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  • Nautilus could close in December

    INDEPENDENCE — Less than a year after an announcement that fitness company Nautilus, Inc., would expand its plant in Independence, workers have been told they may not have jobs past Dec. 18.

    According to Wayne Bolio, senior vice president of Nautilus, Inc., based in Vancouver, Wash., employees at the Independence plant were given the federally mandated 60-day notice on Tuesday that the plant could be shutting down.

  • Fancy Gap awarded ARC tourism grant

    Another federal grant will benefit Fancy Gap as a gateway community to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The community won one of six tourism grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

    Fresh off getting more than $8 million in federal stimulus funds to pay for public water and sewer projects, Fancy Gap will also receive $38,500 for an interactive tourism information kiosk, according to the ARC.

  • H1N1 vaccinations planned in local schools

    INDEPENDENCE — Local schools are planning to offer vaccinations for the H1N1 virus beginning this week.

    Galax Public Schools will provide free H1N1 FluMist vaccine to students during school hours on Friday, while Grayson and Carroll schools plan to offer vaccinations next week.

    The vaccine will either be administered through the nose or by injection, depending on the child's medical status.

  • Grayson schools making progress

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has all but one school accredited and once again barely missed federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks as a division — leaving school administrators excited about the improvements.

    School Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett updated the school board on the system's progress during a regular meeting Oct. 12.

    The school system managed to add Independence Middle School to its list of schools that met AYP, leaving only two — Fries Middle and Independence Elementary — remaining to improve

  • Grayson dumps trash site

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to save money during tough economic times, Grayson County has opted to close a public-access Dumpster site at its Public Works Department just north of Independence.

    The county arrived at the decision, according to County Administrator Jonathan Sweet, not only as a way to save the county money, but also because of safety issues.

  • Boucher hears healthcare reform concerns

    HILLSVILLE — About 100 people turned out to Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher's town hall meeting on healthcare reform in Hillsville on Saturday, and attendees heard the congressman's concerns about the public insurance option and his assurances that no federal funds will go toward treating illegal aliens or providing abortions.

  • Police capture armed suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Grayson County authorities were called to his residence for a domestic dispute.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Rhandell Davis, 55, of Independence, was apprehended around 3:20 p.m. after officers spent roughly 20 minutes searching the woods near his home, just west of Independence on U.S. 58.

    Deputies were called to the scene for an alleged domestic dispute, but prior to officers arriving, Davis fled on foot into the woods, allegededly with a rifle.

  • Hall sentenced to three years for arson

    HILLSVILLE — A 26-year-old Carroll County man who burned his family’s home in a September 2008 domestic dispute will spend three years in prison.

    Travis Ray Hall was charged by direct indictment last September, one day after setting ablaze the trailer that he, his wife and two children lived in.

  • Grayson prepares for state cuts

    INDEPENDENCE — After riding out a wave of state financial cuts through local tax increases, Grayson County will once again be forced to dig deeper into its pockets after additional cuts announced by Gov. Tim Kaine.

    Earlier this month, Kaine released a plan to close the gap on a $1.35 billion shortfall in the state. The plan called for one day of unpaid leave for most state workers and a reduction in contributions to the state employee pension plan and another withdrawal from the rainy day reserve fund.

  • Wanted man apprehended in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A routine traffic stop in Hillsville resulted in the apprehension of a 26-year-old Lawrenceville, Ga., man wanted on federal drug trafficking charges, according to police.

    Capt. Jason Hawks watched a 2007 Honda make an improper left turn at Main Street and U.S. 58 at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 19, police said. Hawks stopped the vehicle and found Timothy Maldonado, who is wanted by the U.S. Marshall Service.