Today's News

  • Richlands too much for Devils

    RICHLANDS – Grayson County fumbled the opening kickoff last Friday night in the opening round of the Region 2A West playoffs and with just over a minute ticked off the clock, trailed Richlands 7-0.

    The game, played on the unlucky Friday the 13th, only got worse and when the final horn sounded, the Blue Devils were eliminated from the playoff picture, 63-7.

    The Blue Tornados came into the game with a 9-1 record, losing early in the season to Union by a single point, 42-41, and the leader of the Southwest Conference.

  • Tide overwhelms Narrows

    Officially, Galax’s Region 1A West first-round payoff game with Narrows ended just a little after 9 p.m. That may have come as a surprise to any who thought this one would be over before it started.




    Second round

    George Wythe 56, Bland County 12

    J.I. Burton 28, Rural Retreat 6

    Galax 28, Hurley 12

    Radford 38, Honaker 3

    State quarterfinals

    4. Radford (9-3) at 1. George Wythe (11-1), Saturday, 2 p.m.

  • Commission revises plans for riverside properties

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Planning Commission recently discussed and approved several revisions for rules governing the county’s shoreline recreation zones.

  • Bagging Rights: United Way fundraiser ‘feud’ heats up

    Once again, the most anticipated competition of the year is underway. Not the Superbowl, not the World Series, not the Boston Marathon – the United Way Celebrity Bagging Challenge.

    For the eighth year in a row, local celebs will engage in a battle royale to see which Food City can raise the most money for United Way of Southwest Virginia.

  • Lawson to lead Grayson's CATE Center

    INDEPENDENCE — In addition to appointing Kelly Wilmore as the new schools superintendent, the Grayson County School Board approved a list of appointments for the school system during the Nov. 9 meeting.

    Included in the list for approval was Angela Lawson, who will serve as the principal for the school’s Career & Technical Education (CATE) Center. She began Nov. 10.

  • Churches cook up moveable feast

    INDEPENDENCE — Each year about this time, people’s thoughts turn to turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We look forward to a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner where we eat too much and spend time visiting with family and friends.

  • Galax seeking school mentors

    Galax schools are looking for adult mentors to work with kids one or two days a month, according to Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell.

  • VanEngen, Helmick to marry

    Ches R. Helmick of Galax and Meagan VanEngen announce their engagement.
    They will be married in 2016 in Lynchburg.
    Helmick is with Edward Jones Investments.

    VanEngen is a doctoral student at Virginia Tech.
    They attended Liberty University.
    The couple said that any gifts can be made in their name to the Twin County Humane Society or Backpack Buddies.

  • Bunn turns 95

    Bobby Bunn took his mother, Annabelle, who had just turned 95, for a ride on his motorcycle recently. She is in good health, takes no medication and has lived a busy life.