https://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Shooting suspect in custody https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/shooting-suspect-custody <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10d01a0a-31fd-43bd-b94c-5949786dfc44.jpeg" alt="John Ford Gilliam" title="John Ford Gilliam" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> FRIES - A suspect is in custody following a shooting Saturday night near Fenders Curve in Grayson County.<br /> John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, after officers say he was involved in a confrontation that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.<br /> Grayson approves $22 million dollar budget https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-approves-22-million-dollar-budget <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grayson_county_seal_6_5.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Another tough budget year has come to a lose, with the county successfully passing a balanced budget for FY 2018-19, totaling $22.3 million.<br /> The Grayson County Board of Supervisors held a final meeting to review the budget on June 18. After a short discussion, the board decided to move forward with the spending plan. The budget was formally approved by the board the following Monday, following unanimous approval by the supervisors at their June 18 meeting.<br /> Sheriff partners with TCRH to promote wellness https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/sheriff-partners-tcrh-promote-wellness <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_1_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong>This story and photos were shared with the Declaration by the Grayson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office<br /> </strong><br /> Grayson, Galax prepare for Baywood transfers https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/grayson-galax-prepare-baywood-transfers <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/baywood_school_1.jpg" alt="Baywood Elementary School" title="Baywood Elementary School" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong>By SHANNON WATKINS<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> After Baywood Elementary School closed July 1, students are being split &ldquo;about 50-50&rdquo; between Fairview Elementary and Independence Elementary, according to Grayson County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.<br /> But, some parents are opting instead to send their kids to Galax schools this fall.<br /> Circuit Court Clerk receives positive audit https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/circuit-court-clerk-receives-positive-audit-0 <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/susan_herrington_0.jpg" alt="Susan Herrington" title="Susan Herrington" align="left" hspace="6" width="51" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The office of the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk was recently commended following an audit of activity between April 1, 2017 through March 31.<br /> According to an official letter from the Auditor of Public Accounts, no issues involving internal control and the office&rsquo;s operations were found during the audit.<br /> A cut above https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/cut-above <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/anders_with_a_client_.jpg" alt="Jack Anders with a client." title="Jack Anders with a client." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; June 14 marked a 50-year milestone for local barber Jack Anders, who has made memories both at home and in areas all over the world with the snip of his scissors.<br /> Anders, who now owns and operates Pair of Jacks Shearing Company on Main Street in Independence, smiled as he sat in his break area near the back of the shop. Across from where Anders sat, his daughter, Jaclyn Blackburn, began a shampoo treatment for one of their customers.<br /> County considers healthcare resources, barriers https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/county-considers-healthcare-resources-barriers <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0007_edited-1_0.jpg" alt="Grayson County Administrator Bill Shepley and Brenda Sutherland, chairwoman of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, confer at the meeting." title="Grayson County Administrator Bill Shepley and Brenda Sutherland, chairwoman of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, confer at the meeting." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; The Grayson County Community Health Assessment kickoff meeting was held last Wednesday at the Grayson County Courthouse.<br /> The group spent about two hours determining some of the problems facing citizens of not only Grayson and surrounding counties.<br /> Eisenhauer to serve 50 years for murder https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/eisenhauer-serve-50-years-murder <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/david_eisenhauer_1.jpg" alt="David Eisenhauer" title="David Eisenhauer" align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> <strong>By SHANNON WATKINS<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> BLACKSBURG &mdash; David Eisenhauer will serve 50 years in prison for the 2016 abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg and concealing her body.<br /> The case had local connections &mdash; Eisenhauer has family in the Galax area, and Lovell&rsquo;s body was hidden in a spot on Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., just south of the city.<br /> Eisenhauer, 20, was sentenced by Judge James Turk in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on June 26, at the end of a one-day hearing.<br />