Today's News

  • Everybody's a winner

    Galax girls nipped J.I. Burton to cap a perfect 3-for-3 effort by Twin County teams in state quarterfinal basketball games Friday and Saturday.

    The Maroon Tide, Carroll County’s girls and Galax’s boys will all play next week in Richmond in their respective state semifinals.

    Galax’s boys got the ball rolling Friday night with a 53-44 win over Castlewood in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals. Deion George had 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Tide, which faces Charles City at 5 p.m. Thursday at VCU.

  • Davidson named Carroll's top teacher


    HILLSVILLE — Taking the sum of individualized attention, extra hours of work and encouragement for students, use of new technology and community involvement, it all adds up to a Carroll High math teacher being named the educator of the year.

    Administrators surprised Lora Davidson during advanced math class Friday with the Teacher of the Year Award for Carroll County Public Schools and treats for all.

  • State tournament primer – the good, the less good and the freakin’ awesome

    Two hundred and thirty-five down, 70 to go.

    Virginia’s state basketball tournaments, all 10 of them, get under way tonight, and though ‘states’ aren’t nearly as exclusive as they were even a few years ago, five boys’ teams and five girls’ teams will stand out among the Commonwealth’s 315 public high schools next week as state basketball champions. That’s still pretty special.

  • STATE PREVIEW – Galax begins defense of title

    Two years ago, Castlewood eliminated Galax in the first round of the Group A Division 1 state tournament. The Maroon Tide hasn’t lost a postseason game since.

    The reigning state champions will begin defense of their title at 7 p.m. tonight when the Tide takes on Region D runner-up Castlewood in the state quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center.

  • STATE PREVIEW – Carroll looks to take next step

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County doesn’t know a great deal about Staunton River, which is a normal circumstance for this time of year. The Cavaliers know Salem well enough, though, having topped the Spartans for the Region IV girls’ championship, and the Eagles can draw several comparisons to Salem.

    Carroll County (22-4) faces Staunton River (16-9) bright and early Saturday morning at the Salem Civic Center, tipping off at 11 a.m. in the Group AA Division 4 girls’ quarterfinals.

  • STATE PREVIEW – Tide girls get another shot at J.I. Burton

    Game tape is great. First-hand knowledge isn’t bad, either.

    Galax girls’ basketball coach Yerrick Stoneman was waiting on film of Group A Division 1 quarterfinal opponent J.I. Burton at midweek, but if it never arrived he and his team still had their own experiences from which to draw.

    Galax (20-5) will try to avenge a 59-46 loss in last year’s quarterfinals when the Maroon Tide matches up with the Raiders again Saturday in a 1:45 game at Virginia High School in Bristol.

  • Vaughan-Bassett: Still Making It In America — PART 1


    ABOUT THIS SERIES — The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement and the opening of China to global trade decimated manufacturing in Southwest Virginia. In this three-part series, we look at how Vaughan-Bassett Furniture is attempting to recover.


  • Grayson school budget falls short

    INDEPENDENCE — Faced with another round of state and federal cuts, the Grayson County School Board will be tasked with cutting nearly $400,000 from its operating budget in order to make ends meets for next school year.
    Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas — who will retire at the end of this school year — began the budget discussion during Monday night’s work session with more bad news: the budget has a shortfall of $392,000.

  • Hillsville rezones annexed areas

    HILLSVILLE — Deviating from the plan to rezone two properties near the busy Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange from general commercial use has resulted in spot zoning, one Hillsville Town Council member said Monday.
    Council members approved rezoning the newly annexed areas on the west side of town, with some changes.
    The changes arose after comments from property owners at a rezoning public hearing at the Feb. 13 meeting.

  • New cell tower approved for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A public hearing was held at the Feb. 9 Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting on a special use permit request for the erection of a U.S. Cellular telephone tower.
    Charles Felts asked for the tower to be placed on his 116 acres in western Grayson County.
    Charles Parsons was the only person to speak at the hearing. He asked if the location of the tower was still the same as he had seen, and was told there has been no change.
    Parsons said the western end of the county was in desperate need of a cell phone tower.