Today's News

  • Town considers Sunday alcohol sales


    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council could once again consider allowing alcohol sales on Sundays.
    Citizen Kip Blevins addressed council during a public comment portion of the monthly meeting March 8. He noted that alcohol can be purchased on Sundays in other nearby localities and pointed out that the town is losing revenue from those sales.
    “This needs to be strongly looked at and strongly addressed,” Blevins said.

  • Speakers oppose Fancy Gap zoning plan


  • Griffith to attend chamber event

    INDEPENDENCE — 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) will be in Grayson County for a "meet and greet"with the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

    The event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Historic 1908 Courthouse, 107 E. Main St.

  • Warner holds town hall in Hillsville


  • Luck of the draw will decide terms

    HILLSVILLE — For those wondering which Carroll supervisors and school board members will be required to serve two-year terms after the November election, the Carroll Electoral Board has a suggestion.
    The electoral board members presented their ideas in a letter to County Administrator Gary Larrowe, who shared the letter with the county supervisors at their March 14 meeting.

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  • Homeschool team finishes with flourish

     LYNCHBURG –– The State Line Rush homeschool girls’ basketball team concluded its inaugural season with a 21-14 record, earning a championship and a runner-up finish in its final two tournaments of the year.

    The Rush won the East Tennessee Ladies’ Classic in Kingsport, Tenn., on March 12. Six teams competed in the double-elimination tournament with the Rush opening play with a pair of wins on March 11, defeating the Lighthouse Eagles of Kingsport 37-22 and Titan Teamsport of Bristol 40-7 in the early rounds.

  • ACC Barnstorming Tour to make visit in Galax

     The ACC Barnstorming Tour will make a stop at Galax High School on April 13, bringing some of the nation’s best college basketball players to the Twin Counties.

    In its 33rd year, the tour has traveled with the likes of Phil Ford, Len Bias, Michael Jordan and Tyler Hansbrough. This year’s roster includes Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler of Duke, Justin Knox of UNC, Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech and Tracy Smith of N.C. State.

  • Homeschoolers second in state

     The Lady Panthers of the Blue Ridge Panthers Homeschool Athletic Association placed second  in the Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association’s varsity state tournament March 5 at the Joy Ranch gymnasium.

    The fourth-seeded Panthers opened the tournament by upsetting top seed Richmond Spirit 41-35 in overtime.

    “Our girls gave all they had and more,” head coach Mark Wagg said.

    In the championship game, the Panters fell to the Front Royal Flames 38-22, finishing second in the state.

  • Swim teams compete in Southwest District championships

     On the weekend of Feb. 18-19, the Southwest District Championships of Virginia Swimming were held at The Carter Athletic Center in Roanoke. 

    The Galax Riptide from the Galax Recreation Department and the Tiger Sharks of the Carroll Wellness Center were among the nearly 400 swimmers from Southwest Virginia at the meet, which included teams from Bristol, Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Lexington, Lynchburg,  Christiansburg, Radford, Roanoke and some smaller towns and cities Southwest Virginia.