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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Tennessee crash kills Grayson man

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A Kingsport man was recently charged in a vehicle crash on Interstate 26 in Johnson City, Tenn., that left a 21 year-old student and Grayson County native dead at the scene.
    According to a report on News WCYB 5 in Bristol, the Johnson City Police Department stated that the crash occurred Tuesday, March 5 around midnight.

  • Public hearings held for revitalization

    Article submitted by Michelle Pridgen
    Used with permission

    INDEPENDENCE — The second public hearing for the Independence Downtown Revitalization project was held March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Independence Fire hall before the regular Independence Town Council meeting.
    Council members were joined by Brian Reed, deputy director of the Mt. Rogers Planning district; and 12 members of the community.

  • Troutdale ambulance fundraiser underway

    TROUTDALE — The Troutdale Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad is continuing fundraising efforts to secure a new ambulance for the rescue squad.

  • Date set for Grayson County High School graduation

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    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.

  • 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.

  • Carrico will not seek another term

    Sen. Bill Carrico, R, of the 40th District Senate, has announced that he will not seek another term in the 2019 general election.
    Carrico has served for 34 years as a public servant for the Commonwealth. He first served as a state trooper for the Virginia State Police; then as a representative for the 5th House District; and currently serves for the 40th Senate District.

  • Busy Bees

    Spelling bee competitions are underway in Grayson County Public Schools.
    Grayson Highlands School held their spelling be last Tuesday, Feb. 19. The bee was held to determine five winners, who will move on to compete in the Grayson County school district.
    A total of 29 students participated in the spelling bee. The winners were Andy Funk, Aidan Blackburn, Maddy Ashlin, Eva Jarvis, and Ireland Grady.

  • Car crashes through Grayson nursing home

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Independence received significant structural damage after a vehicle ran into the side of the building on Monday; but responders were happy to report that the accident did not result in any serious injuries.
    According to a social media post from the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, responders were dispatched to the nursing home at 12:32 p.m. Monday. The Independence Police Department and the Independence Rescue Squad were also on scene.

  • 18th annual “Bid For A Cure” Auction to be last

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The 18th annual “Bid For A Cure” to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, to be held this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., in the Grayson County High School Auditorium, will be the last, said Susan Haga, the auction’s founder.