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Today's News

  • Police say hitchhiker borrowed, wrecked car

    A hitchhiker passing through from Ohio wrecked a borrowed car last week in Galax, according to Virginia State Police.

    On Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., Frank L. Conway of Columbus, Ohio, ran off the right side of Meadow Creek Road just past Mount Vale Church in Galax, went over a small bank and struck a tree, according to Trooper Cameron Keesling, who attended the scene.

  • Cana man faces DUI, hit and run charges

    CANA — A Cana man was arrested Aug. 23 following a hit-and-run crash involving three vehicles.

    Virginia State Police responded to Flowers Gap Road, near the intersection of Paul’s Creek Road, in Cana at 6 p.m. last Saturday, after hearing reports of a multi-vehicle accident in that area.

    According to the police report, Daniel Eric Brame, 34, was operating a 1999 Jeep Cherokee on Flowers Gap when he entered a curve and allegedly sideswiped a 2006 Nissan, operated by Marlie Samuel Jones, 72, of Cana.

  • Readers Hotline 9/1/14

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    I live on Main Street in Fries. I would like to know why every time Fries gets a fire or rescue call to Ivanhoe Road somewhere, they can’t cut up Hilltown Road to take a shortcut to Ivanhoe Road and save time instead of flying down Main Street with their lights and sirens wide open. Makes no sense to me. I used to be in rescue and I always thought every second saved was precious in saving someone’s life or home. I’m a taxpayer just like everyone else around here and I’d like to know.

  • Devils open with 3-0 win over Marion

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County opened its volleyball season by taking three toss-up games from Marion, sweeping the Scarlet Hurricane 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 in a nondistrict match Thursday night.

  • Alleghany takes back-and-forth win from Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County took the lead and lost it in the matter of about 30 seconds last Friday night to drop a hard-fought 26-23 opening football game to cross-border rival Alleghany, N.C., at Bill Strong Field.

  • Glenvar spoils Maroon Tide opener

    Games typically come down to a few key plays – or at least coaches always say that after a loss – and Friday night was no different.

    Both Galax (0-1) and Glenvar (1-0) did very little on offense, but two big plays were the difference in a 24-9 Highlander victory Friday on Galax’s home field.

    The Maroon Tide defense held its own for most of the night, but gave up scoring plays of 63 and 61 yards in the loss. Take away those two plays and the game could have been much different.

  • WEEK 1 PRIMER

    It’s the great conundrum we all face this time every year – we all want summer to last forever, but we can’t wait for football to start.

    We can’t have it both ways, and football is better when there’s a nip in the air anyway.

    So here we go.

    Summer is waning but football season is upon us as the three area high schools kick off their 2014 schedules, all with home games tonight at 7 p.m.

  • Grayson preview: Green energy

    INDEPENDENCE –– Brett McPherson may be a government teacher at Grayson County High School, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a student of history. In 2014 and beyond, the Blue Devils are hoping to move forward by going back.

  • Carroll preview: Turning over a new leaf

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County is a football program in transition.

    But then, all high school football programs are, in one way or another. Kids are starters usually for a year or two before moving on to either college or real life. There is no recruiting, so a program is handed what the student body and the interest level at that particular time provides, and that program makes the most of that talent in whatever ways it can.

  • Galax preview: Cautious optimism

    Galax had just wrapped up its first preseason scrimmage at Radford, having failed to reach the end zone while watching the Bobcats rip off five touchdowns of between 60 and 70 yards each. Talking to his team at midfield following the action, Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon advised his players not to pay any attention to the Internet messageboards that would surely be buzzing, proclaiming the downfall of the Maroon Tide.

    But those amateur obituaries never came.