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Today's News

  • VHSL shuffles state wrestling for 6A format

    With apologies -- but no regrets -- for the R.E.M. theft, it’s the end of the wrestling world as we know it (no reason not to feel fine).

    Bid farewell to the three Virginia High School League classifications and three state championship tournaments that have been the signature events of the sport in this state. This will be the last year under the current format of simultaneous Group A and AA meets Feb. 15-16 at the Salem Civic Center and AAA the same weekend at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake.

  • Grayson struggles to victory

    INDEPENDENCE –– Just how bad was Grayson County’s third quarter Friday? Despite putting up a goose egg, it was still slightly better than Galax’s first quarter.

    The Blue Devils overcame an eight-minute scoring drought to open the second half, hit just enough free throws to make the difference and handed Galax its first Mountain Empire District loss of the year, 29-26 Friday.

  • Devils battle past Galax

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax gets an A for effort, but Grayson County still gets the W.

    Two days after a lackluster loss at Fort Chiswell, Galax played with intensity for the entire 32 minutes Friday but had no answer for Ty Cannaday, whose 27 points led the Blue Devils to a closer-than-it-sounds 70-50 Mountain Empire District win.

    Grayson County (9-4 overall, 3-0 district) kept pace with Graham atop the MED standings. Galax fell to 1-9, 0-3 with the loss, but not due to a lack of effort.

  • Grayson County topples Trojans for 10th victory

    SPARTA, N.C. –– Grayson County rallied from a five-point fourth-quarter deficit and won going away, notching a 60-46 win over Alleghany, N.C. in a nondistrict girls’ game Monday.

    The Blue Devils (10-4) trailed 40-35 after three quarters before outscoring the Trojans 25-6 down the stretch.

    Madison Shupe led three Grayson County scorers in double figures with 20 points. Meredith Frost added 16 points and Camryn McGrady chipped in 14 for the Blue Devils.

    Alleghany was led by Mica Sprinkle with 20 points.

     

  • Late 3-pointer sinks Lady Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– The 1,000th point of Britney Allen’s career came late in the second period. Her third assist of the day came when it really mattered.

    Leading a fast break with the score tied at 35, Allen kicked out to Makenley Davis and Davis swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting Richlands over Carroll County 38-35 Saturday in a crucial Southwest District girls’ game.

    The game-winning shot capped a 9-1 run over the final 2:50 for Richlands (9-2 overall, 2-1 district). Allen scored the first six of those points.

  • Gravley, Cavs pound Richlands

    HILLSVILLE –– After three or four unsuccessful 3-point attempts, including one that was two-thirds of the way down before wriggling back up and out, Ryan Gravley may or may not have thought, ‘Enough is enough.’

    His body language, though, plainly said, ‘It’s just three points. Let’s get this over with.’

  • Jackson named new Hillsville town manager

    HILLSVILLE — Travis Jackson is retiring as the area director for USDA Rural Development after 32 years to become the new Hillsville town manager.
    Town council members unanimously approved hiring Jackson on Monday night, after a motion by Vice Mayor Ed Terry, taking only a few short minutes to fill the position that had been vacant since June.
    Town officials quietly celebrated the circumstances that led to being able to hire Jackson.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/14/13

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  • Carroll circuit court unseals charges

    HILLSVILLE ― Carroll County Circuit Court recently released indictments that had been sealed after the grand jury met.
    It is common practice for courts to seal indictments until the person named can be served with warrants.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Charged were:
    • Matthew Shane Crouse — taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15 (two counts)
    • Gary Alan Newman — distribution of marijuana (two counts)

  • Virginians have mixed views on gun laws

    Nearly half of Virginia voters favor stricter state gun laws and two-thirds support putting armed police officers in public schools, according to a new statewide poll released last week.
    In the Quinnipiac University survey, a majority of registered voters voiced support for national bans on assault weapons and sales of high-capacity magazines. But 50 percent of voters believe gun ownership helps protect people from crime.