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  • Fort Chiswell spoils Grayson’s festivities, 86-68

    INDEPENDENCE –– Fort Chiswell spoiled a lot more than the first official game on the newly-dedicated Thomas Owens Court.

    In a game in which Grayson County hoped to cap a night honoring their former coach by taking another step toward a possible district title, Fort Chiswell caught fire in the second half and rallied to an 86-68 Mountain Empire District win.

  • Tide outpaces Fort, 88-75

    Cameron Frazier goes to the hoop for two of his 18 first-half points. Frazier left the game early in the second half with an ankle injury, but the Tide prevailed 88-75.Galax and Fort Chiswell played the first eight minutes of their Mountain Empire District showdown Friday night at a preposterous rate, on pace for a 132-112 final score. Even the halftime tally of 50-48 was ridiculous for a high school game. But what was truly absurd was the thought of Galax dropping back-to-back district games.

  • Cavaliers pull another step closer to title

    TAZEWELL –– Carroll County built a big cushion in the second quarter and went on to defeat Tazewell 57-51 in a Southwest District girls' basketball game Friday.

    Trailing 12-9 after eight minutes, the Cavaliers (13-5 overall, 11-0 district) outscored the Bulldogs 20-7 in the second period to take a 29-19 halftime lead.

    Lindsey Martin and Kayla Goins led Carroll County with 14 points each and Rachel Dalton dropped in 12 points. Tazewell (5-11, 3-5) got a game-high 18 points from Kelsey Sutherland.

    Carroll County 9 20 11 17––57

  • Inventor harnesses wind, water

    Christopher Thomas has been making the rounds, trying to generate interest among local economic developers for his portable electricity making devices.

    Thomas and his enthusiastic twin brother Stephen — just about physically indistinguishable from Chris but for a brown ball cap and his other garments on this day — stopped in at the Crossroads Institute last week to visit with the Small Business Development Center's Dallas Garrett, Regional Economic Developer Neal Satterwhite and Carroll County's Bernie Deck.

  • Driver leads police on 3-locality chase

    It took four agencies and nearly 20 minutes to stop a car caught speeding on Virginia 89 last Friday night.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Brandon Alexander Berzer, 22, of Woodlawn, faces seven charges — including two felonies — in relation to a chase Friday night that spanned Grayson and Carroll Counties and the City of Galax.

    According to Vaughan, Deputy Gene Bowers was running radar on Virginia 89 at the intersection of Fairview Road.

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  • Bank robbery suspect in custody

    The man accused of robbing First Citizens Bank branches in Galax and Roanoke in January and a SunTrust Bank in Bedford County this month is now behind bars.

    William Myrl Smitherman, 19, of Clemmons, N.C., was arrested last Thursday in Forsyth County, N.C., and is being held as a fugitive from justice.

    He was taken into custody by a Forsyth County deputy sheriff after a warrant charging Smitherman with robbery was obtained by Galax Police Detective J.B. Greer.

  • Stimulus funds sought for U.S. 58

    RICHMOND — Del. Ward Armstrong — like most states and localities — has an economic stimulus package wish list, and it includes completing improvements to U.S. 58 east from Hillsville to Stuart.

    That dovetails well with the desire of Carroll County officials for federal money to pay for "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects to create jobs.

  • Be Vigilant

    Most people just aren't equipped to think extraordinary dangers are present in their everyday lives, but firefighters are.

    When called upon they face down the flames, and these emergency responders know the importance of prevention and preparation.

    Some elements of prevention are so simple, so mundane, their great importance can easily slip a civilian's mind.

  • Letter to the Editor for 1/26/09

    Time to get things done in America

    2009 begins with a new president, new Congress and an alleged attitude of bipartisanship and a new way government does things.

    But, sad to say, the oddballs, the weak links and dumb butts of 2008 spill into the new year.

    President Obama proposed spending of some $825 billion dollars to jumpstart the economy. The GOP leadership balks.