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Today's News

  • Warriors nip Cavaliers 1-0

    HILLSVILLE –– When two pitchers dominate a game like Carroll County’s Rebecca Thomas and Magna Vista’s Kristen Anglin did Monday, the contest is akin to walking a tightrope with no net. One false move and it’s all over.

    Monday, Carroll County twitched first.

    A pitch to the screen on an 0-2 count with two out in the top of the seventh resulted in the game’s only run as Magna Vista eliminated Carroll County 1-0 in the first round of the Region IV softball tournament.

  • Motorcyclist dies in Saturday accident

    HILLSVILLE -- A motorcyclist from Hillsville died in a Saturday morning accident on Virginia 100 near Sylvatus.

    Dickie Lee Edmonds, 40, was traveling north bound on 100 at about 10 a.m. when, according to a Virginia State Police accident report, he tried to pass another vehicle by swinging his 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle onto the right shoulder, said Trooper K.D. Blackburn. This was a spot shoulder there was wider than normal, but the motorcycle went off the side of the road.

  • Nelson, Zachary, Tide girls win in MED

    SPARTA –– With the season on the line, Rena Holliday and Kaydie Stinson came through for the Galax girls’ tennis team.

    Holliday and Stinson won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles to give the Maroon Tide the deciding win as Galax edged Grayson County 5-4 in a playoff for the Mountain Empire District girls’ tennis championship Monday at Alleghany (N.C.) High School.

  • Davis, Durham rack up titles at MED track meet

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County’s Michael Davis and Galax’s Marleigh Durham combined for five individual championships, but Fort Chiswell swept the team titles in the Mountain Empire District track field meet at Fort Chiswell High School.

    Abingdon did the same in the Southwest District, winning the boys’ and girls’ titles in the SWD meet at Abingdon High.

  • Late score lifts Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County girls’ soccer coach Wayne Edmonds will have to hold on to that fiery pre-overtime speech he was working on for another time. Cynthia Arellano and Laken Hall laid it to waste.

    Hall’s goal off of Arellano’s feed with about a minute left in regulation helped the Cavaliers avoid what looked like a certain overtime as Carroll County edged Marion 3-2 in the Southwest District tournament quarterfinals Monday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Quick start lifts Devils to 11-1 win

    INDEPENDENCE –– With Grayson County and Fort Chiswell scheduled to play Mountain Empire District tournament championship games against each other in softball and baseball, both at 5 p.m. and just a couple hundred yards apart, tournament organizers decided to stagger the starts of the two events, with softball getting under way at 3 p.m.

    Those softball fans who didn’t scramble up the hill in time to see the first two innings of the baseball final didn’t miss anything they hadn’t just witnessed.

  • Carroll County takes third in SWD with 2-1 win

    WARDELL –– The law of averages had to even things out sometime. After six losses to district teams by two runs or less, including a heartbreaking 3-2 loss the day before to undefeated Richlands, fate had to be on Carroll County’s side at least once.

    Saturday, it was. Fate, plus great defense, solid pitching and a little timely hitting.

  • Thorne, Blue Devils take MED

    INDEPENDENCE –– For four innings, Grayson County pitcher Morgan Thorne was perfect. By the time perfection had escaped her, she and the Blue Devils were too far ahead for it to matter.

    Grayson County won its third straight Mountain Empire District tournament championship Thursday, jumping out to a 10-0 lead before settling for a 13-5 win in the championship game at B.A. Rhudy Fields.

  • Elk Creek couple raises lively, lovable livestock

    ELK CREEK — Nestled in the woods of Elk Creek is a 40-acre farm that offers anyone the opportunity to walk with and learn about goats.

    Paul and Mary Cottenier spent their lives in the hustle and bustle just outside Tampa, Fla. After retiring, the couple began looking for a calmer place to settle down.

    With family in Boone, N.C., the couple first looked for places there. After having no luck, they began looking in the mountains of Virginia.

  • Kaine's tax plan faces roadblocks in General Assembly

    RICHMOND — Minutes after Gov. Timothy M. Kaine unveiled a plan on May 12 for an almost $860 million tax increase to help transportation, House Republican leaders declared it all but dead.

    "I don't see anything positive in the plan that could make it something that could be considered," said House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R-Salem). "It's all tax, tax, tax."

    So begins the latest chapter in the state's six-year quest for money to build new roads and improve existing ones.