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Today's News

  • Vaughan wants to carry on predecessor's school goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim at-large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the at-large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning in 2017.

  • VDOT completes Laurel Fork section of U.S. 58 project

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK — Another section of U.S. 58 has been completed in Southwest Virginia.

    Branch Highways said last week that it has finished widening an 8.2-mile segment that crosses Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties and moves the Commonwealth closer to completing the 36-mile corridor between Hillsville and Stuart.

  • Candidates give up privacy when seeking White House

    Hillary Clinton’s health isn’t a private matter anymore. Neither are her finances.

    Same goes for Donald Trump.

    It’s a fact of life in American politics today that voters expect a level of disclosure that would violate good taste, if not privacy laws, were it expected from anyone other than the men and women who want to be president.

    Too bad; these people are running for the highest office in the land, and that demands the highest level of disclosure.

  • Cavaliers top Cougars in 3

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County picked up its first River Ridge District volleyball win of the season, evening its league record at 1-1 after a tight 25-21, 26-24, 25-23 win Thursday night over Pulaski County.

    Jolee Sloss led the Cavaliers at the net with nine kills and she also came up with 17 digs while Adrienne Harris also dug out 17 balls. Carroll setters Taylor Spangler and T.J. Burnette put up 12 assists apiece.

  • Highlanders blank Grayson

    SALEM – Glenvar scored three touchdowns  in the first period last Friday night and rolled to a 47-0 nondistrict victory over Grayson County at Highlander Stadium.

    The Highlanders (2-2) added another touchdown in the second quarter to take a 27-0 lead at halftime and scored three more touchdowns in the second half  to put the game out of reach.

    After the Blue Devils failed to pick up a first down after taking the opening kickoff, Alec Thompson got a good runback to the Blue Devil 35. 

  • Maroon Tide stuns Wythe

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax and George Wythe will be members of the same district for the first time since 1983 next year when the Maroons join the Maroon Tide in the Mountain Empire. For three hours Friday night at Pendleton Field, though, Galax was in a league of its own.

  • Independence man wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery

    INDEPENDENCE — When David Caudill stopped at Grayson Express in Independence for a cup of coffee, it ended up being one heck of a coffee break.

    While he was there, the Independence man played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, and his ticket ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize.

    He matched all five numbers in the Sept. 7 day drawing. Those winning numbers were 4-7-8-28-32. When he later went online to check the numbers, he didn’t immediately realize he’d won.

  • Driver charged with manslaughter

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman has been charged with felony vehicular involuntary manslaughter following an accident that occurred in Carroll County in March. The crash resulted in the death of a woman from Meadows of Dan.

  • Traffic stop results in drug charge

    According to a Galax Police Department report, arrests last week included a Grayson County woman charged with a drug violation.

    Lori Jo Roten, 45, of Mouth of Wilson, was charged on Sept. 9 by Officer Darrin Alley for felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs.

  • Fries woman volunteers to raise money for playground

    FRIES — A Fries woman has volunteered to raise money for new playground equipment for the town park.

    Kim Mallory, a lifetime Fries resident, requested Fries Town Council’s permission to apply for grants and organize fundraisers to upgrade the existing playground’s equipment during council’s September meeting.