Today's Features

  • This year’s Galax Fire Department Carnival will be held from June 22-27 in Felts Park.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and the carnival and bingo will start at 6 p.m.

    Bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on June 27 for qualifying players.

    There will also be a $300 nightly cash drawing at 11 p.m. with one entry per paid adult gate ticket.

    Fireworks will be held on June 27 at 11 p.m.


    The Grayson County Friends of the Library celebrated Flag Day on June 14 with a flag raising ceremony at the Grayson County Public Library in Independence.

  • FRIES — Equestrian and rodeo enthusiast Jamie Hyatt was honored with a dedication at the Providence School’s horse arena in Fries on May 3.

    Now named the “Jamie Hyatt Arena,” the spot has become a second home to riders, and a venue for horse shows and rodeos that have grown in popularity over the past two years. Proceeds from events go to the Fries Volunteer Fire Department, and offer a fun escape for families and fellow equestrians of all ages.

  • Inze Williams celebrated her 85th birthday recently at a party at her son’s house with her family.

  • Luke Harvey Ward turned one year old on Jan. 28. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. His older brothers are Braeden and Levi.

    His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman. Luke celebrated with a “Little Man” party at his home.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Christmas came about six months early for the children at Carilion Roanoke Memorial’s pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) this year.

    A previous patient at the facility, Daniel Jones, 9, of Independence, wasn’t very excited about going back for his check-up on May 31. So, to make the trip more positive, he and his family decided to bring something along with them: a mini-van stuffed full of toys for the other patients.

  • The Twin County Humane Society held its annual Brews for Rescues event at Creek Bottom Brews in Galax on May 30.

    The group had lots of merchandise to sell, fun activities and plenty of animals present that were looking for “forever homes.” Creek Bottom offered a special brown ale named “Woof’n Down Brown” and gave $1 for every glass sold; George Smith provided live music and donated a portion of his CD sales to the Humane Society.

  • Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned age two on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon. They celebrated with an Olaf party at their home.

    They are granddaughters of Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Mississippi, Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. They are the great-granddaughters of Althea and the late Bert Bergeron of Mississippi, Vance and the late Helen Hoffman of Galax, and the late Carl and Anne Fisher of Pearisburg.

  • LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Daniel Ray Choate and Lisa Marie Haynes were united in a private marriage ceremony in Las Vegas at the Chapel of Flowers.

    The bride is the daughter of David Hodges of Martinsville, Va., and Joyce Sanders of Knoxville, Tenn. She owns and operates Hashtag Clothing & More in Hillsville, Va.
    The groom is the son of Andy and Dora Leigh Choate of Galax, Va. He is employed by Wytheville Community College as assistant professor of construction technologies at Crossroads Institute.

  • HILLSVILLE — Guests who attended last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Hillsville might have spotted a familiar figure at the Grover King VFW Post during the festivities. Clad in familiar colonial attire, “Patrick Henry” took the stage last year to deliver his historic message to the community.