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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 12/3/12

    Don’t mess with Texas
    I am calling in regard to the comment about Texas. Texas is an honorable and wonderful state, and to draw the example of one person who behaved incorrectly is beyond my understanding. There are many Virginians who have done things that are humiliating and embarrassing. Please do not embarrass Texas or try to, with such stupid, inappropriate, selected facts. I don’t know your motive, but I will tell you as a Texan, don’t come to Texas and say something that stupid.

    Rush to hire?

  • Devil hitter leads MED voting

    Grayson County picked up its first Mountain Empire District volleyball championship in five years this season. Galax made it all the way back to the Division 1 final four in a year few expected the Tide to do so.

    The two teams’ strong efforts this fall were reflected in the all-MED voting, as the Blue Devils and the Maroon Tide combined to fill six of the district’s top eight spots in all-district balloting.

  • Peoples named top defender

    There is never a bad year in which to earn all-district recognition. In some years though, the honor carries a little more weight.

    For the Mountain Empire District, 2012 was one of those years.

  • Cockerham finishes with a bang

    EMORY –– Jamie Cockerham wrapped up one of the most successful careers ever for an Emory & Henry volleyball player by being named to the all-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) first team recently.

    Cockerham, a senior outside hitter and a former four-year letter winner at Galax High School, finished her career as the holder of two school records at E&H and with a share of an ODAC record.

  • Cavs battle, come up short

    HILLSVILLE –– Starting a new season with two losses in two nights isn’t the best thing that ever happened to a basketball team. Starting a season with close setbacks to a pair of teams that will contend for region championships, a thing like that can bring optimism to a club that’s fielding four new starters.

    Carroll County held a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter before a flurry of outside jumpers fueled a 10-0 Floyd County run, and the Buffaloes held on for a 62-57 win in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.

  • 2012-2013 Twin County GIRLS’ BASKETBALL preview

    The 2011-12 basketball season was a pretty solid one for the three Twin County girls’ teams. Carroll County had its most successful years ever by winning the program’s first region championship and reaching the Division 4 state semifinals. Galax ended a two-decade absence by reaching the final four in Division 1. Grayson County improved by leaps and bounds over the 0-20 campaign from the year before, winning nine games and coming probably one win short of a region tournament appearance.

  • Grayson, Carroll boys open with easy wins

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County used a 10-point edge in the third period to break out to a 19-point lead and the Blue Devils opened their 2012-13 season with a 67-45 nondistrict win Friday over Alleghany, N.C.

    Leading 31-22 at the half, Grayson County opened the second half on a tear and pulled out to a 54-35 lead by the start of the fourth quarter.

    Mikey Rodgers scored 20 points to lead all scorers while Adam Wyatt and Ty Cannaday each chipped in 11 points for the Blue Devils. Fabian Santos led Alleghany (0-2) with 15 points.

     

  • Galax clamps down on Indians

    Limited in practice time due to an extended run in volleyball, Galax buckled down defensively and mustered enough offense to get the job done Friday night, opening its girls’ basketball season with a 42-28 nondistrict win over Rural Retreat.

  • 2012-2013 Twin County BOYS’ BASKETBALL preview

    Having lost 10 of 13 players from a team that won its second straight Division 1 state championship, GALAX is easily the least experienced of the three Twin County boys’ basketball teams. But that doesn’t mean the Maroon Tide doesn’t know how to win.

    Galax coach Verl Brown will have at his services the bulk of a two-time district champion junior varsity squad, but how that JV success carries over to the varsity level remains to be seen. Varsity experience is virtually nonexistent on the 2012-13 Maroon Tide roster.

  • Exit 1 water deal looks promising

    HILLSVILLE — Though negotiations with Mount Airy, N.C., on buying water to supply Interstate 77’s Exit 1 have been legally and technically difficult, Carroll officials sound optimistic that the deal will be closed soon.
    Ever since the Love’s truck stop located at the Interstate 77 interchange in Lambsburg, Carroll officials have tried to secure a water supply that would allow for more growth there.
    County representatives drilled wells and worked on forging an agreement with the city of Mount Airy across the Virginia-North Carolina line.