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Today's News

  • Brown hopes success is catching

    GALAX –– It has become commonplace the last few years for the Galax boys’ basketball team to get off to a late start. With the Maroon Tide football team reaching at least the second round of the playoffs each of the last five years, hoops season takes a back seat, at least early on.

    But winning, they say, can be contagious. And though Galax coach Verl Brown may not necessarily welcome the delays to hoops season brought on by successful fall sports teams, he has at least embraced the reason for it.

  • Galax girls learning on the fly

    It could be deja vu all over again for a Galax girls’ athletic endeavor.

    This past fall, a largely inexperienced Maroon Tide volleyball team struggled early, got its legs under it as the season wore on and gelled behind a dominant player, evolving from an afterthought to within a few points of a state tournament berth by season’s end.

    Fast forward to girls’ hoops.

  • Green Cavs showing progress

    HILLSVILLE –– When a program has graduated as much experience and talent as Carroll County has the last two years, it wouldn’t be that unusual for the rebuilding process to include a little good, a little bad and a little ugly.

    Through the first two games of the season, the Cavaliers are seeing all three over the course of a couple of quarters as they begin anew after the winningest four-year stretch in program history.

  • Carroll County rallies for OT win over Buffaloes

    FLOYD –– Carroll County stormed back from a 17-point second-half hole and edged Floyd County 70-68 in overtime in a nondistrict boys’ basketball game Tuesday.

    The Cavaliers’ Micah Johnson and Winston Giles each sank one free throw in the final seven seconds of overtime to give Carroll County (1-1) its final lead.

  • Frost, Devils jump on Marion

    INDEPENDENCE –– It would have been a wise move for the Grayson County athletic department to store up some extra basketballs for this season. A couple of them are destined to become keepsakes.

    Blue Devil senior guard Meredith Frost pumped in 21 points and took home the game ball after topping 1,000 career points Tuesday night as Grayson County posted an impressive 61-45 win over Marion.

  • Grayson indictments result in arrests

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Three more grand jury indictments have been unsealed and arrests made by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met Oct. 24 and returned sealed indictments against several suspects.

    Two of the suspects arrested are prisoners at River North Correctional Center in Independence.

    The indictments included:

  • Ararat man faces multiple charges

    HILLSVILLE — An Ararat man was arrested on Dec. 3 and faces multiple charges, after allegedly breaking into a Cana convenience store and stealing two cars on the same day.

    According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, officers received an alarm call to T&M Grocery Store at 12178 Fancy Gap Highway just after midnight on Dec. 3.

    Lt. Tony Horton of the sheriff’s department responded to the store and discovered the front door glass had been completely broken out.

  • Log truck overturns on 52

    Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 52 on Monday, when a logging truck lost control and overturned, blocking one lane of traffic.

    According to a report from Trooper C.M. Delp, Kevin Wayne Goins, 42, of Mount Airy, N.C., was operating a 1987 Ford L9000 log truck loaded with logs, traveling north on 52, when his vehicle ran off the right side of the highway and into the ditch.

    “When [Goins] tried to bring it out, it overturned, and the logs fell off of the truck,” Delp said.

  • Smiths celebrate 50th anniversary

    John Wayne and Plina Smith celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends.
    She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Faye Cole, and he was the son of the late Montie and Sadie Smith.

    The couple were married Nov. 20, 1964, by the late Rev. John Hackler.
    They have two daughters, Patsy Louise Smith and the late Phyllis Angela Smith, and grandchildren Emily Grace and Adam Wayne Blevins.

  • She's 100

    Pauline Allison celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 20, 2014, with family and friends at a surprise party at Matthew’s Campground.