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Today's News

  • Hundreds turn out to honor fallen trooper

     

    Virginia State Trooper Andrew Fox was buried Oct. 11 at Summerfield Church cemetery in Grayson County, in a funeral attended by law enforcement officials and officers from across the state. Fox died in the line of duty, after being struck by a car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair.

  • Car flips, pins driver in Galax

    Police are not sure what caused single-vehicle crash Oct. 9.

  • Fire destroys garage, cars in Galax

    A fire damaged Alley’s Garage on Oct. 8, with flames so hot they melted tires off the cars inside and boiled water on the floor.

  • Hillsville, Carroll sign off on water sharing agreement

    HILLSVILLE — Town officials heralded a new era of cooperation with Carroll County just before approving a water sharing agreement between the two localities on Oct. 8.
    Watching from the audience at Hillsville Town Council’s meeting last Monday, Supervisors Chairman Sam Dickson also promised that Carroll would develop a good relationship with the county seat.
    Interim Town Manager Judy Bolt said officials had met with counterparts from Carroll County to discuss the water agreement.

  • Readers' Hotline 10/15/12

    Editor’s note: A reminder that comments made about the election and candidates should be substantiated or the calls are subject to being deleted.

  • Bryant upholds family tradition

    BIG STONE GAP –– Like father, like brother.

    The VHSL Group A golf championship? It’s all in the Bryant family.

    Galax senior John Bryant became the third member of his household to win the state title as he fired a 1-under-par 70 to score a seven-stroke victory at Lonesome Pine Country Club.

    Bryant’s feat matched that of older brother, Sam, who won the 2005 Group A crown. Together, the Bryant brothers have as many first-place medals as their father, Doug, who captured titles in 1975 and 1977 for old Independence High.

  • Devils make it all the way back

    It would be safe to say that Grayson County volleyball had returned to form last year, winning 16 matches and reaching the region semifinals. But nothing confirms it quite like hoisting a championship trophy.

    Having fallen on hard times after reaching the state semifinals in 2007, the Blue Devils made the Mountain Empire District volleyball race a competitive one again this year, finally upending reigning district champion Galax in five sets with a 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10 win Tuesday.

  • Grayson schools meet benchmarks, fall short of full accreditation

    INDEPENDENCE — Division-wide, Grayson County met all state testing objectives, but fell one school short of full accreditation.
    The Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) represent the percentage of students within each subgroup in the lowest-performing schools that must pass state Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in reading and mathematics in order to reduce by half the gaps separating those students from their peers in the highest-performing schools within six years.

  • Man charged with assault of child

    HILLSVILLE — A 33-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault of a child after a family member complained to authorities, according to Hillsville Police Department personnel.
    Phillip Anthony Talbert faces the charge after a March complaint leading to an investigation by Sgt. James Alderman.
    Hillsville Police Department’s interim Chief Jason Hawks said the investigation also extended to Pulaski County, where Talbert was said to reside part-time.

  • Area cross country teams post strong showings

     BRISTOL –– Grayson County and Carroll County both finished among the top seven in both the boys’ and girls’ team standings Thursday at the Randy Smith Classic at Sugar Hollow Park.

    Grayson’s girls led the way with their second-place finish in the 12-team, 3-mile race. Emma Wyatt finished fifth overall in 21 minutes, 11 seconds, Hayley Reavis was 11th, Mary Beth Cunningham 14th, Olivia Wyatt 21st and Natalie Ruiz 49th.