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Today's Features

  • The Whitetop Mountain Band from Grayson County recently was signed by Mountain Roads Recording, a record company in Bristol, Tenn.

    The traveling family band hails from the high mountains of Grayson.

    In a press release, the company said “Whitetop is a region rich in the old-time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old-time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.”

  • INDEPENDENCE — The legend says Caty Sage was taken from her home in Elk Creek in 1792 and found 50 years later living with an American Indian tribe in Kansas.

    A story that was once written primarily for adults has now been translated into a children’s book by Ellie Kirby.

    Kirby is from Mouth of Wilson and is well known for her prints of illustrations from her children’s book, “Under the Snowball Tree,” and now her newest book, “The Legend of Caty Sage.”

  • Brightly colored steel benches, planters, banners, entry arches and flower boxes are just some of the potentially inexpensive design concepts that could transition the dark, unattractive downtown alleyways into vivid, lively corridors for Galax visitors.

    A few months ago, the state awarded Galax a Community Development Block Grant to make improvements to storefronts.

  • CVFallout.com will rock the youth ministry at Cliffview Church of God with a series of concerts beginning today, Friday.

    The jams kick off with all-girl Christian band Ilia appearing with Galax’s own Shadow of Eternity, starting at 8 p.m.

    Organizer Rob Swiger wanted to raise excitement levels and reach youth through the music, he explained to The Gazette in an e-mail. The opportunities to minister through Christian rock are better than ever.

  • HILLSVILLE — In the midst of treatment for a brain tumor, Emily Beamer's spirit remains untouched.

    In fact, Emily — in typical fashion — inspires good morale among her family members by staying positive and strong, says mother Malinda.

    The recent graduate from Fancy Gap Elementary and rising Woodlawn sixth grader keeps on smiling, despite being diagnosed with pineoblastoma in March.

    "Emily's always smiling, she's always bright and positive," Malinda said. "She's always been that way."

  • ELK CREEK — Nestled in the woods of Elk Creek is a 40-acre farm that offers anyone the opportunity to walk with and learn about goats.

    Paul and Mary Cottenier spent their lives in the hustle and bustle just outside Tampa, Fla. After retiring, the couple began looking for a calmer place to settle down.

    With family in Boone, N.C., the couple first looked for places there. After having no luck, they began looking in the mountains of Virginia.

  • The Blue Ridge Music Center launched its 2008 summer concert series on Saturday. This season, visitors from all over the world will have a chance to hear and learn about many types of Blue Ridge music and to meet people associated with it from this region.

    The visitor center and interpretive museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After Memorial Day weekend it will be open daily. There will be music at the music center daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • For many high school students, finding the right college or career path — or just filling out a financial aid form — can be overwhelming.

    But now, the Virginia Community College System provides high schools with career coaches to help students make future plans. Wytheville Community College offers the career coaches program throughout the area, including at Galax High School.

    Career coaches are on hand most school days.

  • What's Happening

    Monday, Jan. 28

    Rooftop of Virginia CAP Board of Directors meet, Rooftop of Virginia CAP, Main Street, Galax, noon.

    Red Cross Bloodmobile, 11 a.m., Hillsville VFW Post 1115.

    Tuesday, Jan. 29

    Indoor archery practice, Tuesday and Thursday, New River Wildlife building, 7107 Riverside Drive, 6:30 p.m., $3. (276) 744-7158.

    Make Me Warm story hour and Mother Goose, 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Galax Public Library. 236-5319, ext. 201 or carlene@wiredog.com.

    Wednesday, Jan. 30

  • What's Happening

    Friday, Jan. 25

    Red Cross blood drive, Independence VFW Post 7726, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donors are entered to win a 42-inch HDTV and a donation to the military support center will be made for each donor who signs in.

    Pinto bean supper and auction rescheduled for Friday at Fries Middle School, 3 to 7 p.m. (276) 744-2542.

    Saturday, Jan. 26

    Hospice volunteer training, session II, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mountain Valley Hospice, Mount Airy, N.C., office. (336) 789-2922 or (888) 789-2922.