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Today's News

  • Grayson discusses property values, change to flood plain ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — At its December meeting, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors heard an update from Danny Boyer of the Board of Equalization about property value reassessments.

    Boyer reported that the equalization board held five sessions, where it heard concerns and complaints and answered questions from taxpayers regarding their properties. Each taxpayer was given 10 minutes to present their case, and more time if they had multiple parcels of land to discuss.

  • Cavaliers rock C’burg; Fort rallies past Tide

    CHRISTIANSBURG ––Carroll County dominated the first quarter and cruised to its ninth win of the season, rolling over Christiansburg 64-45 in a River Ridge District girls’ basketball game Wednesday.

    The Cavaliers (9-1 overall, 3-0 district) took command with a 22-5 lead after eight minutes and carried a 37-18 lead into the second half.

  • Grayson County splits tri-match

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County split its two matches, Galax dropped two and Lebanon went 2-0 on the evening at a tri-match Wednesday at GCHS.

    With the heavyweights opening the action, Grayson County built a 36-13 lead through the 152-pound weight class before the Pioneers reeled off five straight wins to pull out the 44-36 team victory.

    Grayson County led 12-9 when the Blue Devils’ Garrett Harrington (126 pounds), Brant Cummins (132) and Dawson Allen (138) all recorded pins to widen the gap to 30-9.

  • Fort starts strong, topples Tide

    MAX MEADOWS –– Fort Chiswell used 9-0 runs on either side of halftime to separate from Galax and take a 57-33 win over the Maroon Tide in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Tuesday night.

    “Same thing,” said Galax coach Verl Brown, whose Tide gave up a flurry of first-quarter 3-pointers in its previous game. “A guy stands out there and shoots [a 3-pointer], but then they turn around and shoot three? You’ve got to get out there on him.”

  • Grayson County, Galax girls pull off upset wins

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County’s girls came into Friday looking for their second win of the season. Narrows undoubtedly didn’t come into Friday expecting its second loss.

    The Blue Devils dominated the previously once-beaten Green Wave after the first quarter and ran away with a 46-29 win in a Mountain Empire District game.

  • Cavaliers fall short of Bruins

    HILLSVILLE –– Adam Horton caught the inbounds pass inside the jump circle, wheeled and launched a near-halfcourt 3-pointer that hit nothing but nylon as time expired. The only thing between the Carroll County forward and hero status was one defensive stop that would have made his heave a game-winner.

  • Lawmaker's bills would tighten school discipline rules

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A trio of bills introduced in the state Senate this month would tighten rules on how public schools may discipline students, including limits on long-term suspensions and expulsions.

    Senate Majority Whip Bill Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin County) proposed the rules last week. If passed, they would:

    • Cut the maximum long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 45 school days (SB 995).

  • Fire destroys Providence barn

    FRIES ― Fries and Galax firefighters responded to the scene of a barn fire on Providence Road in Fries last Tuesday.

    The call was to 243 Providence Road at 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 10, where firefighters battled a blaze that fully engulfed a barn owned by Timothy Luper.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, Luper said he’d been operating a forklift and parked it in the barn near some hay. When he returned a short time later, the forklift and hay were on fire.

  • High-speed chase ends in crash

    Staff Reports

    A high speed chase in Carroll County on Jan. 9 resulted in the arrest of James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville, who was wanted in the county for a probation violation, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    On Monday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted person, possibly armed, had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen.

  • Cana man charged with shooting wife

    Staff Reports

    CANA — A Cana man who allegedly shot his wife is now in custody in the New River Valley Regional Jail, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

    On Jan. 4 at 2:41 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Northern Surry Hospital in North Carolina, requesting deputies to respond to their emergency room for a female with a gunshot wound that had just come in.