firefighters extinguish blaze at unoccupied Fries home http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/firefighters-extinguish-blaze-unoccupied-fries-home <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/unoccupied_fire_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> FRIES &mdash; Fries and Galax firefighters battled a fully involved structure fire at an unoccupied building in Fries Monday morning.<br /> According to a report from Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, The Fries Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Barbershop Lane at 3:42 a.m. Monday morning. On arrival, the department found a one-story, unoccupied house that was fully engulfed.<br /> Egg Hunt http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/egg-hunt <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9701.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="82" height="85" /><p> Preschool students from Independence Elementary School were invited to the Historic 1908 Courthouse, for an outdoor egg hunt on the courthouse lawn last Wednesday. Students searched the area under picnic tables, inside bushes and near the fence, making quick work of cleaning the yard out of colorful eggs in traditional, animal and even Lego shapes.<br /> County board approves discontinuance of vehicle decals http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/county-board-approves-discontinuance-vehicle-decals <p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to discontinue the county&rsquo;s vehicle decals, following a public hearing during their April meeting.<br /> Though no one signed up to speak during the hearing, Treasurer Kelly Haga shared that he&rsquo;d heard many positive reports from citizens who have visited the treasurer&rsquo;s office.<br /> &ldquo;As we&rsquo;ve gone through this year&rsquo;s decal season, [citizens] seem to be overwhelmingly in favor of doing away with it,&rdquo; Haga told the board.<br /> Fries Council approves purchase of security cameras http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/fries-council-approves-purchase-security-cameras <p> FRIES &mdash; The Fries Town Council approved a motion this month to use leftover funds in the town budget to purchase security cameras.<br /> Mayor Richard Farmer explained during the meeting that he&rsquo;d recently met with the Grayson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office; and that they would be splitting the cost of the cameras with their organization.<br /> VFW national campaign focuses on mental health http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/vfw-national-campaign-focuses-mental-health <p> This year&rsquo;s VFW national project will focus on awareness, support and intervention for veterans through their Mental Wellness Campaign.<br /> Commissioned by VFW Commander-In-Chief Brian Duffy and VFW Auxiliary President Colette Bishop, the goal for this project is to educate VFW and VFW Auxiliary members, veterans and communities about mental health and wellness in veterans, and offer the proper tools for intervening on behalf of veterans in crisis.<br /> Discussions continue for county job growth http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/discussions-continue-county-job-growth <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/allan_funk_0.jpg" alt="Allan Funk" title="Allan Funk" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The second meeting of the Grow Grayson Forum was held at the Skyline National Bank Conference Center in Independence April 4, which featured the ongoing discussion between county, business and educational leaders on the importance of workforce development.<br /> Formed last year, the group meets every March and October to discuss the need for population retention, in the interest of improving the state of our local workforce. The meetings are designed for county leaders, businesses and educators to share their needs with one another to help achieve this goal.