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Today's Features

  • INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is exactly the kind of community Don Call says he’s been searching for; the kind of community where people greet one another with a friendly wave and a smile, where people are as warm and welcoming as the mountain landscapes he has sought out in other areas of the country throughout his life, and where neighbors are there for him just like members of a big family.

    Most recently, it has been the kind of community that enthusiastically gathers for a barn-raising in Call’s back yard in Independence, just for the fun of it.

  • The Fisher Peak chapter of The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking new members in their effort to preserve one of this area’s most prominent landmarks and the nation’s most-visited national park.

    The group also works to educate the community and promote fellowship through its many resources.

  • HILLSVILLE – The community will come together on Sunday for a benefit for Ian Conner, 14, a Carroll County Middle School student who recently underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor.

    Ian’s diagnosis was something of a miracle, according to his mother, Renae Conner. In January, Ian was with the youth group from First United Methodist Church of Hillsville on a trip to Resurrection, a youth conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

  • HILLSVILLE – A group of superheroes and Mighty Max supporters showed up to the Carroll Wellness Center on March 7 to move it and shake it to raise money for Max Brown and his family.

    Max, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January, has completed his first round of treatment and has begun his second. The Zumbathon event, organized by Gretchen Lawson and other employees and instructors at the center, was a donation-only event with all proceeds going to Max and his family. The event raised $3,000.

  • How far can a small-town girl go in life? Sarah Bedsaul Hiza, a Galax High School graduate from the Class of 1997, might make it all the way to outer space.

    Hiza, who grew up in Galax and now lives in California, has applied for NASA’s astronaut candidate program.

  • CANA – A North Carolina couple knows what it feels like to be one in a million — given the odds, more like one in 11.7 million — after winning a $1 million dollar prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Feb. 20 Powerball drawing. The ticket was purchased just over the border in Carroll County.

    Joe and Amy Shaw, of Westfield, N.C., were headed home from a church seminar when they stopped for gas at Store #3, formerly Cana Exxon, in Cana. Amy, an avid lottery player, picked up some various tickets including one for that night’s Powerball drawing.

  • It’s your average casual family picture: a daughter hanging out in the back shed with her dad, her with an afterschool snack, him sporting a NASCAR cap and a big “hi there!” grin.

    You’d never know it’s the first time they’ve seen eye-to-eye.

    “It was the first time she ever saw her daddy stand up,” said Angela Shupe, wife of the man and mother of the girl in the picture. “It was a pretty emotional day.”

  • Eli Edward Harrison will celebrate his fifth birthday Feb. 24 with a Super Mario party with family and friends. He is the son of Ami and Claude Harrison.

    His older sister is Aaliyah Locklear. His grandparents are Dana Gail Williams and Betty Botello. His aunts and uncles are Megan, and Wesley McBride, Steven and Jennifer Reeves. His cousins are Taylar and Wyatt.

  • Wyatt Clyde McBride will celebrate his third birthday Feb. 25 with family and friends. He is the son of Wesley and Megan McBride. His older sister is Taylar McBride.

    He is the grandson of Connie and Larry McBride and Betty Botello. Aunts and uncles include Claude and Ami Harrison and Steven and Jennifer Reeves. His cousins are Aaliyah and Eli.

  • Parker Enoch Gregory turned one Jan. 1. He celebrated at his home with a themed party with all his family and friends. He is the son of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Independence. His grandparents are Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.