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Today's Features

  • Dakota Lee Walls celebrated his third birthday Jan. 25 with friends and family.

    He had a Thomas the Train and Angry Bird parties. He is the son of Edward and Kristin Walls.

  • HILLSVILLE — Having autism is kind of like being in a foreign country and not speaking the language, but one parent has found that an iPad can help bridge the communication gap.
    Jennifer Dobbs hopes that www.thepuzzlingpiece.com can provide an iPad that son Tyler can use at home, after seeing a benefit from using one in Carroll County Public Schools.
    The website was created by Melissa Winter, a mother of an autistic child who wanted to raise and funds to help children and families affected by autism.

  • Meg Fulwiler of Catharpin and Rocky Fulwiler of Manassas announced the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn, to Aaron Adams, son of Marlene and Garry Adams of Galax.

    Fulwiler is a graduate of George Mason University and is employed by the Virginia State Police.
    Adams is a graduate of Galax High School (2003) and Wytheville Community College. He also is employed by the Virginia State Police.
    A wedding is planned this summer.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    It all began when John Ayers of Galax visited a brew pub in Charlotte, N.C.
    He was used to beer that can be found in any grocery store, such as Budweiser, Coors and Miller, he said. But when he tried a variety of samplings at the restaurant, his enthusiasm for craft beer began.
    After traveling and sampling the hundreds of brews that are available, he began crafting his own styles in preparation to start his own brewery back home.

  • HILLSVILLE — Growing up during the Great Depression, Velma Bowman Horton worked hard to get the dimes and nickels to go school and become an educator.
    As a teacher and guidance counselor, Horton did her utmost — working constantly and tirelessly — to help Carroll County students get they best education they could, too.
    That’s why friends and family believe that the Velma B. Horton Memorial Scholarship is the perfect way to honor the woman who helped countless people during her 40 years in education.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The months of hard work put into the Willing Partners thrift store in Galax can be seen in every corner.
    Clothes on racks are color-coded and sorted by type in one area, while books are arranged neatly on a wall of shelves in another. Electronics are stacked in one section, and an impressive selection of furniture lines the back wall.

  • Elvis and Rhonda Poole of Galax announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Lynn Poole, to Joseph Eric Sapp, son of Mary Sharlene Sapp of Fries.

    Sapp is a 2010 graduate of Grayson County High School. He works at Vaughan-Bassett.
    Poole is a 2011 graduate of Carroll County High School. She works at Bojangles.
    A Feb. 16 wedding is planned at 1 p.m. at Gospel Chapel on Mills Street in Galax.

  • Riley Levi Deihl celebrated his first birthday Jan. 16 with family and friends at the home of his grandmother, Amy Guthric Steve Mortze.

    He is the son of Breanna Guthric. He is the great-grandson of Gerald and Bobbie Fridley.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    On a recent morning, Tammy Harmon saw a strange sight on her way to work.
    “Way down the street, I saw someone walking very slowly,” said Harmon, director of Hope House of the Good Shepherd in Galax. “I didn’t think much about it, and I went inside.”

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    In keeping with his promise, Galax Rite Aid pharmacist Dustin Thomas sat on a chair while coworker Amy Parsons sheared off his locks with a set of clippers. Since the goal was to shave him completely bald, Thomas told her to “have fun with it.”
    And she did.
    “It’s not every day you get to shave your boss’ head,” laughed Parsons. She grinned mischievously as another employee replayed a video of the haircut taken with her phone.