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Today's News

  • Playoff notebook: Come one, come all

    So here we go – 187 hopefuls, six state championship trophies up for grabs.

    On second thought, perhaps 187 is a few too many to label as “hopeful.”

    Of the 307 Virginia High School League-sanctioned football teams in the state of Virginia, 187 of them, or 62 percent, are still active as the first round of the playoffs rolls around this weekend. Obviously, not all 187 can have a winning record. Not all 187 even have a win.

  • Second season begins – Galax

    Second-seeded Galax will host No. 7 Bland County tonight in the Region 1C quarterfinals, one of 13 playoff games statewide that involve teams that have faced each other within the past two weeks.

    Fourteen days probably isn’t enough time for the previous meeting to have gone down the memory hole for Bland County.

  • Second season begins – Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County came out on top in its first-round playoff game. The Blue Devils now move on to the actual postseason.

  • Help for Virginia's farmer veterans

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Veterans seeking to transition from their life in service to a career in agriculture will have some new resources to help them along the way.

    According to a recent announcement, the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national organization, launched earlier this year alongside West Virginia and New York chapters, and have already begun developing partnerships and establishing a network for their cause.

  • Incumbents retain seats in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – Three votes were all that separated the winner and runner-up for the Fancy Gap District school board seat in Carroll County in Tuesday’s election.

    Candidate Phillip Berrier, who lost to incumbent Joey Haynes 501-498, said he plans to ask for a recount of ballots.

  • Revels, Sage win in Grayson

    Staff Reports

    Two new members will join the board of supervisors and school board in Grayson County, both representing the Wilson District, after wins in Tuesday’s election.

    Both ran for seats soon to be vacated by incumbent candidates who decided not to seek re-election.

    In the race for Wilson District supervisor, Rex Revels, a Republican, received 948 votes (77 percent), beating Democratic opponent Gesche Morley, who received 281 votes (23 percent.)

  • Northam elected governor

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be Virginia’s next governor after fending off a challenge from Republican Ed Gillespie that embraced the tactics of President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the campaign.

    In the Twin Counties, Gillespie easily carried Galax, Carroll and Grayson precincts, with wins ranging from 69 to 77 percent. Other Republicans on the ticket also took the three localities, bucking the state’s gradual shift to the left.

  • Campbell, O'Quinn return to House of Delegates

    Staff Reports

    Republicans retained control of the Virginia House of Delegates after an election night that saw Democrats unseat Republicans and flip seats that had been held by GOP incumbents who didn’t seek re-election.

    After election officials took a closer look at four close contests, the result was a 51-49 Republican majority, beginning in January 2018. Now, Republicans, control 66 of the House’s 100 seats.

  • Readers Hotline 11/8/17

    Dumb as a doornail

  • Carroll kids dig gardening

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s newly formed gardening club recently entered the student crop competition at the State Fair of Virginia and won several awards.

    The Grateful Dirt Diggers 4-H Gardening Club formed a month ago with students from Hillsville Elementary and Carroll County Middle School.