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Today's Features

  • Galax’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration is always a time for the black community to rejoice, remember a painful past and look forward to a brighter future.

    But this year — maybe more so than any time since the passing of Civil Rights laws of the 1960s — was a time to lift every voice and sing about the fulfillment of King’s dream of equality for all races.

  • Galax High School performing arts students are back on top of their game this year with a performance of “The Diviners,” a play by Jim Leonard Jr.

    “The Diviners” is a tribute to the Great Depression, small towns and the blessings of life. In the play, C.C. Showers abandons his career as a minister during the Great Depression and stumbles into the small Indiana town of Zion to look for work — only to find that the town has been without a preacher for 10 years.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School System will be represented in a national education program with NASA.

    Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas said Daniel Brown, a high school chemistry teacher, was selected to participate in the recently unveiled NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project (ESTCP).

    The project awards more than 40 fellowships each year to educators contributing to the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to the project's Web site.

  • It's every parent's worst nightmare — losing a child.

    Ella Ruth Stoneman lived that nightmare last Monday morning when officers came to her work to tell her that her daughter, Amy Stoneman, 28, had been killed in a fire.

    The accident also took the life of Ella Ruth's granddaughter, 4-year-old Deanna Lafferty, and the little girl's father, Larry Stephen Lafferty, 39.

    "She loved to work and she loved her kids," Ella said of her daughter.

  • INDEPENDENCE — You could say that Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan has been tested right from the start.

    Just 40 minutes into his first day as sheriff in Grayson, he participated in a drug bust.

    It was a positive beginning, one of those things that went a long way toward showing Vaughan was the right man for the job.

    But, nothing could have prepared the law enforcement veteran for what came next.

  • HILLSVILLE — It's been many a mile since the Carroll Wellness Center opened almost five years ago, and the non-profit fitness facility remains in step with the community's needs.

    Members have put 1 million miles behind them on the 10 treadmills in those years, for example, said Executive Director Greg Hampton.

    In just the first year, exercisers climbed 29,400 stories on the wellness center's step-mill alone — that's roughly equal to 288 Empire State Buildings.

  • Measuring 10 feet long and cruising with an unmistakable roar, monster is an apt description for the pro-street bike known as "The Dragon."

    Built in Carroll County in the steel garage of Super V Custom, with its Ultima-powered 127-cubic-inch displacement 140-horsepower engine, reptilian scales and eyes and crocodile skin covered seat, The Dragon isn't just a theme bike — it's a dream chopper for Mark Mabry of Max Meadows.

  • A roast of Galax Superintendent Sam Cook, who retired in December and will return to his hometown in Franklin County, turned into a fitting farewell at a Galax schools faculty and staff dinner on Jan. 5, as Cook's friends delivered their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for his 13 years of serving the school system.

    School faculty, city staff, friends and even some students were there to say goodbye to Cook and look back on the successes, memories and famous sayings Cook will leave behind.

  • LAUREL FORK — The owners of Olde Mill stand ready to drive a their idea to make the Carroll County sporting staple into a golf resort community.

    Opened in 1972, the designs always called for creating a golfing community along the course that encompasses 800 acres, including a 54-acre lake, according to Hagen Giles, Olde Mill's general manager.

  • Hillcrest Baptist Church in Galax is providing grocery relief through Angel Food Ministries to everyone bogged down by the rising costs of groceries and other bills during these tough economic times.

    People from all income levels gather at Hillcrest Baptist each month — some waiting an hour before the door opens to pick up their supply of food.