Today's News

  • Devils pull the upset

    INDEPENDENCE –– It seemed almost an afterthought, the fact that Grayson County had played its way in to the postseason. The Blue Devils could have stowed the gear after Friday night and still walked away on top of the world.

  • Readers Hotline 11/6/17

    The smoking factor
    I want to say I really like your paper. I moved here and I like your paper. Also, in your Readers’ Hotline, it is so true, what was written in there about so many people. I am an elderly person and I go to the doctor. Some people come up and pay and then they wait on the outside and go take a smoke. Can you imagine? Yes, I agree with the person that wrote in about the cigarette situation. Let’s get on disability or something because we have smoked our brains out and let somebody else take care of your health care.

  • Sutherland, Weatherman unopposed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Two candidates in Grayson County’s Elk Creek District are running unopposed for another term on their respective boards on Nov. 7.

    Brenda Sutherland is running for a third term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, where she currently serves as chairwoman.

    Sutherland served her first year on the board after former supervisors Ralph Tuggle and Chris Morton stepped down in 2008. After filling in that year, she was elected to her first full term in 2009.

    She was re-elected in 2013 to serve a second term.

  • Where do Va. governor candidates stand on key issues?

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia’s voters will elect one of three men Tuesday to serve as governor for the next four years. The winner will replace Terry McAuliffe, who – like all previous governors – isn’t allowed under the state constitution to run for consecutive terms.

    The three men running are Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie and Libertarian Cliff Hyra.

  • Voters have choices in lieutenant governor election

    Landmark News Service

    The candidates competing in Tuesday’s statewide election to be the next lieutenant governor share similar visions of what is most important to Virginia’s future. But their views differ sharply on many issues.

    Voters will decide whether Republican state Sen. Jill Vogel or Democrat Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, will assume the part-time position and succeed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who will either be elected the next governor that day or leave state government in January.

  • Nasty campaign ads a disgrace

    Virginia voters must only wait one more day before casting their ballots in this year’s gubernatorial election, but for anyone with a television — heck, everyone with a mailbox — the conclusion of that race cannot happen soon enough.

    For months, commonwealth residents have been subjected to all manner of ugliness in the race to be their chief executive.

  • Galax skins Bears 75-7

    BASTIAN –– It was a Friday night to forget for Bland County, as the Galax Maroon Tide rolled over the Bears 75-7 in a Mountain Empire District game.

    Things got out of hand early for the Bears as Dougie Peoples scored five touchdowns to give the Tide a 41-0 first quarter lead and a 68-0 advantage at halftime.

    For the second half, the coaches agreed for the referees to cut the length of the two quarters to 10 minutes each and to run the clock continuously.

  • Cats pull away from Cavs

    RADFORD –– Carroll County and Radford faced one another on the football field Friday for the first time since 1993. The Bobcats’ win reflected the two teams’ level of experience in close games this year, and it reflected the history of this series in general.

    In terms of both tight ballgames and the now 26-0 series record, Radford had been there before. The Cavaliers have not.

  • Devils grind past Wythe

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County was a few seconds away from pitching a shutout but still came away with an impressive win Friday, rushing for 318 yards in a 24-7 Mountain Empire District triumph over George Wythe at Bill Strong Field.

    Led by Levi Johnson’s 236 yards and two touchdowns on 24 rushing attempts, the Blue Devils remained in the Region 2D playoff hunt by improving to 5-4 overall, 4-1 in the MED. George Wythe dropped to 5-4 and 2-2 in the district.

  • Brown, Walker winners in 5K

    Staff reports

    A pair of 16-year-olds took the top two spots and teenagers claimed five of the top 10 finishing positions at the Galax Autumn Days 5K, co-sponsored by Galax Parks and Recreation and Twin County Regional Healthcare on Oct. 21 at Felts Park.

    Nathan Brown and Charles Walker were within a few paces of one another heading down the stretch with Brown pulling off a two-second win over Walker with a winning time of 17 minutes and 6 seconds. The two placed third (Walker) and fourth a year ago.