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Today's News

  • APCo bill passes House 98-0

    RICHMOND — Legislation introduced by Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) to end Appalachian Power Co.'s ability to impose interim rates passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday.

    House Bill 1308 passed without a single vote cast in opposition and Carrico noted how important it is to protect customer's bills.

    "I am pleased to see the unanimous support from my House colleagues on this bill," Carrico said. "This legislation has always been about coming together to help the people of Southwest Virginia in a difficult time."

  • Crooked Road gains national attention

    FLOYD — For a few hours Wednesday, men and women in suits and dress clothes filled a dance floor usually reserved for mountain cloggers.

    At the Floyd Country Store, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named The Crooked Road — a heritage trail linking towns and music venues in Southwest Virginia — one of 2010’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

  • New school might not open this semester

    INDEPENDENCE — First it was August. Then, it was January.

    Now, a new school under construction in Grayson County may not open until April, and one school board member says it's "crazy" to do so then.

    Setbacks and weather delays have kept Grayson Highlands School — under construction in the western end of the county — from opening.

    The school will close Mount Rogers Combined School and Bridle Creek Elementary, consolidating the students and staff into the new school.

  • APCo bill passes House and Senate

    RICHMOND -- Both houses of the General Assembly have passed legislation requiring Appalachian Power Co. to suspend an interim rate charge it began collecting in December, but lawmakers killed measures that would subject the utility to more stringent state regulations.

    Responding to outrage about dramatic spikes in electric bills, the state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed emergency legislation (Senate Bill 680) that would provide Appalachian customers with some short-term relief. The House of Delegates passed an identical bill (House Bill 1308) on Tuesday.

  • Self-help project expands

    HILLSVILLE — The forecast for water coming to Pridemore Road soon remains good, as officials prepare to launch Carroll County's second self-help utility project.

    On the heels of a self-help program to Happy Hollow Road that wrapped up last summer, 30 people on Pridemore plan to work together to bring public water to their own community this year.

    Starting in March, weather permitting, neighborhood residents will help install the 9,800 linear feet of six-inch waterline to the 23 residences there.

  • GCEA: bad time to request salary increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Raises may not have been in the request from the Grayson County Education Association for the upcoming school year, but increases in other areas were.

    Facing a potential $2.3 million reduction in its budget, the Grayson County Public Schools is preparing for the possibility of possible reductions in positions.

    GCEA President Rebecca Absher was the only speaker at a public hearing concerning the school system's 2010-11 school budget on Feb. 8.

  • Big start, finish lift Carroll

     HILLSVILLE -- It’s always better to finish strong than to start strong. Of course it never hurts to get off on the right foot, either.

  • Tide girls’ tourney run comes to close

    MAX MEADOWS -- Galax outscored season champion Bland County 27-17 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a poor start and the Maroon Tide was ousted in the MED girls’ semifinals with a 45-39 loss Saturday morning. Galax trailed 13-2 after eight minutes and was down 28-12 at intermission before coming to life. Burgandy Bobbitt led Galax with 11 points, while Ki

  • Pioneers eliminate Galax in semifinals

     MAX MEADOWS -- Fort Chiswell rode a big second quarter to an upset of Galax, eliminating the season runner-up Maroon Tide 79-71 in the Mountain Empire District tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon.

  • Devils match season title with tourney crown

    MAX MEADOWS -- Ten different players scored in double figures as Grayson County won the Mountain Empire District tournament boys’ championship in a high-energy final Saturday. Grayson County (20-3) led by no more than five points at the end of any one quarter, and took a slim 65-63 lead into the fourth.