The police chief said the incident began as a vehicle chase through town around 1 a. Garcia was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of firearm by a felon, felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, reckless driving, along with additional motor vehicle violations. Garcia was scheduled to be in Forsyth County court Thursday on prior charges of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed gun, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Then on Feb. In he was convicted of felonies burglary in the first degree, larceny after breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He also was convicted of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. He served more than six years in prison. In he was convicted of felony possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule VI drug, and drug paraphernalia.
He served three months in prison, then a year and a half more after a parole violation a month later for possession of a firearm by a felon. He was released in Novemberthen returned to prison in February for another parole violation and served eight months, getting out in October He said growing up in rural Virginia combined with parents who worked hard, encouraged him to be the best version of himself, and to never settle for less has been a guiding principle.
This unbelievable opportunity goes beyond the here and now — and my future as a chemist and research scientist. Earlier this year, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced that Virginia Tech was among 12 universities and colleges selected as the class of Beckman Scholars Program awardees.
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The institutions were selected after an application process, which included a two-part review led by a panel of scientific experts. The Beckman Scholars Program is a month mentored research experience for exceptional monday students in chemistry, biochemistry, and biological sciences. Through unique programming in communication, leadership, grantsmanship, and diversity and inclusion awareness, the program seeks to cultivate the next generation of scientific leaders.
Starting in summerMcMillian will begin work with professor of biomaterials and bioprocessing Kevin Edgar and assistant professor of physics Rana Ashkar centered on the de, synthesis, and characterization of robust, biocompatible, polymer-augmented liposomes for the delivery of hydrophobic drugs and messenger ribonucleic acid vaccines.
McMillian will learn how to synthesize and characterize novel copolymers based upon renewable polysaccharides and be adult in the Ashkar Lab to evaluate the structural and mechanical properties of liposomal nanoparticles augmented by the irish block copolymers synthesized in the Edgar Lab. Our mentors are excited to have the opportunity to shepherd the next generation of innovators through their undergraduate career.
Board-certified surgeon Elizabeth G. Bond served ly as general surgeon and vice chief of the medical staff at Vidant North Hospital in Roanoke Rapids. Edsall added that Dr. Bond will be ing Northern General Surgery colleagues R. Jackson, MD. Bond, a year-old New Jersey native, is excited about meeting and treating new patients as well as tackling multiple opportunities bus await her in her new hospital home. Sometimes patients come to me with one diagnosis; but, after listening to them, I may realize they have an additional problem or even a different one that needs to be treated, as well.
She insists on taking the time needed to develop a fruitful two-way dialogue with her patients and their family members. Bond will use her skills to treat patients who present with a wide range of cancers and benign abnormalities — including breast cancer, breast lesions, colon cancer, intestinal ulcers, skin cancer, skin lesions and lumps, gallbladder complications, hernia repair, and many other conditions requiring surgical intervention.
Growing up in south Jersey, Dr. During her first surgical rotation, the young medical student was paired with a well-known breast cancer surgeon in Princeton. After earning her medical degree inthe newly-graduated doctor began a five-year general surgery residency program at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. Wivess refining her surgical skills and enhancing her leadership abilities, Dr. Bond came to fully appreciate the importance of mutual respect and collaboration in the operating theatre. Outside the O. Bond and her husband Jeremy, a Winstonsalem litigation attorney, are settling into the friendly, small-town lifestyle of Mount Airy.
After a lengthy debate on how best to fill a vacancy on the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners, city officials have decided to rely on a process used in the past in which local citizens nominate themselves. Materials sent by mail must be postmarked by that date. Persons throwing their names into the hat for the commissioners to consider also will be required to speak before them in a public setting in September, under the process approved during a meeting Thursday night. It also included Commissioner Marie Wood being elected as mayor pro tem.
He filled both roles for about seven months after the reation of Mayor David Rowe last October for health reasons. In May, Niland was appointed mayor by the other council members, leaving open both the at-large and mayor pro tem slots. Although replacing commissioners who leave office before their terms end is nothing new for Mount Airy, the latest vacancy presents a twist because of a recent decision to shift city elections from odd-ed to even-ed years.
That s for an extra year being added to the end of the normal four-year election cycle for at-large commissioner — which would have concluded in — due to the change to even-ed years. Another oddity surrounding the present vacancy concerns the fact that the filing period for the election will begin this December due to Mount Airy requiring primaries when three or more candidates vie for a particular seat. This schedule provides for a primary possibly being held early next year. Commissioner Jon Cawley seemed to voice the prevailing opinion of the board on this issue in pointing out that such an appointment at the filing stage could be viewed as an outright endorsement of one candidate in the election over others.
A preference was expressed Thursday night that the at-large appointee also be willing to seek the seat in the election.
Cochran also is a former Mount Airy mayor. The move to require applicants to openly address the board and make their case for being appointed was added to the application mix at the urging of Yokeley. Letters of interest and s can be ed to the clerk at nvbrame mountairy. The regular address for that is: Attention Nicki Brame, S.
Main St. Box 70, Mount Airy, NC, Application material may be dropped off in person to Brame in the Municipal Building at S. The information from City Hall states that candidates who submit letters of interest and s will be expected to speak at the Sept. The selection of a new mayor pro tem Thursday night by the commissioners proved to be less complicated. Commissioner Tom Koch nominated Cawley for that role, which involves filling in when the mayor is absent — including presiding over council meetings or representing the city government at public events.
Cawley then nominated Wood, who was chosen mayor pro tem. Koch said he sensed this and despite having nominated Cawley voted for Wood along with other commissioners in a good-natured process. Wood thanked her colleagues for giving her this opportunity. In fact, — the 12th year for the reader awards — saw a record of voting, and many had more businesses receive nominations than any year before. Gravitte, D.
Our readers and viewers are very dedicated to the businesses they frequent and cast votes for their favorites. We received more votes than ever this year. We appreciate the voters, and the businesses who do such a good job serving their customers. Generally the Mount Airy News holds an award dinner to recognize the winners, but this year the paper was unable to do so because of lingering COVID restrictions and concerns.
Instead, the paper held a live webinar award ceremony on July During the presentation, three general winners were announced in addition to all the category winners.
This category salutes firms who have been in business no more than 18 months. Station Firehouse Peanuts has been a popular stop at area events and Farmers Markets.
The event is scheduled for Oct. This long-time community event was cancelled in due to the pandemic. The event will feature some familiar attractions including handmade crafts, food vendors, live music and more. We are delighted to have the festival return in ; bigger and better than ever. The chamber reports that all vendor space crafters and food for the festival is sold out.
For more information on the Autumn Leaves Festival, visit the event website at www.
The importance of family and personal relationships have long been a hallmark of folks living in the Surry County region, and Saturday that was highlighted in remarks made during the 31st Bunker Family Reunion. The two, coned in the torso area, were born in Samut Songkhram, a city in modern day Thailand that was then known as the country of Siam.
They left the country, touring as oddities in traveling shows, before eventually leaving their managers behind and touring on their own. After a decade of touring that brought them financial success, the two settled in Mount Airy, became farmers and U. The twins died inat the age of 62, and over the intervening generations their descendants have played ificant roles in the development of Mount Airy and Surry County, as well as scattered across the nation.
Srisodapo also touched on the importance of the formal sister-city relationship Mount Airy has with Samut Songkhram, and how he had spent time with Mount Airy Mayor Ron Niland Friday talking of ways that relationship could be strengthened. In remarks before his speech, Srisodapo said it is important for individuals below the federal government level to work on and maintain that sister city partnership.
The ambassador said those kinds of strong relationships were on display over the weekend during the Bunker reunion. Srisodapo, making his first trip to Mount Airy, said he has found his trip to Mount Airy a pleasant one. The ambassador said he was surprised to find his hotel — the Hampton Inn — completely booked for the weekend, which shows him how strong tourism is to the city, and how successful it is in bringing visitors here for not only the family reunion, but other events.
Others in the Thailand delegation also mentioned how much they had enjoyed their time in Mount Airy, and how friendly and open they found its residents. The trip was special for another reason for Thanarat and his wife, Pimida Thanarat — it was the first state, other than Virginia, their son, Boone, had ever visited.
He said the first year they were working in the U. The second year,the event was canceled because of the pandemic. Finally, this year, he said they were able to make it, along with their nearly two-year-old son, Boone. He also said he learned over the weekend just how close the two nations are — that Thailand was the first Far East country that established diplomatic relations with the United States, in — when Andrew Jackson was president and the U.
Surry County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mark Marion also addressed the crowd, recounting how the Bunker twins had settled in the area and worked hard at building a prosperous life for themselves and their children. After the noontime gathering, the Thai delegation went their separate ways — some to return to Washington, D. The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:.
Anyone with information on any probation absconders should contact Crime Stoppers atcounty probation at or the Mount Airy Police Department at Even with the lower turn-out, a good portion of Main Street was lined with antique and classic vehicles of all sorts.
Next to his Jeep was an American flag and a picture from his younger days as a soldier, next to a picture of his son, Andrew Moore, who is is serving today. The elder Moore first enlisted in the Army ineventually retiring inthough he said there was a period in the s when he left the armed forces before returning.
Moore said he uses the Jeep at Christian summer camps, car shows, and parades to help start a conversation with people, sometimes about the Army, sometimes about his Christian faith, and other times to strike up talks with other veterans who may need a friend.