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Facing a George Washington team that looked nothing like it did in two previous meetings, Carroll County's girls' basketball season came to an end Wednesday with a 59-43 loss in a Conference 24 Semifinal in Danville.
Carroll County (16-7) had easily handed G.W. Danville (21-4) two of its four regular-season losses, beating the Eagles 71-53 in Hill

Lady Cavs' season ends in Conf. 24 Semis

Facing a George Washington team that looked nothing like it did in two previous meetings, Carroll County's girls' basketball season came to an end Wednesday with a 59-43 loss in a Conference 24 Semifinal in Danville. Carroll County (16-7) had easily handed G.W. Danville (21-4) two of its four regular-season losses, beating the Eagles 71-53 in Hill

Extreme cold mixed with snow and sleet led to dangerous driving conditions in Carroll County over the weekend. Official temperatures in Hillsville reached minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday morning with a wind chill of 24 degrees below zero.
Meanwhile, the Virginia State Police responded to 23 accidents from Friday morning until Sunday evening i

Mother Nature rears its ugly head

Extreme cold mixed with snow and sleet led to dangerous driving conditions in Carroll County over the weekend. Official temperatures in Hillsville reached minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday morning with a wind chill of 24 degrees below zero. Meanwhile, the Virginia State Police responded to 23 accidents from Friday morning until Sunday evening i

DOBSON — For their part in assisting needy children around the world, Surry Community College's softball team has received national recognition for the second year in a row.
The Knights' softball team was one of just 32 teams nationally to be named “Champions of the Community” by the National Junior College Athletic Association (

Surry softball team earns recognition

DOBSON — For their part in assisting needy children around the world, Surry Community College's softball team has received national recognition for the second year in a row. The Knights' softball team was one of just 32 teams nationally to be named “Champions of the Community” by the National Junior College Athletic Association (

DOBSON — Lacey Grubbs bashed three home runs and finished with eight RBIs Saturday as Surry Community College swept a doubleheader at USC-Salkehatchie.
Grubbs, of West Stokes, ripped two homers and drove in five in the opener, a 15-0 Surry win in five innings. She hit another dinger and drove in three more in the second game, a 10-2 victory

Grubbs belts three homers as Surry sweeps softball doubleheader

DOBSON — Lacey Grubbs bashed three home runs and finished with eight RBIs Saturday as Surry Community College swept a doubleheader at USC-Salkehatchie. Grubbs, of West Stokes, ripped two homers and drove in five in the opener, a 15-0 Surry win in five innings. She hit another dinger and drove in three more in the second game, a 10-2 victory

DOBSON — Dalton Boles drove in two runs and made two highlight reel, game-saving catches to help Surry Community College defeat Rockingham Community College 7-6 Saturday in the Knights' home opener.
Ben Temple finished off a glorious day for SCC (3-9) with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Robbie Harrison for the w

Boles has big day in Knights' win

DOBSON — Dalton Boles drove in two runs and made two highlight reel, game-saving catches to help Surry Community College defeat Rockingham Community College 7-6 Saturday in the Knights' home opener. Ben Temple finished off a glorious day for SCC (3-9) with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Robbie Harrison for the w

Many citizens in the Twin County area have taken some college classes but were unable to finish a degree.
Sometimes life deals us an unexpected hand and goals and dreams have to be pushed to the back burner. However, now is the time to revisit your education. If you are a working adult who is interested in completing a college degree, a new event

Crossroads offers event to help you complete college education

Many citizens in the Twin County area have taken some college classes but were unable to finish a degree. Sometimes life deals us an unexpected hand and goals and dreams have to be pushed to the back burner. However, now is the time to revisit your education. If you are a working adult who is interested in completing a college degree, a new event

Anticipated winter weather delays Conf. 24 playoffs

Due to the anticipated winter storm Monday, Conference 24 playoff games scheduled for Feb. 16 have been pushed back. Carroll County's girls' basketball team, the number three seed, was scheduled to play Salem at home on Monday, Feb. 16. Head coach Marc Motley said the game was postponed early Monday and would be pushed back. “We won't know a

State Police responds to 34 wrecks over weekend

From Friday to Monday morning, the Virginia State Police responded to 34 total vehicle crashes in Carroll and Grayson counties. A heavy, non-anticipated storm hammered Carroll County on Saturday night, causing blizzard-like conditions as snow mixed with heavy winds of up to 45 miles per hour. The conditions kept first responders busy as the wrecks

Carroll County has voted to move out of Dixie Youth baseball and will now handle the youth sport internally.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move away from the traditional youth league for baseball in the southeast as a cost-saving measure and as a way to allow youth more opportunities for playing time. It will also al

Carroll votes to pull out of Dixie Youth baseball

Carroll County has voted to move out of Dixie Youth baseball and will now handle the youth sport internally. The Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move away from the traditional youth league for baseball in the southeast as a cost-saving measure and as a way to allow youth more opportunities for playing time. It will also al

Admitting missed rescue squad calls is becoming a trend everywhere due to the lack of volunteers, Carroll County supervisors will discuss what to do about the issue during its March 9 meeting.
The topic was brought up by Carroll County Board of Supervisors' Chairman Phil McCraw during the board's Feb. 9 meeting. Supervisor Bob Martin said he has m

Carroll to address missed rescue calls

Admitting missed rescue squad calls is becoming a trend everywhere due to the lack of volunteers, Carroll County supervisors will discuss what to do about the issue during its March 9 meeting. The topic was brought up by Carroll County Board of Supervisors' Chairman Phil McCraw during the board's Feb. 9 meeting. Supervisor Bob Martin said he has m

