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Today's News

  • Immigrants can no longer use employment papers to get driver's license

    Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer accept a federal employment document provided to immigrants as proof of legal presence as part of an application for a state driver’s license or identification card.
    That mandate from Gov. Bob McDonnell comes amid concerns about whether the document reflects a person’s status in the country.
    In a statement, the governor’s office said that an individual can possess that work authorization form even if deportation is pending.

  • Police warn of scam in Western Grayson

    Police are warning senior citizens living in the western end of Grayson County about flim-flammers working in their area.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said a man and woman traveling in a white van recently stopped at homes in the Mouth of Wilson area.
    They told homeowners that they wanted to cut some brush and put flags in their yards.
    Hash said one elderly woman paid $3,500 to get her driveway topped.

  • Religious freedom is under attack

    As an American and a follower of Jesus, I am shocked and embarrassed by the ongoing attacks on freedom of religion in our country.
    Our forefathers were committed to making this a country where freedom of religion was guaranteed, so much so that it is covered the first sentence in the First Amendment to our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
    Clearly it was their intention to be sure that in America everyone had the freedom to worship as they chose.

  • Tide regroups, tops Pioneers

     MAX MEADOWS –– This is why they play best-of-five instead of best-of-one.

    Galax could do little right in a hiccup of a second game but did very little wrong the rest of the night, taking a 25-13, 21-25, 25-8, 25-13 win over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District match Thursday.

    After breezing to a 13-point win in the opening set, Galax (4-1 overall, 1-0 district) simply had trouble putting the ball where it wanted it in the second.

  • Carroll County brought back to earth

     CHRISTIANSBURG –– On the bright side, Carroll County is still averaging 294 rushing yards in its last two games.

    One week after one of the most productive nights of offense in school history, Christiansburg held the Cavaliers to one of their least productive, thoroughly trouncing Carroll 40-0 in a nondistrict game Friday.

    The Cavaliers (1-2) were coming off a 560-yard rushing effort in a 47-19 thumping of Patrick County, but could muster less than half as many yards (28) Friday as it had rushing attempts (61) the week before.

  • Devils finish strong, win 55-20

     INDEPENDENCE -It took Grayson County a long time to get started but once the Blue Devils found their stride they rolled over the Rural Retreat Indians, 55-20, in a nondistrict game played at Bill Strong Field Friday. 

    Rural Retreat came into the game the underdog but they didn’t play like underdogs in the first period. 

    The Indians put together a good first drive but Xavier Rodriguez ended the threat when he picked off a Zayne Williams pass at the Blue Devil 26. 

  • EastMont just too tough

     ELLISTON — An early deficit proved to be too much for the Tide to overcome Friday night en route to their first loss of the 2010 football season.

    Galax (2-1) opened the season with two straight shutouts, but was unable to shut down Eastern Montgomery’s fast tempo offense and fell 38-26 on the Mustangs’ home turf.

    Once down by 24 points in the first half, Galax managed to pull within 12 points, but never drew any closer.

  • More Than A Road

    This history is adapted from “Highways in Harmony: Designing and Building The Blue Ridge Parkway,” by Richard Quinn.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is many things.
    It is the longest road planned as a single unit in the United States.
    It is an elongated park, protecting significant mountain landscapes far beyond the shoulders of the road itself.

  • Grayson teacher charged

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County High School teacher faces three charges following an investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said Robert Pope, 37, of Elk Creek, had been charged with indecent liberties (a class 6 felony), misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor buying tobacco for a minor.

  • Med-Fit buys plant, plans to expand production

    INDEPENDENCE — Med-Fit Systems Inc. has completed the purchase of Nautilus' commercial manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Independence, which includes a 262,000 square foot plant and a 56-acre campus.