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Today's Features

  • Santa’s elves are taller than you’d think: dozens of firefighters and citizen volunteers crowded into one of the Galax Fire Department’s bays to help pack Community Christmas Food Fund boxes for 550 needy local families on Dec. 18.

    Helpers of all ages loaded boxes onto a conveyor system, stocked the boxes with food and household items, kept them moving and stacked them when full. The boxes were delivered on Sunday.

  • This year, students at Gladeville Elementary School were given an important mission to spread holiday cheer to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who will likely not be home in time for the holidays.

    According to school counselor Judy Neal and art teacher Amy Jackson, who partnered for the project, around 70 Christmas cards were sent to a group of soldiers in an undisclosed location this year, thanking them for their service and wishing them a Merry Christmas.

  • The West Galax Diner will be open Christmas Day to serve a very special clientele, says owner Tina Dowling.

    “We just started [planning] this last Sunday, because a girl who helps out on Sundays came in,” says Dowling. “She was looking for somewhere to volunteer [for Christmas] and couldn’t find anybody having a Christmas dinner. So I said, ‘We’ll do it.’”

  • HILLSVILLE — ‘Twas the eighth of December, in the Hillsville Town Hall, when the town council gathered to speak unto all.

    Beginning at 7, their usual time, council spoke to the public of each town-owned dime.

  • Three years ago, Katy Dunn suffered the unthinkable when she lost her infant son in a tragic accident. But since then, she and her family have worked together to turn their grief into something beautiful for other families.

    This year, the family’s annual toy and clothing drive, CJ’s Christmas Project, has resulted in more than 1,100 donations from their community. Dunn says that this year’s collection will be distributed to several charities, including the Carroll Christmas Fund.

  • Briley McKinley Marshall turned one on Dec. 10. His birthday was celebrated with a turtle party with friends and family. He is the son of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    His big sisters are Izzie and Cassie Marshall. His grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. His great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Levi Kristopher Ward turned three on Oct. 4. He celebrated with a monster bouncy house party at his home. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence.

    He has two brothers, Braeden and Luke. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Agnes Marie Lundy Cox of Independence turned 100 years old on Aug. 19. She celebrated with family and friends at the Flat Rock Community Building.

    She has two children: Harry Cox, and Anne Cox Collins and spouse Kendall Collins of San Francisco, Calif. She has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one more on the way. She loves to get out on the farm, go for rides and do word searches. She thanked everyone for coming to her party and for the gifts and cards received.

  • Madison Abigail Sluss turned four on Oct. 22. She celebrated on Oct. 25 at the Galax Recreation Department with a pool party with a “Frozen” theme, with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has two brothers, Brandon and Cayson Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County held its Winter Festival last Thursday evening, with plenty of fun activities for students and their families.

    Guests were invited to have dinner with Santa Claus in the cafeteria, and enjoy a number of reindeer games and other activities throughout the school, including a fortune teller, cake walk, story time and kissing booth.

    The hallways were also lined with winter-themed craft booths, inviting both children and their parents to make a dent in their holiday decoration and gift shopping lists.