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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Chalfant resigns as Grayson school chief

    UPDATE:

    The Grayson County School Board held a special called meeting on May 25, where members voted unanimously 5-0 to accept the superintendent’s resignation. The meeting was the first for Larry Bartlett, sworn in earlier that day after he was appointed by a circuit court judge to fill the vacant Oldtown District seat on the school board.

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Embattled Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant is stepping down.

  • 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.

  • Cavs enjoy perfect night

    HILLSVILLE –– ‘Perfect’ doesn’t begin to cover it.

    There’s the record, now a spotless 17-0 after Carroll County’s 7-0 win Tuesday night over Blacksburg.

    There was the defense, flawless for seven innings, handling the easy chances and making the difficult ones look routine.

  • Vehicle reported stolen with child inside

    HILLSVILLE — A Laurel Fork man and woman were arrested on various charges last week, after police received a complaint about a stolen vehicle with a child inside.

    According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Eric Sain was dispatched to 958 Bear Creek Road on May 14 at 6 p.m., to speak with a caller about a stolen truck. When he arrived, the complainant said that a red 2006 Nissan Titan truck with a Florida license plate had been taken, and that it was occupied by her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend and a 3-year-old child.

  • Fries sets stage for theater renovation

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a plan to renovate the Fries Community Center Theater.

    Originally presented to council in April, a plan designed by Kit Marshall was reviewed and approved by council members on May 5.

    “Last month, we asked [Marshall] to show her ideas around to get further input from the public. I can’t say that I’ve spoken to everybody, but everyone I have talked to has spoken favorably about the design,” Mayor Richard Farmer said.