Today's Features

  • Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned age 4 on July 23.  Her birthday was celebrated with a Minnie Mouse river party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

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

  • Mandy Archer and Grace Kirk are upstairs at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, merrily sorting through a scrap box, trying to place out squares, strips and odd-shaped pieces of cloth left over from previous projects for further use.

    “It’s my first night!” says Archer, picking through a handful of cloth. “I’m following Ms. Grace here, she’s my teacher.”

    Kirk explains, holding up an irregular but good-sized scrap, “The little bitty ones are trash, but [Penney Klaproth] told us not to throw the other ones away.”

  • Staff Reports

    The third annual Galax Rhythm, Brews & Vine Festival will be held on W. Grayson Street in downtown Galax on Saturday from 2-8 p.m.

    The festival will feature two bands, two vineyards and 18 breweries, and is sponsored by

    Blue Ridge Tire & Automotive, Creek Bottom Brewing, Galax Downtown Association, Macado’s and Chances Creek RV Center.

  • HILLSVILLE — If meat-based cooking competitions and beer gardens make your mind immediately go to Galax’s barbecue contest, the Friends of Hillsville (FoH) might soon change your mind.

    They’re planning the very first Historic Hillsville’s Chili Shootout, a cookoff sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS).

  • Bertha Hill celebrated her 95th birthday July 13 with family and friends.

    She was born July 13, 1920.

  • Roger and Patty Moss celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal June 28 at Mountain Valley Wedding Chapel in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    They were accompanied by family for a weekend of celebrations.
    Patty’s attendants were her sister, Debbie Combs, Shirley Poole, Lisa Crouse, Kacey Combs, Courtney Moss and Margie Crouse.
    Roger’s attendants were Tracy Combs, Michael Wroten and Kenny Combs.
    Kameron Combs was ring bearer.
    He is the son of the late Paul and Sylvia Moss.

  • On July 11, Grayson Highlands celebrated the 50th anniversary of being open to the public since its establishment in 1965.

    There were more than 1,300 visitors in attendance, many of whom were locals, but some came from as far away as Germany, according to a Virginia State Parks news release.

  • FRIES — Although this year’s headcount for the Grayson County Relay for Life was small, the participants’ efforts were reflected in both their attitudes and the impressive amount of donations that were raised (almost $19,000) for the continuing fight against cancer.

    According to Dreama Underwood, the event chair for the relay, four teams raised a total of $18,893.76, as of last Friday. Money was still coming in this week.

  • HILLSVILLE — Cosplay, Magic card tournaments, action figures, stormtroopers… all of these features may seem reminiscent of the almighty San Diego Comic-Con, a four-day event in California that fans of video games, comic books, fantasy characters and the like flock to by the thousands each year.

    This event, and others like it across the country provide a safe haven for die-hard fans.

  • Galax hosted the 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain state barbecue championship on July 17-18, with nearly 40 teams from all over the country competing, along with local cooks both amateur and professional.

    In addition to the state championship, the cookoff is a qualifying event for two major barbecue circuits, and the grand champion also earns entry into the World Food Competition.

    Winners and award sponsors included: