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Today's News

  • Christiansburg shuts out Cavaliers

    CHRISTIANSBURG –– Alec Henderson ran for a pair of scores and C.J. Napper caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Charlie Jackson as Christiansburg blanked Carroll County 33-0 in a River Ridge District game Friday at Porterfield Stadium.

  • Maroon Tide back above .500

    The Galax Maroon Tide remained unbeaten in the Mountain Empire District Friday with an impressive 50-13 victory over Graham in its annual homecoming game played in Galax.

    The G-Men opened the game by attempting a trick play against the Maroon Tide, an onsides kick on the opening kickoff.

    It didn’t work and Jeremy  Jennings covered the ball at the Tide 47.

  • Blue Devils pick up steam

    INDEPENDENCE –– These guys have found something.

    After an 0-5 start, Grayson County won its second straight game Friday night at Bill Strong Field and used the same formula that has seen the Blue Devils play  well for three weeks straight, this time resulting in a 32-6 homecoming win over Bland County.

    Getting the O-fer off their backs has been nice, said Blue Devil coach Brett McPherson.

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  • Austinville woman injured in wreck, trapped for 12 hours

    AUSTINVILLE — An Austinville woman was admitted to a hospital Oct. 16 after a single-vehicle accident that trapped her in her vehicle with injuries for 12 hours, state police said.

    Police were notified at 2:40 p.m. last Thursday of a vehicle over the side of the mountain along Stoots Mountain Road in Austinville.

    Responding officers and rescue teams found Carolyn K. Stephens, 44, trapped in a 2010 Ford Expedition over the side of the mountain.

  • Deer crashes through Galax store window

    A deer apparently tried to help the Stringbean Coffee Shop get a drive-thru window this Monday morning, joked Derrick Davis, the shop’s owner.

    Around 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, a deer that is believed to have been struck by a vehicle in Galax ran from Oldtown Street to South Main Street, where the Stringbean is located. The deer then ran into the storefront’s glass window and shattered it before running away.

    No humans were hurt, as the shop was running late that morning and had not yet opened for business. The incident left the shop temporarily closed.

  • Grayson tightens school food rules

    INDEPENDENCE – Students can now be excluded from extra-curricular activities in Grayson County if their cafeteria debt isn’t taken care of.

    Grayson School Board members voted this month to pass a new charge and collections policy for debt that has gotten out of hand.

    The division’s Director of Personnel, Judy Greear, approached the board during its regular meeting in September to discuss what she called a “spiraling problem” over the last few years – debt in the cafeterias.

  • Carroll to upgrade school security

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools has received nearly $100,000 in school security equipment grants.

    The grant awards are part of a $6 million grant disbursement approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in September. According to a news release, the grant funds were split to assist 100 school divisions in the state, as well as six regional education programs. Funds will help buy video monitoring systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies and other security upgrades in 373 schools and other buildings.

  • Board buys land for new Galax school

    The Galax City School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Kipling Lane property for the development of a new elementary school.

    The board has discussed the possibility of building a new elementary and middle school on the site, which sits in a residential neighborhood in the Fries Road community.

  • Fall Wonders: Leaves hitting peak this week

    Every autumn, the scenery changes colors.

    The leaves of some trees always turn one color. For example, the black walnut turns yellow. Other species, such as sweetgum, turn different colors, even on the same tree.

    Sunny days and cool nights are key to fall leaf displays. Bright, sunny days and cool, but not freezing, nights are required for vivid autumn shows. If there is an early frost, the leaves are likely to turn brown and drop.

    Although botanists understand the mechanics of some of these changes, other parts remain a mystery.