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Today's News

  • Grayson budget short by $1.3 million

    INDEPENDENCE — With Grayson County government's expenses rising drastically, leaders have to decide if a tax increase is the only answer to make ends meet next year.

    Preliminary numbers show Grayson's budget short by $2.4 million. Early projections of revenue are $14.3 million, and expenses are expected to total $17.1 million.

    The deficit, however, does not include the money expected to be returned by the school board for savings on school closures — which is good news, as the money could be anywhere from $377,000 to more than $600,000.

  • Feds take over marijuana hauling case

    HILLSVILLE — Two of three suspects arrested after Carroll deputies found 313 pounds of marijuana hidden away in a tractor-trailer now face federal charges.

    Carroll deputies and a Virginia State Police trooper in March searched a suspicious tractor-trailer parked at the Kangaroo Express on Virginia 148 in Fancy Gap.

    They found inside 313 pounds of marijuana packaged in mustard and coffee grounds.

    Deputies also found two men in the trailer after talking to the driver, and the drug dog alerted on the trailer.

  • Grayson survives Tide 6-1

    INDEPENDENCE -- It was only to be expected that Grayson County would face an improved Galax team from the one it throttled in five innings at the beginning of the month. It was a little more improvement than the Blue Devils cared to see. Held hitless and mired in a 1-1 game after four innings, Grayson County finally broke free with five runs in its last two turns at bat, surviving the

  • Thomas, Cavs top Falcons

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County got a seven-inning no-hitter from Rebecca Thomas to top Abingdon 4-1 in a Southwest District softball game Wednesday in Hillsville.

    The Cavaliers (5-5 overall, 4-1 district) took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Thomas doubled and courtesy runner Amber Cannaday scored on Jacqueline Martin’s base hit. Lexi Hodge drove in Martin with a single.

    Abingdon cut the lead in half with an unearned run in the top of the third, but the Cavaliers added two more runs in the fourth on two singles and three walks.

  • Grayson County, Galax pick up nondistrict wins

    BLUEFIELD -- Graham beat Graham.

    Brent Graham’s two-run home run helped lift Grayson County to a 7-3 win in the second round of play Thursday in the Coppinger Invitational at Bowen Field.

    Graham’s homer put the Blue Devils (4-5) in front 4-2 in the fourth inning, and Grayson County built its advantage to 7-2 with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings before giving up a run to the G-Men in the bottom of the sixth.

    Jared Sells pitched the final four innings to pick up the win and Tyler Rutherford had a pair of hits for the Blue Devils.

  • Cavaliers blank Cougars 2-0

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County put together its second strong outing in as many days Thursday, blanking Pulaski County 2-0 in a nondistrict softball game. The Cavaliers had bumped off Abingdon on a Rebecca Thomas no-hitter on Wednesday, a day before Thomas whiffed 17 Cougars in the complete-game two-hitter.

  • Devils win middle school tourney

    PULASKI -- The Grayson County Middle School baseball team won the Pulaski Middle School Invitational tournament, defeating the host Cougars 12-4 last Saturday at Calfee Park. The annual tournament is a fundraiser for Pulaski’s grade 6-8 baseball program.  Grayson had finished second in last year’s tournament and was looking for another chance at the championship. Satur

  • Hampton is a dog with a job

    The little speckled dog with the black face sits obediently by his owner's feet, never daring to get up and even resisting the primal urge in every canine to run after a thrown ball or chase little tykes around the room.

    It's this kind and gentle demeanor that made Hampton's trainer suggest that he become a therapy dog.

    Now, the 2-year-old heeler/springer spaniel mix is certified and qualified to put people at ease and spread good will.

  • Galax art school to open in summer

    The $661,509 renovation of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts seems to be running on budget and on schedule as South End Construction transforms the former First National Bank in downtown Galax, into the art school, with completion expected no later than the first week in August.

    “The inside job helps out quite a bit during this time of year,” said City Manager Keith Holland. “There hasn't been much of a weather delay.”

  • Lost soldier's family found in Grayson

    When the Korean War ended more than 50 years ago, the enemy never returned or accounted for more than 8,000 American servicemen.

    Since that time, DNA matching has been perfected and more and more remains are being recovered in North Korea.

    The government is obligated to return those remains to their families, and Harold Davis — a 78-year-old combat veteran of the Korean War — is working with the U.S. military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) to ensure all those soldiers' remains are sent home.