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Today's News

  • Carroll, Galax win state championships

    Complete coverage of state championship results will appear online and in Wednesday’s print edition. 


    LYNCHBURG –– So this is what it feels like.

    Carroll County won the first state championship in a team sport in the school’s 46-year history Saturday, squeaking past defending champion Woodgrove 1-0 in the Group 4A title game at Liberty University’s Kamphius Field.

  • Finally, the finals

    LYNCHBURG –– Carroll County softball coach Rick Nester found himself in quite the quandary after his team’s 3-2 win Friday over Deep Creek in the Group 4A state softball semifinals. His Cavaliers played their way into Saturday’s 10 a.m. state title game, and his son had wooed himself into a wedding scheduled months beforehand for later in Saturday afternoon.

    Somebody in Carroll County was going to get a ring Saturday. The only question was, how many somebodies?

  • Belton seeks re-election to Grayson supervisors

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Kenneth Belton has announced his plans to run for re-election for another term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors representing the Oldtown District.

    In making his announcement, Belton, who lives in the Baywood community, said, “I believe in making fair decisions for the entire community with no personal agendas. I want to work to make Grayson County schools something parents, teacher, students and citizens can be proud of.

  • Toy Story: local boy brightens hospital stay for young patients

    INDEPENDENCE — Christmas came about six months early for the children at Carilion Roanoke Memorial’s pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) this year.

    A previous patient at the facility, Daniel Jones, 9, of Independence, wasn’t very excited about going back for his check-up on May 31. So, to make the trip more positive, he and his family decided to bring something along with them: a mini-van stuffed full of toys for the other patients.

  • Vendors sought to keep market fresh

    Nancy Sawyers, on-site market manager for the Galax Farmers’ Market, is hard to pin down.

    Possibly that’s because she’s traveling far and wide to recruit potential vendors, and wants as many as she can get. An Iowa native who grew up in Florida and spent slightly under four decades in California, some of them as a chef, she’s humming with energy. In jeans, a jaunty cap and a vest, she granted a brief and lively interview before running out again to get back to work.

  • More Grayson personnel cut

    By LARRY CHAMBERS & SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board continued to eliminate positions at its meeting Monday night as part of the reduction in force plan.

    The decision to cut more staff came as a shock to many who were in attendance, and at least one school board member.

  • Tractor-trailer collides with car in Hillsville

     

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    HILLSVILLE — A tractor-trailer exhibiting “excessive speed” crossed the center line and struck an SUV on Thursday at 1:40 p.m. on South Main Street in Hillsville, according to Hillsville Police Officer Shannon Goad.

    The accident occurred just south of Lyons Circle.

  • Reigning champs deny Carroll Co. 4A North title

    PURCELLVILLE –– Woodgrove scored single runs in each the first and fourth innings Saturday, spoiling Carroll County’s perfect record and denying the Cavaliers a region championship by holding on for a 2-0 win in the Region 4A North title game.

  • Blue Devil girls drop region final in 11-inning thriller

    HILLSVILLE –– One play doesn’t make a game, and one day doesn’t make a season. But one play made Floyd County’s day.

    Grayson County and Floyd County battled into the 11th inning Saturday before the Buffaloes were able to break the stalemate and claim the Region 2A West softball championship with a 4-3 win at Carroll County High School.

  • Giant killers

    INDEPENDENCE –– Late last week, after Grayson County had claimed its first-ever region championship trophy in boys’ tennis, Blue Devil coach Jim Carter said that winning the region was his team’s No.1 goal this season.

    A lot can change in four days.