Today's News

  • Blue Devils, Maroon Tide finish second

    RINER – Grayson County came in a close second last Thursday in a three-team golf played at Auburn Hills Golf Club in Riner.

    Homestanding Auburn finished first with a team total of 176 while the Blue Devils shot a 179 and third place Fort Chiswell a 195.

    Levi Lundy paced the Blue Devil attack with a 43. Trevor Hawks and Chase Hensdell both shot a 45, Sawyer Moxley a 46 and Jackson Moxley a 56.

    The Blue Devils will play a tri-match today (Monday) at New River Country Club in Sparta, N.C., against Auburn and Galax.


  • Grayson County runs past Trojans

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball, built a three-touchdown lead by the early stages of the second half and went on to open its season with a 28-7 nondistrict win over Alleghany (N.C.) Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Cavs open strong, taking 21-6 win from Patrick

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County Cavaliers left the stadium with an opening-night win under their belts after a 21-6 victory in a non-district challenge this past Friday against the Patrick County Cougars.

  • Tide battles, falls short

    When Galax made a change in direction with its offense in the offseason, coach Mark Dixon said the Maroon Tide was just looking for a different way to lose. Those words shouldn’t be taken too literally. Despite coming up short in its season opener, the Tide may have found a different way to win.

  • Firefighters save dog from burning house

    FRIES — Members of the Fries Volunteer Fire Department knocked down a grease fire at a Fries home last week and rescued a canine that had run upstairs as the family was evacuating the residence.

    According to a report from Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, the department was called to the scene of a structure fire at 18 Broom Lane at approximately 3:55 p.m. on Aug. 22. On arrival, responding firefighters found what they later determined was a grease fire that began on the stove and spread to the wall and cabinets above.

  • Kyle sentenced for child abuse

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Fries man, charged last year in connection with a child abuse case, pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Grayson County Circuit Court on Aug. 23.

    Court records confirmed that Xavier Tyquane Kyle, 21, pleaded guilty to abuse of a child, resulting in serious injury — a Class 4 felony. The charge brought Kyle a sentence of three years and six months in prison, with all but four months suspended. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation, with probation to begin upon sentencing.

  • Two charged with stolen property, evading police

    Staff Report

    Police responding to a report of an altercation ended up chasing one suspect and finding stolen property and a stolen vehicle.

    Kevin Ryan Blankenship, 24, of Fries, and Cheyenne Alexis Poulson, 20, of Galax, were arrested on Aug. 16, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    The pair was arrested after Sgt. Chris Hines and Police Officer Drew Bobbitt responded to a report of an altercation at a Galax residence. When officers arrived, Blankenship fled the home on foot.

  • 'Best Fair in Virginia' back in town

    HILLSVILLE – From famous apple pies and antique tractors, to friends on the Ferris wheel and funnel cakes, the Carroll County Agricultural Fair paraded into town for its first night of 2018 on Wednesday.

  • Grant will help Fries firefighters breathe easier

    FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded $149,405 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistant to Firefighters Grant program.

    Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley told The Gazette that the money will be used to buy 20 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units and a new washing and drying system for firefighters’ turnout gear.

  • Huff to serve 20 months for fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE – Amanda P. Huff of Hillsville will serve less than two years for charges related to a fatal vehicle crash nearly two years ago that took the life of a woman from Meadows of Dan.

    Huff, 28, was sentenced last week in Carroll County Circuit Court.