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Today's News

  • Patrick County topples Tide

    Wet and soggy conditions couldn't slow down the rushing attack of the Patrick County Cougars as they rumbled over Galax for a 32-6 nondistrict win Friday night.

    The Cougars (4-1) managed 346 yards on 51 carries, including 180 yards from standout senior running back John Harris.

    Harris, who played only a few snaps into the second half, is expected to be playing on Saturdays this time next fall and rolled over the Tide (1-4) on almost every carry.

  • Happy shopping

    If you're one of those people who feels better after indulging in some retail therapy, then you should know that you're shopping practices can help others, too.

    By visiting SWVTC Cottage Crafts at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market in Hillsville, you will support vocational pursuits at the training center.

    The booth set up in the retail building at the farmers' market is the logical extension of the Southwest Virginia Training Center's handicrafts and gifts made by those who live there.

  • Tide to face area's top rusher

    Galax has had two full weeks with which to prepare for Patrick County. That can be a blessing, or it can be a curse. Any high school coach would welcome the added time to devise a way to contain the Cougars’ John Harris. The curse is in having twice as long to think about it.

  • Grant building decision looms

    By BEN BOMBERGER

    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE After two community planning meetings in the Grant community of Grayson County, citizens asked the Grayson Board of Supervisors to allow the Goodwill Grange to maintain control of an old county-owned building.

    Earlier this year the supervisors put together a school facilities committee to hold meetings and discuss what to do with various properties around the county. The Grant building was first.

    Frieda Hutton serves on the committee and approached the supervisors with a recommendation at their Sept. 11 meeting.

  • Wrangling over AmerLink incentive begins

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE

    Staff

    HILLSVILLE As Carroll County seeks $600,000 in state incentive funds it is owed back from log home company AmerLink, officials from granting authorities are watching the situation.

    The Virginia tobacco commission and the Governor's Opportunity Fund gave $300,000 each as incentives to attract the log home manufacturer to build a sawmill, spend $3 million on equipment and other improvements and create 200 jobs at the Carroll County Industrial Park.

  • Grayson Co. grad engineering stellar year at MIT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –– As a student, DeRon Brown is doing just fine at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The kid sure hasn’t forgotten how to play football.

    Brown has enjoyed a stellar first three weeks of the 2008 season at MIT, averaging nearly 200 yards per game and picking up one of New England’s top weekly football honors in the process as the Engineers have gotten off to a 2-1 start.

  • Devils get fresh start in MED opener

    INDEPENDENCE –– Thus begins the Mother of All Road Swings.

    Grayson County begins a five-week, four-game tour of Southwest Virginia and the nether regions of Eastern Kentucky tonight when the Blue Devils travel to Giles County to face Narrows at Ragsdale Field in the Mountain Empire District opener for both schools.

  • Cavaliers host surprising Terriers

    HILLSVILLE –– William Byrd has got it all wrong.

    When a team loses 17 starters, most of them three-year starters, it isn’t supposed to be competitive. The Terriers, gutted last year by graduation, weren’t supposed to open the year 2-0. They weren’t supposed to hang within three points of Salem, and they sure as heck weren’t supposed to score 34 points and rack up more than 300 rushing yards against the No. 1 Group AA team in the state, Brookville, as they did in last week’s 49-34 loss to the Bees.

  • Bank robber caught in Fries

    By BEN BOMBERGER

    Staff

    FRIES A Maryland man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Mount Airy, N.C., was apprehended Wednesday in Fries by Grayson County deputies.

    Brian Keith Wise, 41, of Cumberland, Md. was wanted for questioning in connection with a bank robbery at Bank of America in Mount Airy around 12:30 on Wednesday.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said his office was asked to be on the lookout for a suspect and a vehicle believed to be heading towards Grayson.

  • Hillsville man killed in La. crash

    RUSTON, La. — Federal Express driver Anthony Sifford of Hillsville, Va., was killed in a collision of tractor-trailers Wednesday morning on Interstate 20 in Louisianna.

    Sifford, 41, died at the scene after the crash at 8:22 a.m. His passenger, Rodney Palmer of Martinsville, Va., died at 1 a.m. Thursday of severe burns at the Louisianna State University Medical Center in Shreveport.