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Today's News

  • Tide outlugs Wave; Devils lose another late lead to Richlands

    NARROWS –– Galax finished its regular season with a bang Tuesday, outscoring Narrows 18-14 in a Mountain Empire District slugfest.

    The Green Wave (7-10 overall, 1-6 district) took an 11-6 lead with an eight-run outburst in the bottom of the third, but Galax rallied into a 14-11 lead by scoring seven in the top of the fifth on base hits by Zach Robinson, Jacob Woodel, Thomas Shaffer, Brock Cox, Todd Nichols, Morgan Holder plus a two-run Tyler Houk double.

  • Carroll receives forfeited drug money

    HILLSVILLE — While turning over forfeited money from the sale of illegal drugs to Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning, an assistant U.S. Attorney expressed satisfaction that something good could arise from something so bad.

  • Budget amendment could fund Hillsville road

    RICHMOND — Improvements to a proposed connector road to the Hillsville bypass got a foot in the door of the state budget recently.

    As their last official act before terms expired in December, four members of the Carroll Board of Supervisors asked the General Assembly to provide funding to connect U.S. 221 and Virginia 100 via Virginia 669.

    They want it to be built at the same time as construction to widen U.S. 58 to four lanes on the south side of Hillsville.

  • Council splits on parking request

    HILLSVILLE — As a rule, Hillsville Town Council members don’t split on a vote very often, but they did Monday over a request for two 10-minute parking spaces.

    The parking spaces on Court Street were requested by Council Member Greg Yonce, on behalf of the owners of Court Street Coffee Company.

    Yonce also brought up the request Jan. 14 in the form of a motion to approve the 10-minute spaces, but at the time no other council member wanted to take up a vote and the motion died without a second.

  • Preparing for life after high school

    For many high school students, finding the right college or career path — or just filling out a financial aid form — can be overwhelming.

    But now, the Virginia Community College System provides high schools with career coaches to help students make future plans. Wytheville Community College offers the career coaches program throughout the area, including at Galax High School.

    Career coaches are on hand most school days.

  • Carroll puppy mill owner charged

    HILLSVILLE — Even as a bill to regulate puppy mills continues to make progress in the Virginia General Assembly, Carroll County officials charged a Hillsville dog breeder with multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect.

    Charges against Lanzie Carroll Horton Jr., also known as “Junior,” came Thursday as the result of covert video taken by animal advocates at Horton's Pups in Hillsville, one of the so-called “puppy mills.”

    Additionally, an employee for Horton’s Pups was charged by warrant on Friday.

  • Evidence collected at crime scene, murder suspect's home

    INDEPENDENCE — The man charged with three counts of capital murder at a Grayson County tree farm last month has drawn scrutiny from police in other cases.

    According to Pennsylvania court documents, Frederick Phillip Hammer, 48, previously served prison time after being convicted of killing an off-duty Philadelphia police officer in 1978. Six years later, a judge ordered a new trial at which Hammer was acquitted of charges.

  • Tide rolls; Cav second at Big Blue

    Carroll County’s Drew McCraw barely missed out on another title in one of Virginia’s premier wrestling events, while Galax continued its team dominance during wrestling action last week.

    Galax finished 3-0 in a five-team match in Hillsville, then won five matches without a loss to take the team title at the Shady Mania Duals in Shady Springs, W.Va.

  • High School Basketball Round-Up: 1/30/08

    BOYS

    Grayson County 61, Pocahontas 70

    Winless in district play for seven years, Pocahontas’ first W came against one of the Mountain Empire District’s perennial title contenders.

    The Indians got 25 points from Brandon Pauley, including the 1,000th of the junior’s career, and held on to a big early lead to claim a 70-61 win Friday night.

  • Vaughan-Bassett launches new furniture line

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Vaughan-Bassett Furniture announced Monday that it will produce a new line of furniture created by noted designer Alexander Julian.

    The announcement about the casegoods collection named “Authentically American” was made at a Monday news conference at Vaughan-Bassett’s Las Vegas Showroom.

    "Our partnership is a unique collaboration between an American design icon and the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture in the United States," said Vaughan-Bassett president and chief executive officer Wyatt Bassett.