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Today's News

  • Woodlawn man, calling himself meanest guy on earth, sentenced for assault

    Copyright 2014, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    WYTHEVILLE — It started with the phone calls.

    Walter Buddy Gooslin of Woodlawn dialed up the Virginia State Police Wytheville headquarters several times early one morning in March 2013, and, in a series of rambling conversations, threatened to tear down the barracks, take a sledgehammer to a church, fire all the officers and “whoop every person in your whole town.”

  • Oakland Winter Carnival 2014

    Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County held its Winter Festival last Thursday evening, with plenty of fun activities for students and their families.

    Guests were invited to have dinner with Santa Claus in the cafeteria, and enjoy a number of reindeer games and other activities throughout the school, including a fortune teller, cake walk, story time and kissing booth.

    The hallways were also lined with winter-themed craft booths, inviting both children and their parents to make a dent in their holiday decoration and gift shopping lists.

  • Teachers: don't cut salaries to fix budget

    INDEPENDENCE – As Grayson County administrators look to make up a $500,000 budget deficit, the division’s education association president suggests they avoid reducing teachers’ pay.

    Grayson County Education President Rebecca Absher spoke to the school board at its regular meeting this week after rumors began circulating that administrators were considering cuts that would affect teachers’ pay.

  • Galax artist carves out legacy

    Christina Pollins-Shackelford, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ executive director, recalls the toil that went into the work of art she’s spent countless hours creating.

    She stands beside it, a huge sculpture of an older man and his two young daughters. Their shoulders and faces seems to rise up and out of the limestone block that she carved them from over nine painstaking months. The work took place outdoors in her back yard, “in single-digit temperatures and in the 90s,” as she puts it.

  • 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: