Features http://www.galaxgazette.com/features/todaysfeatures en Charity, business team up to feed 300 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/charity-business-team-feed-300 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/turkeyboxes.jpg" alt="Local charity God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen says it has reached its goal this year of 300 turkey boxes for needy families in the area, due to help from Hanks &amp; Associates of Galax. From left are Cheryl Davis, Nancy Westmoreland, Susie Hale and Ed Hanks, all of Hanks &amp; Associates; Becky McClendon, God’s Storehouse Community Kitchen; and Jackie Vaughn, Hanks &amp; Associates." title="Local charity God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen says it has reached its goal this year of 300 turkey boxes for needy families in the area, due to help from Hanks &amp; Associates of Galax. From left are Cheryl Davis, Nancy Westmoreland, Susie Hale and Ed Hanks, all of Hanks &amp; Associates; Becky McClendon, God’s Storehouse Community Kitchen; and Jackie Vaughn, Hanks &amp; Associates." align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> In business, as in entertainment, a turkey is usually a failure &mdash; or at least something so awful nobody wants to touch it.</p> <p> Once you add a charity to the mix, however, it&rsquo;s a success story.</p> <p> Hanks &amp; Associates (Ameriprise of Galax) helped out with the food drive for God&rsquo;s Storehouse Community Kitchen again this year; their effort went towards the Kitchen&rsquo;s turkey dinner boxes for needy families over Thanksgiving.</p> Welcome to Hampton Valley http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/welcome-hampton-valley <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hamptonsigntightcymk.jpg" alt="Hampton Hedges shows off the imposing monument-like sign he is building along U.S. 58 just west of Beech Grove Lane. It lets passersby know they are going through Hampton Valley – what the area was called before it was called Baywood. He plans to landscape around the sign." title="Hampton Hedges shows off the imposing monument-like sign he is building along U.S. 58 just west of Beech Grove Lane. It lets passersby know they are going through Hampton Valley – what the area was called before it was called Baywood. He plans to landscape around the sign." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> <strong>By DON RICHESON, Staff</strong></p> <p> It&rsquo;s not unusual for Grayson County folks to go to great lengths to preserve their rich Appalachian heritage, and Grayson&rsquo;s Baywood community offers a good example of this.</p> <p> One man there is building a monument-like sign that announces the name the community had before officials decided to rename it, a name change many never embraced because it ignores the family who originally settled the area &ndash; the Hamptons.</p> Run raises $4,000+ for scholarship http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/run-raises-4000-scholarship <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10686715_10203085718812573_4639581084146948963_n.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="165" height="85" /><p> A total of 202 participants in the &ldquo;Miles for Matthew&rdquo; 5K and Fun Run, which took place at Dannelly Park on the New River Trail on Nov 8, raised more than $4,000 to benefit the Matthew Legg Memorial Scholarship Fund.</p> <p> The event included a 5K on the trail for adults, a &ldquo;fun run&rdquo; for kids around the smaller track at the park&rsquo;s playground, and lots of goodies for sale to help the fund.</p> Oakland celebrates Veterans Day http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/oakland-celebrates-veterans-day <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3400_0.jpg" alt="A little girl shakes a veteran’s hand following the Veterans Day program at Oakland Elementary School." title="A little girl shakes a veteran’s hand following the Veterans Day program at Oakland Elementary School." align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> Carroll County Public Schools hosted a series of Veterans Day programs on Nov. 11, to thank local veterans for their service to the country.</p> <p> At Oakland Elementary School, veterans from the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville were treated to a patriotic program of songs, poetry, skits and American traditions. Fifth grade students performed a skit titled &ldquo;What is a Veteran?&rdquo; and other grades performed a variety of songs, including &ldquo;Yankee Doodle,&rdquo; &ldquo;My Country Tis of Thee&rdquo; and &ldquo;America the Beautiful.&rdquo;</p> American Legion honors former leader http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/american-legion-honors-former-leader <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vdwilliams2.jpg" alt="Members of the American Legion Post #245 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726 gathered in Felts Cemetery in Galax on Veterans Day to honor the work of Floyd Winfield Williams and his wife, Mary Vass Williams." title="Members of the American Legion Post #245 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726 gathered in Felts Cemetery in Galax on Veterans Day to honor the work of Floyd Winfield Williams and his wife, Mary Vass Williams." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> A carpet of browning leaves was raked aside to expose the ground over the final resting place of Floyd Winfield Williams and his wife, Mary Vass Williams, at Galax&rsquo;s Felts Cemetery on Veterans Day.</p> <p> A brief ceremony including a 21-gun salute in their honor was held by the American Legion Post #245 &mdash; which was named in memory of Williams &mdash; with the assistance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726.</p> Carroll Library begins new chapter http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-library-begins-new-chapter <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/100_6199.jpg" alt="Melanie Hemingway thanks the library’s supporters for their part in the recent upgrades to the building." title="Melanie Hemingway thanks the library’s supporters for their part in the recent upgrades to the building." align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; The Carroll County Public Library staff and guests gathered at the library on Nov. 1 for a rededication of the newly renovated building.</p> <p> As the first snow of the season blanketed the ground outside, the upgrades to the library&rsquo;s structure became even more apparent to guests, who remained warm and cozy during their stay.</p> Volunteer extraordinaire named citizen of the month http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/volunteer-extraordinaire-named-citizen-month <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_20141030_142858.jpg" alt="Jessica Talley of Hillsville was commended for her volunteer work with a variety of events and festivals in the community." title="Jessica Talley of Hillsville was commended for her volunteer work with a variety of events and festivals in the community." align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Community volunteer Jessica Talley was October&rsquo;s Citizen of the Month for the Town of Hillsville, nominated by Hillsville Town Council Member David Young.</p> <p> Talley was honored with the Citizen of the Month award plaque during town council&rsquo;s Oct. 27 meeting, after Young read a summary of Talley&rsquo;s community involvement and accomplishments. &ldquo;[Talley] enjoys serving the people of Hillsville, and loves supporting events for the betterment of the community and its citizens,&rdquo; Young said.</p> Carroll Christmas Fund launches campaign http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-christmas-fund-launches-campaign <p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; The Carroll Christmas Fund, an annual event driven by a number of volunteers, businesses, churches and community groups, has begun organizing this year&rsquo;s efforts to ensure that everyone in the community has a happy holiday season.</p>