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Today's Features

  • HILLSVILLE – Students from Carroll County participated in a FIRST Lego League (FLL) scrimmage on Oct. 29 at Carroll County Middle School. The theme for this years’ challenge was Animal Allies.

  • Karmyn Elizabeth Utt celebrated her first birthday Oct. 7 with a Minnie Mouse party at her home. Her sisters Hope, Timber and TaeLynn helped her celebrate along with many special friends and family members.

    She is the daughter of John and Tammy Utt of Hillsville. Her maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle and Emory Bearden of Woodlawn and Charles Liddle of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Greg and Donna Stoltz of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Tommy and Carolynne Utt of Hillsville. Her paternal great-grandmother is Elizabeth Utt of Hillsville.

  • Randy Hamm, son of Wilma and Bill Fitzgerald and Linda Robinson, daughter of Edgar and Pauline Jones were united in marriage Oct. 1 at Eastlake Community Church in Moneta.

    The best man was Ken Howell and Julie Copley was maid of honor.
    A reception was held at Liberty Station in Bedford and also at the Blue Ridge Hog Club House in Lynchburg.
     

  • 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.