Today's News

  • Cavs capture SWD; Grayson ousted in Region C quarters

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County used a 16-5 run in the second quarter to turn around a slow start, then held off an Abingdon charge in the second half to win the Southwest District boys’ tournament championship over the Falcons, 65-57 Friday at CCHS.

    Wes Smoot had two dunks in the run and finished with 15 points, sharing team honors with Connor Lundy. Ryan Gravley and Gunner Beamer added 12 points each for the Cavaliers (19-4).

  • Cavs season grinds to halt

    ROANOKE –– With Christiansburg (23-2) and Magna Vista (17-4) squaring off in the opposite bracket, No. 1 seed Carroll County appeared to have the easiest draw in the Region IV Division 4 boys’ basketball semifinals with Hidden Valley.

    The only problem was that there was nothing easy about the Titans.

    Defending its home hardwood, fourth-seeded Hidden Valley held the Cavaliers to their lowest point total of the year, owned the backboards and ended Carroll’s season with a 57-41 win Wednesday.

  • Hot-shooting Cavs advance

    HILLSVILLE –– Like any good team will do, Carroll County’s shooters were taking what the opposing defense was giving them.

    Magna Vista was in a giving mood.

    The Cavaliers shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, including a blistering 9-of-15 from 3-point range, and trounced the Warriors 71-29 in the Region IV Division 4 quarterfinals Tuesday.

  • Virginia gas prices close to national average

    The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Virginia hit $3.55 on Wednesday, just three cents shy of the national average of $3.58.
    Historically, pump prices in Virginia lag far behind the national average by ten to fifteen cents, leaving motorists to wonder why prices are so high statewide and how much higher they will go.

  • Cell tower approved in Grayson


  • Police dog's nose knows difference between coffee and pot

    William E. Flippen, 39, who listed addresses in Galax and Statesville, N.C., was arrested on Feb. 19 after a traffic stop  on a felony drug charge.
    Sgt. Shawny Jones of the Galax Police Department had stopped a vehicle operated by Flippen for exceeding the posted speed limit.
    Observations by Jones during the traffic stop caused him to request the assistance of Officer Jacob Vaughan and his police canine, Dunja.  

  • Playwright pieces together shootout history — WITH VIDEO


  • UPDATE – Tide splits titles, Carroll girls Region IV champs (with video)

    ELLISTON –– Galax was 1 for 2 in Region C Division 1 championship games Saturday night, winning the boys’ title over Parry McCluer and dropping the girls’ final to Covington.

    The defending state champs, Galax pounded the ball inside in the second half and turned a 2-point halftime lead into a 14-point spread by the end of the third quarter, rolling to the 69-52 win over the Fighting Blues.

    Maroon Tide big guys Devonte McKinney and Lawrence Parsons combined for 40 points, 31 coming after halftime.

  • McDonnell pulls support for ultrasound bill


  • Bill to drug-test welfare recipients appears dead

    RICHMOND — A House committee  appeared to end Republican-led efforts to require welfare recipients to submit to drug testing to receive benefits.
    The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee voted 14-6 to send SB 6 to the House Appropriations Committee, which appears likely to table the bill. The bill was sponsored by Chesterfield County Republican Sen. Steve Martin. A similar House bill, sponsored by Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), was tabled for the year by the Appropriations Committee, which cited annual costs of more than $1 million.