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Today's News

  • Late score lifts Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County girls’ soccer coach Wayne Edmonds will have to hold on to that fiery pre-overtime speech he was working on for another time. Cynthia Arellano and Laken Hall laid it to waste.

    Hall’s goal off of Arellano’s feed with about a minute left in regulation helped the Cavaliers avoid what looked like a certain overtime as Carroll County edged Marion 3-2 in the Southwest District tournament quarterfinals Monday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Quick start lifts Devils to 11-1 win

    INDEPENDENCE –– With Grayson County and Fort Chiswell scheduled to play Mountain Empire District tournament championship games against each other in softball and baseball, both at 5 p.m. and just a couple hundred yards apart, tournament organizers decided to stagger the starts of the two events, with softball getting under way at 3 p.m.

    Those softball fans who didn’t scramble up the hill in time to see the first two innings of the baseball final didn’t miss anything they hadn’t just witnessed.

  • Carroll County takes third in SWD with 2-1 win

    WARDELL –– The law of averages had to even things out sometime. After six losses to district teams by two runs or less, including a heartbreaking 3-2 loss the day before to undefeated Richlands, fate had to be on Carroll County’s side at least once.

    Saturday, it was. Fate, plus great defense, solid pitching and a little timely hitting.

  • Thorne, Blue Devils take MED

    INDEPENDENCE –– For four innings, Grayson County pitcher Morgan Thorne was perfect. By the time perfection had escaped her, she and the Blue Devils were too far ahead for it to matter.

    Grayson County won its third straight Mountain Empire District tournament championship Thursday, jumping out to a 10-0 lead before settling for a 13-5 win in the championship game at B.A. Rhudy Fields.

  • Elk Creek couple raises lively, lovable livestock

    ELK CREEK — Nestled in the woods of Elk Creek is a 40-acre farm that offers anyone the opportunity to walk with and learn about goats.

    Paul and Mary Cottenier spent their lives in the hustle and bustle just outside Tampa, Fla. After retiring, the couple began looking for a calmer place to settle down.

    With family in Boone, N.C., the couple first looked for places there. After having no luck, they began looking in the mountains of Virginia.

  • Kaine's tax plan faces roadblocks in General Assembly

    RICHMOND — Minutes after Gov. Timothy M. Kaine unveiled a plan on May 12 for an almost $860 million tax increase to help transportation, House Republican leaders declared it all but dead.

    "I don't see anything positive in the plan that could make it something that could be considered," said House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R-Salem). "It's all tax, tax, tax."

    So begins the latest chapter in the state's six-year quest for money to build new roads and improve existing ones.

  • City offers to help pet owners

    As part of a new strategy to reduce the population of strays, Galax is offering the city's pet owners the opportunity to receive a reimbursement check that will cover a portion of the cost to sterilize their cat or dog.

    The city will reimburse the pet owner $50 — or 50 percent, whichever is less — to spay or neuter a cat or dog they own or are adopting.

    "The hope is to see fewer stray animals," said Assistant City Manager Keith Barker. "Sometimes we don't do something because of cost savings, but just because it's the better thing to do."

  • PSA balks at fees

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Public Service Authority will dedicate a special meeting May 27 at 7 p.m. to discussing possible utility rate adjustments and new fees.

    Authority members had a follow-up discussion at their regular May meeting on Director Ray Hill’s idea to include new revenue-generating fees. All they decided was that they need to talk about the matter further.

  • Music Center launches summer concert series

    The Blue Ridge Music Center launched its 2008 summer concert series on Saturday. This season, visitors from all over the world will have a chance to hear and learn about many types of Blue Ridge music and to meet people associated with it from this region.

    The visitor center and interpretive museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After Memorial Day weekend it will be open daily. There will be music at the music center daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Pedestrian struck, injured near parkway

    A pedestrian was injured in an accident May 25 on Virginia 945 in Carroll County, about a third of a mile north of its intersection with Virginia 608.

    A Virginia State Police report by Trooper S.M. Cochran identified the injured man as Warren Clyde Meredith from Fancy Gap.

    The accident happened shortly after 10 p.m., when Meredith was struck by a 1992 Ford Explorer, driven by Amy D. Cooper.

    No charges have been placed.

    No other information was available from the report.