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Today's News

  • Bland County drops Cavaliers for seventh

    MAX MEADOWS – It may not have been the championship game, but both teams played hard in the seventh-place matchup of the Wythe County BB&T Tournament Monday at Fort Chiswell High School.

    Both Carroll and Bland Counties came into the match-up with an 0-2 record in the tournament with Carroll falling to Floyd on Friday night and host Fort Chiswell on Saturday. Bland on the other hand, lost to George Wythe Friday and PH-Glade Spring on Saturday.

  • Maroon Tide boys top Alleghany

    SPARTA, N.C. –– Galax started each half with a bang and dropped host Alleghany 54-41 Monday in the Cross-Border Shootout.

     

    The Maroon Tide (8-1) outscored the Trojans a combined 36-13 in the first and third periods and led by 22 points late in the game before Alleghany made a late push.

    Scott Alouf led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Galax, which played Elkin Tuesday in the second day of the event. Cameron Frazier contributed 13 points and five assists, while Kyle Adams pulled down 10 rebounds to go with eight points.

  • Scorching second half lifts Devils past Alleghany

    SPARTA, N.C. –– Grayson County made it 4-for-4 for the Virginia boys, knocking off host Alleghany 65-53 in the Cross Border Shootout Tuesday night.

    The Blue Devils and Galax both went 2-0 in the event. Grayson County shot nearly 80 percent from the floor in the second half, hitting 19 of 24 attempts to pull away from a 22-21 halftime lead.

    Eric Harvey led Grayson County with 19 points and Tyler Rutherford scored 13 of his 16 after halftime.

    Cody Miller led all scorers with 20 points for the Trojans and Julian McNeil added 17.

  • Floyd pulls away from Cavs

    MAX MEADOWS –– Carroll County battled back from a 10-point deficit to trail Floyd County just 40-39 midway through the third period, but the Buffaloes answered with a 9-0 run and sent the Cavaliers to the bottom bracket of the Wythe County Christmas Tournament with a 71-55 win Friday at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • Three Cavaliers place in North Davidson tourney

    LEXINGTON, N.C. –– Carroll County had three wrestlers finish among the top 10 in their individual weight classes at the King of the Mat Invitational, hosted by North Davidson High School on Dec. 21-22.

    Heavyweight Drew McCraw brought home a third-place finish, 130-pounder Blake Bowman placed fourth and Aaron Willard gritted his way to a ninth-place finish in the tournament, which included 37 teams from as far away as Wisconsin, Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

  • Carroll named agricultural 'disaster area'

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Farmers in Carroll County felt the heat over the summer, but federal representatives say that relief is on the way.

    On the last day of 2008, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) announced that parts of Southwest Virginia have been designated agricultural disaster areas, meaning that farmers who suffered crop losses due to the drought and excessive heat may be eligible to receive assistance from the federal government.

  • Stolen Escalade found in Grayson

    A 2008 Cadillac Escalade allegedly stolen in Fancy Gap has been recovered on a rural road in Grayson County.

    A motorist called the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department Dec. 22 to report a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Greenhouse Road, off Powerhouse Road about 2.5 miles from U.S. 58.

    Grayson sheriff’s deputies, Independence Police Chief James Wagoner and Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan went to the scene and had to ford a creek to reach the abandoned vehicle.

  • Turman ordered to remain in hospital

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2006 beating death of her mother will remain in a state hospital at the order of a Carroll County judge.

    Rene Loving Turman was charged after her mother, Susan Sprinkle Clark, 79, was found dead in a trailer on Double Cabin Road by Carroll deputies.

    Turman had called authorities herself to report the incident, saying that she had "bludgeoned" her mother to death.

    Asked why by a dispatcher, Turman responded that it was because her mother was "a demon."

  • Town police get new software

    INDEPENDENCE — Police officers in Independence will soon be able to file all paperwork from the convenience of their vehicles.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner asked town council earlier this year to appropriate $2,000 for the purchase of new software for the department's laptops.

    Wagoner said in previous meetings that having the software in the police vehicles would keep officers on the streets longer — instead of having to spend a couple hours a week in the office filing paperwork.

  • Carrico prepares for state budget work

    Del. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) faces a stiff challenge as he begins his eighth year of service in the Virginia General Assembly.

    Carrico — who represents the 5th District that includes Grayson County, Galax and parts of Smyth, Wythe and Carroll counties — said the general economy of the state is not good.

    The state has a budget of about $40 billion a year and it will be the General Assembly's job to come up with ways to reach that goal.

    Carrico said that it would be hard to increase taxes because people can't afford to pay them.