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Today's News

  • Maroon Tide blanks Scarlet Hurricane 9-0 in boys’ soccer

    MARION –– Seven players combined to score nine goals and Galax decimated Marion 9-0 in a nondistrict boys’ soccer match in Marion.

    Brayan Estrada and Edgar Guzman each accounted for a pair of goals for the defending 1A state champs while Dominic DiGiacomo added a goal and two assists.

    The Maroon Tide outshot the Scarlet Hurricanes 29-0 with Galax keeper Ricardo Ortiz making one save.

  • Big inning propels Cavs past Galax

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County scored eight runs in the fourth inning last Friday to break a close game open and roll over the Galax Maroon Tide 8-1 in a nondistrict softball game.

    The Cavaliers pounded out four hits in the inning and scored seven unearned runs to remain undefeated with a 3-0 record.

    Both teams had early opportunities to score but neither could find home plate.

  • Grayson beats dusk, Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– As is often the case in games played in late March, Mother Nature factored in the outcome. An elusive zone recorded the win, with nightfall earning the save.

    Grayson County scored twice on bases-loaded walks in the sixth inning Friday and the game was called due to darkness as soon as the second, go-ahead run crossed the plate, resulting in an abbreviated 13-12 win over Gate City at Grayson National Bank Park.

  • Readers Hotline 3/25/15

    Hit reset
    It’s our own fault Grayson County.... for believing ... leadership can do what it takes to move our public schools into the future. Here we are, millions of dollars in the red, getting rid of teachers and no clue what the future of our children’s schools will look like. We need to clean house in central office and hit the reset button.

    Chiming in

  • Public record for 3/25/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 29, 2014-Sept. 15, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 3/23/15

    Wants to donate

  • Willing Partners to close store in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE— Freezing and flooding over the winter have resulted in the decision to close the Willing Partners thrift shop in Independence, according to Executive Director Kathy Cooley.

    The local nonprofit organization has served the area for more than 15 years with thrift stores in Galax and Independence and a food bank. The thrift stores have provided supplemental revenue for the ministry to operate the food bank and provide crisis intervention to families in need.

  • Attendance policy changes coming in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – After months of discussions between parents, school board members and administrators, it appears changes are on the horizon for Grayson County’s student attendance policy for next year.

    The topic has been debated since last November, when a family with children in Grayson County schools brought the board members concerns over a threat of legal action from the division.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway led the charge from the board’s perspective and continued to push administrators to make the changes necessary.

  • With town's support, CCMS could get safety lights

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council will support the Carroll County School Board’s resolution to install a set of flashing lights at Carroll County Middle School.

    School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Vice Chairman Joey Haynes presented the idea at council’s March 9 meeting, and explained that they had contacted the Virginia Department of Transportation with their request.

  • School board member questions teacher attendance policy

    INDEPENDENCE — A hot topic over the last few months at Grayson County School Board meetings has been about the amount of time staff members throughout the division are allowed to take off.

    Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the school board, has expressed multiple times that — while he understands the two issues are separate — he feels the county is penalizing parents for keeping students home from school, but allowing employees to take time away from the classroom for illness.