Today's Features

  • Ted and Geraldine (Dean) Hall of Upperco, Md., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.
    Not only was Dean born on Christmas Day, but married on Christmas Day.

    Ted, born and raised in Galax, is a 1958 graduate of Galax High School.
    The Halls will renew their vows in a ceremony at Living Hope Baptist Church, Reisterstown, Md.

  • Fred and Norma Crouse celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Ryan’s Restaurant hosted by their sons.
    The Crouses were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 1962, in York, S.C.

    The couple were raised in Galax, where they met. Mrs. Crouse is the former Norma J. Ring.
    They lived in Kernersville, N.C., where they raised sons Ray and Thomas.
    Their extended family includes Ray’s wife, Lynn; daughters Marissa and Miranda; along with Thomas’ wife, Lori, and daughter, Molly.


    White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford prepared a selection of fine foods from every corner of America for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s 24 holiday dinners and receptions this year, and cheese from Meadow Creek Dairy of Galax will be featured on the menu.

  • Joy Ranch Home for Children in Carroll County held its annual live Nativity scene on Dec. 15 and 16, featuring a manger scene, shepherds and angels.

  • Santa isn’t scary if you’re sleepy, as this little tot found out at the annual Galax Elks Lodge Christmas party, where Toys for Tots helped deliver presents to children.

    Toys, hot dogs, anti-drug comics, coloring books, fruit and candy stockings were given to an estimated 385 children.

    Twin County Toys for Tots assisted Santa and the Elks with delivering presents to children at the party.

  • Volunteers in Galax and Hillsville packed boxes of food and other essentials on Dec. 20, for the Galax Ys Men’s annual Community Christmas Chest and the Carroll Christmas Fund.
    Carroll Christmas Fund volunteers first organize the donations into categories and then fill the 630 boxes that went to deserving families to ensure that they enjoyed a happy holiday season.

  • Jennette Hilliard Nicholson Morris of Independence and twin brother D.B. Hilliard Jr. of Kernersville, N.C., celebrated their 70th birthday with 25 family members and friends at the Depot Restaurant in Dobson, N.C., Oct. 6.
    Morris retired from Twin County Regional Hospital Home health in April and Hilliard retired from ABF Trucking in 2005.
    Morris and family moved to Grayson County in 1983. She has four children, 10 grandchildren and three step-children.

  • "I believe that we all have God-given instincts. We just have to stay calm and listen to them," said Angela Crowder, who had to deliver her daughter's baby when she went into premature labor Dec. 3.

  • Lindsey Elizabeth McMillan of Grant celebrated her eighth birthday on Nov. 16. 

    She had a birthday party at Grayson Highlands School with all of her second-grade classmates, and a second party at the Log House restaurant in Volney with friends and relatives.

  • The coordinators of the local Toys For Tots campaign are working to raise money and collect toys to serve 1,038 needy children in Galax, Carroll and Grayson this year.
    Bob Hines and Kendy Sawyer said they anticipated serving 500 children, but the need was greater than expected.
    On Wednesday, they bought a carload of toys at Roses department store in Galax, enough for 174 children from ages 0-3.