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Today's Features

  • By SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    Around 800 students from the Twin Counties participated in the Carroll County Agriculture Fair Ag Education Days Tuesday through Thursday.

    The students rotated between multiple stations learning about a range of topics at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market. The various presenters gave engaging and fact-filled information to the students about recycling, beekeeping, soil and water conservation, lawnmower safety and cotton manufacturing.

  • INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Wine and Brew Festival, scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, will feature a lineup of local wines and craft beer this year.

    The festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, on the lawn of the Historic 1908 Courthouse, rain or shine. Admission is $15 per person and the price includes an etched wine glass.

  • Janet Tompkins, a local speech therapist and founder of SpeechPath Tools — an organization for developments in senior-to-caregiver communication — has recently introduced a new product line with a personality all its own.

    “My Comfort Companions,” a series of personalized dolls (and a stuffed beagle for the male geriatric population), are now available for patients and caregivers who are in search of the perfect gift for loved ones suffering from the devastating effects of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Donald R. Bond and Sue Bond of Galax recently announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Magen, to Alex Baker, son of Kathy Cox of Independence and John Baker of Roanoke.

    A wedding is being planned for Sept. 26 in Mouth of Wilson.
    Family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Children of the late Arthur and Susie Patton celebrated their brother Frank’s 80th birthday at their former home place that is now the New River Lodge in Galax.

    Five of the siblings have reached age 80 — Wilma, Odell, Hazel, Junior and now Frank. There was food, singing, and music by the Loose Strings. About 60 friends and family members enjoyed the day. Pictured (from left) Millie Bullins, Hazel Montgomery, Nell Williams, Bobbie Patton, Odell Hall and Wilma Showalter. Seated in front are Frank Patton and William Arthur Patton Jr.

  • Alma Ruth Phillips Vaught and Arnold J. Phillips celebrated their 90th birthday on June 21, 2015, at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church decoration and homecoming luncheon.

  • Taelynn Isabella Mundy celebrated her fifth birthday on July 2 at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her sisters, Hope Gaynor and Timber Mundy, helped her celebrate along with many special friends and family members. She is the daughter of John and Tammy Utt of Woodlawn and Tim and Britt Mundy of Max Meadows. Her maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle of Woodlawn and Charles Liddle of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly of Cana and Wayne Mundy of Cana.

  • HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Agricultural Fair is Aug. 26-30 this year, and there are plenty of events scheduled to keep the entire community busy.

    This year, the fair committee has set a daily, one-price gate entrance fee that includes all of the scheduled events. Guests ages 13 and up will pay $5, tickets for children ages 6-12 are $3 and children 5 and under are admitted free.

    Gate admission will cover all fair-sponsored events, including unlimited carnival rides.

  • Saturday was the first-ever Khan-Con, held at the Hillsville VFW Post 1115.

    The comic book and pop culture convention was complete with card and roleplaying games, comic artists, a costume contest and vendors selling everything from masks to comic books to jewelry to Christmas ornaments.

  • SOMOTILLO, Nicaragua — A local ministry recently made a trip to lend assistance to and spread messages of love and hope to families in Nicaragua.

    Since 2007, Cornerstone Community Church in Galax has partnered with Because We Care Ministries, and has made 13 trips to the remote northern part of Nicaragua, with more than 100 volunteer missionaries from the Twin Counties.