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Today's Features

  • The short metal shovels had dug foxholes and trenches on battlefields around the world, but on Memorial Day they turned the earth to create a peaceful place to reflect on veterans' service to their country.

    Called entrenchment tools by the military, the folding shovels have been carried by U.S. soldiers for decades, as much a part of their gear as the rifle, helmet and canteen.

    They were dented, worn and some of them a little rusty. The olive drab paint was chipped.

  • After a short break from the airwaves, beloved radio personality “Aunt Eloise” will join the air staff of Galax radio station WBRF-98.1 FM.

    Fans of the outspoken character — who was heard on North Carolina country station WTQR-FM in the Piedmont/Triad area and Southwest Virginia for 23 years — have been anxiously waiting for the past six months to see where the popular morning show co-host would turn up. She was one half of a long-running, number-one show, and is known for her lovable and down-to-earth character and her straight forward, no-nonsense ways.

  • A senior CIA intelligence analyst and author of a new book on the military history of Iran started developing his research skills in Carroll County schools and his desire to serve while growing up in the Pipers Gap community.

    Steven R. Ward, 51, lived in the Oakland community, played sandlot football at the YMCA in Galax, joined the Boy Scouts and read a lot.

    "I guess I was fortunate my parents always encouraged us to read," he said.

  • For British Columbian Erynn Marshall, Galax is a long way from friends and family, but it's at the heart of the things she loves — music and mountains.

    Marshall, 37, is the new director of the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax. She moved to Galax from Victoria, British Columbia only three weeks ago, bringing her cat and an assortment of instruments.

    It was her first time in Galax, but she's no stranger to the surrounding area or its traditions.

  • Although renovations to transform the former First National Bank in downtown Galax into Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is on time and on budget for now, CCSA Director Chris Shackelford said it is difficult to estimate a completion date due to electrical issues.

    Construction began Jan. 26, and South End Construction of Vinton has 215 days to complete the job from its notice to proceed, which was received Jan. 6. However, Shackelford said since installing an elevator is a big time-consumer, construction may take a little longer than city officials had hoped.

  • FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The average commercial driver on the Dalton Highway, the route to an oil drilling outpost at Prudhoe Bay, doesn't have a radio "handle." Woodlawn native Jack Jessee seems to be the exception, however, since he started appearing on the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers."

    The drivers know each other and call each other by their first names, he explained. But after his TV appearances, the other truckers saw an opening to give Jessee a hard time.

  • Ruby Linville always wore a smile, and even when she was sick, she reminded everyone how thankful she was for family.

    She told everyone that her grandson Matthew was her “little sunshine” and how much she adored her granddaughter Fiona.

    Even when she was at her weakest, she and husband James, also in ill health, visited nursing homes to pray with patients and sing gospel tunes.

  • Muscle cars, space ships, army tanks, aircraft and more — all in miniature but none shy of detail — that’s what you’ll see at D&J Hobby Center’s annual Hobby Show.

    This celebration of miniature masterpieces is Saturday at the Galax Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The public is welcome to come by and look and admission is free, said Darrell Burris, owner of D&J Hobby Center at 106 Nuckolls Curve Road in Galax, who has organized the show for the past 11 years.

  • It was a teary-eyed moment for Debbie Ogle, realizing that her 18-year-old daughter Emily is all grown up, as she arrived at the Galax High School prom in a long black dress with her date Jordan Stevens of Carroll County High School.

    Emily, who has Down Syndrome, has always dreamed of a true fairy tale story of going to prom in a horse and carriage — and Debbie dreamed of seeing that happen.

    With the help of Twin County United Way Director Celeste Amburn and many others, both of their dreams came true.

  • 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.”