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Today's News

  • Supervisor puts own money into coyote bounty fund

    INDEPENDENCE – With funds exhausted for a controversial bounty on coyotes in Grayson County, one supervisor took it upon himself to donate additional funds in hopes that other citizens will follow-suit.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet notified supervisors by memo earlier this month that only $480 of the budgeted $10,000 remained.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 22 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County grand jury issued 22 direct indictments against 10 individuals on March 16.

    After an investigation going back almost two years, William Michael Hazelwood Sr., 37, was indicted on two counts of statutory burglary, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm and destruction of property.

    According to the indictments, Hazelwood allegedly broke into two separate Carroll County homes in the daytime, with the intent to commit larceny.

  • Free clinic reopening in Galax

    Those seeking help from the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties lately have called only to hear a message that, due to financial difficulties, the institution was closed.

    However, according to Jonathan Sweet, who acts as president of the clinic’s board of directors, the clinic is reopening on April 7 and will resume serving the community’s medical needs as before.

  • Coyote killing program a waste of money

    Editor’s note: This week’s guest editorial is by Kathy Dowell of Galax, who has been an outspoken critic of Grayson County’s coyote bounty program, and a “killing contest” that rewards the hunter who turns in the most dead coyotes. After the program recently ran out of its first $5,000 allocation, county supervisors put $5,000 more into it. With that money gone now, too, one supervisor has donated his own money to the fund and the county is asking citizens to donate prize money, too.

  • Deer harvest declines 22% from 2013

    RICHMOND –– While Virginia deer and turkey harvests reflected a decline from last year, the black bear harvest shows record numbers as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) released deer, bear and turkey harvest numbers for the fall/winter hunting season.

    A bumper crop of acorns across the state coupled with management actions to meet population objectives and some higher than normal disease mortality all factored into fluctuations in populations and harvest trends. 

  • Maroon Tide rallies past Wythe, 4-2

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie and defeated George Wythe for the second time in two Mondays, rallying for a 4-2 win Monday at George Wythe High School.

  • Galax continues hot start

    WYTHEVILLE –– One goal this year for Galax is to leave no zeroes on the board. Far from wishing to avoid a complete-game shutout, the Maroon Tide doesn’t even want to be skunked for a single inning. That’s a lofty bar to clear, without a doubt. But 10 out of the last 12 isn’t bad.

  • VDGIF reports highest-ever bear kill numbers in ‘14

    RICHMOND –– While Virginia deer and turkey harvests reflected a decline from last year, the black bear harvest shows record numbers as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) released its harvest numbers for the fall/winter hunting season.

     

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  • REMEMBER WHEN

    2010

    Grayson County scored twice in the top of the seventh, thanks in part to five stolen bases, and edged Tazewell 6-5 to complete a double header sweep. Jake Blizzard scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch from Zach Wasilewski. 

    Travis Garvey had a solo home run and later doubled to knock in Greg Bryan with the eventual game-winning run as Galax edged Floyd County 7-6.

  • Special Olympians highlight ODAC tourney

     SALEM –– Carroll County Special Olympics traveled to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament recently for a halftime exhibition game at the Salem Civic Center.

    The Carroll team put on a real show for the crowd, scoring 18 points to go with many rebounds, assists and great teamwork, with the civic center’s public address announcer calling the play-by-play.