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Today's News

  • Concealed weapon requests on the rise

    The general trend of applications for concealed handgun permits has been increasing for years in Carroll and Grayson counties, with large spikes from 2011 to 2012 and on track to be even higher in 2013.
    Grayson expects a 300 percent increase in requests over last year, while Carroll is on track to have triple the requests of 2005.
    While the sudden spike in 2013 has occurred after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., there’s evidently more to the story given the general increase over the last few years.

  • Thrift shop, food bank making changes

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The months of hard work put into the Willing Partners thrift store in Galax can be seen in every corner.
    Clothes on racks are color-coded and sorted by type in one area, while books are arranged neatly on a wall of shelves in another. Electronics are stacked in one section, and an impressive selection of furniture lines the back wall.

  • Guynn’s huge half leads Carroll to title

    RICHLANDS –– Crysta Guynn is known as a streaky shooter. She played the part on Saturday night.

    Guynn came off the bench to make five 3-pointers and score 19 points, all in the second half, leading Carroll County to a 52-45 win over Richlands to claim the Southwest District tournament championship at Richlands Middle School.

    Richlands (18-4), which ended Carroll County’s long string of SWD regular season titles in a playoff earlier in the week, led 44-39 with 3:23 to play, but the Lady Blues managed just one point the rest of the way.

  • Sizemore, Moore on podium

    SALEM –– Galax’s Chaz Sizemore and Grayson County’s Hunter Moore both earned a podium finish Saturday at the Group A and Group AA wrestling tournament at the Salem Civic Center.

    Both wrestlers were competing in the 220-pound weight class, and though they wrestled a combined 11 matches in the 16-man bracket, their paths never crossed on the mat.

  • Grayson boys, Galax girls win regional quarters

    Having opened the season by splitting a pair of games against Rural Retreat back in December, Galax showed how far it has progressed Tuesday with a 59-22 win over the Indians in the Region C Division 1 girls’ quarterfinals.

    The Maroon Tide has come a long way, but it has a little farther to go.

    “We’re still quite a way from where we want to be,” Tide coach Yerrick Stoneman said. “If we can get one more win we’ll be a lot closer.”

  • Devils come on late, win in OT

    INDEPENDENCE –– Whichever team survived overtime, neither Grayson County nor Graham was going to be able to call its Region C Division 2 girls’ quarterfinal win a thing of beauty. But this time of year, just getting to the next round is the objective, and adequacy will trump splendor every time.

    “Survive and advance,” Blue Devil coach Tiny Funk said. “[Former Grayson football coach] Bill Strong told me the other day, he said, ‘You can win ugly, or lose pretty. Which would you rather do?’ ”

  • Carroll Co. girls reach semifinals

    HILLSVILLE –– A shooter’s philosophy dictates that if you’re making ‘em, keep shooting. If you’re not making ‘em, keep shooting until you do.

    Right now, Crysta Guynn only has to worry about the first part.

    Riding a hot streak that has extended through the last six quarters, Guynn came off the bench to pour in 20 points Wednesday, helping to lead Carroll County over Magna Vista 59-46 in a Region IV Division 4 quarterfinal game.

  • Cavaliers survive Warriors

    HILLSVILLE –– Gunnar Beamer and Corey Kellam put on a great game of h-o-r-s-e in the first quarter. Carroll County and Magna Vista put on a great show all night.

    After leading for most of the night, Carroll County found itself against the ropes with time winding down but held Magna Vista to three points the final five minutes, rallying from a five-point deficit to survive with a 59-57 win in the Region IV Division 4 semifinals.

  • Mabry inspires others to fight multiple sclerosis

    SYLVATUS — Loved ones of Joe Mabry feel certain he would lead the charge to raise money for multiple sclerosis research, if he could.
    Mabry, who died of complications from the congenital heart disease Aug. 11, 2012, will be there in spirit as participants in the New River Valley Walk in Radford for the Blue Ridge chapter of the National MS Society will walk in his honor and memory.
    Mabry had already signed up to help the team that Regina Dalton of Sylvatus organized, despite coping with his own history of medical challenges.

  • Grayson shooting range search reloaded

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is reloading its search for a shooting range location after a previously identified site was deemed to be unsuitable.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet updated the board of supervisors on the proposed location at the closed Grayson County landfill across Cornerstone Road, during the board’s regular meeting earlier this month.
    Sweet also said the county has found additional funding above the $25,000 grant the National Rifle Association has provided the county for building the range.