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


    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.

  • Cavaliers fade down the stretch

    HILLSVILLE –– As far as overall records go, Carroll County has been far and away the top team in the Southwest District. The Cavaliers nonetheless have found themselves amidst a logjam in the district standings.

    In good shape to notch their fifth straight win as well as to avenge their only league loss of the year, the Cavaliers were outscored 21-8 over the final five and a half minutes Friday and fell to Abingdon 63-57.

  • Carroll girls stay perfect in SWD

    HILLSVILLE –– With about 30 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 37, Carroll County called timeout to set up a final shot. The last half-minute dwindled away without an attempt being made.

    The Cavaliers can be thankful for second chances.

    In virtually the same situation in overtime, this time with the Cavs down a point and having called timeout with 20 seconds showing, Carroll County got a 3-pointer from Kayla Goins and survived two last-second Abingdon attempts to hang on for a 47-45 Southwest District win.

  • Galax gymnasts compete in Roanoke

    The USAG Junior Olympic gymnastics team of Galax competed in the Candy Cane Invitational in Roanoke, opening the new season for the team’s new Level 4 competitors.

    The meet also marked the first year of competition for several of Galax’s gymnasts who had qualified for Level 5 competition by advancing to the state Level 4 championships last season with at least a 33.50 all-around score.

    “We are very excited for them and we’re expecting them to do very well,” said Galax coach Babsi Higgins.

  • Galax man dies in crash

    A Galax man died at the scene of a Jan. 23 wreck in North Carolina, after a tractor-trailer’s brakes failed and struck his pickup head-on.

    Glenn Roy Shumate, 68, of Forest Lane in Galax, died instantly, according to a N.C. Highway Patrol report.

    The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. in the sharp “Snowbird Curve” on N.C. 89, just south of the Virginia state line — the scene of numerous past accidents.

  • Judge grants Payne's bond appeal

    HILLSVILLE — A 26-year-old Hillsville woman got a new $20,000 bond last Wednesday after an appeal, based on the belief that her home electronic monitoring equipment malfunctioned.

    Amanda Payne faces charges of allegedly acting as an accomplice in the Nov. 13, 2007 fatal double shooting at 268 Frog Spur Road in Fancy Gap that left George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, dead.

    Payne is charged with two counts of conspiring to commit murder and two counts of first-degree murder as a principal in the second degree.

  • Propane tank barriers may be required

    Local regulations are in the works involving safety of propane tanks, as Twin County officials try to prevent explosive accidents such as the one that killed two Fries women on Dec. 10.

    Iva Martin, 78, and daughter Mary Kay Leonard, 52, died as the result of burns they received after a vehicle rolled into a propane tank, causing a leak.

    A clothes dryer's pilot light in the Fries laundromat ignited the gas, and the explosion injured another three people.

  • Local events

    What's Happening

    Friday, Jan. 25

    Red Cross blood drive, Independence VFW Post 7726, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donors are entered to win a 42-inch HDTV and a donation to the military support center will be made for each donor who signs in.

    Pinto bean supper and auction rescheduled for Friday at Fries Middle School, 3 to 7 p.m. (276) 744-2542.

    Saturday, Jan. 26

    Hospice volunteer training, session II, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mountain Valley Hospice, Mount Airy, N.C., office. (336) 789-2922 or (888) 789-2922.

  • High School Basketball Round-Up: 1/25/08


    Giles 44, Galax 56

    Galax stormed ahead from a one-point deficit to open the fourth quarter and ran away with a 56-44 nondistrict win over Giles in a girls’ game Monday in Galax.

    Trailing 32-31 after the third period, Galax got 10 fourth-quarter points from Caci Higgins and eight more from Piper Caudell on the strength of 6-for-6 shooting from the foul line to outscore the Spartans 25-12 down the stretch.

    Higgins and Caudell each finished with 16 points for Galax (6-10). Jamie Webb added eight points and 11 assists.

  • N.C. man charged in triple homicide

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials secured three capital murder warrants Sunday charging a Crumpler, N.C., man in a triple homicide at a Mouth of Wilson tree farm last Thursday morning.

    Frederick Phillip Hammer, 48, was questioned around midnight the day of the shootings on Jan. 24, at his home in Ashe County, N.C.