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  • 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.

  • 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.