Today's News

  • Cavs stymie Falcons for first win

     ABINGDON –– From a six-week winless stretch to atop the district standings in one week, Carroll County finally can smile after a close ballgame.

    The Cavaliers scored on two big plays, one at the beginning of each half, and held on to knock off Abingdon 16-3 in the Southwest District opener for both teams.

  • Devils give G-Men rude welcome

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County led 7-3 early in the first quarter before exploding for 28 unanswered points by the half, and the Blue Devils rolled to a 41-3 win over Graham in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

    Fullback Darren Anderson broke free on a 74-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 Grayson County lead 41 seconds into the game, but Graham (2-4 overall, 0-1 MED) answered with a 34-yard field goal by Samuel Stowers three minutes later.

    The rest of the half belonged to Grayson County, starting with the ensuing kickoff.

  • Galax rolls to 6-0 with 52-0 win

    Sparked by its special teams play, Galax bolted to a 21-point lead in the first quarter and the Maroon Tide was never threatened, rolling to a surprisingly-easy 52-0 win Friday over Fort Chiswell in the Mountain Empire District opener for both teams.

  • Speeder caught with lots of pot

    HILLSVILLE — An Oct. 5 traffic stop on Interstate 77 for speeding led to the discovery of more than five pounds of marijuana in the suspect vehicle, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

    Sgt. Bobby Lyons pulled over a vehicle that had been traveling at 78 miles per hour near the 20.5 mile marker, authorities said. 

  • Blue Devils heat up for 3-1 win

    MAX MEADOWS –– One can tell that it’s October in Southwest Virginia when the heater is on in the morning and the air conditioning runs in the afternoon.

    Grayson County’s volleyball team knows the feeling.

    Unstoppable at times and ungainly for a stretch or two as well Tuesday night, the hot and cold-running Blue Devils were on more often than not in taking a 25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 25-20 win over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District match.

  • Cavaliers get second chance as SWD play begins at Abingdon

    HILLSVILLE –– The first half of Carroll County’s 2011 football schedule can be likened to standing in the on-deck circle before a plate appearance. Through five nondistrict games, the Cavaliers have been swinging the weighted bat, facing a lineup of teams that were very good, very athletic or very both, in preparation for the homestretch of district games.

    Carroll County gets to drop the donut tonight and step up to the plate.

  • Pioneers not to be taken lightly

    Each week, and a little more enthusiastically every time Grayson County and Galax churn out another win, it comes up in conversation.

    The subject of the discussion? November 4, of course. Galax vs. Grayson. Last night of the regular season. Two teams at 9-0.

    One thing’s for sure: such talk in either locker room will earn somebody knot on the back of the head.

  • Devils welcome Graham to neighborhood

    INDEPENDENCE –– If the Division 2 Western Section playoffs started this week, top-seeded Grayson County would open the postseason with a home game against No. 16 Graham.

    Of course the playoffs don’t start tonight. But it’ll soon be known what would happen if they did.

    The G-Men and the Blue Devils kick off the district portion of schedules tonight at Bill Strong Field as one of the more storied football programs in Southwest Virginia makes its Mountain Empire District debut.

  • Big number no big deal

    HOT SPRINGS –– Galax handled harsh conditions and a devilish couple of pin placements to win its third straight Region C golf championship Monday at The Homestead’s Lower Cascades course.

    Dealing with a wind-chill factor in the mid-20s and a hole location on No. 17 that would be right at home on any miniature golf layout, the Maroon Tide soldiered through with a four-man total of 322 to earn its fourth straight team berth in next week’s Group A state tournament.

  • Warrants provide details of Rooftop probe