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Today's News

  • Cavaliers settle for second

    MARION –– In each of the first two meetings this year between Carroll County and Richlands, the outcome wasn’t decided until the final shot was in the air.

    In Monday’s regular season playoff, Carroll County’s last shot never did come down. But then, neither did any of the previous 11.

    The Cavaliers were held without a field goal the final 10:22 and were outscored 9-0 the final 3:13 as Richlands won a one-game playoff for the Southwest District regular season girls’ championship at Marion High School.

  • A hair-razing season for CCIS

    HILLSVILLE –– There is probably a good number of 8th-grade girls’ basketball coaches walking around at various schools out there today with less hair than they possessed when they started the job, either due pulling it out themselves or by having it leave of its own volition.

    Carroll County’s 8th-grade girls certainly caused their coach to lose his hair, albeit all at once, and on a completely voluntary basis.

  • Blue Devils hold off Pioneer rally

    MAX MEADOWS –– The Grayson County girls’ basketball team put up its highest scoring total of the year in Wednesday’s Mountain Empire District semifinals. And the Blue Devils needed every one of their 71 points.

    Holding an eight-point lead with less than a minute to play, the top-seeded Blue Devils held off a late Fort Chiswell rally and survived the upset bid by eliminating the No. 4 Pioneers 71-69 to advance to tonight’s championship game against Galax.

  • Galax advances to MED finals

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax has earned itself another shot at Grayson County.

    The third-seeded Maroon Tide, which dropped a pair of regular season decisions to its biggest rival by three and four points this year, will get one last crack at the season champion Blue Devils after knocking out second-seed Graham 35-29 Wednesday at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • Falcons upend Cavaliers in SWD finals

    HILLSVILLE –– Abingdon survived a late Carroll County rally and put up 16 points in a frenetic overtime period, upsetting top-seeded Carroll County 75-71 in the Southwest District boys’ tournament championship game Friday night.

    Abingdon (18-6) took a 41-35 lead into the fourth quarter before the Cavaliers (22-2) rallied to tie the game at 59-59 by the end of regulation.

    The Falcons poured in 16 points in the four-minute overtime, more than it had managed in three of the eight-minute regulation periods.

  • Quesenberry, Tide shock Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax needed to do everything right for 32 minutes to knock off regular season champion Grayson County in the Mountain Empire District semifinals, and the Maroon Tide did just that for all but the final two.

    The Tide made the most of a couple of extra chances to re-do those final 120 seconds.

    Galax won its fourth straight game after starting the season 2-15 and kept its season alive with a 77-76 win Thursday over Grayson County in a thriller that needed two overtimes to decide.

  • Galax run ends one win short

    MAX MEADOWS –– Some-where in Southwest Virginia, a small school basketball team is breathing a huge sigh of relief.

    Entering the postseason as the 10th-rated team in Region C Division 1, Galax was poised to force its way into the six-team playoff field as an automatic qualifier by virtue of a district tournament championship. Had the Maroon Tide been able to pull it off, it would have opened regionals as the No. 2 seed and knocked the current No. 6 team out of the playoffs in the process. As it stands, Galax will be left out completely.

  • Devil girls add tourney title

    MAX MEADOWS –– Mountain Empire District regular season champion Grayson County starts four sophomores, and for the longest time Friday night, it showed. The Blue Devils also start some talented kids with 40-plus games of varsity competition under their belts. That showed when it mattered most.

    Grayson County shook off a sluggish, tentative start and finished with a flourish, validating its season title by zooming past Galax 52-41 for the MED girls’ tournament title at Fort Chiswell.

  • Creek project kept Galax above water

    An August 1940 flood swept in improvements to Chestnut Creek in Galax that continue to keep residential and industrial areas, and even portions of downtown, dry today.
    It took until the 1950s for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to “straighten the creek,” but an inspection in 2011 shows that the project still works to minimize flooding in the city.
    Engineer Randy Campbell from Huntington, W.Va., in 2011 inspected the project that the corps built to see how it was holding up.

  • Bomb threat determined to be hoax

    INDEPENDENCE ― A bomb threat at Grayson County High School on Feb. 12 turned out to be a hoax.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he received a call around noon that day from Grayson school administrator Steve Cornett in reference to a bomb threat found written on a bathroom wall at GCHS.