• Grayson schools receive grant for special needs students

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools recently received a grant from United Way Southwest Virginia (UWSWVA) for $5000, to use in inclusive projects for students with special needs.
    The grant money will be used to purchase recreational equipment that can be enjoyed by students with and without special needs in Fairview Elementary School; where they will also soon have an inclusive play area to enjoy together.

  • New opportunities

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Agriculture and Technical Education (GATE) Center’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.

  • Gymnastics clinic hosted in Grayson

    During the weekend of March 22-23, the Flat Ridge Community Center and Grayson County Gymnastics hosted the Southwest Virginia Gymnastics Clinic and Coaches Training. The event included gymnasts and/or coaches from three different gyms: Positively Gymnastics in Lebanon; Peak Gymnastics Training Center, Bluefield, W.Va.; and Grayson County Gymnastics. Gymnasts and coaches received valuable training from top level gymnastics coach, Wes Jones.

  • Grayson schools approve budget

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE -- Despite clearing some hurdles during the process, the Grayson County School Board approved the 2019-2020 school budget by a unanimous vote during the regular monthly meeting last Monday.
    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore presented the total budget in the amount of $21,948,259.16.
    “A lot of hard work went into the budget,” Wilmore said. “I’m pleased that the budget will get everyone back to their years of experience to the school system.”

  • STEM night at Grayson Highlands School

    Grayson Highlands School hosted a “March into STEM” activity event throughout the school building last Friday. The event featured a number of interactive games and activities for students and their families to enjoy. Participating families were also treated to a meal, and participating students were given a book for completing the required number of stations during their visit. Door prizes were also awarded.

  • Date set for Grayson County High School graduation

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County, like other counties in the area, has experienced a hard year weather-wise.
    The school staff has worked diligently to set make-up days when possible.
    During last Monday night’s regular school board meeting, board member Fred Weatherman said he had received several calls from parents wanting to know the graduation date.

  • School board presents 2019 budget

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board presented their budget for the coming fiscal year to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on March 6.
    At a short joint budget session on March 6, the two boards met at the county boardroom to go over a summary of the budget and address any concerns that were present from the county.
    This year’s budget, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the county board, will focus on primarily to restoring salary step pay to teachers. He noted that they are requesting the same amount from the county as last year.

  • High Tech

    Students from multiple school divisions attended Technology Day at Crossroads Institute in Galax on Tuesday, March 5. The day-long event featured lectures and hands-on experience with different forms of technology.
    Technology rotations included auto-drive, cyber security, 3D printing, power line systems, VR gaming, truck driving simulations, drone flying, and a round-table discussion featuring keynote speakers Travis Belton of Moog Industries and Al Wix of Virginia Tech.

  • WCC works to expand workforce opportunities

    Wytheville Community College (WCC) continues to expand opportunities at its location at the Crossroads Institute in Galax. Current enhancements are related to projects stemming from partnerships that WCC has with other community colleges and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, as well as through the proposed project for the former Baywood Elementary School in Grayson County.

  • Fossil Study

    Lisa Benish of the Blue Ridge Discovery Center did a fossil lesson with Mrs. Hall’s first grade class at Grayson Highlands School. After reading the book “Fossils Tell of Long Ago,” the class got a hands-on looks at a unique fossil collection. Afterwards, students got to make a take-home fossil of a shark’s tooth