Today's News

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  • Marksman aims for "Top Shot" victory


  • Man hangs himself on New River Trail

    Police say a 34-year-old man hung himself from a tree in full view of users of the New River Trail near Dannelly Park on Aug. 30.

    A trail user called authorities at about 5:49 p.m. to get help from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and rescue squad personnel. The man used two dog leashes to hang himself from a pine tree, according to a deputy's report.

  • Blue Devils face tough task

    INDEPENDENCE –– By his own admission, Brett McPherson would be crazy to not be happy with where his football team is right now.

    Including its benefit game, Grayson County has lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 119 points the last two Fridays. A wretched defensive effort in that benefit game was followed by the Blue Devils locking down (albeit against a vastly overmanned opponent) in the season opener, a 55-12 win over Alleghany.

  • Tide welcomes Floyd back to town

    After a four-year hiatus, one of the longer-running rivalries in this part of the state will resume tonight when Floyd County travels to Galax for a nondistrict game in what will be the Maroon Tide’s 2011 home opener.

    After a pair of sub-par efforts on their home turf, the Buffaloes are probably hoping a change of scenery will do them good.

  • Carroll, Mt. Airy to finally meet on football field

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County High School and Mount Airy Senior High have been sitting just 21 miles apart for more than 40 years without their varsity football players ever having stood across the field from one another.

    That will change this week.

    A rivalry that never was but should have been will finally kick off Friday when the Granite Bears chug up Fancy Gap Mountain for a nondistrict game at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Cavs take Tide in three

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County used a 10-1 run in the first set and a 15-3 tear in the third to roll to a 25-16, 25-22, 25-8 win over Galax in a nondistrict match Monday night.

    “We played well defensively,” Cavalier coach Cindy Edwards said after her team improved to 2-1 on the year. “And we keep talking about somebody stepping up and wanting to be the one to put the ball down, and I see us getting better doing that.”

  • Tate enters Carroll school board race

    LAUREL FORK — A long-time school system volunteer from Laurel Fork wants to ensure students get a quality education by serving on the Carroll County School Board.
    Janet Hylton Tate has joined the race to be the Laurel Fork school board representative, competing with Sanford “Sandy” Hendrick for the open seat.
    Tate has experience serving on several educational committees, including the kindergarten committee, the textbook screening committee, school division construction committee.

  • Oracle trial moved to November

    INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute’s religious discrimination case against Grayson County has been rescheduled again, this time to Nov. 16-17.
    The trial originally was set for May, then moved to September.
    The suit alleges that the Grayson County Board of Supervisors violated Oracle Institute President Laura George’s rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and equal protection of the law in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and the U.S. and Virginia constitutions.

  • Man arrested in connection with major marijuana operation