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  • Benish runs for at-large seat on school board

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Robert Benish has joined this year’s political race to fill the at-large supervisor seat on the Grayson County School Board.

    Benish is one of three independent candidates vying for the seat this year. John K. Brewer and Tim L. “T.T.” Carico also will be listed on the ballot this November.

    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.

    Benish, trained in gastroenterology, has served Grayson County, Galax and surrounding communities for 28 years.

  • Hospice, home health celebrate decades of care

    Twin County Home Health recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, along with Twin County Hospice, which commemorated its 20th anniversary.

    Home Health Director Kippy Anderson and Hospice Director Larissa Baker took a few minutes to talk about their organizations’ impact on the area.

    Home Health focuses on providing care for homebound patients who are unable to leave without great effort; Hospice focuses on end-stage care for terminal patients.

  • Driver ends up in yard after Independence crash

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    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man received minor injuries last Wednesday morning after his vehicle crashed into a ditch on Main Street in Independence, trapping him inside.

    According to a report from Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams, authorities were dispatched at 8:19 a.m. to 179 W. Main Street on Sept. 23.

  • Traffic pattern to change on U.S. 58 in Carroll

    The U.S. 58 improvement project will require a traffic pattern change Tuesday and Wednesday in the Carroll County portion between Laurel Fork and Meadows of Dan.

    Weather permitting, drivers can expect a change Tuesday in the traffic pattern between Virginia 618 (Pine Branch Road) and Virginia 780 (Turnip Patch Road).

    Traffic will be routed to a newly-constructed section of the westbound lanes for approximately 2.25 miles.

  • Hot start lifts Bruins, 40-7

    HILLSVILLE –– The first Carroll County homecoming parade in recent memory culminated Thursday night with a bonfire robust enough to roast a marshmallow from a first down marker away. Friday night the Cavaliers were dealing with an entirely different manner of heat.

  • Blue Devil netters pick up first win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County claimed its first volleyball win of the season but was upended in its Mountain Empire District opener last week.

    Tuesday, the Blue Devils avenged an earlier defeat with a 3-0 win at Tazewell, defeating the Bulldogs 25-15, 25-21, 25-9 in a nondistrict Conference 39 match. Candice Todd had 15 kills and Kaely Weatherman put up 29 assists for Grayson County.

  • Carroll posts top XC finishes

    ABINGDON –– Carroll County had two of the top three finishers in the boys’ race and placed third among 17 schools in the team standings at the Becky Selfe Invitational cross country meet, hosted by Patrick Henry-Glade Spring Sept. 12 at the Abingdon 4-H center.

  • Cavaliers rally past Galax

    For the better part of the first two sets Monday, Galax had Carroll County right where it needed, and itself was right where it wanted. But the Cavaliers had a couple of aces in the hole.

    Carroll’s Aubree Marshall served up back-to-back winners to close out the second set, preventing the Cavaliers from falling behind 2-0, and Carroll rallied from a one-set deficit to defeat the Maroon Tide 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-15 in a nondistrict volleyball match at CCHS.


    It’s coming home time in Hillsville and Independence and staying home time in Galax as the high school football season reaches Week 5.

    Galax will have a free Friday and an extra few days both prepare for Giles and to digest last week’s 28-27 loss to George Wythe.

    Both Carroll County and Grayson County celebrate their homecoming tonight but neither has exactly scheduled a patsy for its big night.


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