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Today's News

  • Woman seriously hurt in crash, charges pending

    WOODLAWN — An 80-year-old Woodlawn woman went through several hours of surgery for serious injuries stemming from a two-vehicle wreck that occurred last Wednesday.
    A Virginia State Police report by Trooper C.M. Delp says that Ila Faye Payne, driving a 2000 Chevy Cavalier, attempted to pull out from Breezy Ridge Road and go west on U.S. 58. at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 3.
    The Cavalier was struck by a Buick driven by Patrick Joseph Kelly Sr. of Fancy Gap.

  • Readers' Hotline 10/8/12

    Animals get priority
    This is in comment about the animals being mistreated, left in cars. If anyone is not going to take care of the animals, they don’t need them in the first place. I have two dogs and I would do anything I can for them to protect them and provide medicine and all. My husband says I think more of the animals than I do him.

    Pulpit reserved
    This is in reference to churches should leave politics out of the pulpit. That is for preaching — about our Lord and Savior.

  • Grayson County keeps rolling in MED

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County had little trouble maintaining its hold on the Mountain Empire District’s No. 1 spot, cruising past Fort Chiswell in three sets Thursday, 25-13, 25-14, 25-14.

    The Blue Devils’ biggest deficit of the night was two points early in the second set, and Grayson (11-1 overall, 5-0 MED) otherwise commanded the Pioneers from start to finish. 

  • Key games mark MED openers

    There may have been bigger weekends in the history of Mountain Empire District football. But it’s debatable.

    Four of the MED’s six teams enter the second half of the season with identical 4-1 records, and the district portion of the schedule opens up with two games pitting one 4-1 team against another. A little bit of driving and fans can see them both.

    Galax travels to Fort Chiswell in one big early matchup tonight (Friday) while Grayson County visits Graham in a Saturday matinee as the race to the district title takes one big step in Week 7.

  • Maroon Tide’s region run ends

    DRAPER –– One of the more interesting and therefore gut-wrenching aspects of watching high school golf is that, even with iPhones and Androids and Blackberries whizzing scores back and forth between onlookers scattered all over the course, nobody really knows what’s what until the ol’ Sharpie starts squeaking on the posterboard.

    Even then it’s not always concrete.

  • All Galax schools fully accredited

    City schools met SOL standards this year, though math scores dipped after a new test was introduced.

  • CCHS renovations continuing

    HILLSVILLE  — Contractors on the Carroll high and intermediate expansion projects have moved to interior finishes for the most part, a good sign for completing construction on schedule, according to the clerk of the works.
    Dennis Cole updated both the Carroll School Board and supervisors at their September meetings.

  • Poll shows Obama, Kaine leading in Virginia

    SALEM — Roanoke College has just released a poll showing President Obama with an 8-point lead in Virginia and Democrat Tim Kaine with an even bigger 10-point lead in the Senate race.
    This is a poll of likely voters, not registered voters, which makes it a bit more accurate pollsters would argue.
    This poll also includes calls to cellphones, not just landlines. Figuring out how to account for the growing number of people with no landlines has become an issue for pollsters around the country, so this puts Roanoke College ahead of the curve.

  • Truckers roll out to crush cancer

     

    It rained Sept. 29, but it didn’t stop the Sixth Annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer that started in Hillsville and ended in Independence. Trucks displayed banners honoring cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battle with the disease. The parade was led by Virginia State Police and several fire trucks. Festivities included a barbecue lunch at Carroll Elementary, where the parade began. The event raises funds for the Galax/Carroll and Grayson County Relay for Life groups, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

  • Shaffner takes new job, but continues at chamber

    HILLSVILLE — The executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has accepted a full-time position with a community service organization in Sparta, N.C.
    However, she will still steer the chamber even as she assumes her new job.