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Today's News

  • Grayson budget balances without tax increase

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County has a nearly balanced budget and residents will see no tax increase again this year.
    Supervisors held a budget work session May 16. They started the budget process with a nearly $475,000 deficit between projected revenues and expenditures.
    Prior to the meeting, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said he and his staff had managed to close that gap to approximately $130,000 through adjustments to the revenue side of about $90,000 and decreases on the expenditure side of nearly $250,000.

  • Firefighters not charged, but won't be reinstated

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll supervisor sought to reinstate two Laurel Fork Fire Department volunteers after a three-year suspension after an investigation that yielded no charges.
    The issues involved the purchase of a vehicle for the agency. Virginia State Police obtained a search warrant for the Laurel Fork Fire Department May 12, 2009, based on an allegation of rigging a bid for a vehicle, according to court records.

  • Pack to join Methodist basketball

    The headline above a feature story in The Roanoke Times this past fall proclaimed that ‘Austin Pack doesn’t know how to quit’.

    Seems like the Galax multi-sport athlete still hasn’t figured it out.

    Pack, a floor leader and field general during the most successful two years in Galax High School sports history, will give it a go for four more basketball seasons, having committed recently to play for Methodist University, an NCAA Division III school located in Fayetteville, N.C.

  • Tide girls nip Grayson County

     Galax and Grayson County split another pair of tightly-contested Mountain Empire District tennis matches Friday, Galax’s girls edging the Blue Devil 5-4 in Felts Park and the Grayson boys pulling out a 5-4 win in Independence.

    Grayson County won two of the three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead into singles play, but the Maroon Tide swept the top four singles seeds to pull out the win. Claire Engelhardt claimed a crucial 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles for the Maroon Tide, which got straight sets wins from Joyce Kuang, Paige Hanks and Susan Davis.

  • Grayson Co. claims MED crowns

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County put the finishing touches on an unblemished run through its Mountain Empire District baseball schedule, locking up the regular season title Wednesday with a 14-0 win at Graham before trouncing Narrows 16-1 Thursday at home.

    Ty Cannaday and Dylan Isom combined for a five-inning no-hitter against the G-Men at Graham Middle School. Cannaday worked the first four innings, striking out six and walking none, while Isom finished the job.

  • Maroon Tide boys, Green Wave girls win MED track titles

     Galax and Grayson County finished 1-2 in the boys’ standings while Narrows used an impressive individual effort to outpoint Galax in the girls’ scoring at the Mountain Empire District track and field championships Wednesday at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide boys earned their third straight district championship, scoring well in the field events and dominating the distance races to accumulate 182 points, 49 in front of Grayson County’s 133. Fort Chiswell placed third with 69, followed by Narrows and Graham (23 each) and Bland County (1).

  • Cavs are hammer, nail in final two

    HILLSVILLE –– When Brandon Lineberry whacked a three-run, first-inning homer for the second straight day Friday, Carroll County fans were understandably a little restrained in their rejoicing. After all, Lineberry’s first-inning jack the day before was followed by a torrent of Richlands scoring.

  • Smoot, Dalton shine for Cavaliers at SWD track

     ABINGDON –– Samantha Dalton and Wes Smoot each had scoring finishes in six events and Carroll County advanced a total of eight athletes to the regionals after the Southwest District track and field championships last Wednesday at Abingdon High School.

    Wes Smoot won district championships in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (20-03/4), placing third in the triple jump. In the sprints, Smoot finished fourth in the 400 meters, fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100, racking up a total of 33 team points.

  • Tazewell eliminates Carroll County 9-2

    TAZEWELL –– Both teams played nice this time around, but only one played well.

    A scuffle between Carroll County and Tazewell a couple of weeks ago was left where it belonged – in the past – but nine Cavalier seniors saw their high school careers come to the same fate Saturday as the Bulldogs powered to a 9-2 win in the Southwest District baseball tournament quarterfinals at Lou Peery Field.

  • Maroon Tide earns a breather

    PULASKI –– Galax won the one that matters. In the case of a season-ending double header against Fort Chiswell at venerable Calfee Park, the one that mattered was whichever game happened to go its way.

    With a higher preseason tiebreaker number than the Pioneers, the Maroon Tide needed only to split the double header to earn the No. 2 seed in this week’s Mountain Empire District tournament. That they did, taking a 4-2 win in the opener before falling 4-3 in the nightcap.