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Today's News

  • Airport proposal causes turbulence

    FRIES — The Twin County Regional Airport Commission appears to be bumping non-paying members — including the towns of Fries, Hillsville and Independence.

    Interim Airport Manager Tim Brown approached Fries Town Council at its regular meeting Sept. 2, asking members to accept or reject the commission's request to change its charter membership.

  • Behind closed doors

    HILLSVILLE — Even after a developer who sought 91 acres of Carroll-owned land for the Mayberry Opry property has ended acquisition attempts, a citizen continues to question county officials about other deals in the works and the methods used.

    Citizen Mike Goldwasser appeared at both the Industrial Development Authority meeting Sept. 3 and the Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 8 to express continuing concerns.

  • Cavs lose grip on upset bid

    TAZEWELL ––Nobody’s clothes came off, but Tazewell put on a pretty decent strip show just the same.

    Although thoroughly dominated in the first half, Tazewell twice pried the ball free from Carroll County ballcarriers in the second half, coming up with key turnovers as the Bulldogs rallied for a 27-16 win at Bulldog Stadium.

  • 'Person of interest' in suspected arson found dead

    FRIES — A man described by police as a “person of interest” in a suspected arson at 142 Sunrise Lane in Fries was found dead at his house Friday afternoon.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Thurman Davis was named a person of interest in a suspicious fire at his son-in-law's house on Sept. 11. He was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound at his own home on Providence Road the next day.

    The fire occurred last Thursday afternoon, and after a preliminary investigation by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department, it was determined to be suspicious.

  • Galax drops second straight 5-game loss

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax dropped a tough five-game decision for the second time in four days Thursday, falling to Fort Chiswell 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9 in a Mountain Empire District match.

    “We simply did not play well,” Galax coach Rose Houk said after her team dropped to 5-4 on the year, 0-1 in district play. “We missed 13 serves, and you can’t do that in a close match. We’ve been playing great, and this was not a good time to have a bad night.”

  • Maroon Tide falls to Auburn

    RINER — Derrick Duncan threw two touchdown passes to Keifer Titus and ran for another one to lead Auburn over Galax 21-6 in a nondistrict game Friday at Henry Sink Field.

    Titus hauled in a 79-yard scoring toss from Duncan in the first quarter, but Galax pulled to within 7-6 on Terrance Mazon’s 16-yard run later in the period.

    The score held until the third period, when Duncan scored from 2 yards out. He added a 19-yard scoring pass to Titus in the fourth quarter.

    Galax’s attempt at a comeback was halted by two interceptions in the fourth quarter.

  • Quick start leads Radford to 42-0 win over Devils

    Christiansburg News Messenger

    RADFORD — Radford set the tone for this one on the first play of the game and the rout was on Friday as the Bobcats cruised to an easy 42-0 non-district win over Grayson County at Norman Lineburg Field.

    On the first play from the line of scrimmage, Radford sophomore quarterback Dontae Carter called his own number and galloped 66 yards for the score. Michael Goodman’s PAT would make it 7-0, just 20 seconds into the game.

  • Making The Grade

    Galax City Schools was one of just 26 Virginia school divisions in which all of a locality’s schools met 29 annual performance benchmarks for 2007-2008 toward “adequate yearly progress” under the No Child Left Behind Act.

    Among 132 school divisions in the commonwealth, Galax City Schools was one of the 17 divisions in which all schools made adequate yearly progress and the division as a whole made progress.

  • New bridge would cost $10.2M

    The Virginia Department of Transportation proposes a new design and location for replacing the aging J.P. Carrico Memorial truss bridge on Virginia 94.

    Representative from VDOT were on hand Tuesday during a public hearing to give citizens an opportunity to offer comments or submit written material concerning the proposed construction.

    The new bridge will replace the 81-year-old J.P. Carrico Memorial truss bridge over the New River.

  • Hillsville asked to annex property

    HILLSVILLE — When the Town of Hillsville last annexed property from Carroll County in 1995, the deal approved by the state included a 15-year moratorium on further annexation.

    Now, two years before that ban is lifted, a group of Carroll property owners on the town's western border want Hillsville to take them in.

    Town Attorney Greg Goad explained that this procedure, because it was initiated by citizens instead of the town, is allowed before the moratorium expires.