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    TOWN OF INDEPENDENCE

  • You can go from a casual barbecue fan to a professional judge after taking a one-day course during the Smoke On The Mountain state cook-off in July.
    The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual state championship barbeque contest will feature the judging school on July 19. The contest runs July 20-21 in downtown Galax.

  • By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    FRIES — Joe Vaughan of Fries attended an awards assembly at Fries School last month and had a surprised look on his face when he was called to the stage to receive an award from principal Elizabeth Brown.
    Vaughan wasn’t expecting an award that day, and he probably didn’t think he would drive a school bus for Grayson County for nearly 60 years, starting in 1954.

  • On Friday and Saturday mornings, Galax Farmers’ Market vendors offer up fresh-baked bread, plants and flowers, herbs, locally harvested fruits and vegetables, canned and baked goods and handmade arts and crafts.
    The two-year $34,000 grant from the Agriculture Market Service funds a part-time Galax Farmers’ Market manager to help get the word out about the Galax venue to increase vendors and shoppers.

  • Area 52 members out of Max Meadows took a test flight at Twin County Airport during the Virginia Jets event on June 9.
    More than 20 pilots took advantage of the runway at the general aviation airport to launch their aircraft.
    Area 52, with some members hailing from the Twin Counties, sponsored the weekend of fun for radio control model enthusiasts who fly miniature versions of jets.

  • Love is set to pop up all over Virginia in many different and unexpected places as part of a new effort by the state tourism office to share the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.
    Galax is one of only 11 destinations across the state chosen by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) to create a giant LOVE artwork to bring more family travelers to Virginia.

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    Thousands of fans raced to Galax on Saturday to meet the stars and cars of the TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard” in Felts Park. The event sponsored by Greg’s Core Supply, a local business.

    Several actors from the 1979-1985 show attended the second annual “Hazzard Comes to Galax" event, including  John Schneider (Bo Duke), Ben Jones (Cooter), Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus), James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane) and Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strait).

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    Hundreds of children made a mad dash for candy-filled Easter eggs at the Galax Parks & Recreation Department's annual egg hunt on March 31. In addition to sweets, some eggs had paper slips that earned the finder a prize.

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