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Today's News

  • Galax picks up steam, wins third straight, 9-4 over Chilhowie

    CHILHOWIE –– Galax got its third straight complete game pitching effort and has won three straight after a three-game skid, knocking off fellow Conference 46 member Chilhowie 9-4 in a nondistrict game Wednesday afternoon.

    Stew Merdian went the full seven innings on the mound for the Maroon Tide (12-5), allowing one earned run on just four hits, striking out 10 and walking four.

  • Grayson, Galax reach regionals

    Grayson County earned a pair of conference tennis championships this week. In the big picture, both the Blue Devils and Galax are still alive.

    The Blue Devil boys defeated Galax 5-1 to claim the combined Conference 39/46 team championship on Grayson’s home court Wednesday, a day after the Grayson County girls toppled Graham 5-1 for the Conference 39 title in Bluefield.

  • Cavs enjoy perfect night

    HILLSVILLE –– ‘Perfect’ doesn’t begin to cover it.

    There’s the record, now a spotless 17-0 after Carroll County’s 7-0 win Tuesday night over Blacksburg.

    There was the defense, flawless for seven innings, handling the easy chances and making the difficult ones look routine.

  • Vehicle reported stolen with child inside

    HILLSVILLE — A Laurel Fork man and woman were arrested on various charges last week, after police received a complaint about a stolen vehicle with a child inside.

    According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Eric Sain was dispatched to 958 Bear Creek Road on May 14 at 6 p.m., to speak with a caller about a stolen truck. When he arrived, the complainant said that a red 2006 Nissan Titan truck with a Florida license plate had been taken, and that it was occupied by her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend and a 3-year-old child.

  • Fries sets stage for theater renovation

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a plan to renovate the Fries Community Center Theater.

    Originally presented to council in April, a plan designed by Kit Marshall was reviewed and approved by council members on May 5.

    “Last month, we asked [Marshall] to show her ideas around to get further input from the public. I can’t say that I’ve spoken to everybody, but everyone I have talked to has spoken favorably about the design,” Mayor Richard Farmer said.

  • Joe Wilson was mountain music's champion

    Generally, legends are made by acts of great heroism: beating back an enemy, rescuing the helpless, bringing justice to the oppressed.

    Another component of heroism is simply in doing: committing acts and going forward.

    Curious, then, that Joe Wilson, who died on May 17 at 77 years of age, is a legend in folklore, traditional arts and roots music when he was barely known to pick up a guitar.

  • Carter home celebrating couple's 120th anniversary

    HILLSVILLE — The Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Foundation will commemorate the 120th anniversary of George Lafayette Carter and Mayetta Wilkinson Carter’s marriage with a wedding reception, dinner and program on May 30 at the Carter Home in Hillsville.

    Carter was born Jan. 10, 1857, in Carroll County, one of the nine children of Walter Crockett Carter and Lucy Ann Jennings. Of his siblings, he and three of his sisters were the only children to survive past the age of 20.

  • Adkins running for 20th District seat

    Former Martinsville mayor and Democratic hopeful Kim Adkins announced her intention to run for the 20th District seat in U.S. Senate on May 2 at the gazebo in downtown Galax.

    Adkins is challenging incumbent Republican Bill Stanley. The district includes Galax and part of Carroll County.

  • Police: Baywood house fire suspicious

    BAYWOOD — Authorities are still sorting out events surrounding a suspicious May 10 fire that gutted a Baywood family’s mobile home, but police have arrested a neighbor they say shot into the home the previous evening.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded around noon to a 250 Cold Springs Lane structure fire that a sheriff’s office news release termed “suspicious in nature.”

  • H.E.R.O. Day honors first responders

    Families mingled with local heroes last Saturday during the annual H.E.R.O. Day event in Hillsville.

    H.E.R.O. is an acronym for “Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.” Held at the Carroll County Recreation Park, the day-long event gave the community an opportunity to meet and talk with first responders, examine their equipment and view demonstrations of training exercises and procedures that are used in real emergencies.