• Grayson schools eliminate $900K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Schools administration announced last Wednesday that in one year, a previous $900,000 deficit in the school budget has been eliminated using a series of cuts and savings methods.
    This announcement came one week after the Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for the year. At that time, there was an estimated remaining deficit of $8,715.53, with the possibility for receiving more funding before the end of June.

  • Dinosaurs visit Grayson County Public Library

    INDEPENDENCE — Passersby and guests of the Grayson County Public Library were treated to a strange sight earlier this week: a man-sized dinosaur waddling into the building.
    Inside, a trip to the back of the library revealed a menagerie of prehistoric beasts, all brought by puppeteer and entertainer Ed Bounds.

  • School board to dedicate weight room to Tim Carico

    INDEPENDENCE — Monday’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and thoughtful, as members discussed the best way to honor the memory of former At-Large member Tim “T.T.” Carico, who died from injuries sustained in an accident last week.
    Carico’s empty seat was no longer decorated with his name plaque Monday night, and fellow members were vocal in the fact that the agenda would be short that evening.

  • Special election for school board seat planned

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – A special election date has been set to fill the unexpired term of  T.T. (Tim) Carico on the Grayson County School Board.
    Carico was injured in an ATV accident on July 3 and died of his injuries on July 6.
    The Grayson County School Board, through its counsel, Independence attorney Roger Brooks, petitioned the court last Friday for the special election.

  • Dedication ceremony will be held before first football game in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A special dedication ceremony will be held Aug. 26, at the Grayson County High School football field, before the first game of the season.

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  • Citizens debate school board's bathroom policy

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson school leaders say that, despite hearing concerns, they will not change a policy prohibiting transgender students from using their preferred restrooms.

    Several county residents and people from surrounding communities on Monday evening addressed the Grayson County School Board about its recent adoption of a policy mandating use of a public restroom or locker room in accordance with the gender listed on a student’s birth certificate.

  • Board dedicates weight room to Tim Carico

    INDEPENDENCE — The August meeting of the Grayson County School Board included dedications to two former members of school administration, who were key in positively influencing the direction and growth of the school system.
    A dedication was saved for the end of the meeting, when the board recessed and re-assembled at the Grayson County High School’s new weight room, for a special dedication to the late former school board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

  • Best seats in the house

    INDEPENDENCE — An hour before the first football game of the season was scheduled to begin last Friday, guests were already filing into the stadium to find comfortable seats and mingle with their friends and neighbors.
    By the crowd’s reaction, two things were obvious: the return of football season had been long-awaited; and this year’s drastic renovations to the outdoor stadium were more than a little appreciated.
    “It makes me proud; and it’s nice to be proud of our school,” said a student selling programs at one of the gates.

  • Grayson schools celebrate SOL improvements

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools are celebrating a continued climb in Standards of Learning test scores, after receiving news that six out of seven schools in the system were fully accredited based on the 2015-16 results.