Today's News

  • 2013 PREVIEW - Galax looking at another deep run?

    Coming off of a 14-win, Division 1 state runner-up season in 2011, Galax lost what was probably the most athletically gifted – and certainly the most highly-decorated – senior class in its history.

  • 2013 PREVIEW - New field in place for old contender

    INDEPENDENCE –– Wrapping up a lengthy realignment process that culminates in the rollout of its new six-classification system this fall, the Virginia High School League has gone to great lengths to level the playing field.

    Grayson County High School has done so in a much more literal but not quite as far-reaching sense of the word.

    The Blue Devils won’t open the home portion of their schedule until Sept. 20, but when they do, they will trot out onto the re-graded, re-sodded and much more horizontal playing surface of Bill Strong Field.

  • 2013 PREVIEW - Tough slate awaits in Cavs' new home

    HILLSVILLE –– Just four times in the 14 years under the direction of Tom Hale has Carroll County finished a football season with a losing record. In those 14 seasons the Cavaliers have finished at .500 or better 10 times, which is once more than in the program’s first 29 years.

    But two of those four losing records have come in the past two years.

  • 2013 PREVIEW – VHSL goes under the knife

    You may not need to forget everything you ever knew about district, region and state alignment among Virginia’s public high schools. For those who have grown up around the old three-group system, which has been in place since 1970, it’s nigh on impossible anyway.

    But a new day is dawning in the Commonwealth as the Virginia High School League rolls out its shiny new 6A classification system this fall.

    One’s take on the whole thing depends largely on what colors one wears.

  • Grayson County, Galax pick up volleyball wins

     INDEPENDENCE –– After opening the season against a team that could make a run at the 2A state volleyball title this year, Grayson County returned home on Tuesday and picked up its first win of the year against a fellow Conference 39 member Marion, taking a 25-21, 25-21, 25-18 win.

    The Blue Devils pulled away from a 19-18 lead to close out the first set and pulled away from a 19-19 tie in the second set, finishing the game with a 7-2 run.

    Grayson County never trailed in the third after scoring seven of the set’s first eight points.

  • Cavaliers stampede Buffaloes

    FLOYD – Carroll County scored 48 straight points Friday night en route to a 55-14 shellacking of neighboring Floyd County.

    The Cavaliers (1-0) dominated the final three quarters of the game after giving up touchdowns on both of Floyd County’s first two drives.

  • Rookie comes up big in Devil win

    SPARTA, N.C. –– Welcome to football, Mr. Cannaday. I’m sure you’ll find the accommodations very much to your liking.

  • Maroon Tide loses a wild one

    SALEM –– After combining for 957 multi-purpose yards, a dozen touchdowns, 83 points and more momentum swings than could be kept up with, the difference was one misplaced footstep.

    An anticlimactic two-point conversion attempt left a valiant Galax comeback one point short and the Maroon Tide opened its 2013 season with a 42-41 loss Friday to Glenvar at Highlander Stadium.

  • Oral B comes to Fries to film commercial

    FRIES — Oral-B has gone to the far reaches of the United States to visit locations named  “Manual Road” to promote its fall marketing campaign, which is intended to encourage manual toothbrush users to switch to its new product, the Deep Sweep electric toothbrush.
    The company visited Manual Roads in Erath, La.; Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and Standford, Ky.; before making their fourth stop at Manual Road in Fries on Aug. 17.
    The nationwide “WOW Experiment” tour is also a chance to film locals for the product’s new commercial.

  • Mayor will keep seat, despite state charge

    HILLSVILLE — A misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer would not lead to the mayor of Hillsville losing his elected position, even if it led to a conviction, according to state law.
    Hillsville Mayor Gregory Nelson Crowder faces the charge after a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control investigation into an as yet unspecified set of circumstances that arose on March 14 in Bristol.
    The only statement made in the matter is from Crowder’s Bristol-based attorney, Bob Ward.