Today's News

  • State Line Rush picks up four wins in five outings

    ASHLAND –– Playing a double-header last Saturday and three games in two days this past weekend, the State Line Rush homeschool girls’ basketball team picked up four wins in its past five times out on the floor.

    State Line picked up two wins Saturday at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, capped by a 63-25 trouncing of the Richmond Spirit.

    Audrey Clark nailed three 3-pointers in the third period and drained five treys for the game to lead all scorers with 21 points. The Rush, which bolted to a 36-12 halftime lead, hit 11 3-pointers in all.

  • Devil boys press past RR

    RURAL RETREAT –– In the second quarter Friday night, Grayson County backed off of the defensive pressure that had seen the Blue Devils take an early double-digit lead, only to see Rural Retreat close to within three. There was no letting up the second time around.

    Grayson County fired up the press again and harassed the Indians nearly the rest of the night, rolling to a 70-48 Mountain Empire District win.

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  • Virginians split on arming teachers

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginians are divided on whether they would support legislation to train schoolteachers and administrators to be armed on school grounds, according to a poll conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    “It was almost split right down the middle,” said Robyn McDougle, director for the Center for Public Policy in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, which conducted the study.

  • Man pleads guilty to using library internet to solicit minor

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man pleaded guilty in Grayson County Circuit Court on Jan. 3 to charges involving the soliciting of a minor through the use of public internet access at the local library.

    James Michael Fantazier was charged in September 2017 with possession of child pornography and the use of communications systems to solicit a minor. The child pornography charge was amended to state that the minor was less than 18 years of age, rather than less than 15 years of age, before Fantazier submitted his plea.

  • Huff helps students prepare for careers

    INDEPENDENCE — Dwayne Huff, CTE Director for the Grayson County Career & Technical Education (CATE) Center, is excited to help students find their paths to a happy future through project-based learning resources and teamwork among the CATE Center faculty members.

    Huff assumed the seat as CTE director last year, filling the space left by retiring CTE Director Angie Lawson.

  • Amendment to restore felon voting rights dies

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states — joining only Kentucky and Iowa — with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

    On Jan. 9, the state Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections killed an attempt to allow Virginians who have been convicted of a felony to vote.

  • Truckload of chicken crashes at Exit 1

    Staff Report

    At 1:14 p.m. on Friday, Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County. The crash occurred near the southbound Interstate 77 ramp for Exit 1.

    VSP closed the exit ramp from Friday afternoon to early Saturday morning as a result of the crash.

    A tractor-trailer traveling south on I-77 ran off the side of the interstate, went over the guardrail and continued down the embankment. The driver suffered minor injuries and is being treated at the scene.

  • Bryant, Bowman set to enter Carroll hall of fame

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County High School athletic hall of fame will grow by two members later this month as Rod Bryant and Blake Bowman have been selected to join the ranks of former Cavalier greats in an induction ceremony on Jan. 18 at CCHS.

    Rod Bryant

  • Blue Devils knock off Bland 68-56

    INDEPENDENCE –– Jake Hollingsworth and Blake Hawkins combined for 42 points Tuesday night as Grayson County pulled away from Bland County 68-56 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game.

    Hawkins, who scored 20 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers a the Blue Devils (6-5 overall, 2-3 MED) built a 27-22 halftime lead.

    Hollingsworth scored 15 of his team-high 22 points in the second half.

    Jacob Watters led all scorers with 23 points for the Bears (6-4, 3-2) and Patrick Christen added 10.