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Today's News

  • Galax finishes off Maroons

     WYTHEVILLE –– Galax coach Verl Brown often says that it’s not how you start but how you finish. The context of those words usually applies to a full season. But so far, it has been applicable on a game-by-game basis.

    For the second straight night, the Maroon Tide followed up a so-so first half with a strong second half to pull away for a road win against a Hogoheegee District rival. Thursday it was George Wythe who withered in the final two periods as Galax zoomed away for a 51-39 nondistrict win.

  • Galax finishes off Maroons

     WYTHEVILLE –– Galax coach Verl Brown often says that it’s not how you start but how you finish. The context of those words usually applies to a full season. But so far, it has been applicable on a game-by-game basis.

    For the second straight night, the Maroon Tide followed up a so-so first half with a strong second half to pull away for a road win against a Hogoheegee District rival. Thursday it was George Wythe who withered in the final two periods as Galax zoomed away for a 51-39 nondistrict win.

  • Tide girls escape George Wythe

     WYTHEVILLE –– Galax survived a flurry of last-second attempts and held on to edge George Wythe 32-31 in a nondistrict girls’ game Thursday night.

    A 6-0 run by the Maroons (1-3) had Galax trailing by a point before Taylor Bryant’s driving basket put the Maroon Tide (1-1) in front 32-31 with 39 seconds left.

  • Cavs battle, fall short

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County shrugged off a 10-0 Pulaski County run to open the second half and took a brief lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling to the Cougars 57-54 in a nondistrict girls’ basketball game Friday night.

    Though the defending Region IV Division 4 runner-up Cavaliers have started the year 0-2, coach Marc Motley was encouraged by Friday’s showing.

  • Tide, Devils fill all-MED spots

     Grayson County and Galax, along with Fort Chiswell, each claimed a share of the Mountain Empire District football championship. The Blue Devils and the Maroon Tide accepted their share of the postseason accolades, as well.

    The two teams combined to fill 11 first-team and 17 second-team slots on the all-Mountain Empire District football team, as voted on by the district’s coaches.

  • Cavs earn postseason honors

     Carroll County’s Maleah Neely was named to the all-Region IV first team for volleyball while the Cavaliers had two first-team and eight second-team picks in all-Southwest District football balloting.

    Neely, a senior outside hitter and the Southwest District player of the year, led the Cavaliers to a 22-1 record with team highs of 295 serving points, 231 kills, 359 assists, 42 aces and 226 digs, and was third on the team with 34 blocks.

  • Abingdon uses late rally to hand Carroll first loss, 70-58

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County trailed Abingdon by a single point with less than four minutes to go Friday before the Falcons exploded down the stretch, pulling away for a 70-58 win in the Southwest District opener for both schools.

    Up 54-53, Abingdon used a Zach Viers 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining to ignite an 11-0 run over the next three minutes. Alex Looney had six points during the spurt, including a three-point play.

  • Three volleyball players earn NAIA academic honors

     Three former Twin County athletes were honored for their work on the courts as well as in the classroom recently by being named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) volleyball scholar-athletes.

    UVa.-Wise’s Megan Funk and Bluefield College’s Ashley Strickland and Alyssa Weddle were among the 387 players nationally who were recognized by the NAIA.

    To be recognized, players must achieve junior status and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

  • Airport commission turns to localities for funding

    The Twin County Airport Commission is looking to localities to help fund capital improvement projects over the next few years in order to make the airport in Carroll County an economic development tool, said Tom Jones, chair of the commission.

  • Couple accused of killing N.C. man

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. — An Alleghany County Sheriff's Office investigation into an Oct. 26 murder in Ennice has led to charges being placed against a Cana, Va., couple and a Surry County man.
    James Bradley Upchurch, 41, and wife Rebecca Jane Wright Upchurch, 39, of Cana and Wayne Thomas Lawson Jr., 39, of Surry County have been charged after the seven-week investigation that involved multiple law enforcement agencies from two states, according to a news release from Alleghany County authorities.