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Today's News

  • Grayson County keeps season alive, 11-7

    BASTIAN -- Nobody likes having to come from behind, especially with the season on the line, but out in front was a dangerous place to be Tuesday. Galax gained and lost a three-run lead in the first inning and Grayson County did some hand-wringing after taking a late five-run lead, but the Blue Devils were able to hang on to enough of the lead to post an 11-7 win in the Mountain Empire District baseball semifinals at the Bland Sports Complex.

  • Tide sweeps MED track titles

    NARROWS -- With so many multi-sport athletes, it’s difficult to gauge just how strong Galax can be as a track and field program.

  • Devils, Tide fall short in tennis playoffs

    WYTHEVILLE -- Grayson County came up short in its bid to unseat Bland County atop the Mountain Empire District girls’ tennis standings, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Bears in a playoff for the regular season championship. The win Tuesday on the campus of Wytheville Community College propelled defending champion Bland County into this week’s Region C tournament, where the Bears will face Radford.

  • Cavs stopped short of SWD title

    ABINGDON -- A three-run sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Abingdon to a 4-1 win over Carroll County in the Southwest District baseball tournament championship Thursday. The Cavaliers (16-6) had tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning when Jared Cox reached on an error and scored on a base hit by No. 9 batter Adam Nester, but the Falcons took command an inning later.

  • Shupe, Devils take tourney

    INDEPENDENCE -- A postseason tournament championship game isn’t the most common of circumstances under which to give a rookie pitcher some experience.

  • Vaughan-Bassett announces major expansion

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. is planning to complete a $1 million, four-phase expansion of the plant by the end of the year, which will allow the company to enhance its efficiency and add new jobs, Wyatt Bassett, president and CEO, announced on Tuesday to a group of workers and local and state officials.

    Vaughan-Bassett employs 650 at its Galax plant, and 50 at its Elkin, N.C., plant.

  • Sports Shorts

    Emily Beamer memorial softball tournament The Emily Beamer memorial softball tournament will be June 19 at the Carroll County Rec. Dept. Tournament is open to Angels (8-10) and Ponytails (11-12) teams. All proceeds will benefit Emily’s Wagon, which provides school, art and craft supplies to pediatric patients.

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — Several more Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indictments have been unsealed and suspects have been arrested.

    The grand jury met April 23 and several indictments were sealed until recently. Five indictments remain sealed.

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

    Shana Anders Russell of Galax was indicted on one count of abuse or child neglect and one count of accessory before the fact to aggravated sexual battery involving a child under the age of 13.

    Other indictments included:

  • Developers take out $1 option on Wildwood

    A new option for 162 acres in the Wildwood Commerce Park will accompany a grant application to the Virginia Tobacco Commission, after the regional economic development authority acted Tuesday.

    Just last week, the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority formalized a new partnership with the Carroll-Galax-Grayson Solid Waste Authority to pursue developing the area just off Interstate 77's Exit 19 in Carroll County.

    Part of the goal was to apply for grant funding for the effort from the Tobacco Commission.

  • Court rejects Burke's appeal

    The Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has refused to hear Clinton Eric Burke's appeal of his the double murder conviction.

    Defense attorneys attempted to appeal the case to the supreme court based on insufficient evidence and gory crime photos.

    A Carroll County jury tried and convicted Burke of the Nov. 12, 2007, fatal shooting of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at a mobile home on Frog Spur Road in Fancy Gap.