Today's News

  • VHSL poised for shift to 6-division system

    CHARLOTTESVILLE ––The Virginia High School League is a big step closer to moving from three classifications to six while significantly reshaping current district alignments, beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

    An ad hoc task force of the VHSL Executive Committee on Wednesday released data from a Dec. 19 meeting that sets parameters for the first major realignment of VHSL schools since 1970, when the league adopted the current three-classification system.

  • Fort knocks off Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County’s Mountain Empire District schedule got off to a rough start Friday night as Fort Chiswell used a strong first quarter to fuel a 73-54 win in the MED opener for both schools.

    With the score tied at 4-4, Fort Chiswell’s Daniel Hamm got the Pioneers (9-3 overall, 1-0 district) going by draining 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. Brett Mabry knocked down another triple on Fort’s next trip down the floor and the Pioneers were off to the races as their lead grew to 11 points in less than two minutes.

  • Grayson Co. girls surge to win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Slowly but surely, Grayson County’s girls’ basketball program is getting there. The Blue Devils even have a winning streak going.

    With four freshmen in its starting lineup, Grayson County used a 16-0 run spanning halftime to separate itself from Fort Chiswell, winning its first Mountain Empire District game since the 2007-08 season, a span of 27 regular season and tournament games, with a 48-39 decision Friday night.

  • Carroll native dies in Ohio fire

    An Ohio newspaper reports that Donald Ray Frazier, a Carroll County native, has died as the result of a Jan. 3 fire at his home in Mill Creek Township, Ohio.
    The 65-year-old Frazier leaves behind many family members in Hillsville and other communities in Southwest Virginia, according to an online obituary.
    Reports in the The Coshocton Tribune newspaper in Ohio say that the cause of the fire had not been determined as of Friday, though they noted that the blaze appeared to have originated near the home’s wood burning stove.

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  • Galax woman dies in crash

    A Galax woman died in a crash early Saturday morning on Glendale Road in the city.

    According to the Galax Police Department, officers responded to a single-vehicle accident just after midnight on Jan. 7, east of Country Club Lane.

    Lacon Reana Nevada Johnson, 24, of Brickyard Road, was traveling west on Glendale when her 2001 Dodge truck went off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole. The truck rolled over several times.

  • Grant pays for emergency mobile animal shelter


  • Carroll supervisors organize for new year


  • APCo rates to go up March 1

    The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved a request by Appalachian Power Company to recover $26.1 million in costs associated with the acquisition and operation of the Dresden Generating Plant in Ohio.
    The rate adjustment, added as a rate rider allowed by Virginia law, will become effective for service rendered on or after March 1, according to an APCo press release. The new charge will increase the monthly bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity by approximately $2.08.