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Today's News

  • Grayson can't hold early lead over Giles

    INDEPENDENCE –– For just the second time in the past five years, the Region C baseball championship trophy won’t reside in Grayson County.

    Giles powered its way to six runs in the third inning and outplayed the two-time defending regional champion Blue Devils down the stretch, rolling on to the semifinals with a 9-5 win Tuesday at the GNB Baseball Complex.

    The loss was a bitter end for Grayson County (17-6), which had won three of the past four Region C titles and reached the Group A finals each of the past two years.

  • Sports roundup for 5/30/08

    SOFTBALL

    Grayson County 8, Floyd 7

    Tina Vaughan homered twice to bring Grayson County back from the brink of elimination and Megan Funk drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Blue Devils rallied for an 8-7 win over Floyd County in the Region C softball quarterfinals Tuesday at B.A. Rhudy Fields.

  • Burris signs with Bluefield College

    INDEPENDENCE — During her career as Grayson County’s third baseman and leadoff hitter, Lindsey Burris has been as reliable as the sunrise. A new day dawned recently for the young Blue Devil, who signed a letter-of-intent to play for Bluefield College.

    During the past three seasons, Burris has yet to finish with a batting average below .500. Despite being sidelined for two games recently with a minor knee injury, Burris still led the Twin Counties through the first week of May with a .625 average (24-for-39) with 21 runs scored and 14 stolen bases.

  • Arrest rumors refuted

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite several rumors that spread on Wednesday — that a person of interest had been named in the 2002 murder of Brandon Billings — Grayson Commonwealth Attorney Douglas Vaught said that was not the case.

    “The investigation into the Brandon Billings murder is continuing, although no persons of interest have been identified. Both the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Grayson Sheriff’s Office continue to extend their support to the Billings family,” said Vaught in a press release Wednesday.

  • A little beam of light

    HILLSVILLE — In the midst of treatment for a brain tumor, Emily Beamer's spirit remains untouched.

    In fact, Emily — in typical fashion — inspires good morale among her family members by staying positive and strong, says mother Malinda.

    The recent graduate from Fancy Gap Elementary and rising Woodlawn sixth grader keeps on smiling, despite being diagnosed with pineoblastoma in March.

    "Emily's always smiling, she's always bright and positive," Malinda said. "She's always been that way."

  • Texting while driving gets thumbs down

    A popular anti-cell phone bumper sticker says: “Shut up and drive!”

    If you own the sticker, stop reading because what follows will drive you nuts.

    Just more than a third of Virginia drivers surveyed admit they have sent text messages while driving, making this the sixth most active state for the controversial habit, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

    Nationally, 28 percent of those surveyed acknowledged they have typed with the keypads of tiny cell phones while heading down the road.

  • Without funds, free medical clinic in jeopardy

    A clinic that provides free health care to people in need is facing a dire prognosis — without a transfusion of funds in the next month, it may have to close its doors.

    The Free Medical Clinic of the Twin Counties has been serving the community for years, and recently moved into its first permanent home on Oldtown Street in downtown Galax.

    A recent fundraiser brought in $700, but clinic Executive Director Dina Slusher says $15,000 is needed before July 1 to keep the facility open.

  • Opry is sole proposal

    HILLSVILLE — All proposals for developing 91 acres of Carroll-owned land near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange were due in the county administrator’s office last Thursday at 5 p.m.

    When asked by The Gazette how many proposals they had received after the deadline, county officials pointed to a sole white, sealed cardboard package sitting on a desk.

  • Cave Spring ends Cavs' soccer season

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County goalkeeper Zach Surratt was asked by the head official to change his jersey early on in the Cavaliers’ Region IV first-round match against Cave Spring. His red and black top was too similar to the red and black of the visitors’ uniforms. With no suitable replacement on the Cavalier sidelines, Surratt donned one of the blaze orange sideline jerseys worn by the visitors.

    Surratt probably felt like there were still a couple of Knights inside it by the time the evening was over.

  • Warriors nip Cavaliers 1-0

    HILLSVILLE –– When two pitchers dominate a game like Carroll County’s Rebecca Thomas and Magna Vista’s Kristen Anglin did Monday, the contest is akin to walking a tightrope with no net. One false move and it’s all over.

    Monday, Carroll County twitched first.

    A pitch to the screen on an 0-2 count with two out in the top of the seventh resulted in the game’s only run as Magna Vista eliminated Carroll County 1-0 in the first round of the Region IV softball tournament.