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  • HILLSVILLE — Bill “Doc” Copeland was chosen as July’s Citizen of the Month by Laurel Fork Council Member Greg Yonce at Hillsville Town Council’s July 14 meeting.

    “I find it very fitting that Bill Copeland receive the Citizen of the Month for July, as this is the month that Bill is retiring,” said Yonce as he presented the award to Copeland that evening.

    The Danville, along with his wife and three daughters, moved 90 miles west over the mountains to Hillsville.

  • Mike Dees is exactly the person you’d want to show you how to perform a difficult exercise move or figure out a complicated craft step: vigorous and competent, but also friendly and patient.

    In repose, he has a glow of health and the appearance of stored energy waiting to be used with steady economy: he’s at rest, but not because he needs to be.

  • Sophie Haga, 12, of Galax represented Virginia as the statewide winner of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which invited children to develop tasty, affordable and healthy lunches.

    Sophie, who will be starting seventh grade this fall at Galax Middle School, submitted a healthy lunch recipe for Chia Chicken Pitas that won her a seat representing the Commonwealth at the First Lady’s annual Kids’ State Dinner.

  • The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce held the 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Championship on July 18-19, which also serves as Virginia’s official barbecue contest.

    The Galax competition is a qualifying event for three national contests — Memphis In May, Kansas City Barbecue Society and the World Food Championship.

    Here are this year’s winners:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY

  • Watch a slideshow of photos from July 4, 2014, parades in Hillsville, Independence, Galax and Fries. By Patrick Smith, Shaina Stockton and Shannon Watkins.

    http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/2014-independence-day-parades

  • INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence wants to focus on recognizing and thanking veterans for their military service during its annual Fourth of July celebration, which the town will host Friday.

    To commemorate Independence Day, the town will offer a parade, themed “Thank You for Our Freedom,” followed by family activities, food and free concerts in the Independence Town Park until a fireworks finale commences at 10 p.m.

  • “The Crooked Road Racers” sounds like a forgotten team from 1971’s “Cannonball Run,” but it isn’t. Led by Galax dentist Dr. Tom Littrell in a 1928 Model-A Ford Roadster highboy, they’re competing in the Great Race, a controlled-speed endurance road rally by vintage, antique and collector cars.

  • HILLSVILLE –– Everyone deserves a second chance. For Albert Fulp, it only took something in the neighborhood of 70 years.

    Fulp, an 86-year-old R.J. Reynolds retiree from Winston-Salem, N.C., and Kathy Delp, a 56-year-old close friend from Galax, were among the 150 or so who were provided another opportunity to attend the formal dance that circumstance may have prevented them from enjoying as teenagers, as Galax-Carroll County Relay for Life held its inaugural Second Chance Prom recently at Carroll County High School.

  • The Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival will be held this year from June 23-28 at Felts Park, with rides provided by Michael’s on the Midway.

    Gates open at 5 p.m., followed by the bingo and the carnival at 6 p.m. Bingo will have a 50 percent payout for each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on Saturday night for qualifying players.

    Fireworks will be held on June 28 at 11 p.m. and again on July 4 at 10 p.m.

    The Great American Duck Race will also be held on July 4 at 10 a.m. in Chestnut Creek. Tickets are $5.

  • “Memories on Main” car show in downtown Galax proved quite a draw for vintage, antique and custom car enthusiasts this year. Along with the cars, entertainment was provided by local group Loose Strings, along with food, book and license plate vendors.

    On hand to greet showgoers was Michigan’s Scott “Scooter” Strenzel, a car magazine journalist and author of the “Scooter’s Garage” column, who was there to give out a special award and write articles about the event and various articles on display.

  • Smoke on the Mountain, Galax’s annual barbecue contest, has drawn fierce but friendly competitors for a decade. This year, the stakes have been raised.
    “We just received an email from the Memphis Barbecue Network in the last month,” said Smoke on the Mountain Site Director Ron Passmore.

  • INDEPENDENCE — A graduating class of 136 students received diplomas on May 31 at Grayson County High School — and some have completed two years of community college already.

  • Irvin Jennings, a resident at Golden Living Center—Blue Ridge, received a surprise gift this year.

  • HILLSVILLE — The 1944 Allied landing at Anzio, Italy, was only supposed to last for a few weeks, but instead troops were stranded on the beach for four months, as wave after wave of enemy soldiers stormed the beachhead in opposition.
    Seventy years later, veterans of that battle are still gathering. This year, they met in Hillsville — possibly for the last time.

  • Flipping through pages and clicking through websites, William Edward “Ed” Weaver of Galax suddenly stopped, his eyes coming to rest on an image of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress named “Abroad with Eleven Yanks,” one of more than 500 bomber planes that flew over Osaka, Japan, on June 1, 1945 during World War II.

  • Kenneth Young Tomlinson, who rose from a childhood in Galax to become editor of Reader’s Digest and director of the Voice of America, died May 1 in Winchester. He was 69.
    His career at Reader’s Digest spanned 28 years and he became its editor in 1989.

  • Do age and cunning really beat youth and exuberance?
    Or does it work the other way around?
    Linda Mock, Galax’s Safe Routes to School coordinator, doesn’t really care; she’s just happy people showed up to try.

  • HILLSVILLE — Uniformed officers lined up inside the Grover King VFW Post 1115 on the morning of May 15, as the smell of crisp bacon, country ham, sausage, biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs and donuts wafted from the kitchen.