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Today's News

  • Grayson dedicates new football stadium

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Blue Devils were welcomed with style last Friday, as they charged onto the field to the sight of a newly-installed flag pole; and completely renovated stone bleachers, jam-packed full of cheering fans.

    The opening game of the season was preceded by a rededication ceremony for the Bill Strong Field at the newly named Grayson National Bank Stadium, as well as a dedication ceremony for the flag pole.

  • Clinton has experience to serve as president

    I am voting for Hillary Clinton because she is the most experienced, thoughtful and caring person in the race.
    Years ago my son developed a serious medical condition and we had no insurance. It was Hillary’s work that helped save us from disaster. Though a Republican and a Democrat worked together in the Senate to help pass CHIP — the Children’s Health Insurance Program — Hillary worked behind the scenes with both parties and the president to secure full funding.

  • Grundy holds off Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County rallied its way out of sizeable deficits in all three sets Thursday night but was unable to sustain the momentum in any of the three games and dropped a Conference 39 volleyball match to Grundy, falling 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.

    The Blue Devils’ best chance to extend the match probably came in the second set. Trailing 17-10, the Blue Devils (0-2) battled their way into a three-point lead before going cold down the stretch.

  • Alleghany outduels Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– In keeping with the festivities of the rededication of Grayson County’s football stadium, the Blue Devils and Alleghany, N.C. put on a fireworks display in the first quarter. The rest of the night was just a pretty decent high school football game.

    The two teams traded touchdowns throughout the first 12 minutes before the defenses gradually took control, and the Trojans held on for a 28-18 nondistrict win Friday at the freshly redone Bill Strong Field.

  • Galax turns the tide on Glenvar

    Something rather unusual happened in the Glenvar-Galax football game Friday night. 

    In a relatively new rivalry which has produced more than its share of close games, miracle comebacks and exiting finishes, this sixth game between the Highlanders and the Maroon Tide was almost over well before the end – emphasis on the almost. 

  • Buffaloes topple Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Floyd County made the trip to Carroll County without its head coach, Winfred Beale, who was suspended seven days Thursday morning for an undisclosed reason. The highly-respected Beale has won more than 200 games during his time leading the Buffaloes, but not once in his 36 years there has he made a tackle, laid a block or bolted through an open hole on a Friday night.

  • Carroll teacher charged with sex offense

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County teacher has been arrested and charged with a felony regarding indecent liberties with a child under 18 years of age.

    According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Jeff. D. Sexton, 51, was arrested on a Class 6 felony based on substantiated evidence received from an anonymous report.

    The Carroll County High School website currently lists Sexton as a World History teacher.

  • Dog mauling case sent to grand jury

    INDEPENDENCE — The felony cases against John Terry Underwood and Terra Lynn Connell, both charged in the Jan. 6 dog attack death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, will move on to consideration by the grand jury, following a preliminary hearing Tuesday at the Grayson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

  • Governor names Galax fire chief to state board

    David Hankley, Galax Volunteer Fire Department chief and the city’s commissioner of the revenue, has been appointed to the Virginia Fire Services Board by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    The board is a policy-making group within the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and consists of 15 appointed positions to represent the fire service organizations throughout the commonwealth, as well as the general public. Hankley was chosen to represent the Virginia Municipal League.

  • Fries woman dies after being run over by truck

    Staff Reports

    A Fries woman died Aug. 24 after being run over by a truck, and the driver — who left the scene — is charged with first-degree murder.

    Virginia State Police Trooper W.B. Deskins responded to a fatal crash in Smyth County at 8:50 a.m. last Wednesday.