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  • 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.”

  • Hillsville to reveal time capsule contents

    HILLSVILLE – This Saturday will mark a special day in local history, as Hillsville residents get the chance to take a step back into the past while the relics from a 50-year-old time capsule are revealed.

    The capsule, buried in 1968, was excavated from its burial spot on Main Street in May, during the season’s first Hillsville Summer Nights concert and cruise-in.

    As announced during the previous cruise-in, the contents will be displayed at the Historic Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Grayson leaders discuss plans for growth

    INDEPENDENCE — A series of upcoming initiatives to address tourism, business, health, communication and other needs within the county were the key topic of this year’s spring “Grow Grayson” forum.

    At the forum recently held at the Independence Fire House, Grayson supervisors and County Administrator Bill Shepley presented an updated list of projects planed for the coming years and sought input.

  • Outlaw among roundup of Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Three Mount Airy, N.C., residents were arrested for various acts of alleged grand larceny in Galax, including a woman with the surname “Outlaw” who was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, on May 29, Officer Silverio Gonzales identified Stephanie Renee Outlaw, 27, as a person wanted for alleged grand larceny.

    After her arrest, Gonzales discovered suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the report said.

  • GHS alumnus now a leader of federal agency

    Galax High School graduation speaker Darrick André Early (Class of ’94) already made a big impact at the Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God’s Black History Month celebration in February this year.

    Early, who has an impressive list of accomplishments, currently serves as the deputy regional commissioner for the National Capital Region/Federal Acquisition Service (NCR/FAS) within the General Services Administration (GSA).

  • Child hit by car in Galax

     

    UPDATED 6/6/18:

    The mother of a girl struck by a vehicle on Glendale Road says the 10-year-old is in good condition, according to Virginia State Trooper K.D. Blackburn. The trooper updated The Gazette on her condition Tuesday.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

    A 10-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle and thrown into a ditch on Glendale Road at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to Virginia State Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

  • Student news reporters keep classmates informed

    Fifth graders at Laurel Elementary School have been up to some interesting extracurricular activities this past school year, aimed at preparing students for real world career experience.

    The Wildcat News crew live streamed its final broadcast of the year on June 1, to wish students a fun-filled summer and congratulate everyone on their accomplishments of transitioning to the next grade level.

  • Cardwell retiring after 36 years in education

    Galax Schools’ Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell is retiring in early June after 36 years of experience in education.

    Cardwell, known for her drive to improve students’ education and friendly, soft-spoken demeanor, took a moment in her last week of employment to look back on her career.

    Born in Galax, and a GHS graduate, Cardwell pursued higher education at Virginia Tech, took on a double major in agronomy and agricultural education that netted her a degree in 1980, and immediately came back to the Twin Counties to start working in Galax.