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Zoning hearing turns into religious debate

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After hearing from dozens of detractors, Grayson rejects Oracle Institute's plans for spiritual community

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE — An application for a special use permit in Grayson County turned into a religious debate on Thursday night, as an estimated 175 citizens turned out for a public hearing regarding a proposed spiritual educational community in the Wilson District.
The Oracle Institute's plans involved an 11-acre retreat teaching spirituality and ethical environmental practices.


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