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Today's News

  • Auburn ends Maroon Tide’s season

    RINER –– For a second straight season, the Auburn softball team is on the cusp of qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in school history. 

    The difference is that this year’s team is hitting on all cylinders. 

    The Eagles cruised to a 10-0 slaughter rule win against Galax in the 1A West Region quarterfinals on Monday, scoring five runs in the fifth inning to end the game early. 

    Auburn (21-3) played Honaker in the region semifinals Tuesday with a berth in the state tournament on the line. 

  • Grayson must be living right

    INDEPENDENCE –– Anyone who has been around the game of baseball long enough knows that the sport has its own set of gods. They are nameless, lower-case ‘g’ types, but higher powers they are, nonetheless. They demand reverence for the game, and they have a poor sense of humor to boot.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/2/14

    Looking good
    I want to say thank you to the Galax Recreation Department or whoever takes care of the softball fields. They had them looking spectacular for the Memorial Day weekend. Thanks a bunch, guys.

    Digging ditches

  • Court clerk's office audit finds problems

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has turned up numerous issues that could reportedly lead to the loss of revenues, assets or compromise fiscal accountability.

    The audit showed that incorrectly classified, disbursed or miscoded funds totaled $250,000.

    The 10-page audit report is a public record that can be read online at www.apa.virginia.gov, and it includes a detailed response from Court Clerk Carolyn H. Honeycutt in regards to the findings.

  • Grayson gets more roads on VDOT plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Department of Transportation received a bump in funding for several road projects in Grayson County for 2015, according to Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell.

  • Former coach convicted of corporal punishment

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, was convicted of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100.

    Ingo appeared in the Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on May 27 for a trial.

    According to news reports, Ingo allegedly made a football player wear chains across his chest and carry 50-pound weights while walking on the football field.

  • Fries revisits master plan

    FRIES — Plans for a new Christian school in Fries have been put on hold, as the town re-examines its partnership with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

  • Conflicting opinions about who should vote on school

    Deciding whether to rezone a piece of residential property for a new school in Galax was difficult already, and it is being further complicated by a question about perceived conflicts of interest.
    Four of the seven members of the Galax Planning Commission have ties to the city’s school system: one is a school board member, one is an administrator, one is a teacher and one is married to a teacher. The commission is considering the school board’s request to rezone land for a new elementary/middle school.

  • Hanks, Davis continue on, team ousted

    Galax was eliminated from the team competition but will continue on with its singles and doubles play as the Region 1A West girls’ tennis tournament got under way Friday at Felts Park.

    Radford scored a 5-2 win over the Maroon Tide in the team competition, but Galax’s Paige Hanks and Susan Davis are still alive in their respective disciplines. Playing their third match of the day, Hanks and Davis won their doubles quarterfinal match with a straight-set win over Auburn’s Montana Hill and Jenny Sjostrand.

  • Bengals send Carroll County packing

    BASSETT –– The road to the state tournament just got a lot longer for Carroll County.

    Bassett used a pair of doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and walk off with a 3-2 win in the Conference 24 softball championship game Friday at Bassett High School.

    The Cavaliers (14-9) now face a 230-mile slog to Mineral to face Conference 23 champion Louisa County in the first round of the Region 4A North tournament. Bassett (15-8) will host Conference 23 runner-up Fluvanna in its quarterfinal game.