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Today's News

  • GOSSAN MINES: Miner's family laments their loss

    Randall Zelmer Warf, a World War II veteran who had seen the world past “the Ridge,” had a dream of getting out of the Gossan mines for his family’s sake after returning to the Carroll County community.
    Warf never got to fulfill that dream because he died at 27 in a mining accident in the early morning hours of May 1, 1947, according to family members.

  • GOSSAN MINES: A dangerous place to work

    Moving a mountain with steam shovels and explosives and hollowing out the earth below through tunneling presented danger and challenges at Gossan Mines in Carroll County.
    Work was periodically interrupted as various kinds of emergencies would occur.
    Newspaper archives on the mines held by the Carroll County Historical Society Museum contain articles on different kinds of problems that arose at Gossan Mines.

  • Gossan Mines Unearthed: Special Feature

    Gossan Mines shaped life in the Iron Ridge community of Carroll County for 57 years, while workers hauled pyrrhotite ore out of the ground for General Chemical.
    Mine superintendent Fred E. Johnson oversaw the day-to-day operations at Gossan as part of an international mining career.
    Always associated with the extractive industry in his professional life, Johnson earned the moniker “Hardrock.”

  • AAA finds motorists' breaking point on gas prices

    Half of U.S. adults consider gas prices to be “too high” when it reaches $3.44 per gallon, indicating a potential breaking point on gas prices, according to a new consumer price index developed by AAA.
    Roughly two-thirds of Americans (62 percent) offset high gas prices by changing their driving habits or lifestyle.
    “It was not long ago that motorists were shocked to pay more than $3 per gallon for gasoline, but now that is standard at stations nationwide,” said Martha Mitchell Meade of the American Automobile Association Mid-Atlantic.

  • Grayson takes key baseball win

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County got a big road win under its belt Monday, but not before gnawing on a fingernail or two before it was over.

    The Blue Devils took the lead for good just four pitches into the game and got a stellar effort from pitcher Dylan Isom, but had to sweat through a huge seventh-inning threat to down Fort Chiswell 5-2 in a Mountain Empire District game.

  • Cavs sign with ODAC powers

    HILLSVILLE –– Two Carroll County High School senior athletes revealed their college plans recently, and it appears that both have hooked on with programs on the rise in NCAA Division III.

    Austin Horton committed to play basketball at Guilford College on Friday, while Autumn Hill signed earlier with Roanoke College to play softball.

  • Widner wins lifting titles

     DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. –– Sylvatus teenager Cherokee Widner won two national championships and was the runner-up for a third title at the American Powerlifting Association’s RAW national championships.

    At 14 years of age and 133 pounds, Widner was the youngest and lightest competitor and entered the 148-pound lightweight teenager division for full powerlifting, bench press single lift and deadlift single lift.

  • Patrick Co. topples Cavaliers in 9

    HILLSVILLE –– Briana Steele connected on a game-tying, two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh and Patrick County pushed three runs across three innings later to take a 9-3 nondistrict softball win Wednesday over Carroll County.

    Carroll County (8-5) did most of its damage in a big second-inning rally, starting with a solo home run by Cheyenne Strickland, her fifth homer in two weeks. Eden Durnil later yanked a two-run double into the leftfield corner, and Ragan Halsey and Autumn Hill followed with RBI singles for a 5-1 Cavalier lead.

  • Edwards, Cavaliers blank Abingdon for key Southwest win

    ABINGDON –– Reece Edwards blanked the Southwest District preseason favorite over seven innings Tuesday night and Carroll County scratched out a 2-0 win over Abingdon.

    The Cavaliers snapped a four-game slide with the win, improving to 5-4 on the year, 1-0 in district play.

  • Tide comes to life, tops Bears

    Held hitless and trailing Bland County  5-3 entering the bottom of the third, Galax exploded for seven runs and eventually polished off the Bears in five innings with a 15-5 Mountain Empire District win Tuesday at Mountain View Park.

    Bland County led 4-0  after the top of the second inning but Galax used a combination of three walks, two errors and two wild pitches to push three runs across in the bottom half of the inning.

    The Bears tacked on a run in the top of the third but Galax finally timed Bland pitcher Haley Hodock in the home half.