Today's News

  • Devil girls knock off Bears

    INDEPENDENCE –– The Grayson County girls put together one of their best efforts of the season and picked up a low-scoring 38-35 Mountain Empire District win Friday over Bland County.

    Led by top scorers Breanna Brewer and Jacie Bennett, each with 11 points, the Blue Devils (6-14, 3-7) scratched and clawed their way to earn the win while getting scoring support from seven players.

    The game was close throughout with the Bears leading after every quarter.

  • Maroon Tide girls keep momentum with 52-34 win

    Better than anyone else, Galax girls’ basketball coach Howard Mayo knows the physical and mental makeup of his team. If he had any uncertainties about his club’s ability to play rough-and-tumble basketball when necessary, those doubts were laid to rest Friday night.

  • Tide boys win third straight

    The Galax boys’ basketball team is inching closer and closer to .500 and is hoping to make the postseason interesting for any higher-seeded team it may run up against. That scenario is looking more and more plausible after the Maroon Tide picked up its third straight win Friday, outmuscling Rural Retreat 54-36 in a Mountain Empire District game.

  • One thousand, three hundred and two

    HILLSVILLE –– For several minutes, on a special night in an otherwise less-than-marquee Three Rivers District girls’ basketball game, Carroll County’s Mariah Carter mingled with friends and family on the court, but Cavalier coach Marc Motley was nowhere to be found. The fact that Carter was visible ruled out the possibility that she and her coach were in some back room playing rock-paper-scissors for the game ball.

  • Readers Hotline 2/5/18

    Open your doors
    With these really cold snaps, schools in other areas have been opening and allowing the community, their students, to come in and get a hot meal. I think our local schools should do this also. We have many children who go without food on a daily basis that come to school hungry and at home have nothing. What do they do whatever times they are out? We have a summer program that allows for eating but nothing for when we are out for cold spells.

    Thank you

  • Search goes on for missing Whitetop man

    Staff Report

    A national organization that brings attention to missing people will hold an event on Sunday to help raise awareness of the case of John William Wingler Sr., 74, of Whitetop.

    The AWARE Foundation Inc., along with Wingler’s family and friends, are holding an event at the Food City in Damascus on Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m. “We ask for all media and law enforcement to please attend,” said Kenny Jarrels of The AWARE Foundation,. “This family needs answers as to what happened to their beloved family member.”

  • Blue Ribbon Fair

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll’s Agricultural Fair Committee organized a celebration of the county fair’s success over the past two consecutive years, when it was recognized as “Best Fair in Virginia” in the small fairs division by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

  • Bill would allow cell towers with no local input

    Galax City Council has approved a resolution opposing a wireless infrastructure bill moving through the Virginia General Assembly, which would remove local authority concerning zooming matters about where cell towers can be placed.

    The bill would allow towers 50 feet tall or less to be built within rights-of-way without local control.

    Council voted on the Wireless Infrastructure Resolution at its Jan. 22 meeting.

  • Play therapy creates safe space for kids

    Chris Belcher, a local newly-licensed professional therapist, says he wants to help kids play more.

    Well, not exactly that; more like he wants to help kids tackle their problems by helping them use play to work out problems and bring up issues they might not otherwise be able to address.

    In order to do this, he uses play therapy, a method of taking something children do naturally and use it as a means of psychological healing.

  • Two charged in grand jury indictments


    INDEPENDENCE — Two previously sealed Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indictments were recently opened and arrests made.

    The grand jury met Jan. 26 and indictments were handed down against 24 suspects on burglary, drug violations and other charges. Several more indictments were sealed.

    Sealed indictments against Dakota Allen Blevins, 27, of Ivanhoe and Joshua Edward Hayes, 29, of Fries, were opened last week.