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Today's News

  • Grayson, Cavaliers stay hot

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County won Friday for the fifth time in as many games, overpowering Rural Retreat 14-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson Rec Park.

    The Blue Devils (8-3 overall, 3-2 district) opened with a seven-run first inning and cruised from there to a five-inning run-rule victory.

    Grayson scored five runs by the time the initial out was recorded in the first, beginning with back-to-back two-run base hits by Jake Hollingsworth and Cal Campbell. Chris Meredith capped the big start with a two-run triple to right.

  • Cavaliers breeze past Tide 4-1

    Taylor Spangler hit a two-run home run in the first inning last Thursday to stake Carroll County to an early lead against Galax and the Cavaliers never trailed as they defeated the Maroon Tide 4-1 in a nondistrict softball game at Mountain View Park.

    The Cavaliers came into the game with a 5-2 record, fresh off of a one-hit 3-0 shutout victory over Alleghany last Wednesday, while the Maroon Tide had a 6-2 record.

    Both teams had their ace pitchers in the circle, Emily Cook for Carroll County and Hayden Cassell for the Maroon Tide, and both played a strong game.

  • Carroll rallies to nip Galax

    As the late-afternoon chill, propelled by a steady, stiff breeze, permeated nearer and nearer to the bones of those hearty souls in attendance, Carroll County generated a little heat when it was most needed.

    Having seen a seven-run lead disintegrate into a two-run Galax advantage, the Cavaliers scored three error-aided runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to nip Galax 12-11 in a nondistrict game Thursday at Felts Park.

  • Saying goodbye to the old tax code

    Guest editorial by Rep. Morgan Griffith
    In the months since President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, many Americans have already enjoyed its benefits.
    They have noticed that Uncle Sam takes less out of their paychecks, companies are investing in the U.S. rather than overseas, and bonuses are being awarded.
    Still, some people are worried they have been left behind by tax reform. Many concerns are the result of misconceptions about the tax law.

  • Readers Hotline 4/23/18

    Meeting quotas
    Someone called last week about not wanting the Carroll County sheriff’s deputies out on the interstate. I just wanted to say I hope they do not stop having the deputies out on the interstate because I really prefer they write all of their tickets to meet their quotas to people who are passing through, instead of trying to harass the citizens of Carroll County.

    Why there?

  • Greene, Mitchell seeking re-election

    Two longtime members of Galax City Council are seeking re-election in the May 1 election.

    C.M. Mitchell is running again this year to hold the position on Galax City Council he’s held since 1986. He has been mayor since 1992, having been appointed by his peers on council.

    Willie Greene, 24-year veteran of council, is also in the running to retain his seat. He has served all but the first six of his years on council as vice mayor.

    Mitchell and Greene are among the five candidates seeking four council seats this year.

  • Fries receives playground grant

    FRIES — The Town of Fries has received a $15,000 “Let’s Play” grant, to fund a project started in 2016 to replace the playground equipment in the town park.

    The announcement was made at the Fries Town Council’s April meeting, by Kim Mallory, Fries resident and volunteer for the playground project.

    “So far, we’ve raised $6,500 for this project; and with this grant, the total is now $21,500,” Mallory told council members.

  • Sport growing, but Grayson lacks track

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Track is the fastest growing sport in the Grayson County school system, but the program has a big problem – no track.

    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its April 9 meeting that there are more than 40 runners on this year’s track team, but to practice they have to run the streets and highways around Independence, which he feels “is dangerous.”

  • Hughes bids farewell as town manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Jerry Hughes has announced that he will soon retire from his position as Independence’s town manager.

    Hughes has served in his leadership role since September 2012, and had originally planned to leave the position in January. Recently, he confirmed that he is extending the date to assist in continuing various town projects until town council hires a new manager.

  • Work at Byllesby Dam will close New River portage until fall

    The Byllesby Dam portage and public boat ramp on New River in Carroll County will be closed effective April 30 to allow the safe completion of construction work, according to a news release from Appalachian Power (APCo).

    The Byllesby Dam and powerhouse, and its sister Buck Dam and powerhouse downstream, are operated by APCo. Byllesby has been producing electricity since 1912.