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Today's News

  • Ground broken for firehouse

    FRIES — The Town of Fries took the first step in redeveloping the old mill town into an economic destination with a groundbreaking on a $1.2 million fire department Wednesday morning.

    The fire department owns the land and building of the existing fire hall and will simply swap with the town for the new land. Fries will then turn the old fire department building over to the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, which will market the property, much like it is doing with the old mill site.

  • Tide wrestlers split pair of close matches

    Galax closed out 2009 with a couple of close matches against nondistrict opposition, dropping a one-point decision to Abingdon while edging Alleghany, N.C. by eight points. The Maroon Tide gave up 12 points in forfeit losses and lost a possible 12 more points on double forfeits in falling to Abingdon 35-34.

  • Auburn pulls away from Carroll, 65-58

    MAX MEADOWS -- Auburn’s Jay Reed opened the night with 3-pointers on the Eagles’ first two trips down the floor.

  • Grayson County runs over Floyd

     MAX MEADOWS -- In a win over Floyd County two weeks ago, Grayson County rallied from 12 points down before pulling away to a 12-point win. Monday, the Blue Devils dispensed with the rallying and went right to the pulling away part.

  • CCHS retires Jackson’s No. 12

     HILLSVILLE -- Ryan Gravley may want to get all the mileage he can out of his Carroll County basketball jersey. The Cavalier freshman will need a new number come next year.

  • Tide struggles in 11-point loss

    SPARTA, N.C.

  • Maroon Tide holds off Elkin

    SPARTA, N.C.

  • Blue Devils hammer Pioneers for third place

    MAX MEADOWS -- It doesn’t count in the Mountain Empire District standings, but Grayson County will head into its district schedule with a boost of confidence after demolishing Fort Chiswell by 40 points on the Pioneers’ home floor Wednesday in the third-place game of the BB&T Christmas Tournament. Bubba Bowen scored off the opening tip just three seconds into the game, and the Blue Devils ran out to a 24-14 lead after the first quarter.

  • New U.S. Attorney to represent SWVA

    Crime is like most problems, new U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy figures: It's more efficient to head it off than to pick up the pieces afterward.

    Stitch in time, limited federal dollars being put to their best use, that sort of thing.

    The question facing the former University of Virginia law professor is how to translate such widely accepted sentiments into the day-to-day workings of his office, where deterrence is more often described in terms of imposing harsh punishment on wrongdoers in order to scare off any who might copy their misdeeds.

  • TCRH going tobacco -free

    Twin County Regional  Healthcare and affiliates announced more than a year ago plans to join neighboring hospitals and health systems to become tobacco-free campuses on January 1, 2010.

    Just two days before the ban, the countdown continues.