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Today's News

  • Murder case sent to grand jury

     HILLSVILLE — People gathered at a Pipers Gap home on May 18 saw horseplay between David Levelle Richardson of Galax and Bryon Jordan Wilson escalate into something more violent.

    No witness saw the shooting that killed Wilson, because it happened in the bathroom of the home on Coal Creek Road. But a witnesses testifying at the preliminary hearing in Carroll County General District Court Friday agreed that, after a fight, Wilson picked up an object and followed Richardson into the bathroom. 

  • Grayson County survives

     MAX MEADOWS –– Needing a win to keep its season alive, Grayson County hadn’t made a defensive stop all night. But when the Blue Devils needed one the most, they got three.

    Trailing by as many as 21 points midway through the third quarter, Grayson withstood two fourth-and-short opportunities by the Pioneers, then turned the stops into touchdowns to rally for a remarkable 35-28 win in a Mountain Empire District thriller at C.F. McKinney Stadium.

  • Cavaliers maul Graham 60-21

     HILLSVILLE –– Just seven days after allowing a school-record 63 points in a shutout loss at Richlands, Carroll County turned the tables and scored the most points ever by a Cavalier football team, thoroughly dismantling Graham 60-21 in the regular season finale for both teams Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Crossroads finds money for expansion

      HILLSVILLE — The $300,000 grant from the Tobacco Commission and interim financing of $168,000 from the Carroll Industrial Development Authority will fund the expansion of the Crossroads Institute in Galax. 

    Oliver McBride, executive director of the Crossroads Institute, approached the IDA at its regular meeting Monday to ask for assistance to acquire the former Church of Latter Day Saints just off Cranberry Road, adjacent to the educational and entrepreneurial facility.

  • Grayson restores school days, salaries

     INDEPENDENCE — Five instructional days for students and related salaries for school employees were restored to Grayson County Public Schools’ 2010-11 school year after the school system received $546,000 in federal assistance.

    The federal Education Jobs Fund legislation provided $249 million to the state of Virginia, with Grayson receiving $546,000 to be used within a two-year period of time, said schools’ Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas.

  • HoustonFest grows, nurtured by musician's legacy

     Had his life not been cut short by a motorcycle crash this spring, banjo prodigy Houston Caldwell would have turned 19 this week.

    The soldier, musician, firefighter and community volunteer is missed, but his legacy of service and talent will live on.

  • Cockerham, Smith shine in rain

     HILLSVILLE –– It’s not uncommon for cross country races to be conducted in foul weather. “Unless there’s lightning or a monsoon,” one Mountain Empire District coach has said.

    There was a little of both last week at the MED championships.

    Following a heavy downpour that soaked the middle school race, Galax’s Travis Cockerham and Grayson County’s Carley Smith electrified the course, winning the individual championships by hefty margins.

  • Southwest swan song for Graham

     HILLSVILLE –– Let the history books show that one of the charter members of the Southwest District played its final league contest in Hillsville on Nov. 5, 2010.

    Graham, an official member of the SWD since its creation in the 50s and since the 30s a part of the group that would become the SWD, will play its last regular season contest as a Group AA school tonight when the G-Men visit Carroll County for a 7:30 kickoff at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Playoff time for Grayson

     INDEPENDENCE –– Talk all you wish about Grayson County’s chances of reaching the Region C Division 2 playoffs, about which teams must win and which teams must lose to give the Blue Devils the points they need to extend their season.

    The fact is that the playoffs started for the Blue Devils the night of Oct. 8.

  • Final tune-up for Maroon Tide

     Week 11 of the high school football season will be far from a ho-hum night in Southwest Virginia, but there will be almost no big-picture drama on the final night of the regular season in Region C, Division 1.

    With all six playoff spots already locked up, the only thing left is dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. That, and working out little details such as who plays whom in the first round next week.