https://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Quilts of Valor honors veterans https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/quilts-valor-honors-veterans <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/veterans_with_their_quilts_2.jpg" alt="The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence." title="The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence on Saturday, Nov. 10.<br /> In honor of Veterans Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11, the quilts, which were hand-made by members of the foundation, were given as a symbol of support, comforting and healing, &ldquo;to honor the veterans who have been touched by war,&rdquo; said Carolyn Patton of the foundation.<br /> Grayson library reaches the stars https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-library-reaches-stars <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/the_club_pictured_with_the_telescope.jpg" alt="The Echo Ridge Astronomical League, pictured with the telescope they received from a grant for the Grayson County Public library." title="The Echo Ridge Astronomical League, pictured with the telescope they received from a grant for the Grayson County Public library." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County Public Library recently received a donation from the Echo Ridge Astronomical League &mdash; a local group dedicated to the study and teachings of astronomy to the general public &mdash; of an Orion Star Blast 45 Astron Reflector Telescope.<br /> The telescope was delivered to the library at the end of October. The library and the Echo Ridge league plan to work in partnership to deliver astronomy programs to patrons of all ages.<br /> Griffith, Kaine retain seats in 2018 election https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/griffith-kaine-retain-seats-2018-election <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2018-11-13_at_12.06.56_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> While Virginia continues its transformation into a progressive &ldquo;blue state&rdquo; with a series of recent Democratic victories in statewide races, the majority of local voters staunchly held on to conservative &ldquo;red state&rdquo; values Nov. 6..<br /> Democrats took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election, but most voters in the Twin Counties still favored Republican candidates.<br /> Lost wallet returned to finder https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/lost-wallet-returned-finder <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/found_wallet_0.jpg" alt="Sheriff Richard Vaughan (left) gives back a wallet turned in by Glen Goodson of Fairview, after no one stepped forward to claim it. " title="Sheriff Richard Vaughan (left) gives back a wallet turned in by Glen Goodson of Fairview, after no one stepped forward to claim it. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; A local man&rsquo;s act of kindness was rewarded this month when the Grayson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office returned an unclaimed wallet to the citizen who found it in October.<br /> On Oct. 12, Glen Goodson of Fairview found cash and turned it in to the sheriff&rsquo;s office. After posting notices on social media and in the local newspapers, no one stepped forward to claim the money.<br /> Suspect charged with larceny https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/suspect-charged-larceny <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jamespauley.jpg" alt="James Pauley" title="James Pauley" align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><p> A series of vandalized vending machines led to the arrest of a Grayson County man by Galax police officers, according to Chief DeWitt Cooper.<br /> On Oct. 29, Officer A. Newman responded to a call of a damaged vending machine.<br /> Upon arrival, he noticed there were two machines broken. Newman, Senior Police Officer Darrin Alley, and Sgt. Trevor Jefferson proceeded to check other damaged vending machines in the city, and located three more.<br /> Former teacher to enter plea https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/former-teacher-enter-plea <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jessica_snow_0_0.jpeg" alt="Jessica Kincaid Snow" title="Jessica Kincaid Snow" align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; A former music teacher indicted on a number of charges in connection with alleged inappropriate relationships with minor students, has been scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court next year.<br /> According to court records, Jessica Kincaid Snow, 33, of Fries, will be seen in court on Jan. 17, 2019, at 9 a.m. Snow was previously scheduled for a trial to be set in her case on Oct. 26.<br /> Troutdale Fire and Rescue celebrates porch upgrade https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/troutdale-fire-and-rescue-celebrates-porch-upgrade <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/45146940_115914129310303_4301321863323189248_n.jpg" alt="Citizens of Troutdale gather with members of the fire department, rescue squad and town officials for the ribbon cutting ceremony." title="Citizens of Troutdale gather with members of the fire department, rescue squad and town officials for the ribbon cutting ceremony." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Troutdale Volunteer Fire and Rescue recently celebrated the unveiling of their new steps and porch, which will be used to host events held at the rescue squad building for the Troutdale community each year.<br /> The porch construction was the result of a collaborative effort between Troutdale town officials and the fire and rescue squad department members. Replacing the building&rsquo;s old porch took around a month, and was celebrated with a community meal and a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 20.<br /> Organizers plan next year’s fair https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/organizers-plan-next-year%E2%80%99s-fair <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fair_results_-_michelle_pridgen.jpg" alt="Michelle Pridgen addresses the board" title="Michelle Pridgen addresses the board" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Following the success of this year&rsquo;s Grayson County Fair, held in conjunction with the county&rsquo;s 13th annual Youth Livestock Show, plans are already underway to continue this new partnership with another fair next year.<br /> At the Sept. 18 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, Independence Farmers&rsquo; Market Manager Michelle Pridgen, presented information gathered from public surveys that were held during and after the fair.<br />