https://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Carrying the torch https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/carrying-torch <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/60352583_2179884115413532_8361484856323997696_n.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> The Virginia Special Olympics Torch Run was held last Saturday, May 18. Runners met at the Guynn Shopping Center in Independence on Saturday morning, and ran down U.S. 58.<br /> According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, Grayson County had seven runners participate this year; four of whom ran all the way to Galax along the traditional route. This is the 28th year Grayson has participated in this event.<br /> To make a donation to this cause, donors may make checks payable to Virginia Special Olympics and mail them to P.O. Box 99, Independence, VA. 24348.</p> Suspect in custody after deadly trail attack https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/suspect-custody-after-deadly-trail-attack <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/at_sign.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> ABINGDON &mdash; A suspect is in custody following a deadly machete attack on the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County on May 11.<br /> According to media reports, two hikers reported that a man with a machete was attacking people on the trail that Saturday morning. Two people were attacked, according to police; one died; the other was severely injured.<br /> Deputies from the Wythe County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office went to the trial and arrested a suspect, James L. Jordan 30, of West Yarmouth, Mass.<br /> Fries man arrested on federal probation violations https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/fries-man-arrested-federal-probation-violations <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/stiltner.jpg" alt="Jonathan Reed Stiltner" title="Jonathan Reed Stiltner" align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> <strong>By ETHAN CAMPBELL<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> A man wanted for making threats toward and eluding law enforcement on multiple charges was apprehended and taken into custody Saturday night, after a cooperative pursuit by local authorities.<br /> Grayson to receive 5G internet https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-receive-5g-internet <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/main_picture.jpg" alt="Partners in the county’s broadband initiative came together to announce the new 5G expansion last Wednesday." title="Partners in the county’s broadband initiative came together to announce the new 5G expansion last Wednesday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; State and local government leaders gathered at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence on Wednesday morning to announce new partnerships that will bring high-speed broadband internet to customers in Grayson County.<br /> Fundraising continues for ‘Making Grayson Glow’ https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/fundraising-continues-%E2%80%98making-grayson-glow%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/n04c1210h.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The &ldquo;Making Grayson Glow&rdquo; initiative for a holiday lights display in Independence this Christmas is underway, with the donation campaign heating up prior to the &ldquo;Glow&rdquo; committee&rsquo;s first major fundraising event.<br /> Good Citizenship https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/good-citizenship <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_apr_30_6_44_39_pm.jpg" alt="Good Citizenship award winners for 2018-2019" title="Good Citizenship award winners for 2018-2019" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Grayson County Public Schools recently held their annual Citizenship of the Year awards ceremony in the Grayson County High School auditorium.<br /> Principals from each school in the division awarded top students for their display of good citizenship throughout the 2018-19 school year.<br /> &ldquo;To me, this is probably the most prestigious award we give out all year,&rdquo; said Kelly Wilmore, Division Superintendent.<br /> Public weighs in on Grayson budget https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/public-weighs-grayson-budget <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grayson_county_seal_6_7.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County Board of Supervisors had a full house at their May 9 meeting; as a number of Grayson County residents turned up to deliver their comments on VDOT&rsquo;s upcoming road maintenance plans and the FY 2019-2020 budget.<br /> Grayson sheriff runs for another term https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-sheriff-runs-another-term <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sheriff_richard_vaughan.jpg" alt="Sheriff Richard Vaughan" title="Sheriff Richard Vaughan" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Grayson County Sheriff Richard A. Vaughan recently announced that he will seek re-election on Nov. 5.<br /> Vaughan has served as the county&rsquo;s sheriff for 11 years.<br />