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Outdoors

  • Cubs claim second place
  • ­Popular place to cool off

    The swimming pool at the Grayson County Recreation Park in Independence has been a popular place to cool off during the hot weather. The pool is open from noon until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $4 for adults and kids 5 and under are free. Athletic Director Keith Weatherman said the high-dive has been added and a water slide and pool lounge chairs ordered.
     

  • State Parks to hold lottery deer hunts

    Applications are being accepted for lottery deer hunts at Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County.
    Grayson Highlands will hold a muzzleloader hunt on Nov. 7-8, a youth general firearms hunt Nov. 19, and a general firearms hunt Nov. 28-29.
    Applications are due by Sept. 30 for all Grayson Highlands hunts.
    A $5 non-refundable application fee must be submitted for each hunt.
    Also planned are lottery hunts at Kiptopeke State Park in Northampton County, Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County and Natural Tunnel State Park in Scott County.

  • Trail challenge set

    The New River Trail Challenge is Sept. 24, and returns after a four-year hiatus.
    Entry forms are available at www.virginiastateparks.gov. Volunteers for the race are still needed.
    Competitors bike for 40 miles, kayak for 12 miles and run 13.1 miles along the 57-mile-long New River Trail State Park.
    The race is presented by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Alpha Natural Resources, Appalachian Power and Dominion.
    The athletes typically compete individually or in teams of two or three.

  • #1 fan to be selected at Galax tailgate party

    GALAX -- Who’s the biggest Virginia Tech or Wake Forest fan in the area? Or North Carolina, Duke, or any other team.
    A tailgate party is planned at Felts Park in Galax for Saturday, Aug. 27 from noon until 8 p.m., as a pre-football kickoff.
    The team with the most tailgaters and the No. 1 fan will be honored at the party.
    Everyone is invited to bring a tent or awning and grill your own food during the huge cookout party. You can also dress in your favorite team’s colors.

  • Watching the action...

    Grayson County head football coach Brett McPherson had a keen eye on his offensive unit during practice for the Grayson County Blue Devil football team last week. Quarterback Max Rodgers was working on his hand off to running backs. Practice opened last Monday with a benefit game, which doesn’t count in the standings, against Floyd scheduled Aug. 19. The Blue Devils will open their season Aug. 26 against the Alleghany Trojans.

  • Ponytails win Dixie state title; advance to World Series in La.

    Members of the Grayson County Dixie Ponytails softball  team are packing their suitcases for a 15-hour trip to Louisiana to represent Virginia in the Dixie Youth World Series.
    The team will participate in opening ceremonies Friday and play the opening game against Alabama on Saturday.
    But before they leave, they are busy trying to raise the estimated $10,000 to help pay for the trip.
    The team won the Dixie Ponytails state championship last Tuesday after beating five teams to claim the title.

  • Chambers wins Galax City Championship

    GALAX – Brad Chambers of Galax successfully defended his title to win the Galax City Championship at the Galax Municipal Golf Course July 16-17.
    Chambers shot a first round 3-under-par 69 and a 1-under 71 on Sunday to claim the title with a 140 total. Paul Bowers was second with a two-day total of 169.
    Bob Ring won the senior division with a 2-over 146 to beat second place Preston Edwards. Dominic DiGiacomo was the junior division winner with a one-round score of 78.
     

  • Chambers and Patton win BRCC member-guest

    GALAX – The team of Brad Chambers and Dickie Patton fought off several challenges to win the annual Blue Ridge Country Club Member-Guest tournament July 16-17.
    Chambers and Patton shot a best ball score of 8-under 62 to take the first-day lead and followed it up with a 4-under 66 on Sunday for a 128 total and a 2-stroke victory.
    Kyle Schaeffer and John Bryant claimed second place with rounds of 63-67 for a 130 total. Third went to the team of Frank McBayer and S. Britt with rounds of 65-67 and a 132 total.

  • These gardening tips could help save tomatoes

    Tomato growers are noticing disease on their plants, but the Grayson County Extension Office has some information and tips that can help local gardeners save their tomatoes.
    “Thus far, I have not seen late blight in Grayson County, but a few cases have been reported in eastern Virginia,” said Extension Agent Kevin Spurlin.
    Late blight prefers cooler, wet weather. The hotter weather the area's been experiencing favors other diseases such as Septoria leaf spot and early blight, which are not as devastating as late blight, but are still a concern.