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Today's News

  • Cavs hit FTs when needed

    HILLSVILLE -- Once again, Carroll County found itself in the middle of a physical, low-scoring dogfight with Graham.

  • Tide clobbers Pioneers by 24

     Galax roared out of the blocks and took a 19-point halftime lead, thumping Fort Chiswell 81-57 in a Mountain Empire District game Wednesday in Galax.

  • Narrows starts hot, surprises Galax 71-47

    NARROWS -- Galax fell behind by 16 points after just eight minutes and could never recover, suffering a 71-47 loss to Narrows in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Friday. The Green Wave (8-3 overall, 2-0 district) raced out to a 24-8 lead after the first quarter and was never threatened the rest of the way. Narrows knocked down a dozen 3-pointers on the night, including six b

  • Pioneers roll past Devils by 37

    INDEPENDENCE -- Fort Chiswell scored the game’s first eight points and never looked back, coasting to a 64-27 win over Grayson County in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Friday. Carlytta Hamm scored from underneath to cap an 8-0 Pioneer run to open the game, and Fort Chiswell closed the first quarter with seven straight points, taking a 17-3 lead on Elizabeth Waller’s layup.

  • Big first half lifts Devils, 82-69

    INDEPENDENCE -- The 3-pointer is overrated, anyway. Grayson County drew a blank when it came to the long ball but managed 82 points the old-fashioned way, running past Fort Chiswell 82-69 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Friday. The Blue Devils (10-2 overall, 3-0 district) did most of their damage in the first two quarters, jumping out to a 50-27 lead at halftime.

  • Man loses home to fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County man lost his home at 6742 Poplar Camp Road in a Monday morning fire.

    Emergency officials report that Delton Newman's home, a single-wide trailer that had been added on to, caught fire at about 8:47 a.m. Monday.

    Firefighters from Hillsville and Carroll Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and found the home ablaze upon their arrival.

    Emergency workers saw the owner on the road, and he told them no one was in the home. The owner also explained that he had built a fire and then gone outside.

    The home was a total loss.

  • Griffith may run for seat in 9th District

    RICHMOND — Republican delegate and Virginia House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith is considering a run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Democrat Rick Boucher of Abingdon.

    Griffith said he has had conversations with people in the district and officials from the National Republican Congressional Committee about challenging Boucher, but is far from making a decision about seeking the seat in the November election.

  • Medicaid cuts looming for hospitals

    Providers could see sharp cuts in Medicaid payments at a time when the need is greater than ever before.

    Virginia's hospitals, such as Twin County Regional, are attempting the delicate balancing act of asking legislators to spare Medicaid from deep cuts, while acknowledging the state faces a significant budget shortfall of $4.2 billion.

    At stake are millions of dollars in payments that go to provide medical care for the poorest Virginians. And it comes at a time when Medicaid's rolls are at a record high.

  • Judge: Dove not guilty

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man charged with seven felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child has been found not guilty in Grayson Circuit Court.

    Grayson County Commonwealth's Attorney Douglas Vaught told The Gazette that David Dove was found not guilty in a bench trial after two full days of testimony.

  • Dogged by detractors, trespassing proposal put down

    HILLSVILLE — No one liked a proposal meant to deal with nuisance dogs, and the Carroll supervisors unanimously buried the idea at their Jan. 11 meeting.

    The proposal would have let people who are harassed by aggressive or nuisance dogs on their own property make a complaint to authorities, and the animal control officer would take action based on the complaint.

    Citizens reacted. In December, several citizens turned out to share their support or displeasure for the idea, even though the public hearing wasn't scheduled until December.