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Today's News

  • Winners of MED tournaments will have earned it

    Basketball may be a non-contact sport, but whoever cuts down the nets following this week’s MED tournaments may do so with a proverbial black eye, because both the girls’ and the boys’ tournaments could prove to be real dogfights.

    No. 5 Grayson County visits No. 4 Galax as the girls’ bracket gets under way tonight, while Bland County travels to No. 4 Narrows as the boys begin their tournament.

  • Carroll County ends season on two-game slide

    DUBLIN –– Hannah Davidson scored on a layup with 10 seconds to play, helping lift Pulaski County to a 50-47 nondistrict win over Carroll County Friday in the regular season finale for both schools.

    The Cavaliers (14-8) outscored the Cougars 18-8 in the second period to take a 22-16 halftime lead before Pulaski (11-11) rallied in the second half.

    Kayla Goins and Lindsey Martin led Carroll County with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Davidson was 7 of 7 from the foul line and led all scorers with 17 points for the Cougars.

  • Carroll takes another title

    HILLSVILLE –– There is debate every year it seems about whether or not Carroll County belongs in the Southwest District. One thing’s for sure –– the Southwest District belongs to Carroll County, at least in girls’ basketball.

  • Tide takes suspense out of MED

    Galax threw a wrench into what was sure to be a tight finish in the Mountain Empire District girls’ race, stunning Bland County 45-41 in the MED finale for both teams Tuesday night.

    The Bears (17-5 overall, 6-2 district) could have tied Fort Chiswell for the regular season championship with a win but couldn’t overcome the Maroon Tide (8-13, 3-5).

  • Cavs enter tourney with a spark

    FLOYD –– Tied at 35 in the regular season finale with Floyd County, Carroll County coach Brad Hawks and his staff spent more than half of a 60-second timeout discussing how to play the final 24 seconds.

    Instead of setting up one final play, Hawks and his staff decided to run what they brung.

    A basic continuation of the Cavaliers’ set offense resulted in a wide-open 18-footer from the baseline for Will Jones, who swished the jumper as time expired, lifting Carroll County to a 37-35 nondistrict win.

  • Hillsville dog breeder charged again

    HILLSVILLE — The commercial dog breeder from Hillsville who was convicted of multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect in 2008 faces 15 new misdemeanor charges after a surprise Jan. 27 inspection, according to Carroll's commonwealth's attorney.

    Lanzie Carroll Horton Jr. was previously convicted of 14 counts of animal cruelty and 25 counts of neglect in Carroll General District Court. Those convictions were upheld in Carroll circuit, and Horton has asked the Virginia Appeals Court to overturn the initial ruling.

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  • Vote may not have been legal

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will have to re-elect a chairperson at its February meeting after the procedure used in January was deemed to be unfit according to Virginia state law.

    During the meeting held Jan. 26, two nominations were made for chairperson — former chairwoman Wynn Combs and board member Misty Cassell.

    When called to a vote, each received two from the board members present. Board member Shannon Holdaway was absent.

  • Lifetime achievement award

    INDEPENDENCE "" As did old Independence High before it, Grayson County High School has enjoyed a ton of winning over the years, and Thomas Owens has been there for a huge chunk of it. Rightfully so, a little chunk of the school now bears his name.

    Owens, a multi-sport coach at the school since 1975, received a double honor Thursday night when, in a ceremony before the Grayson-Fort Chiswell basketball game, he was inducted into the GCHS Wall of Fame and had the school’s basketball court named in his honor.

  • Galax boys clinch MED; Lady Cavs lose on buzzer-beater

    NARROWS –– Galax locked up the Mountain Empire District boys’ basketball championship, jumping to a big first-quarter lead and holding on for a 66-52 win Saturday over Narrows.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 19-2 overall, 5-1 in the district and earned an automatic spot in the Region C Division 1 playoffs as well as the top seed in the MED tournament.

    Scott Alouf hit six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 24 points for Galax. Tyler Houk and Justin Hash tossed in 15 points apiece.

    Adam Morris led Narrows (4-15, 2-5) with 14 points.