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Today's Features

  • 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:

    HILLSVILLE

    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?”

  • Larry Randall Dalton and Virginia Lois Goad Dalton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on Snake Creek Road, Hillsville, on Oct. 14.

    They were married at Indian Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Airy, N.C., by the Rev. Harmon Heath.
    They have two children, Dede and Ashley and five grandchildren.
    Their marriage has survived coaching 3,080 basketball games and supervising the production of 35 year books. They pretend to listen intently to each other daily.

  • Daniel and Rachel Kirchner were united in marriage Sept. 18 in Galax.

  • Braeden Hunter Ward turned 8 years old on June 26. He celebrated with a Lego Batman Pool Party at Grayson Rec Park.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has three younger brothers: Levi, Luke and Grayson. Braeden’s 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.

  • Community Halloween events are planned throughout the Twin Counties on Tuesday. Here are some of the fun and frightful festivities scheduled for Oct. 31:

    HILLSVILLE

    Hillsville’s Safe Halloween, held downtown at various venues.

    The annual event allows parents and family to bring their children to a safe community function for trick-or-treating activities.

    Many of the businesses in downtown Hillsville stay open late for the event. There are games, hay rides, a haunted house and food.

  • Chapters Bookshop, located in downtown Galax, is a winner of the national 2017 Children’s Book Week Contest.

    In celebration of the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, 705 libraries, schools and bookstores were invited in May to enter a national display contest around the theme of “One World, Many Stories.”