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Today's News

  • Devils seek competitive edge

     INDEPENDENCE ––Nobody wants to win any more than the players on Grayson County’s girls’ basketball team. Nobody wants to see them win any more than their coach, Tiny Funk.

    It’s a process that has to be taken a step at a time.

    “We’re learning every day,” said Funk. “Even though we’ve got a lot of juniors, it’s a very inexperienced group. We’re just trying to get to a point to where we’re competitive on a consistent basis.”

  • New scheme greets ‘10 Tide

     Galax gave up its athletic director for a year. In return, the Maroon Tide got a girls’ basketball coach for the long haul.

  • Graham chills Maroon Tide

     Given the arctic nip that has had Southwest Virginia in its grasp recently, it’s understandable that the shooting was a little on the chilly side in the early going. Graham must have gone heavy on the hot chocolate at halftime.

    After a first half in which Galax at Graham combined to shoot below 15 percent from the floor, the G-Girls took control by opening the second half on a 10-3 run and went on to defeat Galax 36-26 in a nondistrict girls’ game Wednesday night.

  • Strong finish lifts Bobcats over Cavs

     RADFORD –– Carroll County shrugged off a miserable second quarter to take a 37-35 lead into the fourth quarter, but Radford rolled down the stretch to knock off the Cavaliers 53-46 in a nondistrict girls’ game Wednesday.

    Maryah Sydnor scored 14 of her 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Bobcats (3-1), who outscored Carroll County 19-8 in the fourth.

    The Cavaliers led by seven points before being outscored 17-3 in the second period, but came back to life in the third to take the lead.

  • Man pleads guilty to stealing from elderly patient

    ABINGDON — A former companion care provider from Galax, hired to work with a social worker for the Grayson County Department of Social Services, pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to federal fraud charges stemming from misuse of a debit card and theft from a bank account belonging to a patient the defendant was hired to care for.

  • 'Herbal incense' overdose reported

    INDEPENDENCE — A popular and controversial new way to get high has found its way to Grayson County, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
    The “herbal incense” products, marketed under the brand name K2 and available on the Internet, have come under fire for their health effects. Some of the K2 products are banned — but not in Virginia — and some are legal in all states.

  • Courthouse Tragedy's 100th anniversary observance begins

    HILLSVILLE — It's been 100 years now since the first acts that led to the 1912 courthouse shootout between county officials and members of the Allen family, an incident that left an indelible stamp on Carroll County.

    Centennial observances already have begun for the anniversary of the March 14, 1912, tragedy that left five dead and led to the execution of two of the Allens involved.

  • Robber hits Fancy Gap store

    HILLSVILLE — Authorities scoured Interstate 77 and other areas of Carroll County Thursday evening after a report of an armed robbery at the Kangaroo Express in Fancy Gap.Carroll County deputies and Virginia State Police troopers responded to the business on Chances Creek Road after the report came in at 8:35 p.m., Sheriff Warren Manning said.

  • Bucyrus adds 32 jobs in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Fittingly enough, the quality of the workforce at the Bucyrus plant has contributed to the expansion of jobs at Hillsville.
    Heavy equipment maker Bucyrus, an international company headquartered in Milwaukee, has decided to shift two of its products to the Hillsville plant in a consolidation, said Sonny Beckham, plant manager.
    The products are a polymer plastic, which is already up and running in its new location, and pulleys that can be up to four feet in diameter.

  • Fluoride debate continues

    Due to new developments, the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority directed its engineer to look at ways to provide fluoridated water to Independence and Grayson County and unfluoridated to Sparta and Alleghany County in North Carolina.
    Authority chairman Bryan Edwards, who is also Sparta’s town manager, said Sparta Town Council had voted not to purchase fluoridated water from the authority.
    The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners also voted last month not to buy fluoridated water.