A motion Monday to appoint a past Carroll County Administrator convicted of federal fraud to the Carroll County Planning Commission was tabled until March.
The topic came up Monday during the Carroll County Board of Supervisors' February 9 meeting when Pine Creek District Supervisor Bob Martin made a motion to appoint Billy Mitchell to the Carroll

Motion to appoint Mitchell to Planning Commission tabled

A motion Monday to appoint a past Carroll County Administrator convicted of federal fraud to the Carroll County Planning Commission was tabled until March. The topic came up Monday during the Carroll County Board of Supervisors' February 9 meeting when Pine Creek District Supervisor Bob Martin made a motion to appoint Billy Mitchell to the Carroll

Surry softball goal to reach World Series

DOBSON — Led by a host of versatile area players, Surry Community College's softball team has a lofty goal for 2015 — a trip to the NJCAA College World Series in Clinton, Mississippi. Although the Knights are few in numbers with 12, the talent is certainly there to make a run to the big dance. After finishing 28-14 last year and tying

Surry goal set high

DOBSON — With nine returning players back and a roster featuring 34 team members, Surry Community College is looking to climb back to the top of the Region X standings in 2015. The Knights went 18-18 and finished in a three-way tie for sixth place in Region X a year ago. This season, head coach Jamie Lowe has much higher goals for Surry. &#

Even though a bill before the Virginia House of Delegates has been tabled to keep open the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors has vowed to continue the fight to save the Hillsville facility.
Delegate Jeff Campbell co-sponsored the House Bill that would have kept the Southwestern Virginia Training Center

Bill to keep SWVTC open tabled

Even though a bill before the Virginia House of Delegates has been tabled to keep open the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors has vowed to continue the fight to save the Hillsville facility. Delegate Jeff Campbell co-sponsored the House Bill that would have kept the Southwestern Virginia Training Center

Carroll County's wrestling team secured a nice haul of hardware Saturday – two individual conference championship titles, five regional qualifiers, and a Conference 24 Coach of the Year award for head coach Jay Ruff.
Senior Gavin Scott and sophomore Brennan Vaught both won Conference 24 titles for the Cavaliers, while Jarrett Thomas, Joey Ho

Carroll's Scott, Vaught win Conf. 24 titles

Carroll County's wrestling team secured a nice haul of hardware Saturday – two individual conference championship titles, five regional qualifiers, and a Conference 24 Coach of the Year award for head coach Jay Ruff. Senior Gavin Scott and sophomore Brennan Vaught both won Conference 24 titles for the Cavaliers, while Jarrett Thomas, Joey Ho

Pedestrian struck, killed by tractor trailer on I-77

The Virginia State Police responded to a traffic fatality on Interstate 77 Wednesday night in Carroll County in which a pedestrian was reportedly struck by a tractor trailer. According to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, the Virginia State Police and area fire and rescue agencies responded to a call at 7:14 p.m. near mile marker 20 on I

Ben and Susie Roberts have opened a new business in Carroll County that really isn't new at all. For those who like inexpensive medical visits, that's a good thing.
The Roberts recently moved to Fancy Gap from Greensboro, N.C. to open Fancy Gap Internal Medicine. Essentially, Susie Roberts is taking over her brother's home and medical office at 16

New medical practice offers flat $40 rate

Ben and Susie Roberts have opened a new business in Carroll County that really isn't new at all. For those who like inexpensive medical visits, that's a good thing. The Roberts recently moved to Fancy Gap from Greensboro, N.C. to open Fancy Gap Internal Medicine. Essentially, Susie Roberts is taking over her brother's home and medical office at 16

Twenty turnovers are never a good thing in basketball, but even worse when playing a team the caliber of Hidden Valley. It was a tough lesson for Carroll County's girls' basketball team to learn Feb. 4 in a 52-44 River Ridge District home loss to the Titans.
Despite an abundance of turnovers in the first half, the Cavaliers trailed just 21-20 at t

Turnovers costly for Carroll in loss to Titans

Twenty turnovers are never a good thing in basketball, but even worse when playing a team the caliber of Hidden Valley. It was a tough lesson for Carroll County's girls' basketball team to learn Feb. 4 in a 52-44 River Ridge District home loss to the Titans. Despite an abundance of turnovers in the first half, the Cavaliers trailed just 21-20 at t

Unable to find its outside shot early, Carroll County's girls started to attack the basket to turn an early struggle with Christiansburg into a 54-26 River Ridge District rout Friday in Hillsville.
The Lady Cavaliers made just 3-of-18 3-pointers on the night, while a pesky Christiansburg (3-14, 0-8 River Ridge) team hurt Carroll County (11-4, 6-2

Lady Cavs attack basket, paste Demons

Unable to find its outside shot early, Carroll County's girls started to attack the basket to turn an early struggle with Christiansburg into a 54-26 River Ridge District rout Friday in Hillsville. The Lady Cavaliers made just 3-of-18 3-pointers on the night, while a pesky Christiansburg (3-14, 0-8 River Ridge) team hurt Carroll County (11-4, 6-2

In sports, every team will lose a heartbreaker, fall in gut-wrenching fashion or take a stomach-punch of a defeat at some point. Unfortunately for Carroll County, it felt like the Cavaliers suffered all three Friday night in a 76-68 overtime loss to Christiansburg.
Poised to win its first River Ridge District contest of the season, the Cavaliers s

Cavs drop ultimate heartbreaker to Demons

In sports, every team will lose a heartbreaker, fall in gut-wrenching fashion or take a stomach-punch of a defeat at some point. Unfortunately for Carroll County, it felt like the Cavaliers suffered all three Friday night in a 76-68 overtime loss to Christiansburg. Poised to win its first River Ridge District contest of the season, the Cavaliers s





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