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Today's Features

  • Even in a sluggish economy, Galax-based textile mill Blue Ridge Crest and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. are managing to run all out while their operations employ nearly 1,100 combined.

    “When the factories were closing a few years ago, my goal would have been to survive,” said Wyatt Bassett, executive vice president of Vaughan-Bassett. “But now, we’re beyond that, and as soon as the economy will allow it, we’d love to start growing again.”

  • Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city.

    Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 73rd Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 9.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

    Locals who aren’t convention-bound should avoid the place altogether or choose alternate routes, Galax police advise.

  • FRIES — When most people think of rodeos they think of horses and cowboys, but the rodeo in Fries on Sunday featured a different kind of horsepower.

    If there were a “Best in Show” award for the Fries Volunteer Fire Department’s 2nd Annual Motorcycle Rodeo, it would have gone to Duane Taylor.

    Duane — along with son Caleb and wife Michelle — won five of the seven events held during the fire department fundraiser.

  • At 17, Kristen Jennings has already stood in an operating room filled with surgeons watching patients undergo medical procedures.

    And, more prestigiously, the student at Galax High and Southwest Virginia Governor's School has already presented scientific research to a board of professors and scientists.

    Jennings undertook a psychological experiment as part of the governor’s school science fair, as she sought to answer the question of why and how human beings help others in need.

  • Like most parents, Carrie Phipps — a mother of three and director of the Wellness Center in Galax — has begun to notice how technology has replaced the kind of active play children once knew, the sharp decline in physical activity and the lack of children's fitness programs.

    "There's not a lot offered in the area for this population, except for sports," said Phipps. "And with a lot of sports, heavier kids cannot participate."

  • That aroma in downtown Galax on Saturday wasn’t just the mouthwatering scent of smoked pork and tangy barbecue sauce.

    For a local team of cooks, it was the sweet smell of a long-sought victory.

    The Nervous Wreck Cooking Crew of Galax won first prize in the “Anything But” category at the 4th Annual Smoke On The Mountain State Barbecue Championship on Saturday.

    Team leaders Mark Davis and Cody Cline beat experienced, world-champion teams with their tender, juicy beef brisket.

  • It was a political prank worthy of The Joker himself.

    On Monday, motorists in Galax were startled, befuddled and — if they know their Batman comics and movies — maybe amused by a group of phony political campaigners handing out literature near Twin County Cinema III.

    Three well-dressed teens held balloons and signs that read “Take Back Gotham City — Vote Harvey Dent.”

    No, you haven’t missed Dent’s bid for president, and he’s not running for state office or city council.

  • Never let it be said that the folks who put on the Smoke On The Mountain state barbecue cookoff don’t go out of their way to help those who participate in the event.

    On Tuesday, when word reached the event’s volunteer coordinator, Carlene Poole, that the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile had gotten into a beef with police, she mustered the courage to ride to the rescue.

    Poole said she heard through a friend that the iconic vehicle had a run-in with police on its way to an appearance at the barbecue contest, which starts Friday in downtown Galax.

  • As a team of three Galax High School students stood anxiously on stage in a hotel conference room in Reston with several other competing school teams, recent high school graduate Drew Bobbitt said he was in shock as the GHS team was announced for first place in the state Future Business Leaders of America competition.

    "After we won, I called my parents, and I was so excited I was shaking talking to them," said Bobbitt. "I wasn't expecting to win. I was just along for the enjoyment."

  • A free party that's fun for all ages, Galax's new summer concert series “Groovin' On Grayson” will offer a chance to enjoy live outdoor music with friends — and the possibility of making new ones.

    While Galax is rich in its bluegrass and old-time musical heritage, the Galax Downtown Association wants to book local musicians that perform other genres — rock, rhythm and blues, beach, country, swing and jazz.