Today's News

  • Bill Carrico announces candidacy for Virginia Senate


  • Charges dropped in overdose case


  • Readers' Hotline 6/6/11

    Another reminder to readers: no comments reflecting on specific candidates for local public office will be published in the Hotline. We had to delete more calls this week. Signed letters to the editor about local candidates are welcome.

    It’s about time

  • Powerful arguments at APCo hearings

    ROCKY MOUNT — Some of Southwest Virginia’s largest employers have joined to oppose a possible 9.6 percent increase in electricity rates throughout the region, and on May 26, one of them argued before the state panel that can allow or deny the raise.
    The 650 employees of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. in Galax have suffered from rates spiking since 2005, because it has increased expenses for their employer and cost them more money at home, Chief Operating Officer Doug Bassett said.

  • Grayson chooses redistricting plan


  • Carrico to announce Virginia Senate bid


    Del. Bill Carrico, R-Fries, will officially announce his intention to seek party nomination as a candidate for Virginia's 40th district senate seat on Monday morning.
    In a news release e-mailed Sunday morning, Carrico announced that he'll hold a press conference 10 a.m. at Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon.

    Carrico is considering a run for state Sen. William Wampler's seat this fall.

    Wampler, a Republican, announced Friday that he will retire after serving 24 years in the Virginia General Assembly.

  • Electric rates reflect costs

    Charles Patton is president and chief operating officer of APCo

  • Carroll County trounces Falcons for SWD title

     ABINGDON –– With a large portion of the Carroll County softball team attending commencement ceremonies Saturday morning – as onlookers, not participants – the lone 12th-grader on the Cavaliers’ roster, Lindsey Davidson, received her diploma, officially exiting high school. Unofficially, the graduation of Davidson and her classmates made a group of season-long juniors a team of instant seniors.

    Later in the day, they played like it, too.

  • Galax boys advance to semis

    Once Galax realized that those long, booming leading passes it kept sending downfield were easy fodder for Glenvar’s offside trap, the Maroon Tide was just fine.

    Besides, it was way too hot to repeatedly sprint 40 yards for no more reward other than to see a waving linesman’s flag.

    After incurring five offside calls in less than 10 minutes of play, Galax adjusted its approach, worked through Glenvar’s defense rather than over it and advanced to the Region C semifinals with a 5-0 first round win Monday afternoon.

  • Pack’s best grows by leaps and bounds

     RADFORD –– Austin Pack’s burgeoning career as a moonlighting track star is climbing onward and upward. Onward to the state tournament and upward to…well, who knows how high.

    Pack, a junior who is better known as a quarterback, jumpshooter and pitcher/infielder, and whose lone job in track is bar-hopping, opened some eyes and set a new school record last Saturday by winning the Region C high jump championship at Radford University with a leap of six feet, six and a quarter inches.

    That’s 6-6. And a quarter.