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Today's Features

  • Manage your resources, learn to solve problems, help your neighbors solve their problems and learn the land and its history.
    That’s the advice Daniel Boyer, 18, the youngest member of the Matthews Farm Museum Board, has to offer to his peers.
    Boyer and other board members are gearing up for the Matthews Farm Museum Heritage Day on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 21-acre working farm.

  • As sales slowed and fewer customers trickled in, Rooftop of Virginia management came close to shutting down its craft shop.
    But when a new committee took on the job of creating a business plan, the craft shop reopened last month after being closed for six months.
    Rooftop’s craft shop, which opened more than 40 years ago, will be returning to its original vision — to give people in the community the opportunity to display and sell their made-from-scratch items.

  • HILLSVILLE — Two recent actions have started educators down the path of building a new walking trail at the Carroll County Schools Farm next to Hillsville Elementary School.
    The New River Highlands Resource, Conservation and Development Council, the Virginia Department of Forestry and Carroll schools’ agriculture teachers and students recently installed a small stream crossing bridge at the site that will become part of the recreational trail.

  • David and Susi Tornow of Galax announce the marriage of their daughter, Katherine Valler, to Dustin Gene Bays, son of Donnie and Nancy Bays of Weber City.

    The bride was graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of arts degree and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
    She is employed as a mental health clinician at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare.
    The groom received a bachelor of science degree from Emory & Henry College.
    He is employed as director of internal audit at the Bank of Botetourt.

  • Experience “BBQ With Altitude” this weekend at the 8th Annual Smoke on the  Mountain event in downtown Galax — Virginia’s official state barbecue championship.
    The event will run July 20-21, and the food, music and fun goes all day, from 10 a.m. to midnight.
    Galax has always been known for pleasing the ear as the world’s capitol of bluegrass and old-time music, and its natural beauty is a feast for the eyes. With Smoke on the Mountain, the city adds the smells and tastes of barbecue to its symphony for the senses.

  • Long-time WBRF-98.1 FM bluegrass radio host Jay Allen said goodbye on Friday to his listeners.
    Twenty-three years ago, Allen began his career at 98.1 by filling in at the studio during the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
    “At the time, I was just doing odd jobs,” said Allen. “WBRF manager Zane Bennett called and asked if I could fill in during Old Fiddlers’ Convention week. After a few days, I thought that would be it.”

  • Joseph Coltin Mays celebrated his fourth birthday May 19. He is the son of Larry Mays of Galax and Dawn Newman of Woodlawn.

    His grandparents are Bobby and Wanda Mays of Galax and Dylas and Faye Newman. His sisters are Holly and Jessica and brothers are Jarrid, Jackson and Jameson.

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  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eversole of Fort Chiswell announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Kaitlin, to Derrick Daniel Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Jackson, of Fries.

    Eversole is a graduate of Roanoke College and is pursuing a master’s degree through Liberty University.
    She is the granddaughter of James and Norma Workman of Austinville and William and Earline Eversole of Fort Chiswell. She is the great-granddaughter of Willie Absher of Fort Chiswell.

  • Wanda (Boyles) and Fred Kirby of Fries will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary today, June 29.
    They were married June 29, 1957, at Fries Pentecostal Holiness Church, the church they still attend. The late Rev. Charles Manuel, Sr., was officiating minister.
    They have two sons, Barry Kirby of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Tim Kirby of Fries.