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Today's News

  • New Grayson school not overspent

    INDEPENDENCE — Recent budget numbers appeared to show that more than $2 million had been overspent on a new school in the western end of Grayson County, but school officials are adamant that it's not so.

    “We are actually $4 million under our facility studies projection,” Grayson Schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas told the board of supervisors earlier this month. “And we are spending significantly less per square foot than any school in Virginia.”

  • Surveys reveal support for Carroll prison

    HILLSVILLE — Though Carroll Prison Study Committee members were disappointed with the overall turnout at their nine public meetings, they received enough response from the community to make a recommendation to the county supervisors.

    Committee Chairman J.B. Gardner reported the findings at the November supervisors' meeting, after holding the community meetings, seeking input through surveys, visiting Pocahontas State and Keens Mountain correctional centers and getting advice from Tazewell County Administrator Jim Spencer.

  • School projects progressing

    INDEPENDENCE — One school is under construction in the western end of Grayson County, while another is ready to be renovated in Fries.

    Frank Williams of Pinnacle Architecture updated the Grayson County School Board on the progress of both projects during the Nov. 10 regular meeting.

    Pinnacle Architecture of North Carolina was the firm hired to design both the Grayson Highlands School near Volney and the remodeling of Fries Middle School.

  • Burke convicted of double homicide

    HILLSVILLE — Clinton Eric Burke was convicted by a jury in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday for two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Dustin Bond and George Adam Fulton last November at Fulton’s residence in Fancy Gap.

  • Police raid alleged puppy mill

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police conducted a search last Thursday at 4207 Coulson Church Road after receiving a report of dogs living in "substandard conditions" there, according to Sgt. Mike Conroy.

    As a result, authorities seized 63 dogs from the property, owned by David Winesett.

    No charges have been filed and the investigation continues, Conroy told The Gazette on Friday.

    Investigators filed a search warrant in Carroll courts in order to check on conditions of an outbuilding where the dogs were kept.

  • There's always next year

    I come not to bury the 2008 football season, but to praise it.

    On second thought, let’s do a little of both. For the first time in 14 years, no Twin County football team advanced to the Virginia High School League playoffs. The season is deceased in our neck of the woods, and it flat-lined pretty early, with the three area teams going a combined 8-22.

  • There's always next year
  • Galax sweeps volleyball honors

    There can be little argument about Jamie Cockerham being one of the Mountain Empire District’s top offensive threats. Any defender on the other end of one of Cockerham’s 318 kills can attest to that.

    Cockerham, a senior outside hitter, was named the MED’s player of the year in balloting by the league’s coaches, and the Maroon Tide’s Rose Houk was named the district’s coach of the year, leading a list that includes 11 Twin County players on either the first team, second team or honorable mention squad.

  • Caudill named region's best

    HILLSVILLE –– In voting for the Region IV player of the year award, one of the coaches from the ultra-powerful River Ridge District said she would take Kim Caudill in a heartbeat.

    No further endorsement necessary.

    Caudill, who helped lead Carroll County to one of its most successful seasons ever, was named the top player in both the Southwest District and in Region IV, capping a career that made her the top offensive threat in CCHS history.

  • Galax finishes fifth in Group A

    MANASSAS –– Galax’s boys’ cross country team finished among the top five in the state for the third consecutive year, placing fifth in the Group A championships Saturday at the Great Meadows course.

    Led by a fifth-place finish by Manuel Echeagaray, the Maroon Tide finished with 174 team points, just three points behind Northumberland for the fourth spot. It was Galax’s eighth top-five effort in the school’s 16 trips to the state meet.