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Today's News

  • Fun and games

    Teens and tweens gathered in the conference room for a game night at the Grayson County Public Library last Thursday. Local youths were invited to join in for an evening of fun games and snacks.

  • Final plans approved for Town Park

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Town Council, at their Jan. 9 meeting, approved the final draft of a conceptual plan for the development of the Independence Town Park.

  • Shutdown affects SNAP benefits

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to provide relief for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program due to limited funding as a result of the federal government shutdown.
    According to a news release issued from the USDA on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced a plan to ensure that low-income Americans can have access to the nutrition while congress and the president are at a budget impasse.

  • County adds Q&A to public comments

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors, at their Jan. 3 organization meeting, approved the option of adding a question and answer period for clarification purposes. The board’s goal with this change is to improve communication with the public during their monthly meetings.

  • Schools plan for renovations, new programs

    By SHANNON WATKINS

    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE ­— The Dec. 17 Grayson County School Board meeting was held in the middle school’s library, as their regular meeting space at the county administrative building was taken by the Board of Supervisors’ meeting.
    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore advised the board of various news around the division, including news that the CATE center, and doors and frames in middle school, had been painted. He thanked maintenance person Doug Paisley “for making them look like new.”

  • Virginians split on arming teachers

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginians are divided on whether they would support legislation to train schoolteachers and administrators to be armed on school grounds, according to a poll conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University.
    “It was almost split right down the middle,” said Robyn McDougle, director for the Center for Public Policy in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, which conducted the study.

  • Core Health and Fitness to shift Independence plant operations

    INDEPENDENCE ― Core Health & Fitness has announced that operations will be shifting from manufacturing to customization at its Independence plant over the next six to nine months, with manufacturing operations moving overseas.
    “This process will result in several organizational changes, including the planned elimination of approximately 50 positions in Independence,” according to a statement from the company.

  • Fantazier enters guilty plea

    An Independence man pleaded guilty in Grayson County Circuit Court on Thursday to charges involving the soliciting of a minor through the use of public internet access at the local library.
    James Michael Fantazier was charged in September, 2017 with possession of child pornography and the use of communications systems to solicit a minor. The chid pornography charge was amended to state that the minor was less than 18 years of age, rather than less than 15 years of age, before Fantazier submitted his plea.

  • Legislators prepare for General Assembly

    RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly’s 2019 session will convene beginning Jan. 9 and two legislators representing the Twin Counties are already busy pre-filing pieces of legislation.
    Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. (R-20th District) already has a number of bills pre-filed for this year, some of which were introduced as far back a July 2018. His district includes Galax and part of Carroll County.
    Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District) has pre-filed one bill so far for this year’s session. His district includes Grayson County and Galax.

  • Trial date set for abduction, rape case

    INDEPENDENCE — Steven Shawn Dunford, who is facing several charges in the alleged abduction and rape of a minor, has been scheduled for a two-day jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court on Feb. 14-15.
    Dunford was indicted by a grand jury in April, 2018, and charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, and rape and abduction of a female minor child under the age of 13.
    A pre-trial motions hearing will be held prior to Dunford’s jury trial on Jan. 17.