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  • Cavaliers notch big Southwest softball win

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County took an early lead and held on for a 3-1 win over Abingdon in a key Southwest District softball game Tuesday.

    Abingdon (7-2 overall, 3-1 district) returns five starters from the team that lost in extra innings in last year’s Group AA state title game, but the Cavaliers (8-1, 4-1) held the Falcons scoreless through five innings while building a 3-0 lead.

  • Tide’s Wilson baffles Bland Co.

    Grace Wilson flirted with perfection before settling for an 8-3 win in a Mountain Empire District softball game Tuesday at Mountain View Park.

    Wilson did not allow a Bland County batter to reach base through the first five innings but lost the perfect game and the no-hitter when Lindsey Hylton led off the sixth with a single.

    Galax led 8-0 at that point thanks to a quick start, taking an early lead on a two-run error in the first inning. Haley Reynolds added a two-run double in the second and scored on Harley Brewer’s double as the lead grew to 6-0.

  • Shaky D ruins MED opener

    Galax’s late-game offensive fireworks weren’t enough to overcome its early-game defensive implosion.

    In a key early game between Mountain Empire District title hopefuls, the Maroon Tide committed seven errors in the first two innings, fell behind Fort Chiswell by nine runs in the fifth inning and rallied back to within reach before taking an 11-8 loss Tuesday at Felts Park.

  • Hillsville clinic won't stay vacant long

     

  • Grayson teachers lobby for full funding

    INDEPENDENCE – Give the schools the money they need in the 2011-12 budget, many schools proponents told the Grayson supervisors in a marathon public hearing last Wednesday
    More than two dozen citizens spoke for more than two hours at public hearing on the proposed Grayson County Public Schools budget.
    With more than 70 people in attendance, many of the speakers asked the board to fully fund the $5.56 million schools request, citing lack of raises, aging buildings and outdated resources as the primary reasons the funding was needed.

  • State legislators report gifts for 2010

     

  • Gov.'s plan paves way for 58 work

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell continued to drive forward on transportation issues Wednesday, releasing a list of road construction funding.
    Having gotten off the starting line with bipartisan approval for his plan to put billions of dollars of bond funds towards construction projects, the Republican governor recently announced a draft six-year road improvement plan.
    The plan prioritizes money for widening eight miles worth of U.S. 58 in eastern Carroll and several smaller projects in the Twin Counties.

  • HoustonFest receives humanities grant

     

  • The way it should be

    People want relief from high fuel and power prices, so the news about energy efficiency grant is welcome.
    An Earth Day announcement of a $75,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission should get things going in the right direction.
    That and $90,000 match of cash and in-kind contribution from partners will first concentrate on ideas for improving energy efficiency.
    After that, a second phase will produce alternative energy demonstration projects.
    This will include putting up solar panels at Matthews State Forest and wood-fired gasification.

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