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Today's News

  • Howard pleads guilty to wife's murder

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina fugitive arrested in Galax last year with his wife’s body in the back of his truck has been found guilty of second-degree murder and is now in prison, according to a representative of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.  
    According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Sonny Howard, 44, was convicted on June 28 of killing his wife, 50-year-old Sherry Howard, after pleading guilty to the crime.

  • School honors beloved librarian

    CANA — St. Paul’s beloved librarian will continue to have an impact on the school and the community where she taught and touched the lives of students for 37 years.
    Joyce Slate had enough time in her career to make a generational impact on St. Paul students and on their sons and daughters, as she encouraged reading, sponsored the yearbook, documented the school year with her camera, took children on field trips and threw fundraising events to be able to afford those trips.

  • Fries VFD hosts rodeo and horse show

    FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department hosted a ranch rodeo and horse show on Oct. 11 and 12 at the Providence School grounds, featuring plenty of competitions and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

    Competitors from every skill level galloped into the ring, from stick ponies to racing steeds.

  • Galax gears up for big week

    MAX MEADOWS –– After sparring with the lightweights, Galax returns to among the heavyweight division this week. Thursday, the Maroon Tide tuned up for a big two days of competition by handling Fort Chiswell 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 in a Mountain Empire District match.

     

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    Galax upped its record to 13-3 overall, 6-1 in the MED by winning its fifth straight match, dropping just one set along the way in relatively easy victories over Bland County, Rural Retreat, Narrows, Graham and the Pioneers.

  • Aerial assault doesn’t slow C’burg

    HILLSVILLE—Carroll County managed to put up the second highest point total against Christiansburg Friday night, but in the end it wasn’t enough and the Cavaliers dropped their sixth straight game of the season, 64-22 in a River Ridge District game at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Cavaliers (1-6, 0-5) hung with the high-powered Christiansburg (6-2, 4-1) offense for most of the first half on their home turf before surrendering 35 second-half points in a blowout loss.

  • Grayson overruns Bland Co.

    BASTIAN –– Grayson County’s first possession may have been a disaster, but the final three quarters were definitely catastrophic for Bland County.

    Grayson County shook off a ragged start and scored three touchdowns in the final 8:10 of the first half, eventually racing away with a 51-12 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

    The Blue Devils got back above the .500 mark at 4-3 overall and squared their district record at 1-1. Bland County dropped its 21st straight game, falling to 0-7, 0-2.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway reopens all visitor services

    Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced in a news release on Thursday that park operations are once again open and available to visitors. Visitors can access all facilities, campgrounds, and other public services that were open prior to October 1, when operations closed due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

  • Carroll dams recovering from floods

    Two hydroelectric dams that faced a crisis during unusually wet weather in January still haven’t fully recovered almost 10 months later, according to Appalachian Power Co. officials.
    New River levels after that storm caused flooding and raised concerns about the integrity of the Byllesby and Buck dams and warnings went out for residents to be ready to take action in the case the dams failed at the time, particularly in Wythe County.

  • Former school board member challenges incumbent

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates who sought election to represent the Fancy Gap District on the Carroll County School Board two years ago will compete for the office again in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Incumbent Joey Haynes has been challenged by Phillip Berrier, the former school board member who lost to Haynes in a four-way race in 2011.
    Some of the campaigning has brought up decisions made in connection with the countywide school improvement program, particularly improvements at the high school and the grade structure at St. Paul School.

  • Suspects charged with multiple break-ins

    INDEPENDENCE — Investigators from Grayson and Carroll counties have arrested two suspects in a string of break-ins at churches in the Fries area and other incidents as far away as Michigan, according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.