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Today's Features

  • WYTHEVILLE — The RFD-TV show “Tough Grit” will feature the Erica Greer of Austinville giving advice, all the while clad in her red work vest, on the proper ways to work with sheep.
    Greer, store manager for the Wytheville Tractor Supply, is a resident of the Carroll side of Austinville.
    The show, a partnership between the retail chain and Grit Magazine  — yes, the same Grit that used to depend on youth to sell subscriptions door-to-door — provides tips on all the chores rural Americans face on a regular basis.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Victor Webb of Laurel Fork and Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Springer of Vicenza, Italy, announced the upcoming wedding of Heather Webb and Jesse Springer.

    Heather Webb is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Banks of Reidsville, N.C., and the late Forest and Helen Webb of Laurel Fork.
    She received a bachelor’s degree in humanities and fine arts from the University of Wyoming and is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the university.

  • Ashley M. Strickland and Taylor W. Marshall recently announced their engagement.
    Strickland is the daughter of Jimmy and Denise Strickland of Galax.
    She is a graduate of Carroll County High School and Bluefield College. She is employed by Patrick County Public Schools in Critz, as a sixth/seventh grade health and physical education teacher.
    Marshall is the son of Timmy and Sherry Marshall of Mechanicsville.

    He is a graduate of Lee-Davis High School and plans to graduate from Bluefield College later this year in sports medicine.

  • Landon Gray Smith turned 1 on March 3. He celebrated with a baby Mickey-themed party with family and friends. 

    Landon is the son of Christopher and DeAnn Smith of Hillsville. His grandparents are Dennis and Debbie Frost of Galax, and James and Bonnie Smith of Hillsville.

  • HILLSVILLE — Voices will be raised in praise at the first-ever Gospel Day June 1 in Jail House Square in Hillsville, a musical event meant to appeal to locals and visitors alike.
    David Young, Pipers Gap Ward representative on Hillsville Town Council, long wanted to stage a gospel music celebration to go along with the slate of beach bands that play the summer Downtown Celebrations.

  • HILLSVILLE — There will be no revival for Fellowship Wesleyan Church. Instead, the facility will be sold after the pastor moves to New York.
    After Alan Page came to Hillsville in 2009, he tried to get the word out that the church was still pursuing its mission.
    Many didn’t even know the church continued to hold services. Despite erecting a new cross in front of church on Virginia Street, visible from U.S. 58, people still thought it had been shuttered.

  • Bunnies aren't always the best choice for an Easter present. A Galax rescue group offers a second chance for rabbits who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    FANCY GAP — In 2005, Mark and Cheryl Manning decided to make their life-long dream of owning their own campground a reality.
    Soon after, they found the perfect place to start: a campground on Fox Trail Loop in Fancy Gap, off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Carroll County, that had been there since the 1950s.
    Along with help from the rest of their family, they set to work turning it into the campground they had always imagined.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Music Ministry of the First Baptist Church of Galax will present its annual Easter musical this weekend, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. with repeat performances on Saturday and Sunday.
    “The Way” will tell about the life of Jesus Christ through drama, choir and orchestra performances.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Music Ministry of the First Baptist Church of Galax will present its annual Easter musical this weekend, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. with repeat performances on Saturday and Sunday.
    “The Way” will tell about the life of Jesus Christ through drama, choir and orchestra performances.