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Outdoors

  • Ponytail girls headed to World Series

    After winning a state title, the 11-12 year old Dixie girls softball team is headed to the Dixie World Series in Pineville, La., on Friday, July 29, — and supporters are encouraging everyone to support them through donations.
    "They've fought hard to make it through the district and state tournament, so we should fight hard to get them there," said a supporter on the event's Facebook page, created by Grayson County Recreation Park.

  • Bike safety rodeo planned at rec center

    GALAX – A free bike safety rodeo will be held Thursday, July 21 at the Galax Parks & Recreation outdoor park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Youth of all ages and parents can bring their tricycle or bicycle and helmet.
    The safety program will cover bike safety instruction, helmet fitting, bike equipment check and an obstacle course.
    The rodeo is sponsored by the Galax Police Department, Twin County HCAT and Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.
    Rain date is July 28.

  • Girls fastpitch softball tourney set July 23-24

    A girls’ 10-under fastpitch softball tournament will be held July 23-24 at the Grayson County Recreation Park.
    Entry fee is free for the double-elimination tournament.
    Also, a girls’ 10-under fastpitch softball league is being planned for this fall.
    For more information about either event, call Travis Leath at (276) 233-2162.

  • Blue Devil softball players win All-Region honors

    Several members of last year’s Grayson County Blue Devil softball team have been selected to the All-Region C team.
    Catcher Catherine Vaughan was selected to the first team.
    Sarah Eller, a freshman pitcher, was selected to the second team.
    Selected honorable mention were Autumn Pierce, Tayler Hale, Lakyn Parks and Jaime Adams.
    The Blue Devils won the Mountain Empire District regular season and tournament championships before losing in the second round of the Region C tournament.
     

  • Park, Discovery Center presents Project Fish Bugs

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Grayson Highlands State Park and the Blue Ridge Discovery Center will present Project Fish Bugs, a free program for ages 9-16, at 10 a.m. July 10.
    Meet at the park amphitheater to walk to Wilson Creek to sample for aquatic invertebrates by using nets and microscopes, then identify and document findings.
    To register, contact (276) 579-7092 or kservick@gmail.com.
     

  • Blue Devil girls to sponsor tennis camp

    The Grayson County Blue Devil girl’s tennis team will sponsor a camp July 11-14 at the Grayson County High School courts.
    The camp will be held daily from 3:30-8:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in grades 4-10. Participants are asked to bring their own racket.
    The cost is $50 per participant and checks should be made payable to GCHS Girls Tennis. The number of campers is limited.
    Proceeds will benefit the girl’s tennis team.
    For more information, call coach Betty Butler at 236-3134 or 233-1958.

  • Park hosts programs July 1-2

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Grayson Highlands State Park plans activities for July 1-2.
    A welcome campfire is at 8 p.m. Friday at the campground amphitheater.
    A slideshow will highlight the park’s popular attractions, such as wild ponies.
    A “river rocks, wet socks” canoe trip on the New River begins at 9 a.m. Saturday from the park office. Guides will lead on a six-mile stretch of the New River. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and younger. Pre-registration required. Park provides canoes, paddles and life jackets.

  • Creeper Trail accessible from Whitetop to Abingdon

    The Virginia Creeper Trail is now accessible from Whitetop to Abingdon.
    The Town of Abingdon announced that the trail section trestle seven is now open and the trail is fully accessible.
    A crushed rock trail has been built to temporarily replace the trestle, which was destroyed by a tornado April 28.
    Trail users should be respectful and responsible regarding private landowners’ property rights along the trail. Close all crossing gates, do not climb over fences and do not trespass upon private property along the trail.

  • Two Grayson baseball players are selected to Group A team

    Two Grayson County Blue Devil players were selected as members of the VHSCA Group A baseball team announced last week.
    Jared Salts was selected to the second team as a pitcher. He was also the Player of the Year in the Mountain Empire District. He had an outstanding season, posting an 11-2 record on the mound.
    Outfielder Dustin Leonard was selected honorable mention.
     

  • Bear spotted in Baywood

    A wildlife blogger for The Declaration and The Gazette in Galax, Bill Dunson of Baywood usually has to go out looking for his nature photos, but this week the wild came to him.
    “While working at the computer at about 8:45 a.m., I happened to glance down towards our front gate and noticed a large black animal there.” Dunson said. “I squinted a bit to be certain what this might be, since the neighbors have some black cows and one of them might be loose.