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Today's News

  • Kennedy named to 4A all-state second team

    Carroll County High School’s Mattie Kennedy has been named to the second team of the Virginia High School League’s all-Group 4A girls’ basketball team, announced by the VHSL last week.

    A junior point guard, Kennedy helped lead Carroll County to a 23-5 record, the Conference 24 championship, a runner-up finish in the Region 4A North tournament and a spot in the Group 4A state quarterfinals.

  • Devils stymie Floyd County

    FLOYD –– Grayson County and Floyd County had posted the final score by the end of the first inning. The final six were a matter of the Blue Devils hanging on for dear life.

    Kaylee Moore slapped a two-out, two-run single in the top of the first, then teamed up with Maggie Kirk to keep the Buffaloes at bay as Grayson County took a 2-1 nondistrict softball win Wednesday.

  • Demons blank Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Christiansburg’s bats got hot the second time through the order and John Tuck kept the Cavaliers offense cold Tuesday afternoon as the Blue Demons rolled to a 13-0 win in a River Ridge District game at Bill Worrell Field.

    Carroll County starting pitcher Christian Bryant trailed just 1-0 in the top of the third when the Blue Demon lineup cycled through for the second time, and leadoff man Ashton King stroked a two-run home run to left-centerfield to spark a four-run Christiansburg rally.

  • Demons blank Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Christiansburg’s bats got hot the second time through the order and John Tuck kept the Cavaliers offense cold Tuesday afternoon as the Blue Demons rolled to a 13-0 win in a River Ridge District game at Bill Worrell Field.

    Carroll County starting pitcher Christian Bryant trailed just 1-0 in the top of the third when the Blue Demon lineup cycled through for the second time, and leadoff man Ashton King stroked a two-run home run to left-centerfield to spark a four-run Christiansburg rally.

  • Study recommends paid help for volunteer firefighters

    Radford University students who conducted a study about firefighting came to the Galax firehouse, slept in it overnight, went on a call in gear with firefighters, and generally made it their business to understand their research topic.

    The result is a report on the future of volunteer firefighting and the cost to localities for operating paid fire departments.

    At the March 14 Galax City Council meeting, the students presented their findings.

  • Town budget includes utility rate increase

    HILLSVILLE – Water and wastewater funding will continue to be a strain for the Town of Hillsville’s upcoming budget, as well as declining revenue from meals and transient taxes.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson and Town Treasurer LeAnna Surratt presented the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget draft to town council in a budget workshop on March 31.

  • Grayson considers school calendar changes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County schools could switch from a six-week to a nine-week grading period to better align with the system’s pacing guide and give a more accurate picture of student performance.

    If approved, it would also mean a later start for the school year and less work for teachers.

    Susan Funk, supervisor of education and state/federal programs, presented the first reading of the proposed 2016-17 school calendar at the Grayson County School Board meeting on March 14.

  • Fries tourism plans include farmers' market

    FRIES — It is a busy year in Fries for tourism, as Tourism Director Marie Isom detailed in a recent report in March.

    Website updates, festival schedules and business growth in the town are just a few of the items Isom highlighted.

    The town is in the process of updating and changing its websites. “Our www.friesfestivals.com will be phased out and all information on that site will be incorporated into www.friesva.com,” Isom said. A redirect will be implemented for those who visit the older link once the phasing is complete.

  • The nature (or nurture?) of the beast

    Recent news stories in the area concerning pit bull attacks have reawakened the tireless debate about whether the dog breed is a safe choice for a pet. Some believe that the fault of a pit bull attack rests on the shoulders of a neglectful or careless owner; while others believe that the breed has a predisposition to violence and that an attack is inevitable.

  • Apartment fire leaves families homeless

    An apartment fire gutted the interior of a Galax building and left four families homeless at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

    The apartment was unoccupied when John Ayers, owner of Creek Bottom Brews on Meadow Street, located in front of the small brick apartment building off Givens Street, noticed smoke.

    “I came around the corner and thought somebody had started a [yard] fire and found out it wasn’t,” said Ayers.