https://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en State police investigate Grayson fatality https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/state-police-investigate-grayson-fatality <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/virginia-state-police_logo_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> A fatality in Grayson County on Wednesday night is under investigation by Virginia State Police.<br /> According to a news release from state police, Andy D. Isom, 33, of Galax, was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle crash on Savannah Road.<br /> According to the police report, at 11:25 p.m. on Sept. 18, Senior Trooper J.A. Vaughan responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash involving a 2000 GMC Sierra pickup truck operated by Isom. The driver was traveling in the 600 block of Savannah Road when it ran off the road and crashed.<br /> Galax man arrested on narcotics charges https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/galax-man-arrested-narcotics-charges <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dustin_smokey_bobbitt.jpg" alt="Dustin Smokey Bobbitt" title="Dustin Smokey Bobbitt" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> Grayson County investigators arrested a Galax man on charges of narcotics possession and distribution.<br /> According to an arrest report provided by Sheriff Richard Vaughan, investigators executed a narcotics search warrant at 713 Delhart Rd. in Galax on Sept. 6. The search revealed a shotgun, ammunition, marijuana, and paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics.<br /> Local trails lead to fairy tales https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/local-trails-lead-fairy-tales <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_jul_10_11_11_49_am_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> Twin County citizens are beginning to notice something quite curious: tiny doors nestled in the brush and background of our everyday community scenery.<br /> The phenomenon seemed to begin overnight: though no one can say for sure when the first door appeared. There were no building codes approved by local councils, nor advertisements for new businesses or venues in newspapers. Rather, these doors seemed to just appear as if by some form of strange magic.<br /> Gala raises $2000 for glowing lights https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/gala-raises-2000-glowing-lights <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_sep_14_6_20_36_pm.jpg" alt="The Rose Hill Ramblers perform" title="The Rose Hill Ramblers perform" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The Making Grayson Glow Gala offered a catered Christmas dinner and silent auction to supporters of the ongoing effort to bring a new holiday lights display to Grayson County.<br /> The Matthews Living History Farm Museum served as the venue for the fundraiser. The food was catered by Kitty Watson; and plenty of items were available for bidding. The Rose Hill Ramblers provided music throughout the evening.<br /> Plastic recycling on temporary hold https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/plastic-recycling-temporary-hold <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/plastic_stacked_at_landfill_-_photo_by_jonathan_luper.jpg" alt="Plastics stacked at the local landfill" title="Plastics stacked at the local landfill" align="left" hspace="6" width="140" height="85" /><p> Due to current marketing conditions, Grayson County has placed a temporary hold on recycling plastic products.<br /> Citizens are asked to include plastics with their regular trash for the time being; and noted that all other recyclables are still being accepted. County officials are also stressing that the situation is temporary, and that they are looking into other marketing opportunities for plastic.<br /> Marketing initiative launches in SWVA https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/marketing-initiative-launches-swva <p> <strong>Staff Report<br /> </strong><br /> ABINGDON &ndash; A marketing initiative launched last week with the goal of connecting tech companies in Northern Virginia with jobs to fill and workers in Southwest Virginia looking for work.<br /> The Southwest Virginia Regional Marketing Initiative, officially known as &ldquo;InvestSWVA,&rdquo; is a public-private partnership focused on supporting local economic development and marketing efforts spanning the entire GO Virginia Region One, which includes Carroll, Grayson and Galax.<br /> Dream home away from home https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/dream-home-away-home <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dji_0228-hdr-edit.jpg" alt="The renovated barn and silo today: “like something from a fairy tale.”" title="The renovated barn and silo today: “like something from a fairy tale.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong>By D. T. CLARK<br /> Contributing Staff</strong><br /> <br /> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Interesting people, like interesting places, are often a blend of different things. For the Simpson family and their on-going home-making projects, this is fundamentally true.<br /> Their home, &ldquo;Dream Rock Silo,&rdquo; represents many things, fulfills many needs, and makes good use of many of the talents and energies they have.<br /> Gala for ‘Glow’ initiative planned Saturday https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/gala-%E2%80%98glow%E2%80%99-initiative-planned-saturday <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_sep_06_10_41_07_am_1.jpg" alt="&quot;Tis the Season&quot; print by Robert Tino" title="&quot;Tis the Season&quot; print by Robert Tino" align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> GALAX &mdash; People excited for the holidays will have a chance to experience Christmas early (and help raise some money for a holiday-themed cause in Grayson County) this weekend.<br />