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Today's News

  • Red Cross director retiring after 23 years

    Maybe Joan Isom can go back to enjoying snow again after the New Year arrives, instead of fearing the worst of traffic snarls happening on Interstate 77.
    In the past, Isom — as executive director for the Woods River Chapter of the American Red Cross and as the manager for disaster services — had been responsible for finding places for the stranded motorists to stay if the interstate got shut down and if their vehicles broke down.

  • Localities could win their jail gambit

    It’s about time someone turned the tables on the state.
    Lawmakers and the governor for the last few years have shifted costs onto localities while reducing state funding.
    It was almost certainly with some small amount of pleasure, then, that several New River Valley communities said enough is enough.
    Carroll and Grayson counties are among the New River Valley Regional Jail Authority’s member localities, along with the city of Radford and the counties of Pulaski, Giles, Wythe, Bland and Floyd.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/31/12

    Idiots on the road

  • Hate to break it to you 2012, but your 15 minutes are up

     In Wednesday’s paper I’ll have a look back at what was a pretty good 2012. For the next-to-last sports page of this year, let’s take a look forward.

    There is 365 days’ worth of stuff to anticipate in 2013, and though we have no idea what most of it will be, there is quite a bit that we do know will happen, and some of that will begin happening as early as the second day of the new year.

  • Carroll County girls shut down Magna Vista

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County held Magna Vista to 11 points over the final three quarters and pounded the Warriors 50-24 in a nondistrict girls’ game Friday.

    The Cavaliers (6-4) led 17-13 after the first quarter and blanked Magna Vista in the second period to take a 31-13 halftime lead.

    Ten different Cavaliers found their way into the scoring column, led by Machala Hash’s 12 points.

     

    Magna Vista..........13    0    4  7––24

  • Patrick spoils Galax comeback

    SPARTA, N.C. –– It’s not exactly the halfway point of the season, but with district play looming, the Christmas break marks the point between when a team needs to get better and when it ought to be better.

    If Thursday is any indication, Galax is a lot closer to the latter than the former.

    Facing what has traditionally been one of the stronger programs in Region IV, the Maroon Tide overcame a double-digit Patrick County advantage in the fourth quarter to briefly take the lead, only to fall 54-49 at Alleghany High School.

  • Graham wins district preview

    MAX MEADOWS –– The good news for Grayson County was that the Blue Devils got an early look at a fellow contender for the Mountain Empire District boys’ basketball race. The good news ended there.

    Graham held Grayson County scoreless the final 2:41 and rallied late for a 75-72 win in the second round of the First Bank of Virginia Classic at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • Cavaliers pull away from Fort

    MAX MEADOWS –– Carroll County got all it could handle from Fort Chiswell for the better part of three quarters Friday night, but turned a nailbiter into a cakewalk in the final 10 minutes, zooming away for a 64-46 win in the second round of the First Bank of Virginia Classic on the Pioneers’ home floor.

    The Cavaliers remained undefeated at 8-0 and were scheduled to meet Radford in the championship game of the eight-team event on Saturday. The Pioneers (2-3) played Floyd County in Saturday’s third-place game.

  • Regional jail members want more state funding

    DUBLIN — It has been two years since the eight localities that are members of the New River Valley Regional Jail authority stopped paying for state-responsible inmates. And now they’re asking state legislators to move those inmates out of the jail or pay up.
    Until December 2010, the localities — consisting of the counties of Pulaski, Giles, Carroll, Wythe, Grayson, Bland and Floyd and the city of Radford — were paying for state inmates that were being housed in the jail because state facilities did not have room for them.

  • Galax schools settle suit

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff