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Today's Features

  • INDEPENDENCE — Teachers, families, friends and administration joined together May 7 to honor Amy Phillips as Grayson County's second division-wide teacher of the year.

    “Today we are not only here to honor single individuals, but also to recognize an entire profession,” said Grayson Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas. “Our teachers make extraordinary contributions to the community and our youth. We owe our teachers our thanks, our praise and our support.”

  • HILLSVILLE — Families going through an economic rough patch may have a garden spot waiting as part of the Gardens Growing Families efforts.

    The community garden project will assist those in need in two ways — it will provide land for people who want to grow their own food and it will raise vegetables to stock food banks, according to the Rev. Lawrence Childs of First Baptist Church of Hillsville.

  • It seemed like an endless project, but the wait is finally over and students, faculty and staff of Galax High School can now enjoy a like-new renovated school, with bright painted hallways and classrooms and new tinted energy-efficient windows.

    Galax City Council and Galax School Board members celebrated the long-awaited completion of the GHS renovation last Thursday during a dedication ceremony.

    A new plaque in the school recognizes school board and city council members who approved and saw through the construction process.

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    The 8th Annual Galax Leaf & String Festival will continue to highlight the rich cultural heritage of the region by showcasing local musicians, artisans and authors on Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

    And this year, with a banner presentation being held and a tribute to The Crooked Road featuring regional musicians, Leaf & String is being designated a partner of the state's heritage music trail.

  • HILLSVILLE — When Mark Shockley tends his fields in spring, he's in for a day of grueling, backbreaking fun.

    He calls it "fun," but the truth is what Shockley does to prepare for planting takes a lot of love and labor.

    It hardly felt like spring last Monday as the wind swept over the five acres that Shockley farms with his antique tools, and where he puts on “Old Timey Day” to demonstrate the old-fashion ways after harvest in the fall.

  • Chestnut Creek School of the Arts officially began Phase II of its long-range plans with the opening of Oldtown Pottery co-op in downtown Galax on April 1.

    Phase I is well underway with the successful completion of a variety of classes in diverse genres of art, crafts and music.

    Volunteers, board members and staff for CCSA and co-op members have been working for months to prepare membership guidelines, policies, leases and particularly renovations to the pottery studio building.

  • All 18-year-old Emily Ogle can think about is making her princess fairy tale come true for her and mom Debbie Ogle, who is battling Stage 4 breast cancer.

    Emily has it all planned out, as she fantasizes about dressing up in an ball gown and riding with her date through town in a horse-drawn carriage on the way to prom on Saturday.

    “I wanted to be like Cinderella,” said Emily, a junior at Galax High School. “It's just a wonderful time of life.”

  • The fight is the easy part, says Cesar Llamas, as the 145-pound mixed martial arts fighter grapples his training partner to the mat inside of the cage, preparing for his big title fight Saturday in North Carolina.

    It's easy for Llamas because he’s at Elite Combat Martial Arts in Galax five days a week, hardcore training, conditioning, learning every fight scenario and brawling for hours in preparation for his title shot for Carolina Fighting Promotions in Wilmington, N.C.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Three years ago, Parker Carico was diagnosed with autism and had a vocabulary of five to 10 clear words.

    Now — after a team effort between home and school — Parker can speak more than 300 words and use some full sentences.

    Parker is a kindergarten student at Independence Elementary.

    This past fall, the school system helped implement a program with Dr. Chris Layne, director of the Lake Norman Counseling and Autism Center.

  • Mixed martial artist Cesar Llamas of Galax brought home the title last Saturday, putting his 5-0 opponent in a submission hold in the second round, during a competition sponsored by Carolina Fight Promotions in Wilmington, N.C.

    This is the fourth fight for Llamas, who has trained at Elite Combat Martial Arts in Galax for three years and now has a 4-0 record. The muay thai fighter describes his style as “vale tudo,” which is Brazilian for “anything goes.”