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Today's News

  • Children's home celebrates JoyFest

    Despite high winds and rain clouds, Joyfest, the annual “friend-raiser” for Joy Ranch Home for Children in Woodlawn, brought in an impressive crowd on Sept. 6. Guests were treated to helicopter rides, face painting, games, bounce houses and plenty of food. Performances included the Appalachian Children’s Chorus and Brad & Rebekah. The weather kept the planned hot air balloons from flying.

  • Local man killed in N.C. crash

    Charles Wayne Goodson, 41, of Galax, died in a single-vehicle automobile accident in North Carolina early Friday morning.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper A.M. Russ, who investigated the accident, Goodson was traveling southeast in Sampson County on Interstate 40 in a 2008 Ford Mustang when it crossed the center line.

    Goodson over-corrected, according to Russ, swerved off the road to the right, and his vehicle struck several trees and overturned. Goodson, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, was ejected.

  • Grayson SOL results mixed

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Results were mixed for Grayson County students who took the state’s Standards of Learning exams last year.

    The results, released last month by the Virginia Department of Education, show that overall the students improved in two main categories, but fell in three, although the tests reportedly increased in difficulty over the previous year.

  • Blaze wins in Lenoir

    The Virginia Blaze travel team finished its summer season by winning the Battle Ball Showcase in Lenoir, N.C. on Aug. 30.

    The Blaze went 3-0 in the tournament by defeating the Lenoir Bobcats 40-10, the Lenoir Spartans 59-58 and then edging the Wilkes Diamonds 67-62 for the championship.

    Team members are Kacie Shaffner, Rachel Clark, Sydney Bedsaul, Audrey Clark, Rebekah Clark, Nancy Clark, Hallie Bryant, Kylee Hill, Kelsey Cave, Hannah Swiger, coach Larry Clark and assistant Diana Clark.

  • Blue Ridge ladies host tournaments

     The Ladies’ Golf Association of Blue Ridge Country Club held its Ladies Championship and Net Tournament on August 23-24 and its Ladies’ Invitational on Aug. 19.

    In the two-day, stroke play championship and net tournament, Judy Chambers shot an 81 in her opening round and came back with a 78 on the second day to win the championship with a two-day total of 159. Trish Golding placed second with an 88-86–174.

  • Vaughan leads Grayson County to golf win

    SPARTA, N.C. –– The Grayson County Blue Devils posted an impressive victory over the Fort Chiswell Pioneers in a Mountain Empire District golf match on Aug. 28.

    Grayson finished with a four-man total of 170 while the Pioneers shot a team score of 198.

    Senior Jacob Vaughan was medalist with a 2-over par 38 at New River Country Club.

  • Tide rebounds, hammers Floyd

    FLOYD – Galax scored on its first play from scrimmage last Friday night to set the stage for a big 55-28 nondistrict victory over the Floyd County Buffaloes.

    Joseph Dixon broke through the right side of the Buffalo defensive line to ramble 77 yards for the touchdown with only 19 seconds ticked off the clock. Jonathen Reyna kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

  • Bears maul Carroll County

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– The rains that pestered football games throughout Southwest Virginia Friday never made it to the Granite City. But Mount Airy flooded Carroll County with a deluge of big plays.

    The Bears scored five times on plays of 30 or more yards, built a 34-0 halftime lead and coasted past the Cavaliers 55-7 in a nonconference game Friday at Wallace Shelton Stadium.

  • Auburn keeps Carroll coach at 299

    RINER –– By the time the print edition of this story reaches the newsstands, Carroll County volleyball coach Cindy Edwards may have already been fitted for a VHSL 300th win commemorative ring. But Auburn was not in a cooperative mood Monday night.

    Edwards remained at 299 career wins and Auburn stayed undefeated after five matches with a 25-23, 18-25, 25-5, 25-17 nonconference win Monday night.

  • Longhorns pull away from Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– A pair of second-quarter touchdown passes from Warren Kerley boosted Johnson County, Tenn., into a 27-13 halftime lead and the Longhorns went on to defeat Grayson County 33-13 in a nonconference game Saturday at Bill Strong Field.

    Following an evenly-played first quarter that included an interception return for touchdown by each team, Johnson County (1-1) pulled away from a 14-13 lead beginning with Greg Roark’s 23-yard touchdown reception from Kerley with 8:59 left in the first half.