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Today's News

  • Fast and furious, Devils 5-0

    INDEPENDENCE -- North Wilkes adjusted to the frenzied pace set by Grayson County and played evenly with the Blue Devils from that point on.

    By that time, however, it was far, far too late to make any difference in the outcome.

    Grayson played entirely too fast, too intensely and too well for the better part of the first half and used its 24-point halftime cushion to coast to the 67-52 win in a nondistrict boys’ basketball game Tuesday.

  • Grayson Co. saved by the bell

    WYTHEVILLE -- Halftime can be a wonderful thing. Winded players can catch their breath and grab and a cool cup of water, and fans can snag a bag of popcorn or check out the facilities.

    For Grayson County Thursday, halftime broke the momentum in what was shaping up to be an ugly night.

    Unable to do much of anything in the first half, the Blue Devils turned things around at intermission and dominated the final 16 minutes, racing away from Radford 55-43 in the Perry Coe Shootout at George Wythe High School.

  • Cavs, Devils in instant classic

    INDEPENDENCE -- When two teams the caliber of Grayson County and Carroll County get together, an overtime finish is kind of fitting.

    But not this kind of overtime.

    After 146 points and 32 minutes of a furiously-paced, up-and-down the floor affair, a single Connor Lundy free throw was the only point scored by either team in the extra session as Carroll County remained undefeated and handed the Blue Devils their first loss of the year, 74-73 in a thrilling nondistrict game Friday night.

  • Citizens take aim at firing range

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson citizens continue to reload their ammunition as the county continues its pursuit of a public shooting range near the old landfill site.
    Four citizens spoke in opposition of the proposed location during a public comments period at the Grayson Board of Supervisors meeting on Dec. 13.
    Tony Goodman spoke first and, although his home is in Baywood, he owns land adjacent to the proposed location.

  • Grant will help company rebuild after fire

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson supervisors have approved a performance grant agreement between the county and Independence Lumber that is designed to help the company rebuild and maintain its employment following a fire last month at the facility.

  • Carroll IDA approves new owner for Market Village

    HILLSVILLE — Instead of foreclosing on the Market Village shops, the Carroll Industrial Development Authority has accepted a deal to let another company assume the outstanding debt on it.
    Weststar Investments, the company that developed the retail spaces that also house the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitors Center, is out — a business named HATCO is now included in the arrangements with the IDA, according to information from County Attorney Jim Cornwell and County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

  • Carroll looks at Virtual Academy test scores

    HILLSVILLE — Scores for math in the Virtual Academy of Virginia reflected a trend of lower-than-usual math results in the latest round of Standards of Learning testing.
    Carroll County Public Schools helps with the online academy run by the private company K12.
    The virtual school’s report card posted by the Virginia Department of Education shows that online students missed benchmarks in math and history scores.

  • Dreaming of a white Christmas?

    By KEVIN MYATT
    Landmark News Service

    The United States is going to be whiter on Christmas than it has been so far in a generally mild December.
    But it doesn’t appear likely the New River and Roanoke valleys will be part of that.
    Historically, about 10 percent to 15 percent of Christmases are white in our region. However, two of the past three have been, following the National Weather Service definition of having at least 1 inch of snow on the ground.

  • Road to Wythe title ran through Carroll

     Random thoughts for your perusal…

    High school football season in Virginia ended a couple of weeks ago with six state championship games at three venues across the Commonwealth. In the first two years under the new Group A playoff format, Southwest Virginia has proven itself the big dog of small school football in the state.

    SWVA teams occupied both sidelines of the Division 1 title game at Salem Stadium for the second straight year, as George Wythe knocked off Honaker for the D1 crown a year after Galax and Clintwood met for the title.

  • Maroon Tide solid in all phases

    WYTHEVILLE –– It’s often said that a good defense is the best offense. Or maybe it’s that a good offense is the best defense. At any rate, for Galax Friday night, its best offense of the year enabled the Maroon Tide to play its best defensive game to date.

    The Maroon Tide’s trapping full-court press frustrated George Wythe from the get-go, but the was Tide’s ability to score that enabled its to set up its press, and Galax throttled George Wythe 62-35 in a nondistrict game.