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Today's Features

  • The City of Galax, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, will hold a “How to Apply” workshop for businesses located in the city's recently expanded enterprise zones on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Crossroads Institute.

  • Dear Santa,

    I want a pencil holder and a Hana Montana Guitar I have been a good girl I have 2 Brothers Ethan and Danyon they are good too we want a real puppy.

    Love,

    Mychaela Paschall

    age 7

    Dear Santa,

    I want a Hana Montana Guitar a real puppy I have been good I have 2 Brothers + 2 sisters they are good to

    Stephinie Lawon

    age 6

    Ms. Martin’s Fourth Graders

    Fairview Elementary

    Dear Santa,

  • LAUREL FORK — The Laurel Fork community library may be the first that measured its books in pounds.

    That's because an early summer move drove home the weightiness of its collection. Organizer Annetta Stanley estimated the books would tip the scales at more than 5,000 pounds.

    That's about 3,000 books total.

    A Laurel Fork native who lived in North Carolina until her return to the area about nine years ago, Stanley actually Freecycled her way into creating a community library.

  • Conservationists cringed two years ago when the state considered building a prison along the New River in the Cox’s Chapel community of Grayson County.

    Now they can celebrate the fact that the riverfront property has been protected from future development.

  • Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is accepting reservations through Friday for area artisans wishing to participate in instructor orientation.

    All area musicians, artists and crafts people are invited to participate on Jan. 22 from 5-9 p.m. at Crossroads Institute on East Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • The three lead dancers in the upcoming fairy tale production “The Nutcracker” may all still be in high school, but their talent as experienced dancers would make the audience think otherwise.

    Performances of “The Nutcracker” by the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Galax High School.

    To Taylor Edwards, Tino Sauter and Beth Galyean, “The Nutcracker” is more than just a dance recital. It is part of their way of life.

  • As Charles and Ruth Frangos walk through their home, Charles reaches over to turn on the light switch embraced by a squirrel cover and points out a squirrelly museum of figurines.

    In a collection worth thousands of dollars, taxidermy squirrels deck the walls, crystal figurines stack the shelves of a curio cabinet, squirrel pictures adorn the walls of the kitchen and more than 300 stuffed, ceramic, porcelain and plastic squirrels cram the two six-foot bookshelves in the living room.

  • The Rooftop of Virginia Craft Shop in downtown Galax was stuffed wall to wall on Monday with handmade items like quilts, baby clothes, toys and dolls, crocheted items, Christmas ornaments, homemade soaps, hand-carved decoys, furniture, pottery, jams, pickles, CDs and books — illustrating the diverse talents of local artisans.

    With a little bit of everything to offer, the only thing missing was shoppers.

  • INDEPENDENCE — North Carolina has one, as do most states in America — but not Virginia.

    A Grayson County woman hopes to change that with her composition.

    For nearly 60 years, Virginia's state song was “Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny.”

    Today, the song's title of official state song has been taken away and a contest to find a new song has been suspended.

  • Instructor Linda Donnell teaches “Shakespeare for Children” at the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre in downtown Galax. For an hour each week for a month, children ages 8 to 12 learn the many aspects of Shakespearean theatre. In the interactive class, they learned dances of the Elizabethan Era, about sonnets, received voice training and played theatre games.

    A dancer and actor, Donnell has trained in Shakespeare, acting, voice, movement and mime under British Professor Emeritus James Dodding, along with her many other achievements and education.