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Today's News

  • Firefighters respond to car blaze

    On Jan. 4, at 6:05 p.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire in the 3600 block of Skyline Highway, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    Members arrived to find an SUV on fire. The driver indicated he was traveling north on Skyline Highway (Virginia 89) when he noticed smoke coming from under the dash. He pulled off to the side of the road and walked to a nearby house to call for assistance. In the meantime, a passing motorist called in the fire.

  • SCC sets lower fuel rate for Appalachian Power

    The State Corporation Commission approved a two-phase decrease in the fuel rate requested by Appalachian Power Co.

    The company’s fuel factor of 2.953 cents per kilowatt hour was reduced by the SCC to 2.586 cents on an interim basis for service rendered on or after Oct.1, 2015. It will be further reduced to 2.301 cents for service rendered on or after Feb. 1, 2016.

    The revised fuel rate decreased the monthly bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity by $3.67, or approximately 3.2 percent, effective October 1, 2015.

  • Clinic offers help signing up for health insurance

    The Tri-Area Community Health Centers will host several informational sessions in January to answer questions about enrolling in benefits through the health insurance marketplace and informing area residents about possible exemptions from the tax penalty. These sessions will be held in multiple area locations.

    As of Dec. 19, 2015, the number of Virginians enrolled in health insurance through the marketplace was 375,891. The deadline for open enrollment ends Jan. 31.

  • Fatal wreck not discovered until morning

    A single-vehicle wreck overnight resulted in the death of Independence resident. The wreck wasn't discovered until Thursday morning.

    Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.A. Vaughan is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Grayson County.

    According to a report from state police, a 1997 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was traveling along Hardin Road during the night when it ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and went over it. The truck overturned and landed on its roof.

  • CCHS hall of fame announces eight new inductees

    HILLSVILLE –– The third induction class of the Carroll County High School sports hall of fame was announced recently, with eight new names to be added to the hall in January.

    Kim Caudill, Ingrid Easter, Cindy Edwards, Tee Jackson, Howard Mayo, Kayla (Goins) Nester, Rick Nester and Robin Whittington will all be inducted into the hall of fame during the Cavaliers’ quad Jan. 22 with Christiansburg.

    Kim Caudill (volleyball)

  • Carroll girls rally to defeat Salem 43-38

    SALEM –– Carroll County rallied from a four-point halftime deficit and maintained its lead in the River Ridge District girls’ basketball standings Tuesday night with a 43-38 win at Salem.

    Trailing 25-21 at intermission, the Cavaliers (8-1 overall, 3-0 district) held the Spartans to 13 second-half points to pull out the win.

  • Maroon Tide hosts Virginia-Carolina duals

    Galax finished the day with a 3-2 record and Carroll County went 2-3 in the Ford Memorial Virginia-Carolina Duals wrestling invitational, held Saturday at Galax High School.

    Each of the five Virginia teams in attendance – Galax, Carroll County, Grundy, Rural Retreat and Richlands – wrestled a dual match against each of the five North Carolina teams – Mount Airy, Starmount, East Surry, Chatham Central and Avery County – in an event that continues to grow in popularity.

  • Devils too much for Tazewell

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County had a challenging time putting the ball in the hole from underneath Tuesday night. The Blue Devils had little trouble putting Tazewell in a hole in the second quarter, and keeping the Bulldogs there the rest of the night.

    Grayson zipped away from a 9-9 tie by opening the second period on a 13-3 run and never again allowed the Bulldogs within single digits, claiming a 57-38 win in a game between Conference 39 schools.

  • Grayson gets first win

    INDEPENDENCE –– The Grayson County boys’ basketball team wanted to win in each of its first 11 games. As Tuesday’s meeting with Tazewell played out, the Blue Devils not only wanted to win, they wanted to win.

    Playing with a fire that only a chippy, physical, almost playground-rough game can sometimes provide, Grayson County snapped its season-opening 11-game slide with a 53-48 win over the 1-9 Bulldogs.

  • Car turns over in New Year's Eve crash

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — A Fries man received a driving under the influence charge on New Year’s Eve, following a single vehicle wreck that left his car on its side on Liberty Hill Road.

    According to a report from State Trooper S.E. Kinney, Ronnie T. Taylor, 45, of Fries, was operating a 2006 Ford Explorer on Dec. 31 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a bank and overturned.