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Today's Features

  • Local churches united on Jan. 20 to celebrate the legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in an event that honored those who fought for the freedoms that the black community enjoys today.

    The annual celebration included songs of praise, speeches from local black leaders and a remembrance of King’s dream of equality, dignity and integrity for people of all races

    This year’s event was held at The Redeemed Church on Mockingbird Lane in West Galax, a place with historic significance to the local black community.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Two Grayson County farms that guard the scenic view and water quality along five miles of the New River will be forever protected in their natural state, thanks to conservation easements donated by their owners in 2007.

    Grayson County was one of the region’s leaders in land conservation in 2007 with nearly 1,392 acres protected, according to the New River Land Trust.

  • What's Happening

    Wednesday, Jan. 23

    Grayson County TRIAD meeting, 10 a.m., Fries Volunteer Fire Department bingo hall.

    Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center will hold Bible study, Galax Presbyterian Church, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Childcare is provided free.

    Cold Animals story hour and Mother Goose, Galax Public Library, 10:30 a.m. 236-5319, ext. 201 or carlene@wiredog.com.

    Thursday, Jan. 24

    Cold Animals story hour and Mother Goose, Galax Public Library, 10:30 a.m. 236-5319, ext. 201 or carlene@wiredog.com.

    Friday, Jan. 25

  • For most singles, just hearing the words "Valentines Day" — which is quickly approaching — is dreadful.

    However, Parrott Bay Restaurant & Nightclub in Galax may prevent some singles from being dateless Valentine victims when it hosts its first “speed dating” event on Friday.

    Speed dating, a formalized matchmaking process, is growing in popularity, especially in metropolitan areas. And it seems to be the quick, hip way to meet other singles without rejection.

  • Many people want to join dance classes just for fun, but some feel that strict dance forms are just not for them.

    Middle Eastern dance instructor Iara Kendrick, who also goes by the stage name of Samra, has opened a dance studio in Woodlawn — the Moving Arts Center — that incorporates culture, fitness, creativity fun and free-form dance styles.

    Belly dancing, cheerleading and world dance classes allow people of all capabilities, sizes and ages to study and enjoy movement.

  • What's Happening

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Winter wonderland story hour and Mother Goose, 10:30 a.m., Galax Public Library. 236-5319, ext. 201 or carlene@wiredog.com.

    Carroll County Genealogy Club meets, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Public Library, North Main Street, Hillsville. The program will be a documentary, Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp. 236-3033.

    Thursday, Jan. 17

    Oldtown Lodge 68, Galax, will have a called communication for work in the entered apprentice degree.

  • In 2008, the average Virginia family will need an additional $835 in their annual budget just to keep a car filled with gas, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

    On Jan. 2, AAA reported a 33 percent increase in gas prices over the same day in 2007. Gas prices rise and fall throughout the year, but AAA encouraged families to budget for gas costs with the prices increases in mind.

    In Galax, as of Monday, gas prices were around $3 a gallon.

    Jim Alley of Fries was a bit shocked at the AAA estimate.

  • What's Happening

    Tuesday, Jan. 15

    Twin County Diabetes Support Group meets, 7 p.m., Twin County Room, Twin County Regional Hospital. Topic is make 2008 great by beginning new lifestyle changes, with Brenda Worrell, LCSW speaking. 23608181, ext. 3565.

    Winter wonderland 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.

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

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

  • In a nation where pop music dominates the young crowd, the Virginia Junior Appalachian Musicians classes exist to give youngsters a firsthand knowledge of their own front porch musical heritage and traditions.

    JAM program director Tony Hatcher said musical heritage can be taken for granted and overlooked, even if it is right at your door. But this program is already proving it can open eyes and change perspectives.

  • What's Happening

    Saturday, Jan. 12

    Al Birddog Jennings will sign his book, Saturday My Day to Wear the Underwear, noon, at Back Porch Gallery in Fries. Light refreshments will be served.

    Tuesday, Jan. 15

    Twin County Diabetes Support Group meets, 7 p.m., Twin County Room, Twin County Regional Hospital. Topic is make 2008 great by beginning new lifestyle changes, with Brenda Worrell, LCSW speaking. 23608181, ext. 3565.