Today's News

  • H.S. FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Cavaliers a blend of experienced, unproven

    HILLSVILLE –– Visitors to Tommy Thompson Field will notice a few changes this year. New bleachers adorn the visitors’ side of the stadium and a new lighting system will illuminate the playing field.

    Less obvious is the revolving door on the offensive line.

    For the second year in a row, Carroll County finds itself ushering in a new group of offensive linemen, although circumstances don’t seem quite as dire as a year ago.

  • H.S. FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Galax looking to build on last year's success

    One of the great things about football is that, more so than in any other sport, before one season is over you find yourself already talking about the next.

    A young 2010 Galax team hadn’t even finished its 9-4, Region C Division 1 runner-up season before folks were already looking forward to 2011. It would have been fairly easy for second-year Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon to try to schedule his team into a chance at a 10-0 or 9-1 record, but after a long period of scheduling to look better, Galax has scheduled to become better.

  • H.S. FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Grayson County a quiet contender in 2011

    INDEPENDENCE –– They’re out there.

    With all the buzz about playoff changes and Graham entering the Mountain Empire District and Galax’s prospects for a tremendous year, Grayson County is out there somewhere, avoiding much of the attention, quietly flying under the radar.

    “That’s a great place to be,” Blue Devil coach Brett McPherson said.

  • H.S. FOOTBALL PRVIEW: In a State of Change

     After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully.  After five years, look at it with suspicion.  And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.

    –– Alfred Edward Perlman


    It’s these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes / Nothing remains quite the same

     –– Jimmy Buffett


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  • Glenvar first big challenge


    Sports Editor


    Galax has more than its fair share of Virginia Tech fans. There’s one Hokie the Maroon Tide faithful will probably wait to cheer for.

    Glenvar defensive standout Seth Dooley leads a big, powerful, surprisingly speedy Highlander team as it hosts Galax tonight in the season opener for both teams. The 6-foot-5, 227-pound middle linebacker was offered on the spot by Virginia Tech following a one-day camp in Blacksburg this July.

  • Cavaliers face young, big Bengals

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County opened its 2010 season last year with a loss to Bassett, but avenged itself 10 weeks later by ending the Bengals’ season in the Region IV Division 4 playoffs.

    The Cavaliers are hoping to get it right the first time this year.

    After a disappointing showing in a 36-7 benefit game loss at Galax last week, Carroll County opens its 2011 season for real tonight when the Cavaliers head down to Henry County for a nondistrict battle with the Bengals.

  • Devils cross border for opener

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County opens its 2011 schedule Friday with a trip to Sparta for a nondistrict game against Alleghany, N.C. First, the Blue Devils must get their collective heads to stop spinning after Friday’s wild benefit game win in Floyd.

  • Leadership Institute to begin in September

    The fourth annual “Twin County Leadership Institute” class will begin meeting on Sept. 9.

    The sessions are an opportunity for area residents to learn about local community leadership this fall.

    Sponsors are Wytheville Community College, Crossroads Institute, the Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.