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Today's News

  • Richlands shells Carroll

     RICHLANDS –– They really are that good.

    Entering Friday’s battle for the Southwest District lead, Richlands had averaged 49 points per game in rolling to an 8-0 mark. The Blue Tornado nearly reached that total by halftime, demolishing Carroll County 63-0 at Ernie Hicks Stadium.

    The 63 points were the most ever allowed by Carroll County in its 41-year history. The Blue Tornado’s first 15 offensive plays produced six touchdowns as Richlands had five first-half scoring drives of either one or two plays each.

  • Grayson drills Green Wave

     NARROWS –– Grayson County fell behind early but roared back with 48 unanswered points and rolled over Narrows 54-14 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at Ragsdale Field.

    Following a 7-yard Tyler Conley run for the Green Wave (2-7 overall, 1-2 MED), Grayson County used three Xavier Rodriguez scoring runs to jump out to a 20-6 lead. Rodriguez scored on carries of 4, 41 and 8 yards for Grayson, which added an 11-yard Eric Harvey touchdown catch and a 45-yard interception for a score by Zack Vaughan to take a 35-6 lead into the half.

  • Maroon Tide keeps on rolling

     Galax left no doubt who the better team was Friday night en route to a 32-7 thrashing of Bland County.

    Galax (6-3 overall, 2-1 MED) scored early and effortlessly against a defense allowing an average of 28 points per game. On its first possession, the Maroon Tide took possession on its own 33-yard line. Senior quarterback Terrance Mazon wasted no time airing the ball out, finding his number one target Deion George three times for 74 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

  • Developer drops lawsuit

     HILLSVILLE — A private developer has dropped a lawsuit against the Carroll Public Service Authority that alleged tax credits were promised in return for a pump station in 2008.

    A pump station was mistakenly transferred to Weststar Investments with three acres off U.S. 58 as the company sought the land for development.

    The public service authority needs that pump station for the recently completed Woodlawn wastewater project to get sewage to Galax for treatment.

  • Carroll seeks school funding alternative

     HILLSVILLE — Educators applied last Thursday for zero-interest bonds that, if approved, might be enough to pay for expansions of two Carroll schools — but not their renovations.

  • On The Ballot

     There are no local races on Tuesday's ballot, but voters have a choice to make in the 9th Congressional District, which includes Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

    The three-way race pits Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon), who has held the office for 28 years, against state Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), the state House Majority Leader and one of the most powerful Republicans in Virginia; and independent candidate Jeremiah Heaton, a country store owner from Damascus whose campaign is mostly self-funded.

  • Hodges Rides Again

     “You're listening to NightRide USA. Here to take you safely through the night,” radio host Bruce Hodges would announce on his radio show, formerly on 98.1 WBRF FM. 

    For the past eight years, between 11:06 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays, listeners could call in to Hodges and request a song of inspiration and encouragement or share stories of distress and hope.

    The show is non-political, but patriotic. It's not religious, but spiritual. 

  • Maroon Tide hosts Bland County

      It seems pretty simple on the outside. Plug a kid into the runningback spot and presto, instant 100-yard rusher.

    Jordan Vaughan made a habit of topping 100 yards until being felled by a foot injury in Galax’s fifth game of the season. Enter Jacob Fisher, who had no carries before he rushed for 159 yards against Grayson County in his first outing as Vaughan’s replacement.

    Fisher injured a hand Friday at Covington, giving way to freshman Steven Peoples, who responded with 109 yards in his first true backfield action of the year.

  • Devils take slim hopes on road

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County is not in the driver’s seat. The Blue Devils are not even riding shotgun. But they’re still there, somewhere in the back seat, maybe even the trunk. But they’re still there.

    With two weeks left in the regular season, a lot of things need to happen for Grayson County to salvage a playoff spot. A great deal of those things are out of the Devils’ control. But not all of them.

  • Cavs seek end to Blues' streak

     HILLSVILLE –– The conversation about Richlands each October almost never varies.

    The topics shift one to the next with familiarity, from the impressive size of the line to the speed and ability of the skill guys, from the storied history of the program to the big-time recruits playing there.

    The only thing that changes year-to-year is the names, and even that isn’t changing this time around.