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Today's Features

  • Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned 6 on July 23. Her birthday was celebrated with a Peppa Pig party. She is the daughter of Chrissy Marshall and the late Joseph Marshall.

    Her big sister is Izzie Marshall and her little brother is Briley Marshall. Her grandparents are Randy Bell and the late Kim Bell, and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. Bell and the late Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Carroll County Fair starts today, Wednesday, at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, off Interstate 77’s Exit 14 in Hillsville, and runs through Aug. 27.

    It has been named the “Best Small Fair in Virginia” by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

    The fair offers unlimited carnival rides with paid gate admission. Admission this year is $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

  • Hundreds of students filled the football field and bleachers at Galax High School on Monday to view the solar eclipse, with safety glasses provided by Virginia State Parks.

    Over the stadium’s PA system, science teachers gave updates as the moon passed in front of the sun and the afternoon turned dark. Galax was not in the path of totality, but experienced about a 90 percent eclipse.

    This was the first eclipse visible all across the United States in nearly 100 years, and the last visible in the Twin Counties for a long time.

  • Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — After a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protestors resulted in one death and numerous injuries last weekend, a local church is planning a “Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Thursday night.

  • If his life was a movie, this would be the scene where our hero leaves behind the life he’s known and embarks on a journey into the unknown.

    He’s not really jetting off for an unknown planet or a lost city, but Mike Steinsberger is leaving Twin County Cinema III after 22 years as manager.

    He’s excited to begin this next chapter, but first he has unfinished business: thanking the community that has supported him and his family for more than two decades.

  • Fans attending the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention over the years might remember Ann Boyer, an energetic woman with short white hair and boundless energy and enthusiasm, good humor and friendly personality.

  • Every year at Smoke on the Mountain, Virginia’s State Barbecue Championship, the streets are taken over by professional competitors with big smokers, big kitchens and the money to maintain them, transport them and use them in the contest.

    The twin Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competitions, and the subsequent free samples that many teams set out after the judging is over, are major draws for the public. It’s an exciting clash of cooking methods, meats and personal pride.

    Then there are the little guys.

  • Staff Report

    In addition to flavorful food, the 13th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship this weekend will offer a taste of great music.

    The event will be held July 21-22 in downtown Galax, hosted by the City of Galax and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Headliners this year include returning favorites The Tams playing Motown and classic rock on Friday night from 8:30 p.m. and into the night; and the Tangent Band, playing “all-era” rock and roll from 8 p.m.-midnight on Saturday.

  • Nick Riffey and Jessica Ayers were married June 6, 2017, at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    Riffey is the son of Robert Riffey of Hillsville and Pam Nale of Galax. His grandparents are Jeanne and Buford Edwards and the late Elbert Riffey and the late Lora Jean Schuyler and the late Billy Schuyler.
    Ayers is the daughter of Daniel and Shirley Hiatt of Cana.
    The couple resides in Cana.

  • Staff Report

    The 13th annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship will be held July 21-22 in downtown Galax, hosted by the City of Galax and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    The event is Virginia’s official barbecue cookoff.