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Today's News

  • Sharpshooting Maroons top Devils for MED title

    Grayson County nearly overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit, but a blistering third quarter by George Wythe proved too tall an order for the Blue Devils as the Maroons won the Mountain Empire District tournament championship, 77-68 Wednesday at Galax High School.

  • Cavalier girls whack LCA

    HILLSVILLE –– The best offense, the saying goes, is a good defense. Or is it the best defense is a good offense? At any rate, for Carroll County Friday evening, a great defense brought out the best in its offense.

  • Rocking the cradle; threepeat for Spurlin

    Mere seconds away from defeat, Galax's two-time champ made it three in a row.

    SALEM –– Joshua Spurlin registered career win No. 100 Saturday. More significant was the fact that he also notched career win No. 3.

  • Readers Hotline 2/19/18

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  • GOP softens resistance to Medicaid expansion

    Staff Report

    The chances that Virginia will join 32 other states in expanding Medicaid improved slightly last week, when on key Republican legislator endorsed the plan, which most GOP lawmakers have opposed.

    “We have to step up, we can’t be the party of ‘no.’” said Del. Terry Kilgore, adding that at least 15 Republicans in the House of Delegates will likely vote with him on the issue, according to an Associated Press report.

  • ‘Thoughts and prayers.” Then a failure to act.

    The video is short, only a few seconds long.

    It is shot from below desk level, where a girl in a dress and a boy in shorts are huddled.

    The students’ talking is interrupted by the explosion of gunfire — 15, maybe 16 shots in all, as the kids scream. The shooter isn’t in their classroom, but is close, and the children’s terror is nauseatingly apparent.

  • Twin Counties in proposed I-81 tax zone

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – An additional fuel tax of 2.1 percent would be levied in western Virginia, including the Twin Counties, under a Senate bill that creates a regional transportation fund to help pay for improvements on busy Interstate 81.

    The legislation sponsored by Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta) passed the Senate 24-16 on Tuesday. It would create the Western Virginia Transportation Fund to improve conditions on the state’s longest interstate, stretching from Bristol to Winchester – mostly two lanes in each direction.

  • 4-H teaches youth about drug, alcohol dangers

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Middle School (CCMS) hosted an extensive youth awareness program throughout this week to educate students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

    4-H Agent Jonette Mungo of Virginia Cooperative Extension led the awareness program with the help of CCMS’ health and physical education staff.

  • General Assembly Halftime Report 2018

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — We’ve reached crossover, the halfway point of the General Assembly session when each chamber finishes its own bills and hear bills from the other chamber.

    The budget bill is the lone exception that doesn’t have to be complete yet – that has to be done by Sunday.

    Major agreements have come together around raising the felony threshold and reducing red tape in certain state departments.

  • Grayson builds up vocational program

    INDEPENDENCE — A few new initiatives have sparked in the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s building trades program, and with them ride the hopes of seeing an uptick in the program’s interest in upcoming years.

    In response to lower enrollment numbers in the building trades program last year, two new efforts were recently put into place. Overall, the class underwent a major transition last semester as staff considered the option of putting together larger commissionable building projects for Grayson County citizens.