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Today's News

  • Devils enter wide-open D2 playoffs

    INDEPENDENCE –– If the Region C Division 2 football playoffs are as interesting as the regular season, the next three weeks should be a lot of fun.

    Just how tight was the RCD2 field this year? Consider the following:

    *Grayson County was stuck in ninth place with two weeks left in the season, needed to defeat an 8-1 team and get outside help just to crack the top six, and wound up as the No. 5 seed.

    *One extra win by any of the six teams the Blue Devils defeated and Grayson would be hosting a first-round game.

  • Heating bills could cool this winter

     Energy costs and consumption forecasts for winter suggest residents of the region will fare better than some of their fellow Southerners.

    That’s according to the Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    It predicts energy consumption will drop in the South for all four fuels analyzed — electricity, heating oil, propane and natural gas — based on expectations of milder weather this winter than last.

  • Carroll tourism center could move

     HILLSVILLE — The Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitors Center may have to move out of its current location due to a proposed settlement in the AmerLink legal situation, but Carroll officials say they have an even better place in mind.

    The tourism department wouldn't have to move far under this plan — just from the complex of log home models, across from the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market, to the nearby Market Village shops.

  • Be thankful: holiday meal cost holds steady

     Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for less than $4.35 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

    The survey of the price of basic items found on Americans’ Thanksgiving tables places the average cost of a traditional meal for 10 adults this year at $43.39.

    The menu includes turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

  • Local woman a contestant on 'Price Is Right'

     She was so nervous and her heart was pounding so fast, Deana Richardson of Galax can't remember half of what happened as she ran from the audience to contestant row when she was asked to "Come on down" on "The Price is Right" on Oct. 4. 

    But, she will get to see her reaction when the episode airs at 11 a.m. on CBS on Monday.

  • Parkway a haven for rare plant

     The Blue Ridge Parkway has sustained in Carroll County a "globally rare" flower, because "America's Favorite Drive" also preserves the plant's habitat.

    Field botanist Nancy Van Alstine of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation found the Cuthbert turtlehead on a rare plant survey in early September along a streamhead near the parkway.

  • Galax breaks through

     ELLISTON –– Galax went to the fifth to get its first.

    Having come up two points short in the Region C volleyball semifinals a year ago, Galax earned its first-ever state tournament berth Wednesday night, outlasting Craig County in five sets, 25-16, 24-26, 15-25, 25-21, 15-11 in the newly-formatted Region C Division 1 semis at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Grand jury issues more indictments

     INDEPENDENCE — Additional Grayson County grand jury indictments have been unsealed and suspects arrested.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    The grand jury met Oct. 22 and returned the following indictments.

    • Thomas Ray Archer of Galax — abuse or child neglect.

    • Cynthia Ann Hyder of Independence — attempted grand larceny of a firearm.

    • Cody William Rutherford of Fries — possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

  • Wired Road to expand in Galax

     The Wired Road will begin advertising for bids soon as it seeks a construction company to lay broadband fiber from the Vaughan Furniture offices on Glendale Road east to an industrial park at Jack Guynn Drive then down Cranberry Road and over U.S. 58 to the Crossroads Institute.

  • Lottery business off its game

     CANA — Lottery revenues may have declined in the competition for dollars with North Carolina, but one Cana store continues to lead Virginia in sales.

    Cana Exxon Stop remains a destination for scratch-off and Cash 5 tickets from the Virginia Lottery, despite the Tarheels commencing their own state-sponsored games of chance about five years ago.