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Today's Features

  • HILLSVILLE – The 2nd annual Boo Ridge Halloween Spooktacular Trail of Terror Run/Walk drew a large crowd of goblins, superheroes, princesses and farm animals despite the rainy weather.

    The event was held as a fundraiser for the Carroll County Special Olympics (CCSO) on Oct. 10 at Hillsville Elementary School. Participants competed in the Little Goblin Fun Run, the Monster Mile and the Trail of Terror 5K, as well as costume contests in several different categories. All proceeds went to the CCSO for its yearly activities and events.

  • The Galax Downtown Association will once again host the Galax Downtown Safe Halloween Bash.

    As in years past, local businesses, churches and organizations will gather in the center of downtown to play games and give treats to fun-loving kids of all ages.

    Costume contests, free hotdogs and drinks for the children, ghoulishly fun music, pumpkin carving and more activities are planned for Saturday.

  • J.D. and Jackie Butler of Galax celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a surprise get-together with family and friends at Macado’s Restaurant in Galax.

    They were married Sept. 30, 1955, at First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg.
    They have two children: son Michael and wife Betty Butler; and daughter Stacy and husband Buck Cox. They have three grandchildren, Jamie and wife Hannah Butler of Jonesboro, Tenn., and Jordyn and Lauryn Cox of Galax.
    J.D. retired after 36 years of service with American Electric Power Co.

  • HILLSVILLE – Despite the colder weather, a good turnout made the inaugural Historic Hillsville Chili Shootout on Oct. 17 a success.

    The contest was held behind the old Hillsville Courthouse and will become a staple for the town, organizers say.

  • Isabel Cristina Nicolescu‑Waggonner of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Bucharest, Romania, and James Lazo of Los Angeles, Calif., were united in marriage Sept. 19, 2015, at Stonefarm in Elk Creek.
    Robert Lazo, brother of the groom, officiated.
    A reception was held on the lawn of the farm.

  • BAYWOOD — Canines, felines and even fowl were welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd near Galax last Saturday during the annual Blessing of the Animals service.

    Held each October in honor of St. Francis, the church off U.S. 58 in Baywood opens itself to the community’s four-legged family members. According to organizers, the church formerly held ceremonies on the lawn in front of the church, but in recent years they’ve opted for opening the church for several hours, allowing owners to bring their furbabies by for a quick blessing at their convenience.

  • BAYWOOD — Canines, felines and even fowl were welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd near Galax last Saturday during the annual Blessing of the Animals service.

    Held each October in honor of St. Francis, the church off U.S. 58 in Baywood opens itself to the community’s four-legged family members. According to organizers, the church formerly held ceremonies on the lawn in front of the church, but in recent years they’ve opted for opening the church for several hours, allowing owners to bring their furbabies by for a quick blessing at their convenience.

  • “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a campy cult classic musical comedy film that spoofs old sci-fi and horror movies, came to the Rex Theater in downtown Galax last Thursday night.

    It featured a costume contest, elements of traditional audience participation and lots of silly, good-natured fun.

    The movie is enjoying its 40th anniversary year, which provided a delightful “Time Warp” for fans and newcomers alike.

  • The rain didn’t stop the community from celebrating Oct. 10 during the annual Mountain Foliage Festival in Independence.

    Members of the community gathered on Main Street for a day full of town traditions, shopping, games and other forms of recreation.

    The Grand Privy Race consisted of four teams this year. First-place winners in the annual outhouse race were the Grayson Wrestling Team, followed by the Independence Volunteer Fire Department in second place, Core Fitness in third place, and United Way in fourth place.

  • Lauren Griggs and Benjamin Silcox, along with their families, announce their engagement.
    Lauren is the daughter of Laurie and Roger Porter of Galax and Charles and Michelle Griggs of New Mexico.

    Her grandparents are Bill and Bobbie Copeland of Hillsville, and Ruthie Griggs, also of Hillsville.
    Benjamin is the son of Mary and Chad Paderick of Troutville and the late Benjamin Webb Silcox of Troutville.