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Today's News

  • Police chief back at work after threat charge

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Police Chief James Wagoner has been returned to active duty after a brief administrative suspension that followed charges of communicating a threat to an investigator with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Wagoner was suspended after Virginia State Police served him with a warrant on March 18, charging the chief with “use of profane, threatening or indecent language over public airways or by other methods.” The charge is a class 1 misdemeanor.

  • Squad gives funds away to non-profits

    HILLSVILLE ― Hillsville Rescue Squad, which has been dying a slow death for years, will linger no more after disbursing its funds on March 20.

    Many witnesses gathered in the offices of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to witness the agency's last act.

    As a kind of last will and testament, long-time members of the defunct rescue squad handed out $3,000 checks to benefit non-profit groups based in the Twin Counties.

  • A squad's proud legacy

    For several months, it appeared that Hillsville Rescue Squad's legacy would be one of controversy and ill will, after town officials began questioning the need for its continued existence since it had essentially disbanded.
    There were accusations and finger-pointing about funds, personnel issues, inappropriate use of vehicles, the sale of a squad building and equipment. All that negativity threatened to overshadow the good that the volunteer organization had done over the years.

  • Galax rally comes up short

    If the first week of the baseball season has demonstrated anything, it is that a young Galax squad won’t quit when behind. It has also demonstrated that overcoming an eight-run deficit is a little too much to expect.

    But not by much.

    Galax spotted Pulaski an 8-0 lead in the top of the first inning but battled back and eventually got the potential go-ahead run to the batter’s box, only to come up short in a 10-8 nondistrict loss Friday at Felts Park.

  • Strategic arm limitations

    With the coming of the new baseball season, there are some new regulations — and some will likely have an impact on most teams at some point this spring.

    Pitching arms, always highly valued and occasionally endangered in high school baseball, will be safer as a result of a recently announced Virginia High School League rules change.

  • Devils pull away from Chilhowie, Cavs drop Floyd Co.

    CHILHOWIE –– Grayson County scored six runs in the fifth inning to break open a close ballgame and defeated defending Division 2 state runner-up Chilhowie 10-6 in a nondistrict game Friday.

    The Blue Devils (1-0) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first but saw the Warriors (1-1) draw even in the third. After scoring a single run in the fourth, Grayson put together its six-run rally in the fifth, highlighted by Dylan Isom’s two-run double.

  • Cav girls, Tide boys win big

    Galax may wish to consider putting this one in the playbook, because of the 22 players on the field, 21 of them appeared to have been caught off-guard.

  • Blue Ridge Tour ready for 15th season

    Registration is now underway for the 15th season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour.  

    The schedule includes four golf academies, which focus on instruction in all phases of the game, one “Golf by the Rules” clinic in which the player receives on course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and seven tournaments, including a season-ending two-day tournament. 

  • Galax battles back, falls short at Marion

    MARION –– Galax scored six runs in the final two innings but came up one run short, falling 12-11 to Marion in a nondistrict game Wednesday afternoon.

    Galax trailed 10-5 after the fifth before scoring three runs on a Chandler Quesenberry double and two Scarlet Hurricane errors.

    Marion answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning but Galax rallied once again on RBI singles from Quesenberry and Alex Zipprich before running out of gas.

  • Big finish leads Cavs past Tide

    As the afternoon wore on and the temperatures gradually dropped, Carroll County’s bats only got hotter.

    The Cavaliers racked up 13 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break away from a one-run lead going on to hammer Galax 17-3 in six innings in a nondistrict game Friday at Felts Park.

    Galax (1-3) just had put three runs on the board to pull to within 4-3 when the Cavaliers (3-0) batted through the order in consecutive innings to blow the game open.