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Today's News

  • 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.

  • School board accepts Chalfant's resignation

    UPDATE:

    This week's special called meeting of the school board has changed from Monday to Tuesday at 6 p.m., due to conflicts with school sporting events.

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It took the Grayson County School Board less than five minutes to accept the resignation of Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during a special called meeting on Monday.

  • Trail advocates to meet with forest service

    The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Trail Advocacy Coalition will meet with U.S. Department of Forestry officials this weekend for a workshop, as the citizen group tries to keep access trails open that allow horseback riders to reach trails at Mount Rogers.

    The group has been lobbying local governments, state representatives and federal officials to prevent the realignment of the recreation area’s trail system.

  • Haynes, Choate exchange vows

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Daniel Ray Choate and Lisa Marie Haynes were united in a private marriage ceremony in Las Vegas at the Chapel of Flowers.

    The bride is the daughter of David Hodges of Martinsville, Va., and Joyce Sanders of Knoxville, Tenn. She owns and operates Hashtag Clothing & More in Hillsville, Va.
    The groom is the son of Andy and Dora Leigh Choate of Galax, Va. He is employed by Wytheville Community College as assistant professor of construction technologies at Crossroads Institute.