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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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