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Today's News

  • Legislators: 'Internet cafes' are same as gambling

    RICHMOND — If Internet sweepstakes cafes use a gambling device for games, then that business probably promotes gambling, according to a bill before the General Assembly.
    Three legislators have submitted identical bills to answer the sudden influx of Internet sweepstakes cafes in Virginia — Carroll County alone now has five of the businesses.

    Legislators from Harrisonburg, Front Royal and Newport News have weighed in with clarifications on what entails illegal gambling in the state.

  • Cavaliers finish strong at Christiansburg tourney

     CHRISTIANSBURG –– Blake Bowman and Jordan Lamb each advanced to the championship finals and Carroll County posted a strong finish as a team at the Big Blue Invitational wrestling tournament, hosted by Christiansburg Friday and Saturday.

    The match of the day came in the 135-pound championship bout, as Bowman beat Logan Bosley of Christiansburg in a violent battle by a 6-5 decision. It is Bowman’s second career title in this event, as he won in 2009 at 130.

  • Galax takes early lead for Wachovia Cup

     CHARLOTTESVILLE –– Galax, Western Albemarle and Cosby lead the Virginia High School League’s Wachovia Cup standings in Group A, AA and AAA following the 2010 fall sports season.

    The Wachovia Cup recognizes the League’s state champions of state champions, the school in each group that performs best in state-level competition across all sports.

  • Rutherford tops 1,000 points in Grayson victory

    FLOYD –– Tyler Rutherford didn’t get all 1,000 of his career points Saturday night. It only seemed that way.

    Rutherford exploded for 40 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career Saturday as Grayson County drilled Floyd County 90-70 in the final game of the Chance Crawford Invitational at Floyd County High School.

    Rutherford, a senior guard, drained seven 3-pointers for the Blue Devils, who had fallen 113-108 to the Buffaloes in the two teams’ first meeting in December.

  • Hanes remembered as conservationist, arts patron

     

  • TCRH welcomes New Year's baby

    Twin County Regional Hospital (TCRH) recently welcomed the first baby of 2011.
    James Alexander Bishop, son of Franklin and Andrea Bishop of Galax, was the baby born closest to New Year’s Day, on Jan. 4 at 10:03 a.m.
    He weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

  • Governor addresses sheriffs' funding concerns

    Virginia sheriffs applauded Gov. Bob McDonnell’s recent action to address the public safety shortfall in the state sheriffs’ budget by proposing an amendment to the General Assembly to provide an additional $6.5 million.
    Earlier this month, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association was concerned that 376 deputy sheriffs would have to be laid off in the proposed budget.
    There was a $13.4 million shortfall in the year beginning July 1, 2011. McDonnell addressed the concern by submitting an amendment for $6.5 million.  

  • Water project construction bid awarded

    HILLSVILLE — The Sylvatus-Mitchell's Crossroads water extension will begin to tap overflow monies from other projects soon, after the Carroll Public Service Authority awarded a construction bid Jan. 13.
    Carroll officials and Rural Development's Travis Jackson gathered in Sylvatus in spring 2010 to share the news that cost savings in other projects would cover the costs of extending public water service to the communities of Sylvatus and Mitchell's Crossroads.
    About eight months later, the public service authority held a bid opening Jan. 6.

  • Devils take back-and-forth win

     INDEPENDENCE –– Having seen his team give up a dozen straight points in the second quarter, Grayson County coach Lucas Austin called a timeout and asked his players if they had already quit.

    Turns out that the Blue Devils were just about to get started.

    Playing at home for the first time since before Christmas, Grayson County rallied from 15 points down into a six-point lead by the end of the third quarter Monday and held on down the stretch to eke out a 68-65 nondistrict win over Carroll County.

  • Grant would provide emergency animal shelter

    The City of Galax is seeking a grant that would allow for the purchase of a cargo trailer and equipment to shelter and transport pets during natural and man-made disasters.
    Brenda Marrah, the city's grant administer, identified the $31,000 grant from Homeland Security that would pay for a 7-by-16-foot cargo trailer with a small generator, 70 kennels and supplies.
    The grant, which requires no local matching funds, would require two more localities to partner with Galax. The city will act as the lead partner with Carroll and Grayson counties participating.