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Today's Features

  • FRIES ― U.S. Army veteran Coy Shaffner, 94, had to think for a moment on the exact year he joined the armed forces, but when he was asked how many days he spent as a prisoner of war, he recalled the number instantly: 203 days.

  • INDEPENDENCE — A gravestone will be returned to its rightful home in a Troutdale cemetery, thanks to the work of a good Samaritan and several other helpful resources and supporters of genealogy.

    But: how did a grave marker from the 1870s, from a cemetery in Grayson County — missing since the 1920s — end up in a field in Carroll County in 2016?

  • Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County Churches are banding together again this month to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving dinners to more than 1,200 people.

    This annual event began 10 years ago, and has expanded from its initial preparation and delivery to about 200 families in the area. Through the years, it has grown to feeding about 10 percent of the Grayson County population, according to a news release.

  • Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County Churches are banding together again this month to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving dinners to more than 1,200 people.

    This annual event began 10 years ago, and has expanded from its initial preparation and delivery to about 200 families in the area. Through the years, it has grown to feeding about 10 percent of the Grayson County population, according to a news release.

  • A Veterans Day ceremony was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial in Galax on Nov. 11, featuring American Legion Post #245, the Galax JROTC unit and color guard and the Galax High School Band.

    The memorial is located next to the Galax Public Library.

    Prior to the ceremony, the band played a selection of music as the crowd gathered. The JROTC presented colors and the band played the “National Anthem” while the crowd saluted or placed their hands over their hearts.

  • Daniel Harrison, pastor of Hearts United Church in Galax, wants people to know that the storefront worship center is open.

    Way open.

    The church is an offshoot of the Hearts United movement, wherein Hispanic, black and white churches came together this summer to push racial hatred and dissent aside in favor of praise and a healing dose of Christ’s love. Hearts United Church goes even further, as the homemade paper banner hanging its window states: “All welcome here: Immigrants, Muslims, LGBT, People of Color.”

  • Daniel Harrison, pastor of Hearts United Church in Galax, wants people to know that the storefront worship center is open.

    Way open.

    The church is an offshoot of the Hearts United movement, wherein Hispanic, black and white churches came together this summer to push racial hatred and dissent aside in favor of praise and a healing dose of Christ’s love. Hearts United Church goes even further, as the homemade paper banner hanging its window states: “All welcome here: Immigrants, Muslims, LGBT, People of Color.”

  • HILLSVILLE – Students from Carroll County participated in a FIRST Lego League (FLL) scrimmage on Oct. 29 at Carroll County Middle School. The theme for this years’ challenge was Animal Allies.

  • Karmyn Elizabeth Utt celebrated her first birthday Oct. 7 with a Minnie Mouse party at her home. Her sisters Hope, Timber and TaeLynn helped her celebrate along with many special friends and family members.

    She is the daughter of John and Tammy Utt of Hillsville. Her maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle and Emory Bearden of Woodlawn and Charles Liddle of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Greg and Donna Stoltz of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Tommy and Carolynne Utt of Hillsville. Her paternal great-grandmother is Elizabeth Utt of Hillsville.

  • Randy Hamm, son of Wilma and Bill Fitzgerald and Linda Robinson, daughter of Edgar and Pauline Jones were united in marriage Oct. 1 at Eastlake Community Church in Moneta.

    The best man was Ken Howell and Julie Copley was maid of honor.
    A reception was held at Liberty Station in Bedford and also at the Blue Ridge Hog Club House in Lynchburg.