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Today's Features

  • Jennifer Patterson says the whole thing started when she felt moved to help people in the community who don’t have enough food.

    She says she felt $30 was a reasonable goal to fund a food box for a single family.

    “I decided that I wanted to make sure someone had a nice meal,” says Patterson. “For somebody who doesn’t have groceries in their house, $30 is a lot.”

    So Patterson went to the “Galax Talk of the Town” Facebook page in early November and posted the following:

  • HILLSVILLE — Members of Hillsville and Carroll law enforcement gathered at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Monday to present a check to Carroll County Special Olympics, and sport the whiskers they grew during “No Shave November” one last time.

    When asked if any of the officers planned to keep their new Duck Dynasty ‘dos, the answer from everyone was a resounding “No!”

    “Someone actually told me that I looked three years older,” commented Interim Hillsville Chief Wesley Yonce as he rubbed his face.

  • Ms. Brannock and Mrs. Davis’ Pre-K Class

    Oakland Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa, I need a new toy box because I am going to need it to put my presents in. I want a John Deer Tractor to play with, a new calendar because I didn’t have one. I think I would have a TV. in my bedroom because I don’t have one. I don’t leave anything for Santa but I want something else. I want a table to set my TV. on. 

    Love, Ian Hill

     

  • Mrs. Cain’s Kindergarten Class

    St. Paul School, Cana

     

    Laynie-Jo – I would like a bed just like Elsa on the movie Frozen. Also an Elsa stroller with crib and bean bag chair. 

     

    Ayden -  I would like a Ninja Turtle Action Figure and a game.

     

    Madelyn – I would like a toy dog and some candy for Christmas.  I have been good this year.

     

  • Article submitted by Virginia Farm Bureau

    ELK CREEK — Neither cold, rain, sleet, snow nor nightfall stops Carlos and Sherrie Taylor from getting their Christmas trees harvested and shipped to their customers.

    The Grayson County tree farmers and their employees put in long days from early November to mid-December — often working around the clock to get their trees to buyers up and down the East Coast.

  • Rosemary McPeak, a native of Ivanhoe, has a passion for fabric art. To her, it is not just a business or a necessity, but a way of life.

    From the comforts of her home, after finishing her day job as a substitute teacher, McPeak spends hours at a time sewing everything from wedding and formal alterations, to various decor items and clothing for children and dolls.

    She holds no formal business title, nor does she work in a shop or art studio, but she is a well-known artisan of the Twin Counties.

  • Every Goliath has his David.

    When the giant in question is desperate circumstances for a local homeless shelter, its David appears to be an 11-year-old boy.

    Hope House, a local homeless shelter, is in need of a new home by March 11 of next year, and trying to raise funds to pay for a new one. The group is reliant on church and individual donations, getting by on a miniscule budget.

  • In business, as in entertainment, a turkey is usually a failure — or at least something so awful nobody wants to touch it.

    Once you add a charity to the mix, however, it’s a success story.

    Hanks & Associates (Ameriprise of Galax) helped out with the food drive for God’s Storehouse Community Kitchen again this year; their effort went towards the Kitchen’s turkey dinner boxes for needy families over Thanksgiving.

  • By DON RICHESON, Staff

    It’s not unusual for Grayson County folks to go to great lengths to preserve their rich Appalachian heritage, and Grayson’s Baywood community offers a good example of this.

    One man there is building a monument-like sign that announces the name the community had before officials decided to rename it, a name change many never embraced because it ignores the family who originally settled the area – the Hamptons.

  • A total of 202 participants in the “Miles for Matthew” 5K and Fun Run, which took place at Dannelly Park on the New River Trail on Nov 8, raised more than $4,000 to benefit the Matthew Legg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    The event included a 5K on the trail for adults, a “fun run” for kids around the smaller track at the park’s playground, and lots of goodies for sale to help the fund.