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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Galax applies for $1 million grant

    The City of Galax has applied for the Southern Rivers Water Quality Grant in hopes of being approved by the General Assembly to receive a $1 million grant — the maximum amount offered — to make improvements to a Galax and Carroll County sewer line, the Mill Creek interceptor.

    The grant is part of the Southern Rivers Watershed Enhancement Program. The General Assembly has allocated $17 million to improve water quality in non-Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

  • General Assembly merges puppy mill bills

    RICHMOND — Competing bills before the Virginia General Assembly to regulate so-called puppy mills have been leashed together.

    The Humane Society of the United States last year launched a probe of large commercial dog breeding operations in Virginia.

    The action was taken after an operation in Bland County, known as Dogwood Kennels, caught fire last March, killing nearly 200 dogs on the premises.

    Animal advocates visited breeding operations to secretly take video of conditions that the dogs were being kept in.

  • Grand jury to hear Bautista-Perez murder case

    Witnesses said that an argument amongst friends provoked Rafiel Bautista-Perez to fatally stab Jason Smith on Oct. 1, 2007, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing in Galax General District Court on Monday.

    At around 3 p.m. on Oct. 1, police officers were dispatched to a reported argument at 104 Greenville Road in West Galax. While en route, a second 911 call reported that someone at the house had been stabbed.

  • Local events

    What's Happening

    Monday, Jan. 28

    Rooftop of Virginia CAP Board of Directors meet, Rooftop of Virginia CAP, Main Street, Galax, noon.

    Red Cross Bloodmobile, 11 a.m., Hillsville VFW Post 1115.

    Tuesday, Jan. 29

    Indoor archery practice, Tuesday and Thursday, New River Wildlife building, 7107 Riverside Drive, 6:30 p.m., $3. (276) 744-7158.

    Make Me Warm story hour and Mother Goose, 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Galax Public Library. 236-5319, ext. 201 or carlene@wiredog.com.

    Wednesday, Jan. 30

  • A safe and sensible solution

    People shocked by the fatal December 2007 accident involving a propane explosion in Fries quickly started asking “why?”

    As in: Why didn’t a propane tank in the busy business district of Fries surrounded by some kind of barrier, to protect the tank from a vehicle accidentally rolling down the incline above it?

  • High School Basketball Round-Up: 1/28/08

    BOYS

    Galax 83, Fort Chiswell 62

    Galax got double-digit scoring from four different players and pulled away for an 83-62 win over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Friday night.

    Galax (13-3 overall, 6-0 district) outscored the Pioneers 22-14 in the second quarter to take a 47-34 lead into the half, then added to its lead down the stretch by outscoring Fort Chiswell 14-7 in the fourth.

    Aundrey Sams led the Maroon Tide with 18 points and G Zachary added 17. Jeremiah Criner scored 16 and Jacob Bartlett tossed in 10.