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Today's Features

  • Grayson Bo Ward turned one year old on June 7. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence.

    He celebrated with a pool party. Grayson has three older brothers, Braeden, Levi and Luke. 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.

  • Guy and June Bowman have lived in the Woodlawn area since marriage and have three children, Sue, Libby and Tommy; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County students and alumni took to social media last week, posting condolences and statements in memory of the Rev. Clarence Bonnell Young — known by many as “Doc” — a former band director for the school system who passed away Sept. 13, at age 57.

  • 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.