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Today's News

  • Cana musician nominated for Grammy

    About two weeks before Christmas in 2013, bluegrass musician James King received a late night phone call from his record producer, Ken Irwin, in the middle of a shopping trip with his wife.
    When he answered, his producer asked, “What are you doing right now?”
    “Christmas shopping,” King told him.
    “Well, you need to go to the CD section and look for that Grammy you’ve been nominated for,” said Irwin.

  • Police flush out drugs at Independence motel

    Five suspects have been arrested on drug charges at a Grayson County motel.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said in a news release that county deputies recently observed suspicious activity during the early morning hours at Grayson Inn & Suites on Rainbow Circle in Independence.
    Cpl. Alan Graham, along with deputies Jordan Johnson and Eric Testerman and drug-sniffing dog Gauge, investigated the case further.

  • Thousands join 'Save Kroger' effort

    Galax citizens have taken their comments and concerns to social media this week, following the news that the Kroger grocery store on East Stuart Drive will be closing in late March, due to decreased profitability.

    The announcement last week has sparked pleas from the store's loyal shoppers, and other members of the community who are concerned about what effect the store's closure could have on other nearby businesses.

  • PSA finds use for leftover Fancy Gap funds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority members decided to extend Fancy Gap water to three extra roads and buy a portable generator, pending Rural Development approval.
    Armed with information about what the leftover funding from the water project could be spent on, the authority members considered the possibilities at the Jan. 13 meeting, after stating a preference at the December meeting to extend water lines to more customers, if possible.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe referred to a list of roads left off the original scope of the project.

  • House panel disarms bevy of anti-gun bills

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates panel widely known as the graveyard of gun-control bills consigned a slew of them to oblivion on Jan. 16.
    The Republican-controlled subcommittee of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee tabled a series of gun-control measures, meaning they are unlikely to be revived.
    The hours-long session delighted pro-gun forces, arrayed on one side of the room wearing “Guns Save Lives” stickers, and infuriated gun-control advocates on the opposite side wearing “Background Checks Save Lives” stickers.

  • Family of five loses home to fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Monday evening fire has driven a family out of their home at 6070 Poplar Camp Road, according to emergency and Red Cross officials.
    Hillsville Fire Department members received a call at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 to the home of the Rotenizer family at U.S. 52 and Beasley Hill with flames showing, and firefighters responded with six trucks and 30 volunteers.

  • Carroll girls jump on Cave Spring early for RRD win

     ROANOKE ––Carroll County obliterated Cave Spring in the first half and stayed perfect in district play on the season, notching a 43-30 River Ridge District win Tuesday night.

    The Cavaliers (10-2 overall, 5-0 district) bolted to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter and held the Knights (6-7, 1-3) to seven points in the first half to take a 30-7 lead into the break.

    Cave Spring managed 13 points in the first three periods before the Knights’ Courtney Stover connected on five 3-pointers and all of her 15 points in the fourth quarter.

  • Carroll County keeps rolling

    HILLSVILLE –– Having participated in summer ball with several Cave Spring players, introductions weren’t necessary for Carroll County’s Winston Giles when the Knights visited the Cavaliers Tuesday. Giles provided a none-too-polite ‘hello’ nonetheless, after which Gunnar Beamer wrapped up the evening by showing the Knights to the door.

  • Racing is all about family to Furrs

    Michelle Furr has quickly earned a reputation as one of the top competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series.

    Though her racing career extends over three decades, she and her family first ventured into NHRA national and divisional competition just four years ago, and success quickly followed.  Driving her Ohio Crankshaft/Quickfuel Technologies entries in Super Comp and Super Street, Furr has already earned a pair of NHRA national event wins and racked up several top-tier finishes in the Lucas Oil series points standings.

  • Graham sweeps Devils for MED lead

     INDEPENDENCE –– In a battle for the top spot in the Mountain Empire District girls’ basketball race, Grayson County took an early lead but Graham took control with a big third quarter run and held on to defeat the Blue Devils 59-55 Friday night at Grayson County Middle School.

    Both teams left the floor with 8-5 overall records. The G-Girls returned to Bluefield with the top spot in the MED standings at 4-0 while the Blue Devils dropped a game back at 3-1.