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Today's News

  • Jack Jessee braves the 'Ice Road'

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The average commercial driver on the Dalton Highway, the route to an oil drilling outpost at Prudhoe Bay, doesn't have a radio "handle." Woodlawn native Jack Jessee seems to be the exception, however, since he started appearing on the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers."

    The drivers know each other and call each other by their first names, he explained. But after his TV appearances, the other truckers saw an opening to give Jessee a hard time.

  • Ruby's Wish

    Ruby Linville always wore a smile, and even when she was sick, she reminded everyone how thankful she was for family.

    She told everyone that her grandson Matthew was her “little sunshine” and how much she adored her granddaughter Fiona.

    Even when she was at her weakest, she and husband James, also in ill health, visited nursing homes to pray with patients and sing gospel tunes.

  • 18th title something special

     INDEPENDENCE -- Under normal circumstances, a win by Grayson County in the Mountain Empire District baseball tournament championship game doesn’t produce a tremendous amount of exuberance. That happens when a team has won 17 of them in a row. Circumstances surrounding 18th one, a 9-3 win over Fort Chiswell on Thursday, were far from normal.

    With MED baseball staging its most competitive season in years, season champ Grayson County lost a district game for the first time since 2004 and had five district wins by a total of six runs. This title meant more than most.

  • Region tournament schedules, results

    REGION TOURNAMENTS

      REGION IV   BASEBALL May 25

    Abingdon 10, Patrick County 3

    Cave Spring 8, Carroll County 7

  • Devils storm past Holston

     INDEPENDENCE -- While the rest of the country was busy celebrating Memorial Day, they were celebrating a memorable day in Grayson County.

    The Blue Devils pulled off an incredible comeback, rallying for four runs in the bottom of the seventh and stunning Holston 8-7 Monday in the Region C quarterfinals at B.A. Rhudy Fields.

  • Tide soccer splits in regionals

     Galax’s girls’ soccer team nearly did something it hadn’t done in its history. The boys’ team did something it seems to do every year.

    The Maroon Tide ladies very nearly had a winning streak on their hands while the Tide boys advanced to the semifinals yet again in a pair of Region C quarterfinal matches Tuesday at Galax High School.

  • Knights ride long ball past Cavs

     ROANOKE -- Cave Spring’s baseball team was in a tight spot Monday against Carroll County.

    How would the Knights find a solution? All they had to do was Mull it over.

    Center fielder Carter Mull’s second home run — a tie-breaking, three-run blast in the sixth inning — proved to be the game-winning hit as Cave Spring edged visiting Carroll County 8-7 in the first round of the Region IV tournament.

  • Lambert, Blue Devils stymie PH in Region C

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored eight runs in the first three innings and held Patrick Henry-Glade Spring in check all afternoon, taking an 8-0 win in the Region IV baseball quarterfinals Tuesday at the GNB Baseball Complex.

  • Carroll sells Ivanhoe property

    HILLSVILLE — The sale of 49.2 acres of Carroll County land in Ivanhoe generated some $289,000 (minus auction fees) for use in economic development.

    Land once occupied by National Carbide Corp. got split between Wythe and Carroll counties when that facility closed and turned over property to the localities.

    The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority decided to sell its portion of land adjacent to New River Trail State Park at absolute auction last Saturday.

  • Carroll schools hire outside food provider

    HILLSVILLE — Chartwells scooped the competition in becoming the new food service contractor for Carroll County Public Schools.

    But, before the vote at a special meeting Friday, School Board Member Phillip Berrier made his reservations known that hiring an outside firm to serve breakfast and lunch in the schools isn’t necessarily a recipe for success.

    The school board had sought requests for proposals on the food service program after representatives from Sodexo made a presentation in May.