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  • HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Hillsville will present an Easter play, “The Last Days of Christ” this weekend at its new sanctuary on 203 Virginia Street.

  • WHITETOP — The annual Whitetop Maple Festival will launch Grayson’s 2015 festival season, which continues throughout the summer and into the winter season, with over 38 events to choose from.

    The Maple Festival is March 28-29 in the county’s highlands. It begins at Mount Rogers School (11245 Highlands Parkway, Whitetop) at 8 a.m. each day. Enjoy a pancake breakfast with genuine maple syrup, tapped fresh from the highest peaks in Virginia.

  • By D.T. Clark, Staff

    This year marks the area’s 14th annual Cystic Fibrosis Auction, and according to main-man-in-charge Freddy Hall, it will be the kind of event regular customers know to expect and newcomers will be surprised to discover.

    Up for auction will be toys, games, memorabilia, collectibles, furniture new and antiques, building supplies (anyone need a sink?) and services ranging from private concerts to some time behind the steering wheel (stick?) of a military tank.

    Really.

  • In an effort to prepare both staff and public for a new future, Bogeys, Galax’s answer to fine dining, held a private, small-plate dinner with wine pairings.

    Owner Kenneth Belton, who was one of the restaurant’s four owners before buying out the others late last year, was on hand along with consultant Judy Brannock; new chef J.C. Botero (born in Colombia, raised in south Florida and lately of Olde Mill Resort); sommelier Steve Foster of Andes Importers of Salem, who was responsible for the wine pairing; and new staff members.

  • WOODLAWN — Joy Ranch Christian Home for Children welcomed Brian Allen to the staff as the facility’s new director on Monday.

    This new addition has concluded a lengthy search for a director for the children’s home and ministry in Carroll County. Allen will fill the position left by Tim Lewis, and filled temporarily by Mary Hutchins.

  • Hillsville Town Council Member David Young took these photos of the staff at Classic Creations as they worked hard at producing thousands of NFL Super Bowl shirts for the Feb. 1 event.

    “I couldn’t be more proud,” said Young of the business that he and Mayor Greg Crowder helped bring to the town a little more than a year ago.

    Classic Creations received its first NFL T-shirt order last year with the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win.

  • HILLSVILLE — The mysterious tenants of Hillsville’s Night Watch Haunt are back and ready to celebrate the holidays in a way that will live in the community’s nightmares long after the stuffed animals, cards and chocolate go on clearance at the store.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born in poverty in Atlanta and killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis at age 39, spent his life traveling through America as a Baptist preacher and Civil Rights activist who sought justice and racial equality for African-Americans.

    His “I Have a Dream” speech established him as one of the greatest orators in American history, and his work shed a light that is still a beacon today.

  • INDEPENDENCE — “Venus, stop peeing in the sacred circle!”

    Laura George, founder of The Oracle Institute, pauses while giving a tour of the interfaith organization’s grounds to admonish her pet.

    She can’t keep a straight face and neither can the two institute volunteers – Donna Montgomery, the Mystery School Coordinator, and Katie Kennedy, the Interfaith Coordinator – accompanying her; all three are giggling.

  • On Jan. 1, all 36 Virginia State Parks will offer hiking opportunities, contests and special events.

    This is the fourth year Virginia State Parks has participated in this America’s State Parks initiative to get people outdoors and into parks.

    Grayson Highlands State Park and the New River Trail State Park, which passes through Galax and Carroll and Grayson Counties, both will be participating in the First Day Hike event.

    New River Trail will offer a 10-mile bike ride. Participants can use their own bike or rent one from the park.

  • Galax Police Officer Darrin Alley helped reunite an owner with his lost dog in time for the holidays this year.

    After rescuing a beagle pup from the middle of U.S. 58 in Galax, a photo of the rescue taken by a citizen circulated the web, and gained the attention of animal-lovers throughout the community. Less than two days after the pup was rescued, he was reunited with his owner, according to posts from the police department’s Facebook page.

  • Last year, The Gazette was approached by a World War II veteran from Florida, who asked for help to locate a lost pen pal from Galax.

    Jack Sutherland, who now lives in Florida, had corresponded with a woman from Galax while he served in the U.S. Navy, on a Pittsburgh heavy cruiser with the ship number CA-72.

  • Joy Ranch’s annual live Nativity on Dec. 13 was a well-crafted spectacle for the faithful.

    Set up in a drive-thru format, cars stopped at each tableau. The scenes featured a scribe who read the nativity passage from a scroll, shepherds watching their flocks, a choir of angels, wise men with camels, a robed traveler with a live donkey, a pair of Roman soldiers taking a census for Caesar, innkeepers with no room and the infant Jesus with his family, in a stable topped with a star.

  • Santa’s elves are taller than you’d think: dozens of firefighters and citizen volunteers crowded into one of the Galax Fire Department’s bays to help pack Community Christmas Food Fund boxes for 550 needy local families on Dec. 18.

    Helpers of all ages loaded boxes onto a conveyor system, stocked the boxes with food and household items, kept them moving and stacked them when full. The boxes were delivered on Sunday.

  • This year, students at Gladeville Elementary School were given an important mission to spread holiday cheer to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who will likely not be home in time for the holidays.

    According to school counselor Judy Neal and art teacher Amy Jackson, who partnered for the project, around 70 Christmas cards were sent to a group of soldiers in an undisclosed location this year, thanking them for their service and wishing them a Merry Christmas.

  • The West Galax Diner will be open Christmas Day to serve a very special clientele, says owner Tina Dowling.

    “We just started [planning] this last Sunday, because a girl who helps out on Sundays came in,” says Dowling. “She was looking for somewhere to volunteer [for Christmas] and couldn’t find anybody having a Christmas dinner. So I said, ‘We’ll do it.’”

  • HILLSVILLE — ‘Twas the eighth of December, in the Hillsville Town Hall, when the town council gathered to speak unto all.

    Beginning at 7, their usual time, council spoke to the public of each town-owned dime.

  • Three years ago, Katy Dunn suffered the unthinkable when she lost her infant son in a tragic accident. But since then, she and her family have worked together to turn their grief into something beautiful for other families.

    This year, the family’s annual toy and clothing drive, CJ’s Christmas Project, has resulted in more than 1,100 donations from their community. Dunn says that this year’s collection will be distributed to several charities, including the Carroll Christmas Fund.

  • Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County held its Winter Festival last Thursday evening, with plenty of fun activities for students and their families.

    Guests were invited to have dinner with Santa Claus in the cafeteria, and enjoy a number of reindeer games and other activities throughout the school, including a fortune teller, cake walk, story time and kissing booth.

    The hallways were also lined with winter-themed craft booths, inviting both children and their parents to make a dent in their holiday decoration and gift shopping lists.

  • Jennifer Patterson says the whole thing started when she felt moved to help people in the community who don’t have enough food.

    She says she felt $30 was a reasonable goal to fund a food box for a single family.

    “I decided that I wanted to make sure someone had a nice meal,” says Patterson. “For somebody who doesn’t have groceries in their house, $30 is a lot.”

    So Patterson went to the “Galax Talk of the Town” Facebook page in early November and posted the following: