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Today's Features

  • Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Henry Lindsey, a Carroll County soldier in the 29th Virginia lnfantry, wrote to his wife: “I drawed soap today for the first time — about the size of a hen egg. We have to pay $1.50 per lb. for soap to wash our clothes.”

    His wife Polly, writing from their home in the Dugspur area, replied to Henry: “Times are very hard in Carroll and everything is scarce and powerful high: pork $1.50 a lb., butter $3, wheat $15...”

  • Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his fifth birthday on Aug. 8, 2017, and his brother Luke Ryan Spurlin celebrated his third birthday on Aug. 29, 2017.

    They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham. Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.

  • The children of James and Jeanie Davis request the attendance of family and friends on Sept. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Independence First United Methodist Church to honor and celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

    They were married on Sept. 1, 1967. The couple requests no gifts. Information: 233-9796.

  • HILLSVILLE — Churches in Carroll County united last week to speak out against racism and the rise of white supremacist groups, in the wake of a rally in Charlottesville that broke into violence, leaving one woman dead.

    Hillsville Christian Church hosted a “Prayer Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Aug. 17, led by the Rev. Amanda Hatfield Moore.

  • Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned 6 on July 23. Her birthday was celebrated with a Peppa Pig party. She is the daughter of Chrissy Marshall and the late Joseph Marshall.

    Her big sister is Izzie Marshall and her little brother is Briley Marshall. Her grandparents are Randy Bell and the late Kim Bell, and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. Bell and the late Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Carroll County Fair starts today, Wednesday, at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, off Interstate 77’s Exit 14 in Hillsville, and runs through Aug. 27.

    It has been named the “Best Small Fair in Virginia” by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

    The fair offers unlimited carnival rides with paid gate admission. Admission this year is $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

  • Hundreds of students filled the football field and bleachers at Galax High School on Monday to view the solar eclipse, with safety glasses provided by Virginia State Parks.

    Over the stadium’s PA system, science teachers gave updates as the moon passed in front of the sun and the afternoon turned dark. Galax was not in the path of totality, but experienced about a 90 percent eclipse.

    This was the first eclipse visible all across the United States in nearly 100 years, and the last visible in the Twin Counties for a long time.

  • Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — After a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protestors resulted in one death and numerous injuries last weekend, a local church is planning a “Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Thursday night.

  • If his life was a movie, this would be the scene where our hero leaves behind the life he’s known and embarks on a journey into the unknown.

    He’s not really jetting off for an unknown planet or a lost city, but Mike Steinsberger is leaving Twin County Cinema III after 22 years as manager.

    He’s excited to begin this next chapter, but first he has unfinished business: thanking the community that has supported him and his family for more than two decades.

  • Fans attending the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention over the years might remember Ann Boyer, an energetic woman with short white hair and boundless energy and enthusiasm, good humor and friendly personality.