Today's Features

  • A college student is organizing an effort to raise clothing and school supplies to host a Back-to-School Bash on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at Cornerstone Community Church in downtown Galax.
    With many being unable to afford clothing and school supplies, Cornerstone Community Church member and Liberty University student Abigail Cox has spearheaded the event and recruited volunteers in order to help reach the physical needs of the community.

  • Becky McLendon couldn’t stand the thought of a child going to bed hungry, or someone going without food for days.
    After her husband, Sam, accepted a job as Carroll County tourism director and they moved to Galax from North Carolina three months ago, her first goal was to start a soup kitchen at Rooftop of Virginia
    God’s Storehouse Soup Kitchen will open Aug. 30, and food will be served from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Rooftop, on North Main Street in downtown Galax. The kitchen will be operate Mondays and Thursdays and may expand to other days of the week.

  • Braeden Hunter Ward turned three years old on June 26. He celebrated with an outer space cake and a party at his home. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He also has a little brother, Levi.
    His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Karma Marie Sawyers will turn one year old July 30.

  • Cecil and Judy Horton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 2.

    They have two children, Gary Grantand Michelle Ann Shaffner. Also, they have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


    Dona Cox of Independence reached a milestone that many people never reach in their lifetime – she celebrated her 100th birthday on June 12 with a party attended by her many friends and family at the Log House Restaurant in Wytheville.
    During her lifetime, she has observed history in the making.
    When she was born in Macon, Ga., William Howard Taft was president of the United States.

  • After several falls that resulted in two major surgeries, Norma Jean Carico found the solution to prevent her from losing her balance.
    She trained her 2-year-old pit bull, Peanut, to become her assistance dog.
    Peanut is the love of her life. In fact, a necklace around her neck with Peanut’s picture on it is engraved with “True Unconditional Love.”

  • Once weighing more than 400 pounds, Steve Hooks is now glad he stumbled across spinning class at the Galax Recreation Center.
    Hooks, 50, of Galax, was considering gastric bypass surgery to shed the weight before he started spinning classes in January. He has since lost about 50 pounds through the help of Weight Watchers and Doris Spangler, his spinning instructor.
    A casual bike rider, Hooks was tired of lugging the excess weight along the New River Trail. Now, he can go faster and farther than before.

  • This past weekend, about a dozen teams from all over the country pitted their pit-smoked pork against each other at the city’s 8th Annual Smoke on the Mountain, a contest of flavor, showmanship and technique.
    Teams are evaluated by professional judges both on-site and in blind competition, with points in categories like appearance, tenderness and flavor determining the winners.
    The top three teams in each of the three main categories go to the finals, and a grand champion is chosen from among those finalists.

  • Manage your resources, learn to solve problems, help your neighbors solve their problems and learn the land and its history.
    That’s the advice Daniel Boyer, 18, the youngest member of the Matthews Farm Museum Board, has to offer to his peers.
    Boyer and other board members are gearing up for the Matthews Farm Museum Heritage Day on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 21-acre working farm.