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Today's News

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.

  • Carroll boys clamp down on Floyd

     FLOYD –– Carroll County limited Floyd County to eight points or fewer in all four quarters and presented Tee Jackson a win in his first game as the Cavaliers’ head coach as Carroll stymied the Buffaloes 42-23 in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.

    Carroll County led just 17-13 at halftime but pulled away in the second half by holding the Buffaloes to 10 points after intermission.

    Garrett Haynes led all scorers with 13 points for the Cavaliers and Caden Hodges added 11.

  • Playoff notes: Psst, wanna know a secret?

    Don’t tell anybody this (you know, haters gonna hate and all), but just between you and me, I never expected Galax to be here. Not back in August I didn’t, anyway. Next year? Yeah, I could buy that.

  • Carroll opens with a bang

    HILLSVILLE –– Preceding Wednesday’s Carroll County-Floyd County girls’ basketball game, a public service announcement explained to fans the VHSL’s new 30-point rule. Based on the one that has been in place for years in football, a continuously-running clock will be implemented in the fourth quarter when a team is ahead by a 30-point margin in an effort to shorten games that are woefully out of hand.

  • Destination: Salem

    It seems somewhat fitting that, despite having a slightly higher final VHSL rating and a hair better record, Riverheads will be the traveling team for this Group 1A state semifinal tomorrow afternoon while Galax will be defending what’s left of its ragged home turf.

  • Suspect captured, charged with abduction and robbery

    INDEPENDENCE — The second suspect in an armed robbery and abduction was captured Nov. 29 in Carroll County.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, David Alan Rutherford has been charged with armed robbery, abduction by force, possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

  • Readers Hotline 11/30/16

    Help the needy
    I agree with the caller about the cold coffee and stale donuts church, all these big screen TVs and such. What these big churches need to do if they have the money to buy something like that is, try to get out in the community and help people in need instead of filling their pockets full.

    Donuts and fellowship

  • Parades and Christmas festivities this weekend

    A weekend of holiday festivities is ahead, with Christmas parades, tree lightings, music and visits from St. Nick.

    Hillsville

    The Town of Hillsville will celebrate the Christmas season with its annual tree lighting and Christmas parade on Dec. 3.

    The festivities will start at 5 p.m. with stocking stuffing along North Main Street. The first 300 children to check in at town hall will receive a free stocking to get stuffed by local merchants and those set up along the street. Stocking stuffing will last until 6 p.m.

  • Carroll recognizes students, teachers

    HILLSVILLE – Many special recognitions and accomplishments were praised at the November meeting of the Carroll County School Board. In addition to announcing the county’s finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year, several other teachers and students were recognized and presented special projects they had done.

    An update was also provided on the AmeriCorps tutoring program in Carroll County schools. Tonyia Gibson, AmeriCorps Director, oversees 32 AmeriCorps tutors for Carroll County and 13 tutors in Floyd County.

  • Lewis heads to court for homicide, assault

    MARION — Two charges in the fatal hit-and-run death of a Fries woman and the vehicular injury of an Ivanhoe man have been continued by the Smyth County General District Court.

    John Randolph Lewis, 34, of Wytheville is charged in the first-degree murder of Heather Copeland Clontz, 35, and the malicious assault of Samuel D. Lawson. According to the court’s online database, Lewis will appear in court Dec. 8 for the assault charge and one charge of failure to stop for an accident.