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Today's News

  • Teens walk away from fiery crash on I-77

    FANCY GAP — A 2007 Subaru hydroplaned on Interstate 77 near the 9 mile marker on July 11, tumbled down a ravine and burst in flames — but the three occupants inside walked away almost unscathed.

    Alana Louise Gibson, 16, of Riegelsville, Pa., was heading north on the interstate with her two sisters in the vehicle, according to Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

    "They came up on a real heavy thunderstorm," the trooper said. "Their vehicle hydroplaned and went off the road to the left, striking the guardrail."

  • Carroll ousted in Alabama

     SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. – Tennessee used a quick start and North Carolina rode a strong finish to wins over Carroll County as the Virginia state champions were eliminated in two games from the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series this weekend at G.W. Long High School.

    In Saturday’s tournament opener, Collierville, Tennessee batted around in the first inning, jumping to a four-run lead en route to a 9-1 victory.

  • Carroll edges closer to W.S. berth

     SOUTH BOSTON -- Anyone with a kid, grandson, nephew, neighbor or good buddy on Carroll County’s 15-16s baseball team may want to start Googling Ozark, Alabama. As of Monday night, the team was that close to finding out about the town first-hand.

    Carroll County edged Halifax County 1-0 in eight innings Monday to come within one game of winning the Dixie Pre-Majors state championship and earning a trip to that age group’s World Series, a 12-team tournament set to begin July 25 in Ozark, located about 75 miles south of Montgomery, Ala.

  • Area Dixie teams state-bound

     Carroll County and Galax will send a total of six youth baseball teams to their respective state tournaments after district tournament action wrapped up last Wednesday night.

    Carroll County took two games from Floyd County on Wednesday to win the Dixie Boys (14-year-olds) District 5 championship, joining Carroll County American AAA (8-10-year-olds), Galax and Carroll County O Zone Majors (11-12s), Carroll County Junior Boys (13s), Carroll County Boys (14s) and Carroll County Pre-Majors (15-16s) as teams destined for state tournaments.

  • Hole-in-one, eagle recorded

     Trish Golding of Galax recorded a hole-in-one recently at Great Oaks Country Club in Floyd.

    Golding aced the par-3 15th hole on July 7, using a 7-iron. Her playing partners that day were Jodee Jeans, Ann Frazier and Joan Strauss.

    A day earlier, 67-year-old Bobby Simpson recorded an eagle on the par-4 5th hole at Galax Municipal Golf Course, possibly the most difficult hole on the course. Simpson was playing with Holbert Mays and Terry Brown.

  • BRCC hosts Blue Ridge League

     The Blue Ridge League made its stop at Blue Ridge Country Club on May 30, the fifth event in the seven-club summer tour.

    Ladies teams from seven Southwest Virginia golf clubs take turns hosting one event each, including Blue Ridge, Blacksburg, Giles, Great Oaks (Floyd), Thorn Springs (Pulaski), The River Course (Radford) and Wytheville.

  • Carroll Minors ousted; Boys, Junior Boys, Majors to begin play

     Carroll County American’s state tournament run ended early, but four other local teams begin their quests for world series berths today and tomorrow as Dixie baseball state tournament action hits high gear.

    In the AAA (9-10s) state tournament in Keysville, Carroll County American got off to a great start before bowing out of the event with an 0-2 record. Carroll County jumped out to an 11-7 lead over Dinwiddie American three innings into the tournament opener, but Dinwiddie broke the game open with a 10-run rally and coasted to a 23-12 win.

  • Alabama-bound

     SOUTH BOSTON –– And you thought it was hot in South Boston.

    For Carroll County folk, an excursion off the mountain to just about anywhere away from the moderate climes of home means a much more muggy destination lay ahead. And while Halifax County might have seemed just a tad sultry, southern Alabama may come across as downright oppressive this time of year.

    A bunch of 15- and 16-year-olds from the county can’t wait to find out for themselves.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/29/09

    Festival was a let-down

    For many years I have been coming up from Florida to the joyful Galax Leaf & String Festival.

    This year the music was very much reduced, making it less attractive for visitors.

    Also, it was strange to have unknown groups on the stage while top ones like Whitetop Mountain Band and Slate Mountain Ramblers had to play in the street. It must have been insulting to them.

    I sure hope it will be better next year. I love Galax and old-time music!

    Jack Shaver

    Hollywood, Fla.

  • Upsides & Downsides

    In politics, the two sides in a debate take the same information and make it look as good or as bad as possible in an effort to convince others that only their view is right.

    When considering the growing debt held by the Carroll County Public Service Authority, there's certainly room for debate.

    The upsides include possible economic development, growth and jobs. The only downside appear to be the cost.