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Today's News

  • Double duty for Strickland

    HILLSVILLE –– Like most kids who are into multiple sports, Cheyenne Strickland’s favorite has been the one that’s happened to be in season at the moment. The Carroll County senior still can’t decide. But she’s got four more years to try.

    Strickland committed to Ferrum College last week to play volleyball and softball, and while dual-sport athletes at the collegiate level aren’t exactly common, she relishes the thought of giving it a shot.

  • Devils zip to 18-5 win, Lady Cavs go 19-0

    WARDELL –– It’s a good inning when you can put up a crooked number. It’s a good day when you can put up a zip code.

    Grayson County borrowed the Palm Beach, Fla. postal ID for its line score – 33480 – and capped a 17-win regular season with an 18-5 win over the Blue Tornado in a nondistrict game Friday at Southwest Virginia Community College.

    The win avenged a 2-1 loss to Richlands in April.

  • Galax overtakes G-Men

    Galax boys’ soccer coach Troy Barkley has said it many times throughout the season: If his Maroon Tide can get a consistent effort for 80 minutes, his boys will be an awfully tough team to beat.

    They’re no easy nut to crack as it is.

    Despite the rarity of trailing in the second half, Galax finished its regular season with a 14-1 mark after rallying to overtake Graham 4-2 in a Mountain Empire District match and the season finale for both teams Friday at Galax High School.

  • Conference tournament pairings/results

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    Conference 46

    Saturday at higher seed

    Quarterfinals

    Patrick Henry 8, George Wythe 7

    Chilhowie 15, Rural Retreat 8

    Tuesday at Patrick Henry H.S.

    Semifinals

    Galax 2, Patrick Henry 0

    Fort Chiswell 6, Chilhowie 1

    Wednesday at Patrick Henry H.S.

    Championship

  • Readers Hotline 5/25/15

    Supports trades class
    When I moved my family to beautiful Grayson County, I thought, “how lucky.” Now, I wonder about my children’s education. The vocational programs — building trades were great. Now gone. How about us doing something stronger. The school superintendent and school board need an overhaul. Why lose what we have?

    Republican potholes

  • Plea hearing set in second-degree murder case

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Dean Woolwine of Christiansburg is scheduled for a plea hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court on May 26.

    Woolwine was arrested last Halloween after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident on U.S. 52. According to the police report, Woolwine traveled a tenth of a mile from the scene before wrecking his vehicle a second time.

    Woolwine was traveling with his young son that evening, and both were injured as a result of the crash.

    The child later died at Wake Forest Baptist Trauma Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Lindsey’s homer lifts Blue Devils

    RICHLANDS –– Emily Lindsey smacked a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lift Grayson County over Richlands 4-1 in a nondistrict softball game Monday.

    Autumn Halsey led off the sixth with a single up the middle, and a fielder’s choice on Grace Circle’s grounder left both runners safe. Nikki Lundy’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners before Lindsey cranked her game-winning homer to right.

  • Baums win Dannelly 10K

    Jon Baum and Priscilla Baum, both of Madison Heights, were the overall male and female winners of the 17th annual Dr. Ed Dannelly III New River Trail 10K, held May 9 and sponsored by the Galax Recreation Department.

    Jon Baum, 41, posted a time of 38 minutes, 17 seconds to outpace runner-up Harry Hudson (41:18) and two-time former winner Josh Fridley (41:48).

    In the female division, 17-year-old Priscilla Baum ran a 50:37 for her first win in the event, followed by Kim Kitts (51:58) and Megan Boyles (51:13).

  • Galax picks up steam, wins third straight, 9-4 over Chilhowie

    CHILHOWIE –– Galax got its third straight complete game pitching effort and has won three straight after a three-game skid, knocking off fellow Conference 46 member Chilhowie 9-4 in a nondistrict game Wednesday afternoon.

    Stew Merdian went the full seven innings on the mound for the Maroon Tide (12-5), allowing one earned run on just four hits, striking out 10 and walking four.

  • Grayson, Galax reach regionals

    Grayson County earned a pair of conference tennis championships this week. In the big picture, both the Blue Devils and Galax are still alive.

    The Blue Devil boys defeated Galax 5-1 to claim the combined Conference 39/46 team championship on Grayson’s home court Wednesday, a day after the Grayson County girls toppled Graham 5-1 for the Conference 39 title in Bluefield.