- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

TAZEWELL, Va. (AP) - School board members in Tazewell County will no longer begin their monthly meetings with prayer and will instead be inviting area clergy and citizens to deliver the regular invocation.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1Yk0lZA ) reports the change follows a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that focused on the issue of the town of Greece, New York, opening its monthly meetings with prayer.

The Tazewell County board adopted the change earlier this week.

Northern District board member David Woodard says the board wants to be in compliance with the law without having to stop praying. He says board members haven’t received any complaints about prior prayers at meetings.

In May, the Supreme Court ruled that Greece, New York, could allow prayers before meetings, as long as faiths weren’t discriminated against.

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Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, http://www.bdtonline.com

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