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Today's Features

  • Friends Jacquie Roberts, Alison Bolen and Stephannie Dees share a common goal: to feed every hungry child in the Galax community.

    Roberts was touched by the story about Backpack Buddies she saw a few months ago on the “Today Show,” as it showed how communities are coming together to help battle hunger in children.

    That’s when she called Bolen, a member of Galax Presbyterian Church, who immediately spread the word.

  • A Dugspur woman was known for six months as "No Nails" as she trudged and climbed the 2,178 miles of the Appalachian Trail — despite her bad back, hurt ankle and fear of heights — and recently returned home triumphant.

    Following the tradition of trail hikers, Cathy Shouse adopted a colorful nickname to go by while slogging from Springer Mountain in Georgia through the Mid-Atlantic and New England to Katahdin, the trail's northern terminus in Maine.

  • Joe Wilson has spent much of his life preserving the legendary music of America's past, and this week the nation returns the favor.

    The folklorist, who lives in Fries, is set to receive the “Living Legend” award today, Friday, from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

  • Tanya Gonyo was just seven months old when her grandfather Kyle Creed, a local old-time music legend, passed away in 1982.

    But when Gonyo, now 27, of Richmond, stepped into the Stringbean Coffee Shop on Sept. 12 and saw hundreds of old pictures and banjos her grandfather made, the overwhelming feeling brought tears to her eyes as she realized what his banjo playing and instrument making has inspired.

  • BAYWOOD ee* Students at Baywood Elementary showed their pride to be citizens of America during a Constitution Day program held at the school last Thursday.

    The program was hosted by Mrs. Fleming's third-grade class and had been performed for the school's Parent Teacher Organization earlier that week.

    The celebration was part of a national day that celebrates the birth of the United States' government. It was on Sept. 17, 1787, that the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

  • Most every Friday night, the sounds of the mountains ride the radio airwaves down the backroads of Virginia and North Carolina, from the Blue Ridge Mountains down to the Piedmont.

    For a decade, that traditional string music has been broadcast from Galax on WBRF-98.1 FM, which sends out 100,000 watts of old-time and bluegrass music from the stage of the historic Rex Theater in downtown Galax.

    The powerhouse radio station, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, will celebrate a decade of promoting and presenting the traditional string music that Galax is known for.

  • HILLSVILLE — A big goal of the Regional Community Support Center is to maintain the smile on peoples' faces.

    The support center's base of operations at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center provides assistance to people from 17 counties with intellectual disabilities.

    The dental program has left a big impression on many, as clients travel from as far as Lee County for checkups, cleanings, extractions — basic dental services, said dental director Roger Kiser.

  • HILLSVILLE — Carroll County farmers have found fertile ground in partnerships with Virginia Produce and Food City, and that's strengthening the local agricultural sector.

    Farmers who supply these fall crops to the grocery chain with locations in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky know they will make enough to be in the black at the end of the growing season, said Moir Beamer of Virginia Produce.

  • WHITETOP — Family and friends of a late and legendary fiddler and instrument maker are gearing up for the event that bears his name, the 2009 Albert Hash Memorial Festival in Whitetop this weekend.

    The festival enters its third year at Mount Rogers Combined School (MRCS) in Whitetop, and honors the life of one of Grayson's finest musicians and luthiers, born in 1917 in Rugby.

  • Watch the Chestnut Creek Ramblers of Galax perform "Little Maggie" on Aug. 8 at the 74th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.