Today's News

  • Cavs knock off unbeaten Giles

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County battled back from being two sets down and went to extras in the fifth set to hand Giles its first volleyball loss of the season Thursday night.

    Competitive but unsuccessful in the first two games, the Cavaliers rallied for the 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 17-15 win. The victory improved Carroll County to 7-1 overall, 3-0 in the Three Rivers District, while Giles now sits at 8-1, 2-1.

  • Blue Devils back on track

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County took an early lead and fought off a second-period challenge by Marion to cruise to a 27-12 nondistrict victory at Bill Strong Field last Friday night.

    The Blue Devils bounced back from a loss to Glenvar two weeks ago with vengeance, led by quarterback Jake Hollingsworth, who rushed 19 times for 141 yards and scored all four Grayson County touchdowns.

  • VHSL approves Grayson’s drop to Class 1

    INDEPENDENCE –– The spoken word is open to interpretation. But math is math.

  • Carroll tests Highlanders

    HILLSVILLE –– Moral victories can stink, depending on one’s point of view. A moral victory is still just a loss, and Carroll County coach Jack Turner hates both of them. But this one was a little different.

    Facing a team that has averaged better than 12 wins per season over the past four years, Carroll County was within a late fourth-quarter two-point conversion of throwing a serious scare into Glenvar before falling 27-18 at Tommy Thompson Field.

    It was the Three Rivers District opener for both teams.

  • Readers Hotline 9/24/18

    What is wrong with this country? Instead of giving the rich tax cuts, which they do not need, we have neglected roads, bridges, rivers, streams, etc. Mother Nature and storms will take over every time. Just dredging some of these streams and rivers every few years or so would keep them from overflowing their banks and ruining everything in their path every time we have a bad storm.

    Price gouging?

  • Jury recommends 40 years for Keepers

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A jury on Friday recommended that Natalie Keepers serve 40 years in prison for her role in planning the death of a Blacksburg teen, whose body was found near Galax in 2016.

    Keepers, 21, of Maryland, was convicted of being an accessory to first-degree murder before the fact, following a four-day trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

    On Friday, the jury deliberated about her sentencing recommendation after hearing testimony from both the defense and prosecution and — for the first time — Keepers herself.

  • Father, son from Lowgap charged with murder

    Staff Report

    LOWGAP, N.C. — A father and son face murder charges after a woman’s body was found in Surry County last week.

    Jimmie Calvin Anderson, 71, and Jimmie Andrew Anderson, 30, both of 160 Timber Lane in Lowgap were charged with first-degree murder on Saturday, according to Surry Sheriff Jimmy Combs.

    The victim has been identified as Jennifer Carol Sandberg Bright, 59, of 110 Lonely Hearts Trail, Mount Airy, N.C., and formerly of Galax, Va.

  • Apple Butter Time at Mountain Plains

    HILLSVILLE – A local church that has kept seasonal traditions alive for nearly 70 years will be holding its annual fall festival on Saturday.

    The tradition of apple butter making started at Mountain Plains United Methodist Church back in the 1950s. The tradition has thrived, and the church members and people from the community still use the same recipes and procedures that were developed almost seven decades ago to cook apples over an open flame.

  • Grayson Highlands Fall Festival celebrates 42 years

    Staff Report

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Grayson Highlands State Park’s 42nd annual Fall Festival will be held Sept. 29-30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    There is a $10 per day parking fee. The event is sponsored by the Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad, Fire Department, and ladies auxiliary.

    Live bluegrass and old-time music will be featured on Saturday. Music starts at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.

    This year’s lineup includes:

    • 10 a.m. - Recorded music

    • 11 a.m. - To be announced

  • Galax business competition takes off

    Staff Report

    Entries are open for the Jump! Galax Business Competition, which was announced last month.

    The competition, funded by $43,000 in grant money from the governor, is to help draw more businesses to the downtown area.

    Applications are available at GalaxVa.com or at BRCEDA.org. They may also be obtained from Jessica Milby at (276) 238-8130 or jmilby@GalaxVa.com. Regardless of where they are obtained, applications must be returned to Milby by Sept. 26.