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  • 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:

  • HILLSVILLE — Members of Hillsville and Carroll law enforcement gathered at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Monday to present a check to Carroll County Special Olympics, and sport the whiskers they grew during “No Shave November” one last time.

    When asked if any of the officers planned to keep their new Duck Dynasty ‘dos, the answer from everyone was a resounding “No!”

    “Someone actually told me that I looked three years older,” commented Interim Hillsville Chief Wesley Yonce as he rubbed his face.

  • Article submitted by Virginia Farm Bureau

    ELK CREEK — Neither cold, rain, sleet, snow nor nightfall stops Carlos and Sherrie Taylor from getting their Christmas trees harvested and shipped to their customers.

    The Grayson County tree farmers and their employees put in long days from early November to mid-December — often working around the clock to get their trees to buyers up and down the East Coast.

  • Rosemary McPeak, a native of Ivanhoe, has a passion for fabric art. To her, it is not just a business or a necessity, but a way of life.

    From the comforts of her home, after finishing her day job as a substitute teacher, McPeak spends hours at a time sewing everything from wedding and formal alterations, to various decor items and clothing for children and dolls.

    She holds no formal business title, nor does she work in a shop or art studio, but she is a well-known artisan of the Twin Counties.

  • Every Goliath has his David.

    When the giant in question is desperate circumstances for a local homeless shelter, its David appears to be an 11-year-old boy.

    Hope House, a local homeless shelter, is in need of a new home by March 11 of next year, and trying to raise funds to pay for a new one. The group is reliant on church and individual donations, getting by on a miniscule budget.

  • In business, as in entertainment, a turkey is usually a failure — or at least something so awful nobody wants to touch it.

    Once you add a charity to the mix, however, it’s a success story.

    Hanks & Associates (Ameriprise of Galax) helped out with the food drive for God’s Storehouse Community Kitchen again this year; their effort went towards the Kitchen’s turkey dinner boxes for needy families over Thanksgiving.

  • By DON RICHESON, Staff

    It’s not unusual for Grayson County folks to go to great lengths to preserve their rich Appalachian heritage, and Grayson’s Baywood community offers a good example of this.

    One man there is building a monument-like sign that announces the name the community had before officials decided to rename it, a name change many never embraced because it ignores the family who originally settled the area – the Hamptons.

  • A total of 202 participants in the “Miles for Matthew” 5K and Fun Run, which took place at Dannelly Park on the New River Trail on Nov 8, raised more than $4,000 to benefit the Matthew Legg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    The event included a 5K on the trail for adults, a “fun run” for kids around the smaller track at the park’s playground, and lots of goodies for sale to help the fund.

  • Carroll County Public Schools hosted a series of Veterans Day programs on Nov. 11, to thank local veterans for their service to the country.

    At Oakland Elementary School, veterans from the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville were treated to a patriotic program of songs, poetry, skits and American traditions. Fifth grade students performed a skit titled “What is a Veteran?” and other grades performed a variety of songs, including “Yankee Doodle,” “My Country Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful.”

  • A carpet of browning leaves was raked aside to expose the ground over the final resting place of Floyd Winfield Williams and his wife, Mary Vass Williams, at Galax’s Felts Cemetery on Veterans Day.

    A brief ceremony including a 21-gun salute in their honor was held by the American Legion Post #245 — which was named in memory of Williams — with the assistance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726.

  • HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Library staff and guests gathered at the library on Nov. 1 for a rededication of the newly renovated building.

    As the first snow of the season blanketed the ground outside, the upgrades to the library’s structure became even more apparent to guests, who remained warm and cozy during their stay.

  • HILLSVILLE — Community volunteer Jessica Talley was October’s Citizen of the Month for the Town of Hillsville, nominated by Hillsville Town Council Member David Young.

    Talley was honored with the Citizen of the Month award plaque during town council’s Oct. 27 meeting, after Young read a summary of Talley’s community involvement and accomplishments. “[Talley] enjoys serving the people of Hillsville, and loves supporting events for the betterment of the community and its citizens,” Young said.

  • HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Christmas Fund, an annual event driven by a number of volunteers, businesses, churches and community groups, has begun organizing this year’s efforts to ensure that everyone in the community has a happy holiday season.

  • HILLSVILLE — The experiment started as a test of a formula to give lazy teenagers more energy.

    But things went wrong — as mad science often does — and now the playground at the Carroll County Recreation Park is infested with zombie teens.

  • TOWN OF HILLSVILLE

    Hillsville’s Safe Halloween festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, and continue through 8 p.m.

    This year, the Friends of Hillsville will provide a safe trick-or treating experience for the kids, as well as fun games and activities for the entire family.

  • HILLSVILLE — Carroll County got into the fall spirit for the annual Pumpkin Festival at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market on Oct. 18.

    The festivities took place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and included fall-themed activities such as pumpkin carving, apple butter making, pumpkin cannons and a zombie trail ride.