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Today's News

  • New identity for Grayson boys

    INDEPENDENCE –– In the past four years, the Grayson County boys’ basketball program has produced five 1,000-point scorers. The Blue Devils’ success this year may depend on how well they can do on the other end of the floor.

    Though fielding a team that lacks in star power, eighth-year Grayson County head coach Lucas Austin likes what he sees from 11 kids who are similar in size, ability and toughness.

  • Grayson County girls open season with 55-44 win

    SALEM ––Grayson County opened up a 16-point lead in the middle two quarters and opened its 2014-15 girls’ basketball season with a 55-44 win Wednesday at Glenvar.

    The Blue Devils took an 11-9 lead into the second quarter and outscored the Highlanders a combined 30-16 in the second and third period to hold a 41-25 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

  • Carroll’s Smith to remain a Cavalier

    Once a Cavalier, always a Cavalier. At least that’s the case with Carroll County’s Eustacia Smith.

    A standout attacker for coach Cindy Edwards’ CCHS volleyball team, Smith inked recently to continue her career at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

  • CC can’t measure up to Buffs

    FLOYD COUNTY –– There are a lot of positives to be found in playing Floyd County the first game of the year. The final score isn’t commonly one of them.

    Carroll County spent most of the third quarter erasing a five-point deficit, but the Buffaloes broke open a tie game with a 9-1 run to start the fourth period and pulled away to a 51-40 nondistrict girls’ basketball win Wednesday. It was the season opener for both teams.

  • Officers cut check, but not beards

    HILLSVILLE — Members of Hillsville and Carroll law enforcement gathered at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Monday to present a check to Carroll County Special Olympics, and sport the whiskers they grew during “No Shave November” one last time.

    When asked if any of the officers planned to keep their new Duck Dynasty ‘dos, the answer from everyone was a resounding “No!”

    “Someone actually told me that I looked three years older,” commented Interim Hillsville Chief Wesley Yonce as he rubbed his face.

  • Webb to step down from city council

    Galax City Council has accepted a letter of resignation from council member Bill Webb.

    Webb was not at council’s Nov. 24 meeting and has been absent for several.

    “‘It is with deep regret that I must tender my resignation as a Galax City Council member, effective Nov. 24, 2014,’” read Mayor C.M. Mitchell. “‘I have enjoyed my time on the council and the efforts we have made over the past six years have made a difference in the lives of your citizens.’”

  • Carroll to help farmers market with credit line

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved a “moral obligation” agreement with Virginia Community Capital to provide a line of credit of up to $1 million for the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market.

  • Holiday Happenings Guide

    All around the Twin Counties this weekend will be Christmas celebrations, parades, visits from Santa, caroling, kids’ activities, tree lightings, fundraisers for worth causes and more holiday cheer. To plan for the busy weekend, here’s a roundup of all the events planned in Galax, Hillsville, Independence and Fries.

    INDEPENDENCE

    Tree Lighting

    Dozens are expected to pack Independence Town Park this Friday for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and related holiday hoopla, all starting around 6 p.m.

  • Letters to Santa 2014

    Mrs. Cain’s Kindergarten Class

    St. Paul School, Cana

     

    Laynie-Jo – I would like a bed just like Elsa on the movie Frozen. Also an Elsa stroller with crib and bean bag chair. 

     

    Ayden -  I would like a Ninja Turtle Action Figure and a game.

     

    Madelyn – I would like a toy dog and some candy for Christmas.  I have been good this year.

     

  • Public record for 12/3/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 3-13 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:
    Weldon Phipps and others to Donald Kegley. 3.75 acres in the Pipers Gap District. $2,500.