Today's Features

  • Briley McKinley Marshall celebrated his fourth birthday Dec. 10 with a Captain America party. He is the son of Chrissy Marshall and the late Joseph Marshall.

    His big sisters are Izzie and Cassie Marshall. His grandparents are Randy Bell and the late Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. His 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.

  • David and Gail Hayes were married Dec. 22, 1967, at Howard’s Creek Baptist Church in Boone, N.C.

    Their simple evening service is perhaps best remembered for the six inches of fresh snow that awaited the full church afterwards.
    They enjoy the simple life on the farm of their dreams in beautiful Spring Valley in Grayson County. Friends John Mack and Ruby Rutherford Funk sold the Rutherford farm to them in 1993.
    Their children are Nancy of Fries and Nathan and Kristi of Kingsport, Tenn.

  • By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Beverly Billings is the epitome of those people about whom you say, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”

    She’s a working nurse, wife and mother who’s studying to earn an additional degree.

  • FRIES — The Fries community’s daily bustle ground to a halt on Nov. 30, when the sight of the Fries Bell — a familiar town landmark — riding down the street in a parade-like fashion on the back of a tractor trailer piqued citizens’ curiosities.

    The familiar artifact was en route from the Fries Mill site to the spot where the town’s long-awaited Fries Depot project is planned.

  • Jim and Frances Boyer celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family at The Depot in Dobson, N.C.

    They were married Oct. 25, 1947. They have three daughters and sons-in-law: Peggy and Wade Billings, Patsy and Charles Sturgill and Debra and Ricky Edwards. They also have five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shelton of Slidell, La., announced the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Marie, to Dustin Ray Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Anderson of Troutdale.

    Shelton’s grandparents are Phil and Sharon Bressler of State College, Pa., and the late Leta Dugas Bergeron of Morgan City, La. Her great-grandmother is Mary Kammerzell of Concord, Ca.
    Anderson’s grandparents are Ray and Nancy Anderson of Troutdale, Dewey and Robeana Teaster of Marion and the late Alma Teaster.

  • For one glorious day, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department had an extra firefighter at their side — 16-year-old Tyson Ford.

    Tyson, who has Down’s Syndrome, has been fascinated with firefighters since he was three, said his mom, Kyla.

    She and her husband, Steven, have been teaching Functional Fitness classes at the firehouse on Wednesday nights. The discipline is meant to incorporate moves the firefighters would naturally engage in as part of their jobs, and strengthen their ability to perform these actions.

  • With Thanksgiving behind us and merry lights already sparkling, it’s time to kick off the Christmas season in the Twin Counties. This weekend will feature several holiday happenings:


    The Town of Hillsville, Carroll County and the Friends of Hillsville have partnered this year to present the Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony, along with a day of holiday events on Saturday.

    This year’s parade theme is “A Bluegrass Country Christmas.”

  • By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    MOUTH OF WILSON – In the rural high country of western Grayson County, the earth trembles under the wheels of farm vehicles pulling loads of produce out of the fields, to one of several loading areas. From there, “big rigs” are hauling load after load of seasonal stuff to markets.

    It started in October, when huge cardboard boxes of pumpkins rumbled towards town.

  • By D.T. CLARK and BRIAN FUNK, Staff

    William Bottomley, who designs and sets up the High Country Lights display in Galax, has some traditional pieces, some new pieces and one big surprise in store for visitors to Felts Park this holiday season.

    Bottomley said that he’s added a figure of that little yellow bird, Woodstock, to his Peanuts display, because, he said, “what’s Peanuts without Woodstock?”