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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Eldon and Iris Gardner of Fancy Gap celebrated their 73rd anniversary.

    They enjoyed their anniversary together at their home.
    They were married Dec. 23, 1939.

  • Jaxson Preston Stockner celebrated his first birthday Nov. 16 with a pirate themed pool party at the Galax Recreation Center with family and friends.

    He is the son of Ashley Stockner and Zeth Stockner. His grandparents are Tammey Osborne, Junior Osborne, Tommy Stockner and Cherie Stockner.

  • Isabella “Izzie” Marshall turned four on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a ScoobyDoo bowling party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. Her sister is Cassie Marshall.

    Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal & O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Mason Ogle celebrated his first birthday Sept. 21 at home with family and friends.

    He had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme party. He is the son of Jared and Tammy Ogle and the grandson of Donnie and Janet Ogle and Kathy and Frank Delp.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Groups of black silhouettes circle the air over the hospital and hover around local businesses and residences, roosting in trees and giving some people the creeps.
    During the winter months, scavenger bird sightings in the Twin County area have become more common. As vultures and buzzards settle in for their long winter’s nap, the community is not feeling quite as comfortable.