Local News

  • Grayson County School Board to elect chairman June 2

    INDEPENDENCE -- A special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 in the Independence Middle School’s library. A news release issued May 27 reports that the purpose of this meeting is:

    >> For the board to go into closed session.

    >> To elect a board chairman.

    >> To take action on 2015-2016 salary scales, personnel, the 2015-2016 school budget and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for school resource officers.

  • Alleghany authorities seek man in shooting

    ENNICE, N.C. -- Authorities seek the public’s help in locating a man they are trying to find in connection with a Ennice, N.C. shooting earlier this month in which a woman was injured.

    Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines announced in a news release last week that in the early morning hours of May 7, his deputies responded to a call in the Ennice community. Upon arrival, deputies found a 21-year-old female that was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the torso.

  • Three displaced after 'suspicious' fire guts Baywood home

    BAYWOOD -- Authorities are still sorting out events surrounding a suspicious May 10 fire that gutted a Baywood family’s mobile home, but they have arrested a neighbor they say shot into the home the previous evening.

  • Town enacts two-hour parking limit in front of school system headquarters

    INDEPENDENCE – If you’re thinking of parking directly in front of Grayson County Public Schools central office, be careful how long you leave your vehicle there. Daytime, on-street parking in front of the building is now officially limited to two hours. The Independence Town Council voted unanimously for the new restriction last week and it became effective immediately.

  • Melissa Jones named 2015 Grayson Teacher of the Year

    INDEPENDENCE -- Fairview Elementary School first grade teacher Melissa Jones is the 2015 Grayson County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Jones, who has taught either kindergarten or first grade in Grayson schools during all of her 29 years as a teacher, received word of her selection Wednesday during a special reception at the Grayson National Bank Conference Center.

  • Community remembers Grayson Highlands student

    TROUTDALE -- The community is remembering Grayson Highlands School sixth grade student Taylor “Tator” Shayne Pauley, who lost his life as a result of a May 3 Troutdale ATV accident. Taylor, the 12-year-old son of Lori Ross and Lester Pauley, succumbed to injuries suffered during the accident, which was in the area of Razor Ridge Road, according to a Grayson County Sheriff’s Office news release. Members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Troutdale and Rugby rescue squads responded to the 6:30 p.m. accident.

  • Grayson School Board seat remains vacant

    INDEPENDENCE -- The Grayson County School Board met in closed session for almost five hours last week, but failed to agree on a replacement for the Oldtown District school board seat left vacant by Hobert Bailey, who resigned last month.

    Board members went into closed session at the May 6 special called meeting shortly after 6 p.m. to interview the four people who submitted letters of interest for Bailey’s seat.

  • Fries closer to revamping its community center


    By Shaina Stockton


    FRIES -- The Fries Community Center is one step closer to getting a shiny new makeover, thanks to a recent donation of siding material from a company in Pulaski.

    Mayor Richard Farmer confirmed that James Hardie Inc., a construction and remodeling company, has donated materials to replace the old siding on the community center building.

  • Scores pack forum on proposal to close Mount Rogers NRA trails

    WYTHEVILLE -- U.S. Forest Service officials and a Grayson County-based horseback riders group still aren’t seeing eye-to-eye following a forum last week about proposed trail closings. But Grayson County resident Elizabeth Thomas, the president and founder of the group, MRNRA Trail Advocates Coalition, sees at least one promising sign – the plan to close most of the horse trails in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area is charging forward at less of a gallop than before.

  • GC School Board announces special called meeting

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County School Board members conducted an April 27 budget work session, but they found more questions than answers as they strived to balance the 2015-2016 operating budget.

    School Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a revised budget for board members to consider.