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Today's News

  • VHSL adjusts state tournament set-up

    The VHSL has moved its boys’ and girls’ state basketball semifinals out of VCU’s Siegel Center as part of a restructured format beginning with the 2014-15 season.

    The new format – adopted after a poll of the VHSL Executive Committee – calls for the six boys’ and six girls’ championship games to be played at VCU over a three-day period from March 13-15 with four games played on each day.

    Each day’s games will be divided into two-game sessions at VCU.

  • Grayson walks over Cougars

    STUART –– Take away a few shaky moments on defense Grayson County would have chalked up Wednesday’s 9-2 nondistrict win over Patrick County as a stellar effort.

    As it was, the win was still nothing to sneeze at.

    The Blue Devils got a strong effort from starting pitcher Dylan Isom, showed a good eye at the plate and took advantage of its offensive opportunities to notch the seven-run victory over what is traditionally one of the area’s better Group AA programs.

  • Galax girls rally for first win

    Lauren Osborne’s one-out single in the bottom of the eighth drove in Taylor Ashworth with the winning run as Galax edged Chilhowie 6-5 in a nondistrict softball game Thursday at Mountain View Park.

    Galax broke into the win column with its first victory after an 0-3 start.

  • Hillsville shelters Easter crash victims

    HILLSVILLE — About 23 people caught in the massive Easter Sunday wreck on Interstate 77 used the Grover King VFW Post 1115 as a way station on their journey to get their lives back on track.
    Many travelers on the interstate near Fancy Gap had their Easter plans disrupted after the dense fog set in.
    While these adults and children, along with three dogs, were caught up in the crashes, they were also bystanders for much of the day.

  • Multiple fatalities reported in massive I-77 crash

    Fog in Fancy Gap set the stage for the sprawling Easter Sunday wrecks on Interstate 77 that killed three people, injured 30 and involved 96 vehicles, Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser said. The victims were all from out of state.
    In all, a cadre of state troopers from the Twin Counties and Wythe and Pulaski counties worked 18 accidents that snared 96 vehicles in the incident that began at approximately 1:15 p.m. on March 31.

  • Hillsville plans first Gospel Day event

    HILLSVILLE — Voices will be raised in praise at the first-ever Gospel Day June 1 in Jail House Square in Hillsville, a musical event meant to appeal to locals and visitors alike.
    David Young, Pipers Gap Ward representative on Hillsville Town Council, long wanted to stage a gospel music celebration to go along with the slate of beach bands that play the summer Downtown Celebrations.

  • United Way agencies form union

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, ,Staff
    Twin County United Way will merge with United Way Virginia Highlands, forming a partnership that spans the five counties of Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth and Washington; and the City of Galax.
    The merger will allow the organization to serve more than 28 towns and one city, which together contain 168,000 residents over a span of 2,500 square miles.

  • Gypsy moths: slowing the spread

    One of the fronts in the battle against destructive gypsy moths will be fought in Middle Fox Creek in Grayson County this year.
    The integrated pest management program to "Slow the Spread" of the foreign pest involves releasing pheromones on 1,000 acres in the Southwest Virginia county, among others, says Larry Bradfield, project manager in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
    The goal is to confuse the flying males enough so they can’t find the stationary females to reproduce.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Family Resource Center is holding a special event at the Elks Lodge in Galax to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
    “We are going to use the theme to help keep the community safe, and to shine a light on child abuse,” said Amy Parks, who is heading the event.
    Parks hopes to see parents bring their kids for a family day, complete with food, games and information to help keep children safe.

  • Computer repair calls are a scam, BBB says

    ROANOKE — “This is me moving your mouse.”
    Sure enough, a Dublin consumer’s computer mouse cursor began to move across the screen on its own.
    Someone had taken control of her computer. Unfortunately, minutes later they would have control of her bank account, as well.
    Multiple consumers have told the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia that they have been contacted by an overseas computer repair company offering virus protection and claiming to work for Microsoft.