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Today's News

  • Grayson County meets road Hazard in 47-16 loss

    HAZARD, Ky. –– Following a drive of nearly four hours, Grayson County was greeted by a 19-point first-quarter outpouring by one of Kentucky’s top small-school teams, falling 47-16 to Hazard in a nondistrict game at Daniel Stadium.

    The Bulldogs (5-1), ranked No. 6 among Kentucky 1A schools, scored on every possession through the first three quarters to deal the Blue Devils their sixth straight defeat without a win.

  • Maroon Tide drops Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax bounced back from a big second-game deficit and swept the season series with Grayson County 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 in a Mountain Empire District volleyball match Tuesday night at Grayson County Middle School.

    “We seemed really fired-up and ready to play,” said Maroon Tide coach Rose Houk after her team improved to 8-6 overall, 3-1 in district play. “This was a really big win for us. We showed a huge improvement in our serving.”

  • Cavs block Falcon comeback

    HILLSVILLE –– As members of Carroll County’s wing-T offense, every player is counted on to block at one time or another. Zack Surratt did his in a little different manner than most.

    Surratt got his hands on two Abingdon kicks, including the batting down of a potential game-tying field goal with 17 seconds left, as the Cavaliers withstood a Falcon rally to survive with a 21-18 homecoming win in a Southwest District game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Schaeffer blisters back nine for title

    DRAPER –– A photographer came upon the threesome that included Galax’s Kyle Schaeffer during the Mountain Empire District golf tournament Monday at Draper Valley Golf Course.

    “Make sure you get some shots of the Schaeffer kid,” said the tournament staffer assigned to the group. “He’s birdied the last two holes.”

    The photographer later moved forward one group, to the threesome that included Galax’s Rob Guynn.

  • Voter registration deadline nears

    Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election, which for local voters will include choosing the president and vice president, a U.S. Senator for Virginia, a U.S. representative for the 9th District of Virginia and — in one Grayson district — a supervisor.

    To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia a person must:

    • be a resident of Virginia (A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)

    • be a U. S. citizen

  • Bautista-Perez convicted of murder

    INDEPENDENCE — Raphael Bautista-Perez, 28, of Galax, was found guilty last Thursday of first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the Oct. 1, 2007 stabbing death of Jason Smith, also of Galax.

    In Grayson County Circuit Court last Wednesday, the first day of the murder trial, Marty Smith testified that the day of his brother’s murder, he, Jason Hill, Jason Smith and a friend named Miranda had stopped by the home at 104 Greenville Road in West Galax shared by Bautista-Perez and girlfriend Pamela Blankenship Ramirez.

  • Woodlawn utility project gets go-ahead

    HILLSVILLE — Both the Carroll supervisors and the Public Service Authority members made several pivotal project decisions in a special joint meeting Sept. 24.

    In quick succession, the county officials:

    • gave the go-ahead to build the long-delayed Woodlawn sewer project, which includes service to Exit 19

    • approved a self-help water project on Happy Hollow Road

    • approved a micro-enterprise loan program administrated by People Inc.

  • Carroll County notches key SWD win

    ABINGDON –– What many expected to be one of Carroll County’s toughest Southwest District volleyball matches turned into a runaway as the Cavaliers rolled past Abingdon 25-15, 25-13, 25-7 Thursday night.

    The win was the 10th straight without a loss for Carroll County, which upped its record to 5-0 in SWD play.

  • Public record for 10/1/08 edition

    Editors Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in May, June and July in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Cottage Crafts opens at farmers' market

    HILLSVILLE — Need a handcrafted birdhouse, a fall wreath, dog biscuits, a rack puller with "Hillsville, Va." inscribed on it, or a started tomato plant (in season)?

    SWVTC Cottage Crafts, the newest vendor at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market, has all those items and others, and all at a reasonable price.

    The booth arises as a logical extension of work projects involving residents of Southwest Virginia Training Center, said vocational instructor Lee Beeman.