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Today's News

  • Puppy mill case re-tried, with same result

    HILLSVILLE — The appeal Tuesday by the owner of Horton's Pups for his prior 40-misdemeanor-count conviction had the same outcome in Carroll Circuit Court as the original trial, which resulted after a puppy mill investigation last fall.

    After hearing about six hours of testimony, evidence and arguments by the attorneys, Judge Brett Geisler upheld the conviction against Hillsville resident Lanzie "Junior" Horton of 25 counts of neglecting animals at his commercial breeding facility, 14 counts of cruelty and a single count of exceeding his county-issued kennel license.

  • Survivors: Galax industries hanging on

    Even in a sluggish economy, Galax-based textile mill Blue Ridge Crest and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. are managing to run all out while their operations employ nearly 1,100 combined.

    “When the factories were closing a few years ago, my goal would have been to survive,” said Wyatt Bassett, executive vice president of Vaughan-Bassett. “But now, we’re beyond that, and as soon as the economy will allow it, we’d love to start growing again.”

  • Unless you're fiddling, avoid park Sunday

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city.

    Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 73rd Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 9.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

    Locals who aren’t convention-bound should avoid the place altogether or choose alternate routes, Galax police advise.

  • Public record for 7/30/08

    Editors Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Carroll officials pumped about new jobs

    HILLSVILLE — More than 100 manufacturing jobs will flow into Carroll County in the coming months, when AmeriPumps LLC relocates its corporate headquarters from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Hillsville.

    County and town leaders, state officials and AmeriPumps owners gathered Tuesday afternoon to announce the new manufacturing plant, which is already under construction in Carroll’s industrial park in Hillsville near Interstate 77.

  • Locals charged in Wythe assault

    WYTHEVILLE — Four Carroll County residents have been charged in connection with beating a father after he asked them not to curse in front of his children at a convenience store, according to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.

    Three of the suspects are being held in the New River

    Valley Regional Jail in Dublin without bond.

    Wythe Sheriff Doug King said 30-year-old John D. Mullins of Birchleaf told officers he had stopped to get gas at the store at Exit 24 off Interstate 77 just after midnight on July 19.

  • Rescue squad to bill for services

    INDEPENDENCE — Beginning Aug. 1, Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad will bill patients for transport services.

    The change is the result of years of research and months of consideration, said member Robby Wingate.

    With declining membership and financial support, billing citizens' private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare will allow the all-volunteer squad to meet its continued goal of improved service, including reducing response times.

  • Minimum wage rises

    The federal minimum wage rose from $5.85 to $6.55 per hour beginning Thursday.

    The increase is part of legislation approved last year, which raises the minimum wage over two years to eventually reach $7.25 per hour by July 2009.

    "Americans who work hard and play by the rules should be able to earn enough to provide for their families," said Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) in a press release.

  • Grayson unveils visitors' guide

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson took a step forward in trying to attract more tourism to the county by unveiling its 2008 Visitor’s Guide on July 14.

    Congressman Rick Boucher was on hand to unveil the guide. “We are here today to unveil a key milestone for Grayson County in the area of tourism.”

  • 'Praisin' In The Park' starts Sunday in Galax

    Area churches have joined together for a community-wide four-day Bible school called “Praisin’ In The Park,” for rising kindergarten through sixth grade students.

    The event starts Sunday and continues through July 31 from 6-8 p.m. each day in Felts Park in Galax.

    Robin Pack, organizer of the event and member of participating church Mount Vale United Methodist, has a vision to use an outreach program to get children involved in church, setting denominations and backgrounds aside to help people get to know the Lord.