Today's News

  • Clinic offers help signing up for health insurance

    The Tri-Area Community Health Centers will host several informational sessions in January to answer questions about enrolling in benefits through the health insurance marketplace and informing area residents about possible exemptions from the tax penalty. These sessions will be held in multiple area locations.

    As of Dec. 19, 2015, the number of Virginians enrolled in health insurance through the marketplace was 375,891. The deadline for open enrollment ends Jan. 31.

  • Fatal wreck not discovered until morning

    A single-vehicle wreck overnight resulted in the death of Independence resident. The wreck wasn't discovered until Thursday morning.

    Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.A. Vaughan is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Grayson County.

    According to a report from state police, a 1997 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was traveling along Hardin Road during the night when it ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and went over it. The truck overturned and landed on its roof.

  • CCHS hall of fame announces eight new inductees

    HILLSVILLE –– The third induction class of the Carroll County High School sports hall of fame was announced recently, with eight new names to be added to the hall in January.

    Kim Caudill, Ingrid Easter, Cindy Edwards, Tee Jackson, Howard Mayo, Kayla (Goins) Nester, Rick Nester and Robin Whittington will all be inducted into the hall of fame during the Cavaliers’ quad Jan. 22 with Christiansburg.

    Kim Caudill (volleyball)

  • Carroll girls rally to defeat Salem 43-38

    SALEM –– Carroll County rallied from a four-point halftime deficit and maintained its lead in the River Ridge District girls’ basketball standings Tuesday night with a 43-38 win at Salem.

    Trailing 25-21 at intermission, the Cavaliers (8-1 overall, 3-0 district) held the Spartans to 13 second-half points to pull out the win.

  • Maroon Tide hosts Virginia-Carolina duals

    Galax finished the day with a 3-2 record and Carroll County went 2-3 in the Ford Memorial Virginia-Carolina Duals wrestling invitational, held Saturday at Galax High School.

    Each of the five Virginia teams in attendance – Galax, Carroll County, Grundy, Rural Retreat and Richlands – wrestled a dual match against each of the five North Carolina teams – Mount Airy, Starmount, East Surry, Chatham Central and Avery County – in an event that continues to grow in popularity.

  • Devils too much for Tazewell

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County had a challenging time putting the ball in the hole from underneath Tuesday night. The Blue Devils had little trouble putting Tazewell in a hole in the second quarter, and keeping the Bulldogs there the rest of the night.

    Grayson zipped away from a 9-9 tie by opening the second period on a 13-3 run and never again allowed the Bulldogs within single digits, claiming a 57-38 win in a game between Conference 39 schools.

  • Grayson gets first win

    INDEPENDENCE –– The Grayson County boys’ basketball team wanted to win in each of its first 11 games. As Tuesday’s meeting with Tazewell played out, the Blue Devils not only wanted to win, they wanted to win.

    Playing with a fire that only a chippy, physical, almost playground-rough game can sometimes provide, Grayson County snapped its season-opening 11-game slide with a 53-48 win over the 1-9 Bulldogs.

  • Car turns over in New Year's Eve crash

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — A Fries man received a driving under the influence charge on New Year’s Eve, following a single vehicle wreck that left his car on its side on Liberty Hill Road.

    According to a report from State Trooper S.E. Kinney, Ronnie T. Taylor, 45, of Fries, was operating a 2006 Ford Explorer on Dec. 31 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a bank and overturned.

  • Bills target same-sex marriage

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — A local legislator has filed two bills in the General Assembly that would allow court clerks and wedding officiants to refuse service to couples if the union goes against their religious beliefs.

    This would apply to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

  • Working on a building

    The Glenwood Galax Church building, located on Coal Creek Road, dates back to around 1885. This is good for a sense of continuity and history, but bad for structural integrity: for years now, a downstairs wall has been in need of repair.

    The building is still the original, said Glenwood member Mason Nester Sr. “I’ve heard there were several churches in there, including Quakers. I’m not sure if it was originally built as a Methodist church.”