Today's Features

  • Galax and the towns of Hillsville and Independence invite kids of all ages to Halloween night fun on Monday.

    The Galax Downtown Association is planning this year’s Downtown Halloween Bash that is set for 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

    Local businesses, churches and organizations are encouraged to gather downtown to play games, give treats to children of all ages and enjoy an outing for the entire family. The bash offers children a fun and safe place to enjoy the evening’s festivities and to gather treats.

  • HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville resident celebrated a milestone birthday with a surprise party thrown by staff at Commonwealth Assisted Living on Sept. 30.
    In a room decked out with 105 brightly colored balloons, Louise DeHaven was brought to a surprise party to celebrate her 105th birthday. DeHaven has been a resident at Commonwealth since 2007 and staff, residents, family and friends gathered to show her just how special this birthday was.
    Her birthday was on Oct. 1.

  • Landmark News Service

    Can Halloween tell us who’ll win the White House? Apparently, the sale of candidate masks is an eerily accurate crystal ball.

    According to one costume industry index, mask sales have correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996. According to another index – which goes back further – they’ve been right since 1980, when Ronald Reagan’s mug outsold Jimmy Carter’s by 20 percent.

    Being No. 1 this year, however, might indicate something else.

  • Jeremy and Kristi McCormick of Independence announce the engagement of their daughter, Madison Cambri, to Jared Allen Hash, son of Joe Hash of Independence and Tammy Copeland of Galax.

    A January 2017 wedding is planned.

  • Braeden Hunter Ward celebrated his 7th birthday on June 26. He had a Minecraft pool party with friends and family at the Grayson County Rec Park.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence and has three younger brothers: Levi, Luke and Grayson. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Randy Hamm and Linda Robinson announced that their wedding will be Oct. 1 at Eastlake Community Church in Moneta. Family and friends are welcome.

    Robinson is the daughter of Edgar and Pauline Jones.

  • Baywood Ruritan Club will host its 27th annual fall festival Oct. 1.

    There is no admission charge.

    Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at the Ruritan shelter. Bring a chair.

    The festival features live music, food, tumbling acrobats and more. There will be antique tractors and cars and a mule-drawn wagon offering rides.

    Apple butter will be made, and faces and pumpkins will be painted.

    The astronomy club will have telescopes for people to see. There will be a pet show and a petting zoo.

  • HILLSVILLE – Fall has officially arrived and one of the season’s traditional comfort foods will be in abundance in Hillsville this Saturday, at the second annual Historic Hillsville’s Chili Shootout.

    The Friends of Hillsville event will include competitions for chili, salsa, cornbread and the popular backyard game of cornhole.

  • The Galax American Legion #245 and Independence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726 came together Sept. 17 at twilight to remember and honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.

    The service was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial next to the Galax Public Library. Coy Shaffner was introduced as a former POW of Germany during Word War II.

  • Staff Report

    The phrase “to finish is to win” took on real meaning when 84 antique vehicles crossed the finish line in Moline, Ill., out of 109 that started the 2016 Great Race in San Rafael, Cal.

    The Crooked Road Racers, a local team made up of members of Boy Scout Troop 188 and their leader and driver, Dr. Tom Littrell, competed in this year’s rally-style race. The Galax team placed second in the youth division and 46th overall. They drove Littrell’s 1928 Model A Ford Roadster Highboy over 2,500 miles.