Today's Features

    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.

    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.

    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.”

    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.

    It all starts with one question and one answer:
    “Will you marry me?”
    Many brides agree that this is one of the easiest decisions they will ever make. However, this decision is quickly followed by several other questions that aren’t as easy to answer.
    Where the wedding will take place?
    Who will provide the food?
    What flowers should be bought?

  • William McKenley Hess will celebrate his third birthday Feb. 11 at home with family and friends with a Spiderman party.

    He is the son of Pamela Hess of Galax. His maternal grandparents are David and Polly Hess of Galax. He has several aunts and uncles.

  • Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his first birthday Dec. 29, 2012, with a Thomas the Train party at Snow Hill Church with family and friends.

    His parents are Brittany Farmer Burcham and Billy Spencer. His grandparents and John and Jennifer Farmer and William Spencer and the late Linda Spencer. Great-grandparents are Edward Farmer and the late Iva Farmer and Howard and Zollie Easter. He has one great-great-grandmother, Opal Robinson.