Today's News

  • Legislators' chance for transparancy

    The Virginia General Assembly has in this session a tremendous opportunity to dramatically improve the commonwealth’s approach to transparency in government.

    Numerous bills now pending before the legislature would make documents more accessible, strengthen the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and bolster accountability for public officials. They would afford residents a clearer view of how government works, which is essential in a democratic republic.

    Crucial to this effort will be a freshman class of legislators for whom openness is a priority.

  • Davis found guilty of murder in double shooting


    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis faces a recommended sentence to life in prison, after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates, and wounded David Patton.
    The jury deliberated Friday evening for two hours, before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling, and one count of violating a protective order.

  • 'Farmer John' supports Carroll's plan to sell wine


    HILLSVILLE – After listening to opposition in December, the Carroll Board of Supervisors this month heard from a farmer who supports the county’s plan to sell beer and wine at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, which is located inside the retail portion of the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market.

    The board held a public hearing at its Dec. 11 meeting about the proposal. Two people, Debby Brady and Mandi McCraw, spoke against it.

  • Courthouse locked down after threat

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Courthouse went on lockdown Thursday after the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office received a suspicious letter with a note at around 11 a.m., according to Deputy County Administrator Mitchell Smith and Virginia State Police Lt. D.L. Reedy.

    The trial of Greyling Davis, for the homicide of Karen Cates, was taking place in the circuit court at the time, but Smith said, “I’d be surprised it if it had anything to do with the trial.”

  • Dangerous winds overturn tractor-trailers


    FANCY GAP – Dangerous driving conditions resulted in an accident on Fancy Gap Mountain during the early morning hours of Jan. 18, in which three tractor-trailers were overturned due to extremely high winds; blocking both northbound lanes of Interstate 77.

    The Virginia State Police and Cana Rescue Squad first responded to the scene at 7:44 a.m. Thursday, followed shortly after by Carroll County EMS.

    The accidents occurred near the 2 milemarker on I-77, at the Virginia-North Carolina border.

  • Carroll County girls roll past Alleghany by 31

    LOW MOOR –– Carroll County knocked off the last remaining unbeaten team in the Three Rivers District, blasting Alleghany in the first half en route to a 61-27 win Friday.

    The Cavaliers (10-2 overall, 4-0 district) took a 22-7 lead after eight minutes and expanded their advantage to 34 points, 47-13, by halftime.

    Danielle Gallimore accounted for four of Carroll County’s six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points. Mariah Carter contributed 14 points for the Cavaliers.

  • Indians shut down Blue Devil girls

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County girls continued to have trouble scoring last Friday night as the Rural Retreat Indians beat the Blue Devils 57-18 in a Mountain Empire District game.

    Grayson County was holding its own in the early going, even taking a 5-2 lead on a 3-pointer by Abbie Moore.

    The score was tied at 7-7 when the Blue Devils went stone cold from the floor.

    Rural Retreat (10-5, 3-3) scored the last seven points of the first period to take a 14-7 lead.

  • Grayson boys keep rolling

    INDEPENDENCE –– The Grayson County boys’ basketball team had a banner night last Friday, scoring 74 points and defeating a solid Rural Retreat team at home, 74-51, in a Mountain Empire District game.

    A large part of the Blue Devils’ offensive success came from Seth Phillips and Jake Hollingsworth, with the pair combining to score 33 of the team’s 74 points. Phillips logged a team-high 22 points along with 12 rebounds for a double-double, and Hollingsworth chipped in 11 points.

    In fact, all 11 Blue Devils scored.

  • Tide shoots past Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– A third-quarter scoring spurt and a near-perfect finish down the stretch propelled Galax past Carroll County 61-52 in a nondistrict game Friday night.

    Neither team led by more than four points up through the early stages of the second half and the game featured four ties and four lead changes before the Maroon Tide (5-8) got the hot hand three minutes into the third quarter.

  • Wrestlers place at Cressel Inv.

    BRISTOL –– Galax and Grayson County combined for four podium finishes Saturday at the 7th Annual Ed Cressel Classic at Virginia High.

    Cole Anders of Grayson County walked away with a championship in the 106-pound weight class and teammate Matthew Bourne earned a third-place finish at 285. For Galax, Joshua Spurlin took home a second-place medal at 132 pounds and the Maroon Tide’s Jared Greer placed third at 220.