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Today's News

  • Warner would have advantage in governor's race

    If U.S. Sen. Mark Warner decides to run for another term as Virginia’s governor, he would start the 2013 campaign as an overwhelming favorite against either Republican candidate for the job, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

  • Birding trail takes flight

    FRIES — The Town of Fries owns a large parcel of spectacular park land directly on the New River that begins near the dam of the old textile mill and continues for about 1.2 miles down the river.
    Five acres of this beautiful land has long been designated as a future birding trail.
    The site lies between the popular New River Trail State Park and the river itself, and is adjacent to Fries School. It offers spectacular views of the river and interesting vegetation that includes massive old growth sycamore and silver maple trees.

  • Wyatt, Jordan post all-state finishes

    GREAT MEADOW –– Two Twin County runners earned all-state recognition by placing among the top 10 individuals and Grayson County managed a fifth-place showing in the girls’ team standings at the Group A cross country championships Saturday.

    Grayson County’s Emma Wyatt and Galax’s Ashley Jordan finished within three seconds of one another in eighth and 10th places, respectively, to garner all-Group state status, which goes to the top 15 runners.

  • Galax limps into second round

    It’s a shame Cliffs Notes doesn’t have any study guides dedicated to two-a-days. Such a manual would have come in quite handy in Galax this week as the No. 8 Maroon Tide prepared for its Western Section Division 1 second round playoff game tomorrow at 1 p.m. at top-seeded Honaker.

    Having to find and prepare replacements for four injured starters, who encompass as many as a dozen total positions including special teams, Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon said this week has been a lot like training camp.

  • Second chance for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Football is one of the few sports in which you get one shot per season at a certain opponent. There’s no home-and-home in a 10-game schedule, so if things don’t work out, you’ve got to live with that for a year.

    Not this time.

  • Scrappy Tide scrapes by Eagles

    CLINCHPORT –– Having reached the state volleyball quarterfinals three straight years now, Galax knows that the northeasterly route to the final four in Richmond is a circuitous one. It starts with a three-hour excursion in the opposite direction.

  • Blight could spread through Christmas wreath trade

    Agriculture officials have warned nurseries not to spread the boxwood blight through the Christmas wreath trade.
    A fungus that kills boxwoods was found in October 2011 at unidentified nursery businesses in North Carolina with fields in Virginia. That was a first in the region, according to a report from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
    The fungal pathogen known as Cylindrocladium buxicola causes severe dieback and defoliation in boxwood leaves and branches.

  • Community helps pay church's $12,200 water bill

    HILLSVILLE — Community members have been moved to help relieve the pressure on a  Hillsville church drowning in debt, according to the pastor there.
    An outside water spigot was left on for an extended period at Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church. No one realized it because the water went straight into the town’s sewer system.
    As a result, the church ended up with a $12,200 utilities bill with the town, after a $2,100 discount from Hillsville Town Council.

  • South finds job in North Carolina

    HILLSVILLE — Long-time Hillsville town manager Larry South has taken a job in a place he knows well from his youth.
    North Wilkesboro, N.C., hired South to fill a town manager vacancy there last week, after his almost 19 years of service in Hillsville. He resigned from the post in June.
    A native of Ashe County, N.C., South notes that he watched many a race and bowled in North Wilkesboro while growing up.

  • Board hears from citizens about shooting range

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors met in front of a larger than usual crowd on the evening of Nov. 8 to discuss the idea of creating a shooting range for the public.
    During the board’s October meeting, Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith said the National Rifle Association had offered Grayson a $25,000 grant to construct a firing range in the county. If the county decides to accept the NRA’s offer, it will have to match the $25,000 to meet the approximate total cost of $50,000.