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Today's Features

  • William McKenley Hess celebrated 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.

  • HILLSVILLE — The Fuller Center volunteers built a house, but it’s up to recipient Krystal Rosier and family to make it a home, in the words of Chase Stevens, who worked on the project at Carroll High School.
    More than 30 people gathered with Rosier and family to dedicate the new house that first took shape on the grounds of Carroll County High School before being transported north on Main Street to Crestview Drive last summer and finished on site.

  • Randy and Rhonda Lineberry of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Brooke Lineberry, to Jonathan Aster Lowe, son of Vatina Davis and Bobby Lowe of Galax.

    Lowe is a 2008 graduate of Carroll County High School. He is a maintenance technician at Parkdale Mills.
    Lineberry is a 2003 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2008 and 2011 graduate of Radford University.
    She is employed at Wythe County Public Schools as a mathematics teacher and at Radford University as an adjunct professor.

  • Audrey Hope Gillespie may have been born with a rare disease that left her with half a heart, but you’d never know from her sweet, playful nature and her brilliant smile.
    And as if to make up for that little heart, the hearts of her family are singing with joy after musicians both local and national have volunteered to play a concert this weekend to help pay her medical expenses.
    The happy 10-month-old’s cheerful demeanor never hints at the struggles she has been through in her brief time on earth.

  • RICHMOND — One place being celebrated during the “Year of the Virginia Historic Home” is the house built in 1911 by J. Sidna Allen in Fancy Gap.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell declared 2013 the year of the historic home because Virginia’s Executive Mansion will turn two centuries old, according to information posted to a website for that purpose, historicalhomes.virginia.gov.

  • HILLSVILLE — Fancy Gap students want 1,000 paper cranes to carry a message of peace to the children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
    Fourth and fifth graders in Anita Semones’ class continue reading “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” a story about a girl who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to die later of leukemia from exposure to radiation.
    Sadako knew the Japanese adage that if you make a thousand origami paper cranes, you get a wish, the teacher explained. But Sadako died after finishing only 644.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of racial equality with the world. Society since that time has changed drastically, making King’s dream a reality.
    Decades after his death, many still find the strength in his words to pursue their own dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of racial equality with the world. Society since that time has changed drastically, making King’s dream a reality.
    Decades after his death, many still find the strength in his words to pursue their own dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.

  • New River Trail State Park attracted more than one million visitors and had nearly 6 percent more attendance than in 2011.
    The trail that passes through Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax followed the trend that allowed Virginia State Parks to set a new attendance record in 2012.
    State parks attracted 8.366 million visitors, an increase of 7 percent. The new record is a 4 percent increase over the previous attendance record of 8.065 million visitors, set in 2010.