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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE – Want to take part in naming Grayson County’s state prison?

The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been asked by the Virginia Department of Corrections for input in naming the state correctional facility being constructed just outside of Independence, and wants the public’s ideas.

County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the board Tuesday that as construction draws to a close, corrections officials need to begin buying purchasing signs, stationery and such for the facility.

After drawing a blank for recommendations on its own, the board wants citizens of Grayson County to help suggest a name.

Sweet made clear that any recommendation the board makes must include “correctional center” and that the department has not typically approved a facility to be named after an individual — living or deceased.

Chairman Larry Bartlett suggested the county find a name that relates to the area and that has a story behind it.

Being unfamiliar with the area where the prison is located, Bartlett said he had no suggestions.

Vice Chairman Doug Carrico asked if the board would like to get the citizens involved, and noted they could submit recommendations to the county.

Sweet said suggestions should be submitted as soon as possible.

“The sooner the better,” he said. “[The Department of Corrections] is going to name it, with or without us.”

Supervisors agreed on a two-week window for receiving recommendations.

The board plans to speak with the historical society and local realtors for information about the area that could be useful in the naming.

Citizens have until April 27 to submit recommendations to Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith.

Supervisors will pick their top five and eventually take a vote for top choice.

The name receiving the most votes will be submitted to the department as the official county recommendation.

Recommendations can be e-mailed to Smith at msmith@graysoncountyva.com