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Education

  • Center cultivates agricultural education

    INDEPENDENCE — The outdoor picnic area of Grayson County’s new hub for agricultural development was filled with local government officials, representatives of local agencies and citizens for a lively celebration on Nov. 15.

    The event was held in honor of the county’s recent announcement that the first phase of the Grayson Agricultural and Technical Education (GATE) Center has been completed.

  • Robot masters compete in LEGO League

    HILLSVILLE – Students from Carroll County participated in a FIRST Lego League (FLL) scrimmage on Oct. 29 at Carroll County Middle School. The theme for this years’ challenge was Animal Allies.

  • Anderson wins school board seat by 2 votes

    UPDATED:

    INDEPENDENCE — On Tuesday, only two votes separated the winner of the Grayson County School Board’s at-large seat from the candidate in second place.

    Tracy “Zeke” Anderson has been projected to win the four-way race, with 26.41 percent, or 1,822 total votes. Philip Vaughan, who holds the seat on an interim basis, received 24.38 percent, or 1,820 votes.

    The race was determined during a special election Tuesday, which was set after the death of former board member Tim Carico.

  • Anderson is one of four candidates for board

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE —Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, one of four candidates campaigning to fill the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to provide a voice for the students, parents and teachers in the Grayson County school system if he is elected.

  • Davis seeks at-large seat on school board

    James Morgan Davis, a candidate in the four-way race for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to pay it forward to the citizens if he is chosen on Nov. 8.

  • Galax school security grant pays for cameras

    Galax City Schools is receiving a grant from the Virginia Department of Education of up to $100,000, with a 25 percent funding match, according to Coordinator of Support Services Jeff Sharpe, who applied for the grant.

    He is being assisted throughout the process by the school system’s Technology Coordinator Matthew Cornett.

    The grant will be used to buy digital security cameras to replace the existing ones at Galax middle and high schools, with more cameras overall and more of them placed outside, said Sharpe.

  • B.J. Carroll inducted into VHSL Hall of Fame

    Of all the stages B.J. Carroll has been on as an actor or behind as a director in the past three decades, it was a stage in Charlottesville last week where the spotlight finally fell most brightly on the veteran theater coach, director, teacher and mentor.

    Bettie Jo “B.J.” Carroll — the coach with the most wins in Galax High School history — was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, joined by family, friends and former students.

  • Galax schools focus on writing in all subjects

    Galax teachers are working together to enhance reading and writing skills by integrating writing assignments into every subject.

    Galax High School Principal Justin Iroler, accompanied by members of the English department, visited the Galax School Board meeting Oct. 11 to discuss the details of the school’s plan to boost writing improvement.

  • Grant pays for school security measures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools will use a $66,464 School Security Equipment Grant from the state to pay for new security equipment at four facilities.

    New equipment was requested in applications for Grayson County High School, Grayson County High Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center, Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School.

  • Wilmore: no conflict with coaches on board

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s school superintendent and the school system’s attorney say that volunteer coaches are allowed to serve on the school board, citing state code.

    At an Oct. 10 meeting, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, a candidate for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, went before the board to request the resignations of two members, Randy Shinault and Philip Vaughan.