https://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Community can help bring FQHC to Grayson County https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/community-can-help-bring-fqhc-grayson-county <p> For the past two years, we have seen the Grayson County administration&rsquo;s dedicated pursuit of affordable and accessible healthcare for citizens.<br /> With the recent announcement of a partnership with Tri-Area Community Health, that goal is closer to being met.<br /> In 2017, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors partnered with the Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee in an effort to pursue funds for a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC). Since then, the effort has moved through several phases and has garnered considerable support from the public.<br /> We’re not the enemy https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/we%E2%80%99re-not-enemy <p> Trucking community addresses shortage https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/trucking-community-addresses-shortage <p> With the start of summer, comes the planning of barbeques, water sports and road trips to spend time with family and friends. Tying your summer fun to how those deliveries arrive to your home or business is not typically top of mind, but making those special summer days happen is due in large part to the trucking industry. In fact, most people don&rsquo;t know that the trucking industry, from drivers to technicians to vendors and partners, serves 80% of America&rsquo;s communities.<br /> School closing a sad but necessary decision https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/school-closing-sad-necessary-decision <p> Much debate surrounds the Grayson County School Board&rsquo;s recent decision to close Baywood Elementary.</p> <p> The matter passed with a 3-2 vote on June 18, weeks after the school board and Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore explained that the decision was forced on them due to an anticipated $1 million shortfall in the upcoming school year.</p> Cultivating Grayson - 4/17/19 https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/cultivating-grayson-41719 <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/p1100543.jpg" alt="A busy day at the Farmers Market " title="A busy day at the Farmers Market " align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> <em>Article Provided by Master Gardener Volunteers<br /> </em><br /> One of the amazing aspects of helping to produce<br /> Cultivating Grayson, is the talented people we interact with. This week we meet Michelle Pridgen. Michelle manages the Independence Farmers&rsquo; Market, just one of many hats she wears. Farmers&rsquo; markets are amazing places to visit and are at the forefront of the farm to table movement. Local produce, local flowers, local crafts, it just makes sense.<br /> General Assembly session successful, despite distractions https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/general-assembly-session-successful-despite-distractions <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/israel_oquinn_mug_0.jpg" alt="Israel O&#039;Quinn" title="Israel O&#039;Quinn" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> With droves of national media descending on Richmond earlier this year, the 2019 General Assembly session had every opportunity to be one of the worst and least productive sessions in Virginia history.<br /> Keep highway workers safe https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/keep-highway-workers-safe <p> Each spring, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recognizes Work Zone Awareness Week to remind drivers of the importance of avoiding distractions and driving safely through work zones.<br /> We invite you to join VDOT in the annual observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week April 8-12. This week is a reminder that work zone safety is everyone&rsquo;s responsibility.<br /> Notes from Chez J. Zane's Kitchen March 27 https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/notes-chez-j-zanes-kitchen-march-27 <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/n0809p63012h_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> One cannot leave our culinary visit to Ireland without a little history of the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840&rsquo;s.<br /> In the early 1800&rsquo;s, life in Ireland was not an easy one. Irish citizens got by farming and relying on the potato. The potato was the Irish peoples&rsquo; main source of food and money. Without the potato, Ireland would have had nothing. In the early 1840&rsquo;s, no one was prepared for what was about to occur: the Great Irish Potato Famine.<br />