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Today's News

  • A response to Rep. Griffith on Iran deal

    By Nancy Liebrecht, Galax

    On Aug. 10, I received Congressman Morgan Griffith’s newsletter, in which he cited his reasons for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran. Since Mr. Griffith is a conservative Republican, I was not surprised by his opposition, but I am still appalled by it and by the shallow and deceptive reasons that he gives for his position.

  • Carroll opens with 3-0 win

    HILLSVILLE –– Floyd County battled back from big deficits in each of the first two sets Tuesday night but Carroll County was able to regroup each time and kick off its volleyball season with a three-game sweep of the Buffaloes, winning the nondistrict match 25-19, 25-19, 25-15.

    The Cavaliers wasted a five-point lead midway through the second set after coughing up a 12-2 lead in the first.

  • Glenvar squeaks past Tide

    SALEM –– The championship season is over, but Glenvar still has some magic left. 

    Unfazed when they were suddenly down a point with less than a minute to go, the Highlanders stormed down the field to rally for a 20-15 victory over Galax Friday at Highlander Stadium. Elliot Stigall hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Zack Clifford with 13.8 seconds remaining, capping a wild finish. 

  • Blue Devils roll over Trojans

    SPARTA, N.C. – It took Grayson County and Alleghany a while to find the end zone last Friday night but once they found it they crossed the goal line several times as the Blue Devils beat the Trojans 41-28 in a nondistrict game played at Woodruff Field in Sparta.

    It was opening night for the Blue Devils while Alleghany (0-2) played its second game of the season.

  • Cavaliers hold off Floyd

    FLOYD –– For a kid nicknamed ‘Pokey,’ Brennan Vaught can go turbo when it matters.

    Vaught turned a short pass into a 77-yard touchdown play for the eventual winning score late in the game, part of a two-touchdown swing in the second half that propelled Carroll County past Floyd County 30-28 in the season opener for both teams.

  • Wine & Brew Festival set for Saturday

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Wine and Brew Festival, scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, will feature a lineup of local wines and craft beer this year.

    The festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, on the lawn of the Historic 1908 Courthouse, rain or shine. Admission is $15 per person and the price includes an etched wine glass.

  • Men charged for drugs, fugitive warrant in Whitetop

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made two drug-related arrests in the Whitetop community recently.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said on Aug. 20, members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force arrested Donald Smith Turnmire, 39, of Whitetop.

    Vaughan said Turnmire was arrested for being a fugitive from justice with seven pending felony charges in Virginia and North Carolina.

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  • Therapist's huggable dolls help dementia patients

    Janet Tompkins, a local speech therapist and founder of SpeechPath Tools — an organization for developments in senior-to-caregiver communication — has recently introduced a new product line with a personality all its own.

    “My Comfort Companions,” a series of personalized dolls (and a stuffed beagle for the male geriatric population), are now available for patients and caregivers who are in search of the perfect gift for loved ones suffering from the devastating effects of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Baker, Bond to marry

    Donald R. Bond and Sue Bond of Galax recently announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Magen, to Alex Baker, son of Kathy Cox of Independence and John Baker of Roanoke.

    A wedding is being planned for Sept. 26 in Mouth of Wilson.
    Family and friends are invited to attend.