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  • Flush with pride?

    INDEPENDENCE — After nearly a year and half of trying, Independence has been named the home of Virginia’s official Grand Privy Race.

    House joint resolution Number 76, agreed to by the House of Delegates on Jan. 18 and the Senate on Feb. 26, officially recognizes the Town of Independence for its annual outhouse race.

  • Sports Round-Up for 5/19/08

    SOCCER

    Galax 8, Narrows 1

    Dio Rodriguez and Luis Moreno each recorded a hat trick as Galax completed an undefeated regular season with an 8-1 Mountain Empire District win.

    Charlie Adams and Edu Rojas each scored once for Galax (15-0-1 overall, 6-0 district).

    Cody Holley scored the lone goal for Narrows.

    Carroll Co. 3, Tazewell 1

    Lucas Webb’s first career varsity goal turned out to be the eventual game winner as the Cavaliers took a Southwest District win Thursday in Tazewell, their first road win of the season.

  • Cavs throw wrench into SWD

    HILLSVILLE — Two 10 minute overtimes produced zero points as Carroll County tied Tazewell during senior night in a Southwest District girls’ soccer match Thursday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Lady Bulldogs came on strong, dominating the first 10 minutes of the game, including a goal with 34 minutes remaining in the first half.

    Tazewell’s Laken McReynolds squeezed past two Carroll defenders and found Haylee Walker wide open only feet from the box.

    Walker punched the ball into the back of the net and gave Tazewell the lead early.

  • Horton convicted of animal cruelty charges

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE

    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Found guilty of 14 counts of animal cruelty and 25 counts of neglect, a commercial dog breeder from Hillsville received 14 years of probation and saw his kennels limited to 250 dogs and puppies by a Carroll County General District Court judge Friday.

    These misdemeanors against Lanzie Horton Jr. of Hillsville — plus a charge for exceeding his Carroll County-issued kennel license — were brought after a covert video taken by animal advocates spotlighted Horton's Pups in a probe of Virginia puppy mills.

  • New Grayson school gets name, colors, mascot

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson Highlands School will be the name of the new facility being built in the Volney area of the county, with silver and burgundy as the school colors and the eagle as its mascot.

    After sending sheets home with every student and faculty member at Bridle Creek Elementary and Mount Rogers Combined School, Grayson Schools’ Director of Personnel Chad Newman took the top three choices for the name, school colors and mascot

  • Fuel, other costs rising for Galax schools

    With a slumping economy and high fuel costs, Galax Schools' Superintendent Sam Cook is concerned about receiving enough state sales tax revenue to help fund the proposed $13.73 million budget that has been approved by Galax City Council.

    The revised 2007-08 school budget included $1.01 million in sales tax revenue. This year, the school system hopes to receive $1.03 million, an $18,000 increase.

    The city and school board also estimate the following revenue:

    • $8.51 million from state funds including sales tax, a $1,038,848 increase

  • Local judge in trouble again

    M. Keith Blankenship, 43, of Wytheville, is in trouble with the law for the second time in the past two months.

    Blankenship is a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge for the 27th Judicial District, which includes Grayson, Bland, Carroll, Floyd and Wythe counties.

    Blankenship was arrested at his home on May 3 and charged with one count of misdemeanor hit-and-run following the alleged incident that occurred April 27 in Powhatan County, near Richmond.

  • Days after her rescue, woman saves another's life

    WOODLAWN — The rescued became the rescuer May 5 when Donnie Rosenbaum had a heart attack outside of a Woodlawn home.

    It was that home’s resident that Rosenbaum credits with keeping his heart beating until emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene.

    The Galax man had been to the home of Starr Heavner to look at an entertainment center for sale, but suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing after he got in a vehicle to leave.

  • Honoring a hometown hero

    This Memorial Day, the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in downtown Galax will honor a native of the city and a true hero.

    The chapter will dedicate a special memorial to Sgt. Major Charles Morris, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest honor for military bravery — in November 1967 for his effort to save his fellow soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.

  • Another 'no cigar' day for Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– The season is getting short, but if there is any justice in the world, Carroll County and pitcher Drew Webb will have a day similar to their last two district outings and actually be able to feel good about it when it’s over.

    A week after holding Richlands to four hits in a 5-4 loss, Webb limited Abingdon to three hits, but once again a minimal amount of offense was enough to hand Carroll County a close loss, this time a 2-0 decision in a Southwest District game Tuesday at Bill Worrell Field.