Today's News

  • Grayson boys blank Floyd to go to 3-0

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County improved to 3-0 on the year with a 9-0 shutout of Floyd County in a nondistrict boys’ tennis match Monday in Independence.

    No. 1 seed Garrett Bailey took a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sam Belcher and teamed with Mike Vaughan for a 6-2, 6-3 win over Belcher and Josh Calloway at No. 1 doubles.

    Vaughan, Mica Paluzzi, Jake Parnell, Ben Horton and Grayson Holdaway were all singles winners for Grayson County.


  • Bats awaken late in Devil win

    INDEPENDENCE –– With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning and Grayson County having collected a grand total of zero hits up to that point, Dylan Isom was rung up by the plate umpire on a called third strike.

    Good thing for the Blue Devils that it was really only strike two.

    With the at-bat still alive, two pitches later Isom later poked a single over the shortstop’s head for Grayson’s first hit, sparking a three-run rally as the Blue Devils took a 4-0 nondistrict win Wednesday over Pulaski County at GNB Park.

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  • Prevent animal cruelty

    By Suzanne Collins, Twin County Humane Society

    Twin County Humane Society reminds the public that April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month.
    Recognizing animal cruelty is not always simple. What constitutes animal cruelty or abuse?
    Unintentional abuse usually occurs when someone is ignorant of the proper way to care for a pet.

  • Hillsville could create housing rehab zone

    HILLSVILLE — Town Council will consider creating a revitalization area to encourage safe and affordable housing at its Monday meeting.
    State code gives localities the authority to create such zones to improve conditions that will meet the needs of low and moderate income persons.
    Larry Edwards owns apartments and has a site plan approved for work on two buildings, said Town Manager Larry South. To take advantage of Virginia Housing Development Authority incentives, the apartment complex needs to be in a revitalization zone.

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  • Family DNA checks allowed in criminal investigations

    RICHMOND — Virginia law enforcement officials have a new tool available to help solve serious crimes: family DNA checks.
    Such searches involve comparing crime scene DNA against a genetic database for partial matches that can be used to narrow the search for a suspect to a specific family if a member of the gene pool is already in the testing database.
    Cross-referencing DNA that way gives forensic scientists another means to check evidence from certain violent offenses against the more than 331,000 profiles in the database.

  • Two charged with stealing vehicle

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office reports that two men have been charged in connection with the grand larceny of a vehicle that occurred sometime during the morning hours of Feb. 17 in Cana.

    Those charged are Ross Edward Payne, 22, of Cana and John Conlee LaForce of Frederick, Md.

    Sheriff Warren Manning said the Ford F-250 pickup was taken from a residence in Cana. "After a month-and-a-half-long investigation, teh vehicle was located in Sparta, N.C."

  • IDA co-signs loan on Fancy Gap utilities

    HILLSVILLE — For the Fancy Gap water and sewer projects, the Carroll Public Service Authority has enlisted a co-signer for federal loans — the Industrial Development Authority.
    Carroll officials received word in 2009 of more than $8 million in loans and grants to pay for the utility work in Fancy Gap.
    The funds for Fancy Gap will pay for construction of 13 miles of wastewater lines to serve 65 homes and businesses, 13 miles of water lines to connect to 190 homes and businesses and a 200,000 gallon storage tank.