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Today's Features

  • This history is adapted from “Highways in Harmony: Designing and Building The Blue Ridge Parkway,” by Richard Quinn.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is many things.
    It is the longest road planned as a single unit in the United States.
    It is an elongated park, protecting significant mountain landscapes far beyond the shoulders of the road itself.

  • Area truckers will roll out on Sept. 25 from Hillsville to help in the fight against cancer.  
    Participants in the fourth annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer will band together at Carroll County High School at 11 a.m., giving them time to eat and socialize before heading out at 2 p.m. westbound on U.S. 58, according to organizer Cindy Dixon.
    The destination is Grayson County High School in Independence.
    Many truckers have joined the “convoy for a cure” every year.  

  • David E. and Anne Mitchell Whisnant, authors of “When The Parkway Came,” will visit the Galax Public Library on Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. to read excerpts from their books and talk about writing.
    Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing.
    This visit complements local celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • HILLSVILLE — This weekend's 44th Annual Labor Day Flea Market & Gun Show will transform Hillsville from a quiet town of 3,000 to one of the largest retail venues in the Southeast.
    The number of vendors of new, used and collectible stuff nearly equals the number of town residents — and attracts an estimated crowd of around half a million shoppers.

  • Ziley Sue, Jazzy and Zora Grace Richardson celebrated their respective second, fifth and fourth birthdays Aug. 8 with family and friends at a party at the home of their grandparents, Allen and Linda Richardson in Comers Rock.

    The Richardson sisters are the daughters of Glen and Christina Richardson.

  • Pastor Jeff and Tammy Pickett announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Lynn Pickett, to Christopher Reed Mabry on Dec. 24, 2009.
    Chris is the son of B.C. and Teresa Mabry of Barren Springs.

    Megan is the maternal granddaughter of Kenneth and Sue Anders of Galax. She is the maternal great granddaughter of Ruth Rutherford of Galax. She is the paternal granddaughter of the late Charles and Bonnie Pickett.

  • Hannah Leigh Parks and Justin Cebert Anders were married Aug. 21, 2010 in a private ceremony at 10 a.m. at Bald Rock United Methodist Church in Flat Ridge.
    Glenn Hyatt officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Greg and Sharon Parks of Kernersville, N.C. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with degrees in psychology and outdoor education.
    The groom is the son of John and Leona Anders of Rugby. He is a graduate of Grayson County High School and is self employed.

  • Andrea Lynn Cooley celebrated her seventh birthday July 16 with family and friends. She had a Barbie cake. Her parents are Jennifer L. Cooley of Fries and Travis Cooley of Independence.

    Her grandparents are Bill and Ruby Manning of Woodlawn, Joy and Roy Forrest of Galax and Herbert Gray Cooley of Wytheville. Her great-grandpa is Howard G. Jones of Galax. She has an older sister, Savannah Rose Cooley.

  • Zandon Jax McCrary turned one on April 16. He celebrated his birthday April 17with an Elmo party at his home with family and friends. His parents are Jimmy McCrary and Megan Hayes.

    His grandparents are Alan and Jeanette Alderman and Billy and the late Tonya McCrary. His great-grandparents are the late Jane Warsham and the late Jack Marshall, Martin and Sue Alderman, Mary Ann and Bill Jones and the late Bill McCrary and Agnes McCrary.

  • Brayden Scott Ramey celebrated his first birthday July 23 with a ball-themed party at Felts Park in Galax with family and friends. He is the son of Brian Ramey and Carri Davis of Galax.

    His older sisters are Maci and Hallie Ramey. Grandparents are Paul and Gwen Sawyers of Fancy Gap, Barry and Teresa Davis of Dugspur and Lena Mae and the late Junior Ramey of Galax. Great-grandparents are James Davis of Galax, Annie Burcham of Woodlawn and Andy and Mamie Sawyers of Fancy Gap.