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  • High School Sports Round-Up: 1/14/08

    BOYS BASKETBALL

    Pocahontas 84, Grayson County 88

    Jhas Robinson scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lift Grayson County over furiously charging Pocahontas for an 88-84 Mountain Empire District win Wednesday.

    The Blue Devils (2-11 overall, 1-1 district) watched an 18-point lead wither away in the fourth quarter and Pocahontas (6-4, 0-2) actually pulled ahead with 1:54 to play before Robinson helped pull off the win. Tyler Rutherford scored 15 points, Chris Anders 13 and Jesse Blizzard 12 for Grayson County.

  • Sluggish start dooms Devils in 69-61 loss

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County rallied from a double-digit second-quarter deficit and rode another huge night by Mikaela Anders to a 74-69 win over Fort Chiswell in a key Mountain Empire District matchup Friday.

    The win gives Grayson County (9-5 overall, 3-0 district) a three-game lead inthe win column over the Pioneers (6-5, 0-1), who were expected to have a serious shot at the MED championship this season.

  • Grayson girls notch big win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County rallied from a double-digit second-quarter deficit and rode another huge night by Mikaela Anders to a 74-69 win over Fort Chiswell in a key Mountain Empire District matchup Friday.

    The win gives Grayson County (9-5 overall, 3-0 district) a three-game lead inthe win column over the Pioneers (6-5, 0-1), who were expected to have a serious shot at the MED championship this season.

  • Local events

    What's Happening

    Saturday, Jan. 12

    Al Birddog Jennings will sign his book, Saturday My Day to Wear the Underwear, noon, at Back Porch Gallery in Fries. Light refreshments will be served.

    Tuesday, Jan. 15

    Twin County Diabetes Support Group meets, 7 p.m., Twin County Room, Twin County Regional Hospital. Topic is make 2008 great by beginning new lifestyle changes, with Brenda Worrell, LCSW speaking. 23608181, ext. 3565.

  • Devils drill Pocahontas 79-12

    INDEPENDENCE –– Just the night before, Grayson County’s Mikaela Anders scored her 1,000th career point. It only seemed like the Blue Devils had that many on Tuesday.

    Grayson County outscored Pocahontas 48-2 in the middle two quarters and rolled to a 79-12 Mountain Empire District win.

    Starting three freshmen, Pocahontas actually led in the early going as Crystal Dickens nailed a 3-pointer to open the scoring. But after its 1-for-1 start, the Indians (0-11 overall, 0-2 district) went on a 1-for-15 slide.

  • High School Basketball Round-Up -- 1/11/08

    GIRLS

    Grayson County 51, Alleghany (N.C.) 37

    Mikaela Anders needed to score just 10 points Monday night to reach 1,000 for her career.

    It didn’t take long.

    Anders scored 12 in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 35 points to go with 22 rebounds as Grayson County knocked off Alleghany (N.C.) 51-37 in a nondistrict game Monday night.

    The win avenged a pair of earlier losses to the Trojans (3-11).

    Anders, a 6-foot senior center, added 14 fourth-quarter points as the Blue Devils (7-5) pulled away from a 37-28 third-quarter lead.

  • Bank robbers sentenced

    ABINGDON — Two men charged in a bank robbery in Troutdale last June were sentenced in federal court on Jan. 4.

    Steven V. Bannister, 18, of Midwest City, Okla. and Nicholas E. Stallard, 36 — also of Midwest City and formerly of Galax — pleaded guilty to one count each of bank robbery Aug. 27, 2007 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

    Stallard also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to rob a bank.

    Stallard received a sentence of 151 months in jail, while Bannister received 33 months.

  • Double shooting wounds two in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies continued to investigate a double shooting in Hillsville Wednesday morning that left two with wounds to their legs.

    The incident took place at 71 Lily Lane at about 2:47 a.m. Wednesday, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Injured were Robin McCraw, 49, of the home and William Nathaniel Robinson, 17.

    Robinson was staying with McCraw, whom Manning said is Robinson’s aunt.

    Both Robinson and McCraw had a gunshot wound to the leg.

  • Missing man found in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — A resident of Hilltop Home for Adults in Independence, previously reported missing, was found Wednesday night in town.

    Independence Police Officer Matthew Adams said the man, said to be in his 40s, left the home Wednesday evening.

    The Independence Police Department received the report of the missing man at 6:08 p.m.

    Adams set up a command post at the East Grayson National Bank branch, near the town limits. From there, he said, teams were directed where to go.

  • Stoots Mountain primed for development

    There’s a mountain full of residential development going on in northern Carroll County.

    Plans have been submitted to the county to turn more than 481 wooded acres around Stoots Mountain into three recreational subdivisions with more than 280 lots.

    Preliminary plats have been submitted to the county planning commission for the Stoots Mountain, Stoots Ridge and Stoots Valley subdivisions in the Austinville section, south of Wythe County.