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  • Willis man wrecks motorcycle, dies after hit by truck

    Staff Report

    WYTHE COUNTY — A Willis man was killed in a traffic accident June 16, and Virginia State Police are still investigating.

    Shortly before 11:30 p.m. last Saturday night, state police were called to the scene of a fatal crash in Wythe County.

    A 2006 Harley Davidson FXD motorcycle traveling southbound on Interstate 77 struck a deer at the 45 mile marker, ejecting the driver onto the roadway.

    The driver – Leonard R. Scarberry, 64 – was subsequently struck by a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 and died at the scene.

  • Independence names new town manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council and town and county administrators joined together last week to welcome Reid Walters, who will be taking on the role of Independence Town Manager.
    Walters will replace Jerry Hughes, who announced his retirement earlier this year. While Hughes planned to leave the position in January, he stayed with the town to assist with the responsibilities until a new town manager was selected from the pool of applications.

  • Three arrested in Galax

    Three individuals were arrested in Galax last week in separate incidents, one of which resulted in the alleged assault of a police officer.
    Kalon G. McLaurin, 22, of Galax, was arrested on June 11 by Capt. James Cox for public intoxication, obstruction of justice and assault on a police officer.
    According to a police report, Cox responded to a report of an intoxicated male harassing employees of the Galax Motel. Upon arresting McLaurin for being intoxicated, the report says he actively resisted arrest and assaulted Cox, who was not injured in the incident.

  • Grayson students enjoy Highlands hike

    Independence Elementary School’s third grade class was treated to an educational field day near the end of the school year, to Grayson Highlands State Park. The students were instructed by Ranger Lee. Students hiked the two-mile Cabin Creek Trail. The ponies welcomed them by walking right up to the group. The third grade class teachers who arranged the field day included Katrina Young, and Christine Vance. The students were given brown bag lunches provided by the IES cafeteria staff. James Halsey, the bus driver, transported the group to and from the park.

  • Carnival coming to Galax next week

    The Galax Fire Department’s annual carnival is coming to Felts Park next week, from June 19-23.
    Rides and attractions will be provided by Michaels Amusements; gates open every evening at 5 p.m. with the carnival and bingo starting at 6 p.m.; bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing.
    Bingo games will offer a 50 percent payout, with a $1,000 championship game on Saturday night for qualifying players. Additionally, there will be a $300 cash drawing at 11 p.m. each night with one entry per paid adult ticket.

  • Cruisin & Groovin' in Hillsville

    Classic cars and music were the forefront of a recent Cruise-In celebration in downtown Hillsville.

  • Missing juvenile found

    Staff Report

    A 6-year-old taken from Hillsville has been located in Indiana and is safe, according to police reports.

    The boy was the subject of a multi-state search last week.

    Derek Michael Barnett was allegedly taken by his non-custodial parent, Rebecca Barnett, and her father, Christopher Barnett.

    The two reportedly fled with the child after Rebecca Barnett was ordered to surrender him to the Carroll County Department of Social Services during a court hearing in Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on June 7.

  • Woman reported missing after leaving Galax

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department is seeking information about a Richmond woman who left The Life Center treatment facility in the city, but never made it home.

    Jenna Marie Pappas, 26, was last seen on June 1, leaving the Life Center. According to a statement from Galax police, “She told family members she had arranged a ride to return home to the Richmond, area. Pappas has not been seen or heard from since.”

  • Parents question Baywood closure

    BAYWOOD — Since announcing last month that Baywood Elementary School might close due to lack of funding for the fiscal year 2018-19 budget, school leaders have been inundated with questions from concerned citizens.

    To address as many concerns as possible, the school board held a community meeting in the Baywood Elementary auditorium on June 6; and the result was a full house.

  • S&S details plans for Wildwood expansion

    WOODLAWN – A local business specializing in shipping goods all across the United States is expanding due to growing demand for its services.

    S&S Transporters Inc. of Carroll County was announced as the first tenant in the Wildwood Commerce Park, a regional economic development project that has worked for several years to land its first industry.

    As business has grown, S&S reports that expansion operations are well underway for its newly acquired five-acre property at Wildwood, located on Virginia 620 at Exit 19 off Interstate 77.