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Today's News

  • Tide, Devil runners tops in regionals

    HILLSVILLE –– Back in mid-September, Galax cross country runner Cliff Conley turned in a time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds on the 3.1-mile Southwestern Virginia Training Center course. It was a very solid time, but Conley crossed the finish line more than a half-minute behind Matthew Farmer of Rural Retreat.

    Since that race, Conley has edged closer to and finally broken the school record for a 5-kilometer race. He did so again on Wednesday.

  • Grayson County rebounds...again

    INDEPENDENCE – Back-to-back trips to the Twin Counties provided similar results for the Narrows football team after another lopsided loss Friday night – this time a 55-22 drubbing by Grayson County at Bill Strong Field.

    The Blue Devils (5-4 overall, 2-2 MED) guaranteed themselves to finish at or above .500 for the regular season after running over traditional MED bottom-feeder Narrows (3-6, 1-3) in front of their home crowd.

  • Tide makes short work of BC

    BASTIAN – Bland County was determined to not allow Galax any special teams touchdowns or long scoring drives. The Maroon Tide was happy to settle for one big play and a slew of little ones.

    Stopping Bland County on fourth down deep in Bears territory time and again Friday, Galax scored eight touchdowns on just 18 offensive plays through the first three periods, rolling to a 56-8 Mountain Empire District win.

  • Man charged with grand larceny

    HILLSVILLE —A 45-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., man faces 26 counts of grand larceny after Carroll deputies received a break in a theft of thousands of dollars worth of heavy construction equipment in July 2011.
    Chester Pruett was charged Oct. 23 by Deputy Chuck Edwards after a report that the accused sold items to a Mount Airy-based recycling business that matched the description of stolen in 2011, according to police reports.

  • Who's on the ballot in your area?

    On Tuesday, voters in the Twin Counties will choose leaders for local and state offices.
    Grayson has a six-way race for county treasurer and in Carroll, a local candidate is seeking a Virginia House of Delegates seat. Both counties have several contested races for supervisors and school board members.
    Voters in all localities will choose a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, along with other state representatives.
    Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • AT&T service now available in Galax area

    Galax will no longer be a “dead zone” for AT&T wireless service, now that the telecommunications company has made it available in the area.
    On Monday, AT&T announced the availability of its mobile Internet service in Galax, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and applications to customers in the area.
    This will allow AT&T customers with smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices to access the Internet, voice and data capabilities, the company said in a news release.

  • Holdaway seeks another term on school board

    INDEPENDENCE — James Shannon Holdaway, incumbent candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board, is seeking re-election in the Nov. 5 General Election.
    Holdaway has served two terms (eight years) on the board, including four as vice chairman.
    Holdaway faces a challenge from Brian Walls of Mouth of Wilson, a Virginia Department of Corrections employee who works at the new state prison in Independence.

  • Incumbent challenged by write-in candidate

    INDEPENDENCE — A last-minute challenger has announced his intention to seek the Elk Creek District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    With no official candidates filing to run against her, incumbent Brenda Sutherland until this week was without opposition for her second full term.
    On Tuesday, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson announced that he is running a write-in campaign.

  • Walking (with the) Dead

    ATLANTA, Ga. — Like the undead creatures he has played on “The Walking Dead,” actor PJ McDonnell just keeps coming back.
    The native of Grayson County has shambled his way through three episodes of the mega-popular zombie survival TV series in the past two years. Two gunshots to the head and a decapitation by sword weren’t enough to keep him down.

  • Jones to stand trial for murder

    INDEPENDENCE — The boyfriend of a 33-year-old Fries woman who went missing in April has been charged with murder by indictment in Grayson County court, according to the Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney.