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Today's News

  • Public record for 3/24/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Galax General District Court, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Darrell Jonathan Payne of Jolo, W.Va., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $91 costs.

  • Master of Ceremonies

    When local DJ and emcee Harold Mitchell was bedridden with rheumatic fever at six years old, the radio kept him company as he listened to the legends on the Grand Ole Opry.

    During the five-hour radio program, he would hear greats such as Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Kitty Wells and comedians and radio announcers. However, it was the harmonies of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys that caught his ear, and that’s when he fell in love with bluegrass.

    From then on, he knew one way or another he was going to be in the radio business.

  • Staying at school

    WOODLAWN — The new after-school program at Woodlawn will use all available school and community resources to help students progress academically and have some fun, too.

    Woodlawn School will use a recently announced $172,920 21st Century Learning Centers grant to boost math and English scores and provide participating students with some fun after-school activities.

    The AWARE program, which stands for Afterschool at Woodlawn: Arithmetic, Reading and Enrichment, commences at 3:10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, at the end of the school day.

  • Carroll schools honor Peddy

    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.

  • GMS students learn about podcasting

    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.

  • Pilot relives first flight

    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.

  • Holiday DIY

    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.

  • Tastes of Home

    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.

  • GALAX CHRISTMAS PARADE 2009

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

  • Dixon launches career with Tide

     Bill Sutherland swears Mark Dixon’s reference letter will not be showing up on eBay.