Today's News

  • Huge rally falls short

     INDEPENDENCE –– Carroll County survived a 28-point Grayson County rally and used a two-point conversion in overtime to escape Grayson County with a 36-35 win in a nondistrict game Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Insurance provision for young adults takes effect

    A part of the national health care reform law that took effect Sept. 23 allows a parent to include their children on their plans until they are age 26.
    It is one of several provisions that began six months after the law was passed.
    Most health plans that offer dependent coverage now must permit parents to include young adult children up to age 26. The measure takes effect on the first day of a policy’s new plan year.

  • Audit: VDOT left nearly $500M unspent in 2009

    RICHMOND — Hundreds of millions in unspent reserves identified by an independent auditor will be taken from state transportation accounts and funneled into delayed road repair and construction work, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week.
    McDonnell aims to spend $614 million in recovered cash over the next year — a boost to the state's transportation needs, he said.


    The Galax Police Department, Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Galax-Grayson EMS and Twin County Regional Hospital will conduct a full-scale emergency operations drill today, Wednesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

    The drill will simulate a school disaster in Galax.

    Traffic delays may be expected in the area of Galax Elementary School.

  • Virginia outscores nation in reading, math

    Average SAT scores for Virginia's 2010 graduating class are nearly identical to last year's, with students scoring higher than the national average in reading and writing, but below in math.

    The College Board, which administers the SAT college-readiness exam, released national and state-by-state results this week. Nationwide, this year's graduating class participated in the SAT in higher numbers than previous graduating classes, the organization said.

  • Trustee sues AmerLink for $25 million

    WILSON, N.C. — Several of AmerLink's officers and sister companies conspired together to commit fraud, claims the court-appointed trustee in a lawsuit seeking $25 million in damages in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

  • Two plead guilty to meth conspiracy charges

    ROANOKE — Two Hillsville men pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to deal methamphetamine, after a two-year investigation by the Twin County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
    Federal agents had sought search warrants for the homes of Rigoberto Ruiz-Ruvalcaba of 328 Saddle Up Trail and Stacey Harold Bullion of 63 Lewis Lane as early as April 2009.

  • Homecoming foe no pushover

     This isn’t your father’s Craig County. It isn’t even your older brother’s Craig County.

    This year, everybody’s favorite homecoming opponent is getting some.

    “They’re really good. I was even more impressed when I started looking at film on them,” said Galax coach Mark Dixon of the Rockets, Galax’s opponent tonight for, ahem, homecoming.

  • Elk Creek points battles come down to the wire

     ELK CREEK –– A father-daughter combo and several close finishes highlighted the championship points races at Elk Creek Dragway.

    With the Sept. 11 event rained out, the final points standings reverted to the previous weekend’s totals, with three classes decided by nine points or fewer each.

    Bobby Hash of Independence took the Super Pro Eliminator points title by one point over Linn Joines, 1,046-1,045. Gary Boyer (965), Billy Lewis (904) and Tracy Kilby (882) rounded out the top five.

  • Cavaliers, Blue Devils set for showdown

     Carroll County rebounded nicely last week from a pretty thorough defeat the week before. Tonight, Grayson County will get its chance to do the same.

    The Cavaliers conclude their nondistrict schedule and the Blue Devils look to bounce back from their first loss of the year as the two meet in Independence for a 7:30 kickoff at Bill Strong Field.