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Today's News

  • Marion rallies past Blue Devil girls

    INDEPENDENCE –– Marion’s all-time leading scorer, Margaret Wagner is a pretty decent shot from behind the 3-point line. For that matter, she’s not bad behind the 1-point line, either.

    Wagner scored 12 of her game-high 18 points from the free throw line, including going 10-of-13 in the second half, as the Scarlet Hurricane pulled away from Grayson County for a 60-53 Conference 39 win in a nondistrict game Thursday.

  • Grayson runs past Canes

    INDEPENDENCE –– Seth Phillips entered Grayson County’s regular-season finale averaging 8.8 points per game. For a while Thursday, he was on pace to score 128.

    Other than that tricky eight-tenths of a point, Phillips matched his scoring average in the first two minutes as the Blue Devils used a hot start to roll past Marion 74-51 in a nondistrict Conference 39 game.

    The win left Grayson County with the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, and the Blue Devils will host No. 6 Grundy tonight (Monday).

  • Up and down season ends on a downer for Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County rode the momentum of an impressive win over Patrick Henry into Monday night’s Conference 24 quarterfinal match-up against Bassett. Three 3-pointers in the first quarter helped build an 11 point lead for the Cavaliers. Unfortunately, foul trouble and struggling offensive production brought a close to the 2016-2017 season for Carroll County with a 63-55 loss to the Bengals.

  • Devils advance past Wave

    INDEPENDENCE –– Being the son of a basketball coach, Wes Ayers has probably long ago learned the importance of not forcing the issue on offense, but rather in taking what the defense is giving.

    Monday night, Grundy’s defense was in a giving mood.

    Ayers torched the Golden Wave for 30 points and Seth Phillips popped in another 18 as Grayson County pummeled Grundy 73-53 in the opening round of the Conference 39 boys’ basketball tournament.

  • Grayson gets past G-Girls

    INDEPENDENCE –- Normally, a first-round tournament game against a two-win opponent is just a tune-up for the next stage. Grayson County opened postseason play against a two-win Graham team, but a club with an entirely different look for the playoffs.

    The Blue Devils built an early 14-point lead but had to claw past the G-Girls, who had a recent addition with the return of a four-year starter, holding off Graham 52-48 in the Conference 39 girls’ quarterfinals Monday.

  • Readers Hotline 2/15/17

    Lacking air
    I wasn’t really for either team in the Super Bowl, but I like to watch the halftime show and commercials. New England two years ago won the game, it is claimed, because they deflated the footballs. I don’t know if that was so. This time, the only thing that was lacking air was the Atlanta Falcons. New England has won their fifth Super Bowl and they are probably the best team there is.

    Keep it a secret

  • Davis faces 8 more charges in murder case

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Eight more indictments have been unsealed against Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, charged in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Karen Cates, and wounding David Patton last year.

    The charges were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27, until Davis could be served with warrants.

  • Amendment could help SWVTC residents

    RICHMOND — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed an amendment to its budget proposal that would prohibit the discharge of residents at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.

  • Rescued horses need sponsors

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Rugby Creek Animal Rescue is seeking sponsors for three new rescue horses on their farm.

    A few weeks ago, the rescue accepted three malnourished horses from Grayson County Animal Control. Rugby Creek cared for the horses while the case progressed through the court system; and the rescue was subsequently awarded the horses by a judge last month. The rescue is owned by sisters Kelly and Ashley Smart.

  • Artist shares experience as immigrant

    Motorists and pedestrians in downtown Galax on Monday afternoon were given a chance to see a brief art installation on the former Carter Bank & Trust lot at Center and Main by Rob Ponce, a local artist and food service worker.

    Included were a silver mannequin, a handmade posterboard with a peace symbol and “respétame” (Mexican Spanish for “respect me”), a tattered American flag and Ponce himself, sitting crosslegged and meditating.