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Today's News

  • Southwest swan song for Graham

     HILLSVILLE –– Let the history books show that one of the charter members of the Southwest District played its final league contest in Hillsville on Nov. 5, 2010.

    Graham, an official member of the SWD since its creation in the 50s and since the 30s a part of the group that would become the SWD, will play its last regular season contest as a Group AA school tonight when the G-Men visit Carroll County for a 7:30 kickoff at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Playoff time for Grayson

     INDEPENDENCE –– Talk all you wish about Grayson County’s chances of reaching the Region C Division 2 playoffs, about which teams must win and which teams must lose to give the Blue Devils the points they need to extend their season.

    The fact is that the playoffs started for the Blue Devils the night of Oct. 8.

  • Final tune-up for Maroon Tide

     Week 11 of the high school football season will be far from a ho-hum night in Southwest Virginia, but there will be almost no big-picture drama on the final night of the regular season in Region C, Division 1.

    With all six playoff spots already locked up, the only thing left is dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. That, and working out little details such as who plays whom in the first round next week.

  • Ex-police officer to serve 6 years on drug conviction

     ROANOKE — A former Pulaski police officer who admitted trafficking drugs has been given a sentence of 72 months in federal prison Monday.

    Christopher Franklin Bond, 33, who lived in Carroll County at the time of the offenses, had already pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

    On Monday, the court sentenced Bond and a co-defendant.

  • Oracle discrimination lawsuit proceeds

     INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Administrator Lisa Barker have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit that alleges the Board of Supervisors denied a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center because of religious beliefs.

    In June, the Board of Supervisors denied a special use permit for The Oracle Institute, which planned to build a non-denominational spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District. 

  • Suspect to be charged in robbery

      HILLSVILLE — Authorities believe they have found the armed subject that jumped the pharmacy counter and demanded drugs from the CVS Pharmacy in Hillsville in January.

    After months of investigation, the Hillsville Police Department announced Monday that there is a suspect in the Jan. 2 armed robbery of an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs.

  • Burnette named Carroll's teacher of the year

     HILLSVILLE — In a candid moment during Monday's student announcements broadcast at the intermediate school, English and mass media instructor Dana Burnette received Carroll's teacher of the year award.

    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith and Principal Chuck Thompson joined Burnette in front of the camera set up for the video feed, ostensibly to talk about a fund raising effort for the school.

  • Concert to honor musician's memory

    The Rex Theater's “Blue Ridge Backroads Live” radio show will host a concert Friday in memory of young musician Houston Caldwell, who passed away on April 30.

    The concert, featuring The Snyder Family Band with Zeb & Samantha, is the first in a series to be held at the Rex, leading up to the first-ever HoustonFest in Felts Park in Galax on May 6-7, 2011.

  • Textbook voting in Carroll

     HILLSVILLE ― Voting with classes in session at Carroll schools proceeded in textbook fashion, county election board officials and educators agree.

    Hosting both students and voters in the building during the mid-term elections Tuesday reversed a long-standing tradition that schools take a holiday when the polls opened.

    "We wanted the voters not to be hampered in getting to the polls," said electoral board member Keith Meredith after the election.

  • Griffith wins 9th District in upset

    BRISTOL — Republican Morgan Griffith won a stunning victory in the 9th Congressional District on Tuesday, unseating 28-year incumbent Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) and accomplishing a task thought impossible just a few months ago.

    Griffith rode a wave of momentum, distaste for President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and a flood of outside money that helped level the playing field against Boucher's heftier campaign fundraising.