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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.