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  • Crawford drives Devils to win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Forget the ‘designated’ part of the description. The ‘hitter’ part of it certainly applied.

    Grayson County DH Daniel Crawford went 3-for-3 with three doubles and a whopping seven RBIs Friday as the Blue Devils torched Graham 17-0 in a Mountain Empire District game.

    Grayson County got out from under .500 for the first time this year, evening its record at 6-6 overall, and remained unbeaten in district play at 4-0. Graham dropped to 4-4 overall, 2-2 in the MED.

  • Rush grabs state runner-up finish

     The State Line Rush girls’ homeschool basketball team of Galax finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 24-18, finishing second in the Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association state tournament in Fairfax and competing in the East Coast National Tournament at Liberty University in March.

  • Tide, Devils split key MED wins

    Galax and Grayson County split a pair of evenly-contested tennis matches Thursday, with Grayson’s boys knocking off Galax 6-3 and the Maroon Tide girls edging the Blue Devils 5-4.

    The visiting team was the winner in both matches and each has a key hurdle out of the way en route to their respective Mountain Empire District season championships.

  • Abingdon blanks Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE –– Abingdon opened with a scoring flurry and went on to hand Carroll County an 8-0 defeat in a girls’ Southwest District soccer match Tuesday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Falcons (7-2) got a goal every two minutes, including two by Kara Garrett, for the match’s first eight minutes and took a 6-0 lead into the half.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps in track

    Galax took both the boys’ and girls’ team wins in a nine-school track and field meet Wednesday at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide girls claimed seven event wins and outdistanced runner-up Narrows 99-88 in the team standings. Carroll County was third with 79, followed by Graham (72), Grayson County (36), Fort Chiswell (18), Bland County (10), Oak Hill Academy (8) and Bluefield, W.Va. (6).

    Megan Boyles and Allison White were double-winners for the Maroon Tide girls, Boyles winning the 800 and 1600-meter runs and White claiming both hurdles events.

  • Carroll: exempt virtual students' scores from testing results

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll educators have asked students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual Academy to stand alone in terms of the Standards of Learning test scores, separating them from the scores coming out of the county’s 10 brick-and-mortar schools.
    To that end, Carroll County Public Schools has filed a waiver request on testing results, as well as other requirements that they feel should not apply to the online learning program.

  • APCo seeks rate increase

    Just as Appalachian Power Co. customers are adjusting to an average 7.4 increase in electricity bills, another hike could be on the way.
    Appalachian announced this week that it is seeking to increase the assessment it charges customers to recover higher costs of coal and other fuel. If approved, the increase would mean another 7 percent increase in monthly bills for residential customers.
    The so-called fuel factor is a dollar-for-dollar recovery of the amount utilities pay for power generation and does not offer a profit for Appalachian.

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  • Airport plans new terminal, other improvements