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Today's Features

  • Rosemary McPeak, a native of Ivanhoe, has a passion for fabric art. To her, it is not just a business or a necessity, but a way of life.

    From the comforts of her home, after finishing her day job as a substitute teacher, McPeak spends hours at a time sewing everything from wedding and formal alterations, to various decor items and clothing for children and dolls.

    She holds no formal business title, nor does she work in a shop or art studio, but she is a well-known artisan of the Twin Counties.

  • Every Goliath has his David.

    When the giant in question is desperate circumstances for a local homeless shelter, its David appears to be an 11-year-old boy.

    Hope House, a local homeless shelter, is in need of a new home by March 11 of next year, and trying to raise funds to pay for a new one. The group is reliant on church and individual donations, getting by on a miniscule budget.

  • In business, as in entertainment, a turkey is usually a failure — or at least something so awful nobody wants to touch it.

    Once you add a charity to the mix, however, it’s a success story.

    Hanks & Associates (Ameriprise of Galax) helped out with the food drive for God’s Storehouse Community Kitchen again this year; their effort went towards the Kitchen’s turkey dinner boxes for needy families over Thanksgiving.

  • By DON RICHESON, Staff

    It’s not unusual for Grayson County folks to go to great lengths to preserve their rich Appalachian heritage, and Grayson’s Baywood community offers a good example of this.

    One man there is building a monument-like sign that announces the name the community had before officials decided to rename it, a name change many never embraced because it ignores the family who originally settled the area – the Hamptons.

  • A total of 202 participants in the “Miles for Matthew” 5K and Fun Run, which took place at Dannelly Park on the New River Trail on Nov 8, raised more than $4,000 to benefit the Matthew Legg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    The event included a 5K on the trail for adults, a “fun run” for kids around the smaller track at the park’s playground, and lots of goodies for sale to help the fund.

  • Carroll County Public Schools hosted a series of Veterans Day programs on Nov. 11, to thank local veterans for their service to the country.

    At Oakland Elementary School, veterans from the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville were treated to a patriotic program of songs, poetry, skits and American traditions. Fifth grade students performed a skit titled “What is a Veteran?” and other grades performed a variety of songs, including “Yankee Doodle,” “My Country Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful.”

  • A carpet of browning leaves was raked aside to expose the ground over the final resting place of Floyd Winfield Williams and his wife, Mary Vass Williams, at Galax’s Felts Cemetery on Veterans Day.

    A brief ceremony including a 21-gun salute in their honor was held by the American Legion Post #245 — which was named in memory of Williams — with the assistance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726.

  • HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Library staff and guests gathered at the library on Nov. 1 for a rededication of the newly renovated building.

    As the first snow of the season blanketed the ground outside, the upgrades to the library’s structure became even more apparent to guests, who remained warm and cozy during their stay.

  • HILLSVILLE — Community volunteer Jessica Talley was October’s Citizen of the Month for the Town of Hillsville, nominated by Hillsville Town Council Member David Young.

    Talley was honored with the Citizen of the Month award plaque during town council’s Oct. 27 meeting, after Young read a summary of Talley’s community involvement and accomplishments. “[Talley] enjoys serving the people of Hillsville, and loves supporting events for the betterment of the community and its citizens,” Young said.

  • HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Christmas Fund, an annual event driven by a number of volunteers, businesses, churches and community groups, has begun organizing this year’s efforts to ensure that everyone in the community has a happy holiday season.