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Today's News

  • General Assembly considers hunting bills

    Landmark News Service

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries lists 23 bills that have been introduced to the 2016 General Assembly.

    They range from free fishing days to the sale of animal parts to incentives for hunter education.

    Arguably, the most important bill was introduced by Del. C. Matthew Fariss and deals with what some landowners in the state see as a growing problem – the release of hunting hounds onto property where the owners don’t want them.

  • Grayson grand jury issues charges

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury issued 24 indictments against 14 individuals last Thursday, on charges that included drug possession and distribution, child abuse, statutory burglary and the assault of a police officer.

    Arley Jason Simpkins received two charges, including the distribution of marijuana and assault of a law enforcement officer.

  • With great power...

    Spider-Man once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    No wait… that’s not right. Spider-Man didn’t coin that phrase, did he? But a quick Pinterest or Google search will provide countless images, “memes” and quotable graphics that “prove” he did.

    But let’s take a closer look. Further searches online will attribute this famous phrase to several icons from our past; Voltaire, Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Lord Melbourne are just a few of them.

  • Grayson boys upend Narrows

    NARROWS –– Grayson County picked up its second win in three games Tuesday night, controlling the middle two quarters to defeat Narrows 66-53 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game.

    The Blue Devils outscored the Green Wave a combined 38-23 in the second and third periods to take a 51-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Bailey Hawkins hit three of Grayson’s six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points, and Tyler Lundy provided 18 points.

    Chase Lawson scored 20 points to lead Narrows.

  • State Line wins tourney title

    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– The State Line Rush homeschool girls’ basketball team went 3-0 last week to claim the championship of the Bob Jones University Invitational, held on the BJU campus in Greenville.

    Facing Wood County Christian of Williamstown, W.Va. in the title game on Friday, freshman Audrey Clark came up huge with 27 points, including sinking 10-of-15 free throws, to lead the Rush to a 58-47 win.

  • Wrestlers prep for postseason

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax went 2-0 and Grayson County split its two matches in a three-team wrestling match Wednesday at Grayson County as the high school season quickly approaches tournament time.

    The Blue Devils and Maroon Tide opened the evening, with Galax taking a 52-24 win. Grayson County claimed four of the six matches that were contested as Benji Pickney (103 pounds), Tanner Jackson (132), Ethan Jackson (138) and Will Lawrence (152) all recorded pins.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps Bears

    Galax’s girls’ basketball team had scored 20 and 22 points in its most recent two games, both of them losses. Tuesday, the Maroon Tide got that part of the problem straightened out before halftime.

    Galax jumped out to a 26-12 lead by intermission and cruised to a 43-27 win the first of two easy takes by Tide teams in a Mountain Empire District quad with Bland County.

    The Galax boys followed suit in the nightcap, similarly breaking away to a 31-12 halftime lead en route to their 48-27 cakewalk.

  • Vaughan-Bassett closes after tanks vandalized

    Vandalism on Tuesday night at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax led to a temporary closure, according to a statement released by company president Doug Bassett.

    Galax Police Capt. James Cox said that “several officers are following up on leads,” but declined to comment further.

    Cox estimated damages were around $100,000.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/3/16

    Going to extremes

  • Virginia GOP cancels 'loyalty oath' for primary

    Landmark News Service

    State Republican Party leaders voted in Richmond on Saturday to ask the state to cancel a required party loyalty pledge in the March 1 GOP presidential primary.

    Roger Miles, a GOP state central committee member, said shortly after the unanimous voice vote that the party leaders are halting their plans because of “bad publicity.”