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Today's News

  • Robotics team could assemble in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has received a proposal to form a First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Team for students in fourth through eighth grades.

    At its Oct. 14 meeting, the school board heard information about the league from Shanda Sinnett, a gifted specialist for Carroll County Public Schools.

    According to the proposal, the First LEGO League introduces students in grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

  • Saving green in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Recycling has a payoff to Grayson County.

    This year alone, Grayson has made $49,398 in revenue and saved $22,550 in landfill fees from citizens who recycle cardboard, newspapers, magazines, plastic, aluminum and steel.

    “The $156 fee on everyone’s property tax bill for yearly trash pickup has not gone up since 2008 because of recycling revenues,” said Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith, at a public tour of Grayson’s recycling facility. “The more we recycle, the more money we save for our citizens.”

  • Remember When: October 19-25

     2009

    Carroll County survived a last-second field goal attempt to edge Marion 14-13. Carroll got a defensive score but was held to 6 rushing yards and two first downs in the first half, finally taking the lead on Blake Bowman’s 21-yard pass to Jonathan Snow. Marion completed eight passes to move from its own 6 to the Carroll 27 in the final two minutes before missing a 45-yard field goal attempt.

  • Grayson survives Galax scare

    In their first meeting this year, Grayson County all but ran Galax out of the gym. In the rematch between the two Tuesday, the Maroon Tide nearly escorted the Blue Devils to the door with a stunning upset.

    Having bounced back from a two-set deficit and into a 9-3 lead in the fifth set, Galax was unable to finish Grayson County off and the Blue Devils rallied to take the decisive fifth and a 25-19, 26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 15-11 win in a thrilling Mountain Empire District match.

  • Carroll County-Galax alumni basketball game planned for Nov. 1

     The Carroll County High School boys’ basketball program will host a Carroll vs. Galax alumni basketball game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 at CCHS as a fundraisier for the team.

  • Titans knock off Carroll County in busy week

    HILLSVILLE –– Hidden Valley got 20 kills from Erin Newell and improved to 17-3 with the 25-20, 25-9, 25-19 River Ridge win Thursday in Hillsville.

    Drew Freeland tallied 33 assists for Hidden Valley.

    Aubree Marshall led Carroll County hitters with 10 kills and also had 10 digs.

    Grayson County def. Narrows 3-0: The Blue Devils upped their record to 18-1 with the 25-20, 25-7, 25-20 win Wednesday in Independence.

  • Galax rolls; Salem shuts down Cavaliers

    NARROWS –– Galax jumped out to a 36-0 lead by the late stages of the second quarter and rolled over Narrows 49-13 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at Ragsdale Field.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 5-3 with the win and will host Bland County this week in the first of two home games to close out the regular season. Narrows dropped to 1-6 on the year and hosts Grayson County on Friday.

  • Fort rides quick start to win

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County settled down after a disastrous start but was never able to fully recover after spotting Fort Chiswell an early two-touchdown lead, falling 29-7 to the Pioneers in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at C.F. McKinney Stadium.

  • Vehicle fire closes part of I-77

    A tractor-trailer fire of unknown origin caused part of Interstate 77 around mile marker 6.7 to be shut down on Friday, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser said the vehicle was coming up the mountain around 7 a.m. when the truck caught fire. The driver pulled over and exited the cab, which burned, along with part of the payload, said Musser.

    “He just noticed it started smoking,” Musser said. “Nobody was hurt. The driver pulled over and jumped out.”

  • Firefighters, tenants participate in drill

    Residents of downtown Galax saw smoke but no fire last Tuesday night when the Galax Fire Department conducted an intensive training session at an apartment building on Center Street.

    The training was set up to simulate “a large fire on the third floor with possible civilian entrapment” according to Capt. Mike Ayers. “Last night’s training was a culmination of several previous trainings that we have had this summer,” he said Oct. 22, listing them as “search and rescue, hose advancement, ladder rescues and mayday.