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Today's News

  • Maroon Tide bashes Indians in region opener

     Galax rumbled into the second round of the Region C Division 1 playoffs Friday night with a 55-21 thrashing of Rural Retreat.

    The Maroon Tide (8-3) scored early and often, putting a touchdown on the board on its first five possessions.

    After holding the Indians (4-7) to a three-and-out on the opening possession, Galax took over on the Indian 33-yard line. Junior Jacob Fisher handled the running duties on the opening possession, carrying the ball three straight times for a quick touchdown, giving the Tide a 6-0 lead with 9:35 left in the first quarter.

  • Maroon Tide falls in title match

     ELLISTON –– Getting anywhere worth being is a process of many steps. Though coming up short to Bath County in a bid for its first region volleyball championship, Galax took another step Thursday.

    The Maroon Tide battled back from a 2-1 deficit but couldn’t complete the comeback a second night in a row and fell to the Chargers 22-25, 25-14, 25-15, 23-25, 15-9 in the Region C Division 1 championship at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Wythe holds off Devils 21-14

     WYTHEVILLE ­ -- Grayson County battled George Wythe to the end last Friday night before losing the opening game of the Region C Division 2 playoffs, 21-14 at Pendleton Field.

    It was the first time the Blue Devils had advanced to the playoffs since 2007 and ironically it was against George Wythe.

    The Blue Devils fought from behind twice to tie the game at 7 and 14.

    The Maroons (7-3) got on the scoreboard on their opening drive.

  • Cavs redeemed, 39-21

     HILLSVILLE –– If a football season is a journey, then Carroll County has covered quite a distance since August.

    The Cavaliers, who dropped a 17-14 decision to Bassett on opening night, showed just how far they’ve come in the 11 weeks since, rolling to a 39-21 win over the Bengals in the first round of the Region IV Division 4 playoffs Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • PLAYOFF UPDATE -- Maroon Tide eliminated

    DUFFIELD –– Galax was within a couple of points of forcing a fifth set in the Group A Division 1 state quarterfinals when a Rye Cove rally ended the Maroon Tide's season with a 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23 defeat. Complete coverage will appear online and in Friday's print edition.

    FOOTBALL

    Galax will play at Bath County and Carroll County will travel to Christiansburg in region semifinal football games Friday.

  • Cavs get another shot at Bassett

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County gets a do-over.

    Having just suffered a last-second, 17-14 loss to Bassett to open the 2010 season back in August, a common sentiment along the Cavaliers’ sideline was, boy, I’d like to have another chance at that one.

    Carroll County will get that opportunity tonight (Friday) when the Cavaliers and Bengals open Region IV Division 4 playoff action at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Devils enter wide-open D2 playoffs

    INDEPENDENCE –– If the Region C Division 2 football playoffs are as interesting as the regular season, the next three weeks should be a lot of fun.

    Just how tight was the RCD2 field this year? Consider the following:

    *Grayson County was stuck in ninth place with two weeks left in the season, needed to defeat an 8-1 team and get outside help just to crack the top six, and wound up as the No. 5 seed.

    *One extra win by any of the six teams the Blue Devils defeated and Grayson would be hosting a first-round game.

  • Heating bills could cool this winter

     Energy costs and consumption forecasts for winter suggest residents of the region will fare better than some of their fellow Southerners.

    That’s according to the Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    It predicts energy consumption will drop in the South for all four fuels analyzed — electricity, heating oil, propane and natural gas — based on expectations of milder weather this winter than last.

  • Carroll tourism center could move

     HILLSVILLE — The Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitors Center may have to move out of its current location due to a proposed settlement in the AmerLink legal situation, but Carroll officials say they have an even better place in mind.

    The tourism department wouldn't have to move far under this plan — just from the complex of log home models, across from the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market, to the nearby Market Village shops.

  • Be thankful: holiday meal cost holds steady

     Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for less than $4.35 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

    The survey of the price of basic items found on Americans’ Thanksgiving tables places the average cost of a traditional meal for 10 adults this year at $43.39.

    The menu includes turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.