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Today's Features

  • INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County citizens joined people in other communities both locally and in other spots across the nation in a show of support for law enforcement on Sept. 11.

    Beginning at noon, a crowd lined up in front of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, to stand in support of police officers for one hour.

  • Hillsville’s Grover King VFW Post #1115 honored local service men and women on 9/11 at the Veteran’s Memorial.

    In attendance were members of Carroll County Fire and Rescue, Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and Hillsville Police Department. “We cannot thank you enough; be heartfelt enough,” stated Don Dobbins, past post commander, current member of the VFW and coordinator/speaker for this event.

  • Between 75 and 100 people gathered in the Galax Police Department courtyard on Friday to honor the work of local police officers.

    Led by Travis Haynes of Galax, a firefighter with the Galax Fire Department, the brief, informal ceremony included a few words from Haynes, a prayer led by the Rev. Tom Whartenby and a laying of hands on the police station.

    Members of the fire department were also present and wearing their uniforms as a sign of respect.

  • Emilee Hash celebrated her first birthday Aug. 25 with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Karen Hash and Eric Hash. Her grandparents are Larry and Becky Elliott and Milton and Barbara Hicks.

  • James and Ethelene Love celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Aug. 12, 2015.
    They have two sons, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

    They celebrated with a surprise anniversary dinner Aug. 22 that was given by their niece and their youngest son at their home in Galax and was attended by 50 friends and family.
    Ethelene also celebrated her 84th birthday Aug. 17.

  • WOODLAWN — JoyFest, taking place Sept. 12, is the annual “friend raiser” at Joy Ranch, an open house celebration when the Christian home for children in Woodlawn welcomes the public to its 62-acre campus on 813 Joy Ranch Road.

    Founded in 1961 by Richard and Mary McHenry, the faith-based, non-sectarian, donor-supported ministry has been home to more than 5,000 children in crisis situations.

  • “Fairytale romance” and “at no additional cost to taxpayers” are not phrases one expects to ever hear combined, but a Galax Wells Fargo employee recently found out they can go together beautifully.

    Holly Isaacs was working in her office at the Main Street branch on Aug. 19 when Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers came in, dressed in full firefighter gear.

  • CANA – The Carroll County Historical Society and Levering Orchard are joining forces to host a benefit event over the Labor Day weekend for restoration of the J. Sidna Allen House.

    The benefit will take place over three nights — Sept. 4, 5 and 6 — at the Cherry Orchard Theater on the grounds of Levering Orchard. The event will feature old-time and bluegrass bands and music themed around the 1912 Courthouse Tragedy.

  • HILLSVILLE — The final day of the Carroll County Fair featured wrestling, carnival rides, caramel corn, equestrian events and ice cream made on the spot with super-cooled nitrogen.

    Throughout the week, the fair at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market held contests for everything from fruits and vegetables to photos and quilts, and the winners were on display for all to see.

    The market’s festivities aren’t over — in October, it will host the Carroll Pumpkin Festival, with more family fun and food.

  • Jimmy and Amelia Bland Waller of Elk Creek announced the engagement of Amelia’s son, Will Beaty, to Jessica Burke of Smyth County.
    Beaty and Burke have been partners in pursuing their educations since 2007.

    Both are graduates of Marion Senior High School and both attended Emory & Henry College.
    Burke is a registered nurse and works for the Tennessee Department of Health in Greeneville, Tenn.