Today's News

  • Galax fills six first-team spots

    Here’s a telling fact about small-school football, which, by necessity, is about as iron-man as it comes: Of the 14 names listed on the all-Mountain Empire District first-team defense, no fewer than 11 were also first- or second-team on offense.

    That’s single-A ball, where few are expected to do much. Few did more than Galax’s Tyler Houk, the only player named first team at three different positions on the 2008 all-MED football team, voted on by the district’s coaches.

  • Tide girls still on the upswing

    Galax girls’ basketball coach Jamie Dotson isn’t into predictions. It’s probably a good thing, because nobody would have foreseen what the Lady Maroon Tide accomplished last season.

    One year removed from a 1-18 record, Galax bounced back by coming within one game of a Group A Division 1 state tournament berth, knocking off Holston and then Highland County in triple overtime before falling to Bland County in the Region C semifinals to finish the season at 10-16.

  • Galax hopeful despite holes

    Confounded graduation.

    Here Galax goes to the state final four for the first time in decades, and darned if the state board of education doesn’t go and tell seven Maroon Tide players that they are no longer needed as students at GHS.

    Well, if Tide coach Verl Brown must start over, he has a pretty good nucleus with which to do so.

  • Interim funding sought for exits

    HILLSVILLE — To move along development of two Interstate 77 exits, the Carroll County Public Service Authority will seek interim financing.

    Exit 19 is to be served as part of the regional water project with Wythe County and Wytheville and as part of the Woodlawn sewer project. Private landowners have graded a large tract there to prepare it for development.

    At Exit 1, availability of water and sewer service was pivotal in attracting a Love's truck stop to the Lambsburg area.

  • Incident results in new bus policies

    INDEPENDENCE — After a 3-year-old girl was accidentally left on a bus for nearly seven hours in August, the Grayson County school system has made changes to its school bus safety procedures.

    During the regular school board meeting Nov. 10, Transportation Supervisor Dennis Roop updated the board on the additions, as well as the procedures previously in place.

  • Lane waives right to hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Pulaski man will face a Carroll County grand jury on an involuntary manslaughter charge from a July 4 crash that killed a Hillsville man.

    William Keith Lane appeared in Carroll General District Court last Tuesday for a scheduled preliminary hearing.

    This stemmed from the wreck that killed Welcher Vaughn Dalton, 85, on U.S. 221 near the Virginia 638 intersection.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/24/08

    Writer criticizes Boucher

    It is time to congratulate Rep. Rick Boucher for yet another re-election.

    Although he ran unopposed, Mr. Boucher raised $1.6 million and reportedly spent $1 million on his “campaign.” Lobbyists contributed $60,000 to him and political action committees contributed over $1.1 million. He retains $1.3 million in his reelection war chest.

  • Woods,ee^Bassett down Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– They weren’t boo-ing. They were saying “Boo.”


    Bassett quarterback Rashawn “Boo” Woods accounted for 168 yards of offense in the first half as the Bengals jumped out to a 21-0 lead, holding off Carroll County 28-7 in the season opener for both schools Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Hurst named Carroll's teacher of the year

    HILLSVILLE — As an educator of at-risk students, Lisa Hurst believes she has to be a "risk taker" to get them involved in the learning process.

    Her successes in the Regional Alternative Education Center classroom have led to her being named Carroll County's Teacher of the Year.

    Members of the school board presented the award last Tuesday at their regular November meeting.

    Hurst, who earned a bachelor of arts in English from High Point University in 1986, plans to complete her master's degree work in English education by next May.

  • Sheriff asks to use seized drug money

    INDEPENDENCE — Unexpected vacancies have put the Grayson County Sheriff's Department's budget in a tight spot, forcing the sheriff to shift money around to cover the bills.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan asked the Grayson Board of Supervisors on Nov. 13 for additional money to be transferred from the Special Law Enforcement Fund to a few line items to help get through the tough times.

    The fund consists of money from drug and property forfeiture — as well as restitution paid.