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  • By D.T. CLARK and BRIAN FUNK, Staff

    William Bottomley, who designs and sets up the High Country Lights display in Galax, has some traditional pieces, some new pieces and one big surprise in store for visitors to Felts Park this holiday season.

    Bottomley said that he’s added a figure of that little yellow bird, Woodstock, to his Peanuts display, because, he said, “what’s Peanuts without Woodstock?”

  • Community Halloween events are planned throughout the Twin Counties on Tuesday. Here are some of the fun and frightful festivities scheduled for Oct. 31:

    HILLSVILLE

    Hillsville’s Safe Halloween, held downtown at various venues.

    The annual event allows parents and family to bring their children to a safe community function for trick-or-treating activities.

    Many of the businesses in downtown Hillsville stay open late for the event. There are games, hay rides, a haunted house and food.

  • Chapters Bookshop, located in downtown Galax, is a winner of the national 2017 Children’s Book Week Contest.

    In celebration of the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, 705 libraries, schools and bookstores were invited in May to enter a national display contest around the theme of “One World, Many Stories.”

  • INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County students and alumni took to social media last week, posting condolences and statements in memory of the Rev. Clarence Bonnell Young — known by many as “Doc” — a former band director for the school system who passed away Sept. 13, at age 57.

  • Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Henry Lindsey, a Carroll County soldier in the 29th Virginia lnfantry, wrote to his wife: “I drawed soap today for the first time — about the size of a hen egg. We have to pay $1.50 per lb. for soap to wash our clothes.”

    His wife Polly, writing from their home in the Dugspur area, replied to Henry: “Times are very hard in Carroll and everything is scarce and powerful high: pork $1.50 a lb., butter $3, wheat $15...”

  • Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Carroll County Fair starts today, Wednesday, at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, off Interstate 77’s Exit 14 in Hillsville, and runs through Aug. 27.

    It has been named the “Best Small Fair in Virginia” by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

    The fair offers unlimited carnival rides with paid gate admission. Admission this year is $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

  • Hundreds of students filled the football field and bleachers at Galax High School on Monday to view the solar eclipse, with safety glasses provided by Virginia State Parks.

    Over the stadium’s PA system, science teachers gave updates as the moon passed in front of the sun and the afternoon turned dark. Galax was not in the path of totality, but experienced about a 90 percent eclipse.

    This was the first eclipse visible all across the United States in nearly 100 years, and the last visible in the Twin Counties for a long time.

  • If his life was a movie, this would be the scene where our hero leaves behind the life he’s known and embarks on a journey into the unknown.

    He’s not really jetting off for an unknown planet or a lost city, but Mike Steinsberger is leaving Twin County Cinema III after 22 years as manager.

    He’s excited to begin this next chapter, but first he has unfinished business: thanking the community that has supported him and his family for more than two decades.

  • Fans attending the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention over the years might remember Ann Boyer, an energetic woman with short white hair and boundless energy and enthusiasm, good humor and friendly personality.

  • Every year at Smoke on the Mountain, Virginia’s State Barbecue Championship, the streets are taken over by professional competitors with big smokers, big kitchens and the money to maintain them, transport them and use them in the contest.

    The twin Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competitions, and the subsequent free samples that many teams set out after the judging is over, are major draws for the public. It’s an exciting clash of cooking methods, meats and personal pride.

    Then there are the little guys.

  • Staff Report

    In addition to flavorful food, the 13th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship this weekend will offer a taste of great music.

    The event will be held July 21-22 in downtown Galax, hosted by the City of Galax and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Headliners this year include returning favorites The Tams playing Motown and classic rock on Friday night from 8:30 p.m. and into the night; and the Tangent Band, playing “all-era” rock and roll from 8 p.m.-midnight on Saturday.

  • Staff Report

    The 13th annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship will be held July 21-22 in downtown Galax, hosted by the City of Galax and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    The event is Virginia’s official barbecue cookoff.

  • Staff Report

    The Crooked Road Racers once again went to the Great Race, leaving on June 21 and returning on July 3 after capturing a first-place win in the X-Cup Division and 44th place overall, according to native Galax racer Tom Littrell.

    The X-Cup Division involves youth navigators with an adult driver.

    The Galax team was also the first place X-Cup team in the pre-race event called the Trophy Run. It is a preliminary race held around the start city the day before the actual competition begins.

  • Staff Report

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Praisin’ In the Park,” which started Sunday night and continues through Wednesday, 6-8:30 each night in Felts Park.

    The event, put on by Cornerstone Community Church and other local churches and businesses, creates a family-friendly, Christian environment for fun and worship.

  • By ABBY BODNAR, Staff

    CAMBRIDGE, England — Jason Delp, a 1999 graduate of Carroll County High School, recently earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the prestigious, 808-year-old University of Cambridge in England.

    The story starts long before this accomplishment, however, as Delp has received two other masters degrees and served in the military.

  • On King Arthur Court in Galax, one home is proving to be, if not Camelot, then at least a pleasant and safe dwelling.

    Purchased by the Mount Rogers Community Services Board, the home “is part of the move for some care from training centers to residential, home-based type care,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who along with Mayor C.M. Mitchell and City Council Member Sharon Plichta recently took a tour of the facility.

  • HILLSVILLE — Runners and walkers alike participated in the inaugural Deputy Curtis Bartlett Memorial Scholarship 5K on June 3 through downtown Hillsville.

    The event was held in memory of Bartlett, a member of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department who was killed in a line-of-duty vehicle crash on March 9.

    The event raised more than $7,000 towards a fund that will award scholarships to Galax and Carroll County seniors who plan to pursue a future in law enforcement.

  • Editor’s note: This article by Annette Spence first appeared in “The Call,” the online publication for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is reprinted with permission.

    HILLSVILLE — When the letters started coming from the jail, the Rev. Ronnie Collins was amazed by the artwork decorating the envelopes and pages. The first was a sketch of Jesus.

    As more and more mail arrived from the inmates, the drawings became elaborate, including scripture or professions of faith.

  • A Pizza Hut waitress in Galax got a very helpful surprise recently thanks to members of Galax’s First Baptist Church: an $1,800 tip.

    On June 4, Danielle Walls was informed by her manager, Chip Fender, that the church had ordered 45 pizzas, and she was to help deliver them.

    “I didn’t have anything to do with the setup of that,” chuckled Fender, recounting his part in the moment.

  • Larry Thompson IV always waves when he sees Galax Police cars, and lately the 7-year-old had an even better idea of how to thank local “policemans” for their service.

    Last week, Larry came up with a plan and enlisted his aunt for a very important mission: Operation Taco Tuesday (on Saturday) — feeding police officers at the Galax Police Department.