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Today's Features

  • The memory of Carolyn Peddy, a generous teacher who lost her battle with cancer, will live on at Oakland Elementary with Think Pink Day.

    Principal Junior Gentry and teacher Sheila Hommema came up with the idea to ensure that educators, parents and students wouldn't forget the quiet contributions that Peddy made during her time at Oakland.

    If Peddy saw one of her students wearing worn-out shoes, she'd find a suitable pair, put them in the child's cubby and point them out to the student as if someone else had left them, Hommema said.

  • Galax Middle School students get a kick out of seeing their friends stand in front of the green screen, as they watch them take a “trip” on a computer monitor to Hollywood or China, using chroma key techniques and special software during a podcasting Focus class.

    They learned how to create podcasts, slideshows and video during a history lesson on the Civil War. One group delivered the news, acting as TV reporters Matt Lauer (6th grade student Charles Harris) and Katie Couric (Lexie Brown) while they interviewed Abraham Lincoln (David Ponce) about the subject.

  • On a cool Saturday morning in April, more than 53 years ago, history was made for one young pilot and witnessed by only one other pair of eyes at the old Galax airport.

    The teen dubbed the “Youngest Pilot in Galax” at the time took to the air by accident, and showed his skill and resolve by coming back down to earth in one piece.

    On Aug. 8, Ted Hall — now 71 years old and living near Baltimore, Md. — realized a dream of recreating his first solo flight in a J-3 Cub.

  • Paper artist Karen Poe of Hillsville says homemade gifts have saved her hundreds of dollars, and her friends and family have been raving about the personal gifts they receive from her each year—all it takes is paper.

    Sixteen years ago, a friend invited Poe to her home to make gift cards, and she's been doing it ever since.

    It started with cards, and now it's notepads, gift boxes, calendars and anything else she can think to do with paper.

  • Soldiers on the battlefield keep in their hearts a reminder of what they're fighting for:

    God. Country. Freedom.

    Their sweetheart back home.

    And... biscuits and gravy?

    From the flight decks of aircraft carriers and the beaches of Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam and the deserts of Iraq, soldiers from Galax longed for a taste of home.

    Forget apple pie, that most patriotic of dishes.

    A Southern soldier's belly rumbles like a Sherman tank for pinto beans and corn bread, pork tenderloin and fried chicken.

  • Photos from the Galax Christmas Parade on Dec. 4, 2009, by April Wright.

  • The first Christmas Gathering, sponsored by the Galax Downtown Association and Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m., featuring door prizes, refreshments and entertainment throughout downtown Galax.

    The event, originally set for Saturday, was postponed due to the snowstorm.

    Christmas music will be performed by local guitarist Brandon Davis, and names will be drawn to win all sorts of items, even Christmas trees and gift certificates.

  • The prospects are good for digging into an interesting hobby at Laurel Hill Gem Mines.

    That’s where Gladesboro resident Robert Dale Bowman hopes that sharing his unique pastime with others will pan out.

    The mountains of Carroll County are far removed from the Yukon of the Gold Rush days. But Bowman hopes to impart some nuggets — of insight, not necessarily of gold — about searching for precious metals and minerals.

  • 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.