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Today's Features

  • Staff Reports

    Ralph Stanley, the influential, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician, died June 23, 2016. He was 89.

    Stanley’s death was announced by his grandson, Nathan Stanley. “My heart is broken into pieces,” Nathan wrote last Thursday in a post on Facebook. “My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago. He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.”

  • Superheroes in a small town? Max Brown, 4, of Galax, is in treatment for leukemia, and his family might tell you there are far more of them than you realize, even if you never see them wearing capes.

    This Friday, however, four heroes from comics, cartoons and movies are coming to Galax, in the form of Damon Cole, an officer from Fort Worth, Tex., who dresses up like various superheroes to entertain children who have cancer, all on his own dime.

  • MOUTH OF WILSON — Virginia native Anna Hickson shared these images of her family’s recent hike to the Mount Rogers Summit for a special Memorial Day dedication.

    Hickson, along with her mother and her 4-year-old son, Ronan, took nearly 70 flags — decorated with the names of friends and family members who have been killed in action — on an 11-mile hike to the summit.

    Once they were at the top, they planted the flags in remembrance of their loved ones’ brave service to the country.

  • Staff Report

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its annual carnival, Great Galax Duck Race and July Fourth parade.

    The carnival will take place from June 20-25 in Galax’s Felts Park, with some special days.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and bingo is every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. A $1,000 championship game will be held on June 25 for qualifying players.

  • MOUTH OF WILSON — Wilson, a box turtle who survived rehabilitation after a presumed automobile accident, has a new habitat at Grayson Highlands State Park.

    Mallory Sullivan, AmeriCorps interpreter, searched the habitat — the fern gardens that were converted for Wilson’s homecoming — at the park’s visitor center on May 29. She eventually found him tucked under a window sill. Sullivan commented that this was a creative hiding place, especially since he has a plethora of logs in his habitat and plenty of soil to burrow under.

  • With veterans of several wars and all military branches on hand, the stirring music of the 282nd Army Band out of Fort Jackson, S.C., flowered wreaths, proudly flying flags, heartfelt prayers and tears held just in check, the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial next to the Galax Public Library was dedicated last Sunday afternoon.

    The crowd was especially large given the overcast, wet weather.

    Frank Plichta, Vietnam veteran and Commander of the American Legion Post #245 in Galax, led the ceremony, which lasted about half an hour.

  • Ashley Renee Stesen and Joshua Dane Hanks of Galax announced their engagement and upcoming marriage later this year.

    Stesen is the youngest daughter of Deanna Carico Burgess and Lawrence Burgess of Galax. She is the granddaughter of Donna Cooley Carico and Danny Lee Carico of Galax. She is the great-granddaughter of the late H.G. and Nona Fae Cooley and Berlie and Elsie Faye Carico.
    Hanks is the son of Wayne and Sheila Hanks of Hillsville.

  • Jonas Lynn Stockner turned 2 on April 28. He celebrated with a Paw Patrol party at Galax Roller Land with family and friends.

    Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.  His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Donald Peck of Cana will celebrate his birthday on May 15 with a family friends and frolic party.

    He will be three years old.

  • Donald Peck of Cana will celebrate his birthday on May 15 with family friends and a frolic party.

    He will be three years old.