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Today's News

  • Highlanders contain Blue Devils

    SALEM –– The Glenvar Highlanders wasted no time showing Grayson County who was boss, beating the Blue Devils 27-7 on their home turf.

    Glenvar led 20-0 at halftime, thanks to a dominant defensive performance. The Blue Devils were held to 35 yards of total offense and negative six on the ground at the half.

    “I believe in a physical style of play. I don’t know if we are more physical than anyone else, but that’s what we try to do,” Highlanders coach Kevin Clifford said.

    They succeeded mightily on Friday.

  • Cavaliers roll in Southwest opener

     Six Carroll County hitters combined for 61 kills Tuesday as the Cavaliers knocked off Richlands 25-10, 25-11, 25-27, 25-19 in a Southwest District volleyball match in Richlands.

    Maleah Neely (16 kills), Dionna Reece (13), Sarah Singleton and Lauren Roper (12 each) all had a big night for Carroll County (7-0 overall, 1-0 district).

  • UPDATE – Tide upset bid falls short; Cavs win huge

    RADFORD – A potential game-tying pass was batted down in the end zone on fourth down with 1:16 to play, thwarting an upset bid by Galax as the Maroon Tide fell to Radford 27-21 Friday.

    Radford scored 27 unanswered points to lead 27-14 before Galax cut the lead to 27-20. A defensive stop gave the Tide one last chance, and Galax drove as far as the Radford 15 before two passes to the end zone fell incomplete.

    Carroll County 50, Tazewell 13

  • Med-Fit partners with ESPN to help students

    INDEPENDENCE — An ESPN documentary on Tuesday will feature Med-Fit Systems and its sponsorship of an effort to fix up a school in hurricane-devastated New Orleans.
    The renovation included Nautilus fitness equipment donated by Med-Fit. The company has a manufacturing facility in Independence.
    The one-hour TV show, “RISE UP: New Orleans,” — airing at 7 p.m. — features New Orleans-based Eleanor McMain Secondary School and members of the New Orleans Saints’ staff and players, including Drew Brees.

  • Canine officer headed to Afghanistan

    When Galax Police Sgt. Jim Spence retired from the department a couple of weeks ago to take a job in Afghanistan with a contracted canine service out of Florida, the hardest part was not only saying goodbye to his family, but turning over his four-legged companion of three years to Officer Jacob Vaughan.

  • Explosion rocks Galax furniture plant

     

    An explosion that started in the dust collection system at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture on Tuesday morning damaged a storage trailer used for sawdust, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.
    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department stayed on scene for three hours while it tracked down the fire in two silos.
    Most employees were sent home for the day, but the factory was running back to normal on Wednesday. Some Vaughan-Bassett Furniture employees worked to clean out the silos through the night.

  • FMS principal delivers on promise

    INDEPENDENCE — Last November, Fries Middle School Principal Elizabeth Brown stood before the Grayson County school board as the leader of the only school in its division that was not fully accredited.
    “We’re going to make it this year,” Brown said during the meeting nearly a year ago. “I just know it.”

  • Carroll hires new emergency services director

    HILLSVILLE — The new Carroll County emergency services director has served as both a volunteer and paid member in fire and rescue work, as a fire chief, and headed emergency services in South Carolina.
    James “Mike” Mock Jr., of Pawleys Island, S.C., started transition Sept. 7 as successor to Joe Roma, who had been in the Carroll position for five years.

  • Schools to sell surplus property

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll School Board will accept sealed bids on about four acres behind the former Hillsville elementary school on Oak Street, and the proceeds will go towards school improvements.
    The school board made the decision at Tuesday's meeting, after holding a public hearing during which no citizens spoke.
    This involves three pieces of land, consisting of tracts of 1.861 acres, 2.09 acres and .25 acres, according to information from the school board.

  • Oct. 2-3 is rain date for Old Timey Days

    HILLSVILLE — The rain date of Oct. 2-3 will be in effect for Shockley's Old Timey Day, starting at 10 a.m.

    After a rainy Sunday that cancelled all events, organizer Mark Shockley rescheduled the activities for this weekend.

    The farm located off Worrell Estate Road near Virginia 100 serves as a showcase for the old methods, mostly in agriculture, but also with industry, crafts, food and more.