Today's Features

  • 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.

  • “You guys, please eat something!” Stephannie Dees, one of five directors for a Backpack Buddies group – there are about 13 separate groups, locally, she says – yells at her volunteers across Galax Presbyterian Church’s Warwick Hall.

    The volunteers crowd around the hall’s kitchen window, where snacks of pimento cheese and chicken salad have been set out. It’s a bit before noon and everyone’s just spent the majority of an hour stuffing sacks with food donations.

  • INDEPENDENCE — This year’s Mountain Foliage Festival is sure to get the community geared up for fall with a variety of craft vendors, music, games and entertainment fit for everyone in the family.

    The 33rd Annual Grand Privy Race — an Independence tradition — begins at 11 a.m. Contestants in the race make their mad dashes towards the finish line in custom-built mobilized outhouses.

  • Lelia C. Poe celebrated her 98th birthday with a party at Waddell Nusing Home Aug. 16 with her family.

    Special guest was her son, Bobby Poe from Edgewater, Md.

  • Makayla Grace Hancock celebrated her fifth birthday March 28 with a Frozen Elsa party at the Carroll County Search & Rescue Building with family and friends.

  • Braeden Hunter Ward turned six years old on June 26. He celebrated with a monster truck party at Grayson County Pool.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward and has two younger brothers, Levi and Luke. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Julian Matthew Baker celebrated his first birthday June 19, 2015 with his big sister, Mackenzie and big brother, Lane.

    He is the son of Seth and Larissa Baker. His grandparents are Donnie and Kathy Baker, Kathy Halsey and Donny and Becky Haynes. His great-grandparents are Bob and Alice Baker, Vivian Wilson, Betty Haynes and James and Pattie Bolt. Special friends are David and Kim Stamper.

  • HILLSVILLE – Teams and individuals participated last Sunday in the Hillsville Walk MS at the Grover King VFW Post grounds.

    The walk is an organized event that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

    This is the second year that organizers Regina Dalton and Karen Walker have put together the walk, and both are battling the disease. In addition to the walk, they host an annual motorcycle “Cruisin’ for a Cure” in July, which is in its sixth year.

  • Jenna Mae Hall celebrated her second birthday Sept. 7 with a Frozen party. His parents are Magan Lawrence and Cory Hall.

    Her grandparents are Debbie and Mike Lister and Robin and Mike Lawrence, Barbra Hall and Tommy and Tammy Caudill. Her great-grandparents are Sylvia and David Fields, Carleen and Jerry Lister and Bill and Pat Lawrence, Wanda and Buddy Brannock Jr., and the late Linda Stone. Her great-great-grandmother is Juantia Wittig.