https://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Grayson Summer Stage returns for second season https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-summer-stage-returns-second-season <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aerial_view_resized.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Grayson County Summer Stage, a regional youth theatre, celebrated its second season by welcoming more than 60 young actors and staff to its new venue at Grayson County High School in Independence on July 1.<br /> This year, the youth will perform &ldquo;Music Man Kids&rdquo; at the end of the month, with two special performances July 26 at 7 p.m. and July 27 at 1:30 p.m.<br /> County closes out fiscal year https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/county-closes-out-fiscal-year <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grayson_county_seal_6_8.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County Board of Supervisors closed out this year&rsquo;s budget season with the approval of the FY 2019-2020 budget and an updated Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) in various meetings last month.<br /> On June 13, the board approved the county budget of $22 million with the first tax increase the county has seen in 11 years.<br /> IFM to hold berry pie, jam contests https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/ifm-hold-berry-pie-jam-contests <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/independence_farmers_market_logo_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Independence Farmers&rsquo; Market will host two contests this month, each offering a $100 first prize.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Grayson Fiddler's Convention 2019 https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-fiddlers-convention-2019 <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bob_stepno_submitted_4.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> DULCIMER<br /> 1st place &mdash; Shohei Tsutsumi, Elkin, N.C.<br /> 2nd place &mdash; Phyllis Gaskins, Bridgewater<br /> 3rd place &mdash; Lois Hornbostel, Bryson City, N.C.<br /> 4th place &mdash; Ehukai Teves, Bryson City, N.C.<br /> 5th place &mdash; Diane Parker, Galax<br /> <br /> AUTOHARP<br /> 1st place &mdash; Jo Ann Redd, Galax<br /> 2nd place &mdash; Virgil Adams, Galax<br /> 3rd place &mdash; Vickie Boyd, Laurel Fork<br /> 4th place &mdash; Jimmy T. Handy, Woolwine<br /> <br /> OLD-TIME BANJO<br /> 1st place &mdash; Jared Boyd, Galax<br /> Effort continues for light show in Grayson https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/effort-continues-light-show-grayson <p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; With the Fourth of July celebrations behind us, members of the &ldquo;Making Grayson Glow&rdquo; committee are hard at work planning fundraising opportunities for the rest of the year.<br /> The &ldquo;Making Grayson Glow&rdquo; committee formed earlier this year, with the goal of bringing a holiday lights display to Grayson County; similar to displays that have found success in Sparta, N.C. and Galax. The committee chair, Jeff Miller, hopes to see the display bring out locals and tourists alike.<br /> LandCare Rocks the River returns for third year https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/landcare-rocks-river-returns-third-year <p> Grayson LandCare will hold their third annual Landcare Rocks the River celebration on Sunday, July 28, from 1-7 p.m. in the Fries Town Park.<br /> LandCare Rocks the River celebrates the New River as a part of our natural heritage and an economic driver in our community. The event returns after a series of successful turnouts in years prior. According to event planners, the event doubled last year from a turnout of 600 guests the first year, to around 1200. Planners believe there&rsquo;s a good chance the number will double again this year.<br /> Grayson Fair details announced https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-fair-details-announced <p> The second annual Grayson County Fair will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Bottomley&rsquo;s Farm and Evergreens in Elk Creek. The Youth Livestock Show will begin Friday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. at the same location. The Livestock Show will continue Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> Schools get resource officer grants https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/schools-get-resource-officer-grants <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/halsey_sro_at_grayson_highlands.jpg" alt="Rhonda Halsey, resource officer at Grayson Highlands School, with students" title="Rhonda Halsey, resource officer at Grayson Highlands School, with students" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> <strong>By SHANNON WATKINS, SHAINA STOCKTON and ETHAN CAMPBELL<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> Grants recently awarded a combined total of nearly $200,000 to Galax, Carroll and Grayson, to fund school resource officer (SRO) positions.<br /> Grayson County will add two new officers and retain one, Galax will add one officer and Carroll will use the money to retain three officers.<br /> The state Criminal Justice Services Board awarded a total of 87 grants to 53 localities throughout Virginia in May, totaling at $3.47 million.<br />