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  • 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.

  • GCHS student wins car by attending After-Prom Party

    ROANOKE ― This year and last year, churches in Independence partnered with the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) to provide a safe place for students to spend time with their friends after prom.

    The benefits were two-fold: the event keeps students and the community safe by offering healthy, drug-free activities and keeping impaired drivers off of the road on prom night; and this year, a local student’s participation landed him with a safe new ride.

  • Challengers seek party nominations in primary

    Staff Report

    Tuesday’s primary election will decide who challenges incumbents in races for a U.S. Senate seat and the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District seat this fall.

    This is a dual primary, meaning that voters will be able to participate in either the Republican or the Democratic election, but not both.

  • Soccer parent recovering after crash on way back from championship

    Staff Report

    A wreck on June 9 during the drive back from the Virginia State Soccer Championship in Radford left the parent of one Galax High School player airlifted to Roanoke, according to Virginia State Trooper P.D. Goad.

    Felix Medina, 47, of Galax, was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty in the southbound lane of Interstate 77 around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, at the 25.8 mile marker, when he “hydroplaned; it was raining really bad,” said Goad. “He hit a spot, lost control, overturned and came to rest against a [concrete barrier].”

  • S&S Transporters to expand at Wildwood Commerce Park

    WOODLAWN — Business owners in Carroll County have capitalized on an opportunity for expansion in the Wildwood Commerce Park, with hopes of generating revenue for localities and creating job opportunities for residents of the Twin Counties.

    S&S Transporters, a local trucking company represented by founder W. Scott Frye and senior leader W. Alex Frye, has reached an agreement with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) that makes S&S the first business to locate at Wildwood.

  • Bartlett honored with wreath, name on wall

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Deputy Curtis A. Bartlett of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department was remembered at the 2018 Public Safety Wreath Laying & Roll Call in Richmond on June 1.

    The annual event honors Virginia fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel who died in the line of duty in 2017. Bartlett, of Galax, was killed in a March 2017 crash, while responding to fellow officers’ calls for help with a pursuit.

  • Galax firefighters injured

    A house fire on June 3 at 10:30 p.m. on Givens Street left two families displaced and two firefighters with minor injuries, according to Galax Asst. Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

    One firefighter hurt his leg after falling through the floor; the other received minor burns and was treated and released at Twin County Regional Hospital.

    He said the blaze caused severe damage to the interior and exterior of the home. The Red Cross is helping the former occupants.

  • Legg promoted to assistant superintendent

    Dr. Kristina Legg, finishing out the spring 2018 semester as the Galax Elementary principal, will shortly take up her new position as the school system’s assistant superintendent.

    She steps into the role previously filled by Rebecca Cardwell, who is retiring.

    A Dublin native, Legg graduated from Pulaski High School in 1998. “I think people thought I would go back there, but I like it better here,” she says of Galax. “It’s great.”