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Today's News

  • Grayson School Board calls emergency meeting

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board held an emergency called meeting May 30 at the central office in Independence.

    The meeting was called for the board to discuss accounting information with Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance. No action was taken after the meeting.

    A school auditor was scheduled to be at the central office on Monday to meet with Quesinberry.

  • Raiders stun Galax in 1A West

    Matthew Branham was effectively wild. But at this time of year, anything that works is wildly effective.

    Branham’s two-hitter was enough to overcome seven walks and five wild pitches as J.I. Burton upset Galax 7-4 in the Region 1A West quarterfinals Monday at Felts Park.

  • Carroll comes on strong to stay perfect

    HILLSVILLE –– Sydney Nester put a one-two punch on Chancellor Monday night in the opening round of the Region 4A North softball tournament played at Carroll County High School.

    Nester not only tossed a one-hitter but she also had a two-run home run to lead the undefeated Cavaliers to a 12-0 victory over the Chargers and advance to the semifinals today (Wednesday) at Fluvanna at 6 p.m.

  • Blue Devils surge to win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County is a hitting team. The Lady Blue Devils have solid pitching and they’ll play defense better than most. But at its core, Grayson County is a team of hitters and will win usually by outhitting an opponent.

    Even if it takes a while.

  • Carroll supervisors adopt 2016 budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2016 county budget on May 27.

    Members of the board met for a quick meeting where they, at the motion of Supervisor Joshua Hendrick, unanimously approved the county’s general operating expenditures of $41.9 million for the general fund, and $15,000 for the law library fund.

  • After a century, bald eagles soar again

    WITH VIDEO

    Submitted by Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Blue Ridge Discovery Center

    You’re out weeding your garden, perhaps hiking the New River Trail, or just driving along a country road when suddenly you spy a raptor overhead, stretched out like a board, a nine-and-a-half-pound bird with a wingspan of 80 inches, its white head and tail sealing the identification, a graceful marriage of bird and sky.

    Take another look if you can, and savor the moment.

  • Sexton seeks another term, but new seat

    FRIES — David Sexton, current chairman and at-large member of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, has announced his intention to seek re-election to the board, but this time he will be running for the Providence District seat.

    When he was elected in 2011, Sexton ran as a Republican. This time, he is an independent.

    Michael Hash has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Providence District seat. John S. Fant is campaigning for the supervisor at-large position as an independent candidate.

  • Students honor their inspirations at banquet

    HILLSVILLE — Whether it was through years of careful mentoring, or just one perfect piece of advice given at the right moment, students will always remember the effort given by their teachers to ensure their success long after they don their caps and gowns and march across the stage for graduation.

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  • Galax boys win Conference 46 track crown

    GLADE SPRING –– Galax notched its fifth boys’ track and field championship in the last six years at the conference/district level, holding off the host school 189-142 at Patrick Henry High School.

    The Maroon Tide picked up six event wins and seven runner-up finishes and advanced 18 athletes to the Region 1A West meet.