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Today's News

  • Rally keeps Grayson season alive; Carroll girls win 21st straight

    MARION –– Grayson County scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning – four with two outs – to overtake Richlands 6-5 in the Conference 39 baseball semifinals Tuesday at Marion High School.

  • Galax nips Rebels, can’t solve Chilhowie

    GLADE SPRING –– The second semifinal of the Conference 46 softball tournament was all about the ones – a couple of aces, each throwing a one-hitter and one heads-up play scoring one huge run.

    All of which added up to one more week of softball for Galax.

    Ally Bartlett scored from second on a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh for the game’s only run as the Maroon Tide claimed a 1-0 win over host Patrick Henry, earning a spot in next week’s Region 1A West tournament.

  • Tide captures conference

    GLADE SPRING –– Jake Stuart allowed one hit Tuesday, and a debatable one at that. But there was no argument that the Galax sophomore mastered the Patrick Henry lineup.

    Craig Eisert led off the game with a bad-hop single for the Rebels’ only base hit, after which Stuart shut down the host team with 13 strikeouts in the Maroon Tide’s 2-0 win in the Conference 46 semifinals.

  • Hitting school for Grayson

    MARION –– With both the academic and the athletic calendars winding down to a close, many high school athletes proficient enough to still be playing ball are juggling key playoff tests with their final academic tests, often on the same day.

    Grayson County aced its conference final. Now for some summer school or, in the case of the team’s four seniors for received their diplomas Saturday, a little post-graduate work.

  • Blue Devils tops in Conference 39

    TAZEWELL – Grayson County was clinging to a one run lead over Richlands in the sixth inning last Thursday in the finals of the Southern Empire Conference (39) softball tournament when Claire Circle entered the lineup as a pinch hitter.

    Circle responded with a two-run home run over the centerfield fence to spark a three-run inning and lead the Blue Devils to an 8-6 win and the championship. The game was played at Tazewell High School.

  • Cavs win Conference 24 title

    HILLSVILLE –– A quick survey of Carroll County’s softball players might reveal that very few of them know where either King George High School or Chancellor High is located.

    The Cavaliers won’t have to find out first-hand today.

  • Jury selected for Reeves murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Opening arguments in the trial of Chad Allen Reeves, 32 — one of two suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings — will start at 9 a.m. today, Monday.

    The trial is set to run five days, according to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, who is prosecuting the case.

    Vaught said that jury selection took less time than anticipated.

  • Grayson School Board to choose chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — A special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board will be held Tuesday in the Independence Middle School library at 6 p.m.

    The meeting was rescheduled from June 1 due to conflicts with concurrent school sports events.

    One of the purposes is to elect a board chairman. The post has been vacant since former chairman Hobert Bailey resigned in April.

    The board will choose a chairman from among its members: Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway, Fred Weatherman, Wynn Combs, Gary Burriss and Larry Bartlett.

  • Town manager's charge amended to reckless driving

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville was found guilty of a reckless driving charge, amended from a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI), in Wythe County General District Court on May 27.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Graham responded to Exit 81 on Interstate 81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.

  • Student initiative targets bullying

    HILLSVILLE — The world is already a difficult place without the added pressure and stress that come with school bullying, and that is what a group of students intend to combat and prevent through a new initiative.

    The Carroll County Special Projects Organization, formed in January 2013, was organized to provide a resource to students who had suffered from bullying, or who wished to become an advocate against bullying.