• BRDC partners with Grayson County schools

    INDEPENDENCE — When exploring the many wonders of nature, what turns up can be pretty unpredictable.
    During the Blue Ridge Discovery Center’s Explorers Camp this summer, campers were using the spotting scope to look at the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. During the program, they realized they could observe planes in the sky and compare them to satellites. While doing this, the students spotted something unexpected: the international space station.

  • Grayson prepares for National School Bus Safety Week

    INDEPENDENCE — National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 17-21, and the Grayson County Public School system is reminding citizens about the importance of obeying traffic laws — particularly in the case of loading and unloading school buses - for the safety of their students.
    Last year, one bus driver for the school system went to court five times to deal with offenses where drivers had passed the bus while it was stopped during a route.

  • Schools receive $66,000 grant for security equipment

    INDEPENDENCE — Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants would be awarded for the protection of students and education professionals across the Commonwealth.
    The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades across 434 schools and instructional facilities, according to a news release.

  • Grayson personnel approved


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved several personnel items at its meeting Oct. 10 but rejected one person who sought to be a substitute teacher.
    David Meredith, a former coach at Grayson County High School, had sought to be a substitute.

  • Anderson projected winner of School Board seat

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    INDEPENDENCE ― Last Tuesday, only two votes separated the winner of the Grayson County School Board’s at-large seat from the candidate in second place.
    Tracy “Zeke” Anderson has been projected to win the four-way race, with 26.41 percent, or 1,822 total votes. Philip Vaughan, who holds the seat on an interim basis, received 24.38 percent, or 1,820 votes.

  • Grayson school personnel will receive raises

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Although the state didn’t come across with its share, the Grayson County School Division will still give employees a two percent raise as promised.
    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its meeting Monday night that the school system worked hard to absorb the once promised $84,000 from the state in the current budget.

  • School board discusses upcoming projects

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget and to expect it to be “tight.”
    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.
    One money saver will be the installation of LED lights at the high school, middle school and the CATE center.

  • Recount date set for school board race

    A recount to determine the winner in the Nov. 8 race for the Grayson County School Board’s At-Large seat will be held Dec. 27, the Office of the Registrar confirmed last week.
    Philip Vaughan of Fries, who finished second in the special election held Nov. 8 for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, filed a petition on Nov. 30 with the Grayson County Circuit Court asking for a recount of the votes after the election. Four candidates sought the seat left vacant after Tim “T.T.” Carico was killed July 6 in an ATV accident.

  • School Board discusses upcoming budget

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board held their first meeting of the year on Jan. 9, where they selected their school board chair, vice chair, and clerk for the year; and discussed the upcoming budget.
    At the beginning of the meeting, board member Shannon Holdaway moved that Diane Haynes retain the position of school board chair. The motion was seconded by board member Fred Weatherman, and approved by all members aside from Haynes, who abstained from the vote.

  • For the birds

    The Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) and the Blue Ridge Birders recently announced a partnership to make the Blue Ridge Bird Club a program of the BRDC. This partnership brings a focus on avian life to the BRDC, and ensures that the many activities of the Bird Club will continue into the future.
    Beyond programming, Blue Ridge Birders provided nearly $5,000 from the James Coman Fund to support regional youth education focused on birds, according from a news release from the BRDC.