Today's Features

  • CANA – The Carroll County Historical Society and Levering Orchard are joining forces to host a benefit event over the Labor Day weekend for restoration of the J. Sidna Allen House.

    The benefit will take place over three nights — Sept. 4, 5 and 6 — at the Cherry Orchard Theater on the grounds of Levering Orchard. The event will feature old-time and bluegrass bands and music themed around the 1912 Courthouse Tragedy.

  • HILLSVILLE — The final day of the Carroll County Fair featured wrestling, carnival rides, caramel corn, equestrian events and ice cream made on the spot with super-cooled nitrogen.

    Throughout the week, the fair at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market held contests for everything from fruits and vegetables to photos and quilts, and the winners were on display for all to see.

    The market’s festivities aren’t over — in October, it will host the Carroll Pumpkin Festival, with more family fun and food.

  • Jimmy and Amelia Bland Waller of Elk Creek announced the engagement of Amelia’s son, Will Beaty, to Jessica Burke of Smyth County.
    Beaty and Burke have been partners in pursuing their educations since 2007.

    Both are graduates of Marion Senior High School and both attended Emory & Henry College.
    Burke is a registered nurse and works for the Tennessee Department of Health in Greeneville, Tenn.

  • Lawrence Jeffrey (Jed) Lineberry and Lou Ann Haynes Semones announced their engagement.
    Semones is the daughter of the late Wade and Wilma Haynes of Cana.

    Linberry is the son of Edna Lineberry and the late Lawrence Lineberry of Dugspur.
    The wedding is Oct. 10 at Calvary Bible Church in Dugspur.

  • HILLSVILLE – Girls of all ages strutted their stuff in ruffles and rhinestones at the Miss Carroll County Fair pageant last Thursday night.

    The pageant, open to girls from birth to 19 years of age and residents of Carroll and adjoining counties, had more than 60 participants. The girls were divided into nine age groups and were eligible to enter an optional photogenic contest for each group.

    Derrick Davis hosted this year’s pageant, with assistance from his son, Coleman.

    Winners included:


    Around 800 students from the Twin Counties participated in the Carroll County Agriculture Fair Ag Education Days Tuesday through Thursday.

    The students rotated between multiple stations learning about a range of topics at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market. The various presenters gave engaging and fact-filled information to the students about recycling, beekeeping, soil and water conservation, lawnmower safety and cotton manufacturing.

  • INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Wine and Brew Festival, scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, will feature a lineup of local wines and craft beer this year.

    The festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, on the lawn of the Historic 1908 Courthouse, rain or shine. Admission is $15 per person and the price includes an etched wine glass.

  • Janet Tompkins, a local speech therapist and founder of SpeechPath Tools — an organization for developments in senior-to-caregiver communication — has recently introduced a new product line with a personality all its own.

    “My Comfort Companions,” a series of personalized dolls (and a stuffed beagle for the male geriatric population), are now available for patients and caregivers who are in search of the perfect gift for loved ones suffering from the devastating effects of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Donald R. Bond and Sue Bond of Galax recently announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Magen, to Alex Baker, son of Kathy Cox of Independence and John Baker of Roanoke.

    A wedding is being planned for Sept. 26 in Mouth of Wilson.
    Family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Children of the late Arthur and Susie Patton celebrated their brother Frank’s 80th birthday at their former home place that is now the New River Lodge in Galax.

    Five of the siblings have reached age 80 — Wilma, Odell, Hazel, Junior and now Frank. There was food, singing, and music by the Loose Strings. About 60 friends and family members enjoyed the day. Pictured (from left) Millie Bullins, Hazel Montgomery, Nell Williams, Bobbie Patton, Odell Hall and Wilma Showalter. Seated in front are Frank Patton and William Arthur Patton Jr.