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Today's News

  • Quilts of Valor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence on Saturday, Nov. 10.
    In honor of Veterans Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11, the quilts, which were hand-made by members of the foundation, were given as a symbol of support, comforting and healing, “to honor the veterans who have been touched by war,” said Carolyn Patton of the foundation.

  • Richlands takes out Devils

     INDEPENDENCE –– As Richlands and Grayson County slogged through their Region 2D quarterfinal game Friday night at soppy but intact Bill Strong Field, it became more and more apparent that the win would go to the team with the fewest mistakes. The bar was not set extremely high.

    The two teams barely cracked a combined 300 yards of offense, incurred a total of 182 penalty yards and were dominated by their defensive counterparts, but a second-quarter touchdown drive and five defensive takeaways lifted the Blue Tornado to a 10-0 shutout of the Blue Devils.

  • Final five-week grid grind begins for 187 teams

    The Virginia High School League playoffs kick off this weekend. For most clubs suiting up tonight (or tomorrow, or yesterday, as weather dictates), that’s a good thing. For other teams, the postseason is gonna happen whether they like it or not.

    Including a school up east that played a nine-game schedule, 12 teams in the state remain undefeated after the regular season, down a couple from a year ago, while three teams trudge on, still looking (most likely fruitlessly, at this point) for their first win of the year.

  • Region 2D: Devils open with Richlands

    First things first: On Tuesday of this week, Richlands lost one of the true legends of a legendary program as Devon Johnson, 25, passed away due to undisclosed causes.

  • Region 1C: Tide welcomes EastMont

    Galax and Eastern Montgomery haven’t played one another a great deal over the years, having suspended an eight-year home-and-home series after the 2014 season, but the two will match up for the third time in the postseason tonight when the eighth-seeded Mustangs (3-7) visit the top-seeded Maroon Tide (8-2) in a Region 1C first-round game at Galax High School.

  • Citizen rewarded for honesty, gets to keep found cash

    INDEPENDENCE — A local man’s act of kindness was rewarded this month when the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office returned an unclaimed wallet to the citizen who found it in October.

    On Oct. 12, Glen Goodson of Fairview found cash and turned it in to the sheriff’s office. After posting notices on social media and in the local newspapers, no one stepped forward to claim the money.

  • Grayson schools looking ahead

    INDEPENDENCE ― In his report at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said he has discussed a study of potential upgrades for the district’s five schools.

    He brought up the possibility of using electric heat in the future instead of propane, as an example.

    The school board might try to have an official meeting with the county board in December.

  • Final defendant sentenced in 'Rolling Thunder' case

    ABINGDON – Lelana Long, 37, of Meadows of Dan, was sentenced last week to 10 years and one month in prison, bringing to an end Operation Rolling Thunder, a drug investigation that charged a total of 24 people in Virginia and North Carolina for their part in a methamphetamine distribution network.

    Long was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on a charge of methamphetamine trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen.

  • Griffith, Kaine retain seats in Congress

    Staff Reports

    While Virginia continues its transformation into a progressive “blue state” with a series of recent Democratic victories in statewide races, the majority of local voters staunchly held on to conservative “red state” values on Tuesday.

    Democrats took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election, but most voters in the Twin Counties still favored Republican candidates.

  • Readers Hotline 11/7/18

    Get over it
    Well, it’s almost two years since President Trump was elected into office and thank God for that. There’s only one main reason why we have President Trump and that’s eight years of Barack Hussein Obama. Eight years of a globalist agenda putting the world before America, and a socialist agenda, as well. The other reason is Hillary Clinton. My goodness, the most corrupt person ever to run for office. For 30 years, we have known about her lies and deceit. So, you Democrats don’t like President Trump. Just get over it.