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Today's News

  • Six win individual MED titles

    Grayson County and Galax combined to win six individual championships but Graham swept the remaining eight weight classes to win the Mountain Empire District wrestling championship Thursday at Galax High School.

    The G-Men easily took home the team title with 203.5 points while Galax claimed the runner-up spot with 139. Grayson County held off Fort Chiswell for third, 69-65.

  • Blue Devil boys clinch district

     NARROWS –– Grayson County opened up a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter and breezed to a 71-34 win over Narrows in a Mountain Empire District game Tuesday.

    The Blue Devils (16-5 overall, 9-0 district) clinched the MED’s regular season championship with the victory.

    Ty Cannaday led three Grayson County scorers in double figures with 14 points. Max Rodgers scored 12 points and Mikey Rodgers added 10.

    Narrows (8-12, 0-8) got 14 points from Chandler Burton.

     

  • Carroll completes comeback

    HILLSVILLE –– It was understandable if Carroll County didn’t play its best basketball game of the year Tuesday night. After all, most of the Cavaliers had gotten in bed sometime after midnight the night before, having just completed a weeks-long climb back to the top of the Southwest District girls’ standings.

    Having entered the week at the No. 3 spot in the SWD, Carroll County is now the leader in the clubhouse after topping Richlands 37-35 Monday and Marion 50-38 on Tuesday.

  • Carroll Special Olympians host basketball classic

    HILLSVILLE –– Despite the snowfall that coated area roads last Saturday, conditions improved enough to allow the Carroll County Special Olympics Basketball Classic to go on as planned at Carroll County Intermediate School.

    A crowd of nearly 250 came to show support as the team took the floor. The Carroll County Junior ROTC provided the color guard while Krista Neely sang the National Anthem.

  • Carroll lineman chooses Liberty

    HILLSVILLE –– Discussing the attributes of an offensive lineman is different than a conversation about those of any other position. Outside of physical size, a lot can be subjective. Runningbacks, quarterbacks and receivers have their yards and their touchdowns.  Linebackers and  defensive backs have their tackles and interceptions. Even defensive linemen can impress with their sack totals. 

    Offensive linemen have…grades?

    Lucas Holder has a number that should make an impression on anybody. That number is 1.

  • Grayson girls, Carroll boys lock up titles

    NARROWS –– Grayson County broke away from a tight game with an overpowering second half and clinched the Mountain Empire District girls’ regular season championship with a 53-36 win Wednesday over Narrows.

    The Blue Devils (17-4 overall, 8-1 district) led just 23-22 at halftime before outscoring the Green Wave 30-14 in the final two quarters of play.

    Camryn McGrady and Meredith Frost led Grayson County with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

    Narrows (4-15, 1-7) got a game-high 18 points from Tiffany Perdue.

     

  • Cavs pound Dogs to go 21-1

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County put the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable regular seasons in school history and capped a second straight Southwest District championship Friday with an 85-55 dismantling of Tazewell.

    The Cavalier senior class was honored beforehand, then commenced to win its 40th ballgame in two years, wrapping up a perfect run through the SWD for a second year in a row.

    After a subpar showing in a three-point win Tuesday at Marion, Carroll finished with wins on consecutive nights by a combined 68 points.

  • Prison funds survive in budget proposals: Updated

    RICHMOND — Both houses of the Virginia General Assembly approved budget proposals last week that include funding to open a long-delayed state prison in Grayson County.
    The Virginia Senate voted 36-4 to pass its budget plan, which includes Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal for $14.3 million to open the River North Correctional Facility near Independence, which was completed in 2010 and then mothballed because the state could not afford to operate it.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/11/13

    Not for viewing
    If the federal government is going to ban assault weapons and semi-automatic pistols with more than 10 rounds, well, how about being fair? In Hollywood, let’s not make any movies that have any assault weapons, and let’s take assault weapons out of video games. There should be no TV program with assault weapons.

    Cold hearts

  • Natural gas service closer to completion

    HILLSVILLE — A motion relating to the natural gas service line approved Feb. 4 by the Carroll Industrial Authority gives a hint to the new utility’s future.
    The IDA took action in 2012 to provide natural gas service to the Mohawk plant after years of inaction by private companies, and now the effort only lacks about 3,000 linear feet from making that connection.