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  • Hospital CEO leaving for N.C. job

    Twin County Regional Hospital CEO Jon Applebaum has announced that he will be leaving to accept a position as president and chief operating officer of Novant Thomasville Medical Center in Thomasville, N.C., on May 6.

    Applebaum’s announcement was made in an email on Wednesday afternoon. The recruitment process for a new CEO has already begun, Applebaum said.

    Applebaum took the chief executive post in 2007, and is only the third person to lead the hospital in its 44-year history.

  • Fries to install security cameras around town

    FRIES ― Fries Town Council approved a motion this month to use leftover funds in the town budget to purchase security cameras.

    Mayor Richard Farmer explained during the meeting that he’d recently met with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and that they would be splitting the cost of the cameras.

  • Poll: Gillespie ties Northam or Perriello in fall matchup

    The Republican front-runner would be an even match for both Democrats contending for their party’s nomination to be Virginia’s governor, according to a survey of voters by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    If the fall election were held today, former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie would beat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, 40 percent to 39 percent, while Gillespie and former Congressman Tom Perriello would tie with 39 percent each.

  • Mitchell named one of the region’s top teachers

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County High School teacher has received one of the highest teaching honors in the region and gets to take the international trip of a lifetime to celebrate.

    Fred Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at CCHS, has been recognized as one of the 2017 recipients of the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. The awards are in their 18th year and The McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol provides the $25,000 monetary award. Two winners are announced each year, at the primary and secondary level, and the other four finalists receive $1,000 awards.

  • Woman charged with felony neglect after child's death

    Staff Report

    Three women are charged with felony child neglect in separate incidents in Galax, according to a report of recent arrests from the Galax Police Department.

    In one incident, the child died.

    Krystal Jean Wyatt, 37, of Galax, was arrested by Det. J.B. Greer after a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury returned a direct indictment alleging felony child neglect.

    On June 16, 2016, Galax police and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to a residence in the city for a report of an unresponsive infant, said Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Fries outdoor project on hold

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has delayed action on a request to lease riverside property behind the Fries School for outdoor games.

    Steve Clark and his wife Eileen Colonna approached the school board last month with a proposal, requesting to lease the old tennis/basketball court property beside the New River in Fries.

  • Dixon to remain at Galax

     When Galax football coach Mark Dixon submitted his resignation several weeks ago to pursue the chance to coach in college, he didn't entirely rule out returning to the high school ranks some day.

    That day turned out to be Tuesday.

    After several interviews at college programs all across the spectrum of divisions, Dixon concluded that the little single-A high school in Southwest Virginia is where he belongs.

  • No new leads in missing person case

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office says it is still looking for clues in the disappearance of a Whitetop man missing since 2015.

    John William Wingler Sr., who was 74 when last seen, has been missing for more than a year. He was last seen around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road. He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

  • Blaze destroys home, injures firefighter

    A structure fire on April 3 at 11:32 p.m. on Coal Creek Road in Galax left a single-story home completely destroyed.

    No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no casualties. One firefighter suffered a burn injury to the hand and wrist while working on scene, and was transported by Galax-Grayson EMS to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment before being released.

  • Council plans road projects

    Road projects were on the agenda at Galax City Council’s March 27 meeting, including work on Cranberry Road, possible funding for street paving and a sidewalk extension.

    After several months’ negotiation with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city has signed engineering agreements with the Lane Group and the design of the Cranberry Road project has started.

    The road is to be widened and the curve straightened on the length of Cranberry that runs between Glendale Road and U.S. 58, beside the new Sheetz store.