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Today's Features

  • Moving a mountain with steam shovels and explosives and hollowing out the earth below through tunneling presented danger and challenges at Gossan Mines in Carroll County.
    Work was periodically interrupted as various kinds of emergencies would occur.
    Newspaper archives on the mines held by the Carroll County Historical Society Museum contain articles on different kinds of problems that arose at Gossan Mines.

  • Gossan Mines shaped life in the Iron Ridge community of Carroll County for 57 years, while workers hauled pyrrhotite ore out of the ground for General Chemical.
    Mine superintendent Fred E. Johnson oversaw the day-to-day operations at Gossan as part of an international mining career.
    Always associated with the extractive industry in his professional life, Johnson earned the moniker “Hardrock.”

  • DURHAM, N.C. — “Bertha” and “Bobby” no longer have to be tethered to Samantha Riggs' side, after she pulled through transplant surgery with a brand new heart at Duke University Hospital.
    Riggs and family had nicknamed the ever-present and cumbersome medical monitoring equipment that were Samantha’s constant companions for months. They joked that it was high time Bertha and Bobby went off on their own.

  • Virginia Tech article, reprinted with permission
    BLACKSBURG — International agriculture education may be a tool for national security, according to research by Austin Larrowe of Woodlawn, a junior at Virginia Tech.
    Larrowe is one of 72 students representing 66 U.S. colleges and universities and selected by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress to be part of the Presidential Fellows program for 2012-13.
    Each student has worked on an individual research project throughout the year and will turn in their completed paper in May.

  • Philip Smith Porter celebrated his 94th birthday with family at his home on Allen Lane.

    He and his wife, Pauline Dickens Porter, have been married 70 years.

  • Jacob Matthew Beasley celebrated his second birthday with a Spongebob party at his grandmother’s house on April 4.

    He is the son of Andrew and Ashley Beasley. His grandparents are Becky Beasley, Tim Beasley and Beth and William Richardson, all of Hillsville.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Like most farmers, Donald Brady harvested vegetables and milked cows.
    But what really brought the money in was the business that Brady kept hidden throughout his life: making moonshine.
    Debby Brady Goad, daughter of the late Donald Brady, took the stage at the March 21 “Bluegrass Gravy and River Quilts: Old Home Remedies and Recipes” event, and took listeners back in time to when she was a young girl growing up on her daddy’s farm in Carroll County.

  • 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.