Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 10/31/11


  • Cockerham, Jordan lead way

    HILLSVILLE –– With two new teams competing in the Mountain Empire District cross country championships this year, it would be understandable for those less familiar with it to become confused by the Southwest Virginia Training Center course.

    All they had to do was follow the Cockerham kid.

  • GHS@GCHS – And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for...

     You kind of knew it was going to happen.

    Weeks ago, especially after the night of Sept. 16, you just knew, because this season had that feel about it. You knew deep down inside that Grayson County and Galax would make it to their meeting with one another this Friday, both sporting 9-0 records, even if it took a miracle along the way.

  • Carroll County, Grayson County pick up wins

     TAZEWELL – Carroll County wrapped up its regular season with a three-set win over Tazewell on Thursday, downing the Bulldogs 25-15, 25-18, 25-18 in a Southwest District volleyball match.

    The Cavaliers will enter the SWD tournament with a 13-7 record, 5-3 in district play.

    Lexi Hodge put away 14 kills while Ashley Willard added 11 kills and four aces. Morgan Dickens put up 23 assists for Carroll County.

  • Grayson does its part, now 9-0

    INDEPENDENCE – It was a rainy, cold night Friday night but it didn’t make any difference to the Grayson County Blue Devils.

    The Blue Devils rolled over Narrows 48-6 in a key Mountain Empire District game that kept them undefeated and tied with Galax for first place.

    Grayson started early. After Narrows kicked the opening kickoff out of bounds, the Blue Devils took over at the 35.

  • Tide reaches finale with 9-0 mark

     BASTIAN –– The Galax football team has a return policy that would make Sam Walton proud – Don’t like it? Bring it back, whatever it is. But there was little for the Maroon Tide not to like.

    Galax scored 14 points before ever taking an offensive snap, and returned three kicks for touchdowns on a soggy night alongside I-77, rolling over Bland County 49-0 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday night.

  • Marion surprises Carroll County

    MARION –– Carroll County had no trouble getting itself into scoring position, but finishing the job was another matter.

    Even if the Cavaliers had been able to convert, it may not have been enough to overcome the monster night by Ethan Richardson.

    Richardson rushed for 268 yards and three touchdowns as Marion surprised Carroll County 30-8 on a miserable, rainy night at Hurricane Stadium.

  • Parkdale reacts to trade agreement

    Officials with domestic textiles company Parkdale Mills say they will work to preserve Twin County jobs, even though the recently ratified free trade agreement is more favorable to overseas competition.
    Dan Nation, CEO of Parkdale, joined other employees at a Hillsville factory to make a public appeal to the office of Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) to oppose the trade agreement with Korea.

  • Grayson officials say tax relief a success

    INDEPENDENCE — Two different tax relief programs are being called a success in Grayson and county leaders are encouraging even more citizens to take advantage.
    Larry Bolt, county commissioner of revenue, presented some updated statistics to the board of supervisors during its regular meeting earlier this month.
    Bolt reminded the supervisors that they voted to expand the eligibility requirements for the county’s Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Program last year.




    Twin County Regional Healthcare has signed a preliminary agreement that could lead to a partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, which is affiliated with the Duke University Health System Inc.