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  • The Great Race, America’s premiere national old car rally, is coming to Galax on June 12, and is expected to bring up to 100 antique automobiles to the Old Cranks car museum downtown for a lunch stop.

    The event starts in Chattanooga, Tenn., and finishes in Bennington, Vt. It is free to the public and will be just part of the day’s activities.
    Additional details will follow in the coming months and could include a local car show. The City of Galax Visitor’s Center and Tom Littrell at Old Cranks are helping with the plans.

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  • HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials hope that a state grant will put the county on the path to creating the George Lafayette Cater Educational Park and Recreational Trail.
    The Carroll Board of Supervisors at their Jan. 13 meeting approved a resolution supporting a grant application for the park and trail.

  • Hospital staff teared up and cheered as their co-workers strutted into the room with their new looks, beaming smiles and improved bodies on Friday during the Twin County Regional Hospital's own version of the “Biggest Loser” makeover.
    “The 'Biggest Loser' competition has made an immeasurable impact on my life,” said David Payne, director of radiology, who lost 28 pounds in the challenge. “It has helped me transform my life into a healthier, happier lifestyle. I feel better than I can ever remember.”

  • Over a half century ago, people in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina celebrated Christmas with house parties that included old-time string music, song and dance over a period of two weeks during the holiday season.

    “Breakin’ Up Christmas” is both a name for the 12 days of partying, dancing and music-making after the holiday, and a song sung during that period.

  • A Grayson County infant is being treated for third-degree burns, and his family is looking for help paying bills and covering expenses as they stay by his side at a hospital in Ohio.
    Jayden McCraw, eight months old, has burns that cover his body from his chest to his knees, according to his aunt, Elena Smith of Galax.

  • The latest additions to the Virginia Landmarks Register, announced last week, include more than 4,000 acres of northeastern Grayson County.
    The Spring Valley Rural Historic District recognizes the community as a center of farming and commercial agriculture in Southwest Virginia.

    The district also will be considered for the National Register of Historic Places.
    The application for historic landmark status was prepared by Hill Studio in Roanoke, on behalf of Spring Valley property owner Donald Philen, who privately sponsored this project.

  • Marjorie Austin Crockett is having to force herself to get into the spirit of Christmas, one year after a Tennessee man armed with a fake bomb and four handguns disrupted her workplace during the holidays in 2009.

    Crockett and two others were held for nine hours by the man during an armed standoff with police.
    Today, Crockett — recently married, living in Max Meadows and still working as a letter carrier in Galax — says she has a new outlook on life, even as she copes with the trauma of what she went through last year.

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  • Fairview Elementary School

    First Grade

     

    Dear Santa Claus,

    I am Stephanie. I am brown and black. How are you today? I would like fingernails. I will like a book like Mrs. Jones. I want a magic book. I want a fushigi.

    Love,

    Stephanie Acuna

     

    Dear Santa,

    We are at school. How is Mrs. Clause doing? Is she cooking the cookies yet? Have I been good today? I want a cell phone, computer, fushigi, a t.v., a horse, and fingernails, and the book “Love, Santa”.

  • LAMBSBURG — When children in Lambsburg needed a ninth player to have a softball game, educator Frank Hawks would take the field, acquaintances remembered.

    Sometimes, when students had to play inside during inclement weather, Hawks would put mats out in the cafeteria at Mount Bethel school, remove his shoes and do tumbling with the students. Speaker Joey Haynes remembered that being his and others' introduction to gymnastics.

  •  A group is seeking to form a Galax historical society to help explore and find local history and research genealogy. 

    Barbara Trammell, Galax Public Library Director Melanie Hemingway and local historian John Nunn are hoping to pull a group together for an exploratory meeting at the Galax library on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. to see if enough are interested to begin historical and genealogy clubs, specific to the history of Galax. 

    Anyone interested in local history or genealogy can attend. 

  •  She was so nervous and her heart was pounding so fast, Deana Richardson of Galax can't remember half of what happened as she ran from the audience to contestant row when she was asked to "Come on down" on "The Price is Right" on Oct. 4. 

    But, she will get to see her reaction when the episode airs at 11 a.m. on CBS on Monday.

  •  The Blue Ridge Parkway has sustained in Carroll County a "globally rare" flower, because "America's Favorite Drive" also preserves the plant's habitat.

    Field botanist Nancy Van Alstine of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation found the Cuthbert turtlehead on a rare plant survey in early September along a streamhead near the parkway.

  •  FRIES — A sizable portion of northeastern Grayson County has been recommended for addition to the state register of landmarks.

    The 4,220-acre Spring Valley community was settled in the 1760s, long before Grayson County was formed in 1792. William Bourne and his wife, Rosamond Jones Bourne, were among the first to settle in the area.

  • Carroll County's  JROTC and the Blue Ridge Mountain Council (BRMC) Boy Scouts recently hosted the second annual “Raider on the New” competition.

    Other competing schools were William Byrd, Monticello, Harrisonburg, Fishburne Military Academy and Gretna. 

  •  NEW YORK — Looking for an elderly resident trapped in the Jan. 9 fire at Briarleigh Court, Virginia State Police Trooper Matt Cochran felt his uniform starting to melt, he told Parade magazine.

  •  As Chris and Maddy Ecker set out looking for a home they could retire to, they wanted something unique.

    It was this idea that led the couple to have a monolithic dome — a large, igloo-shaped house — constructed in Galax. 

    Their new home, which they moved into two weeks ago, will be open for a tour Saturday as part of the 10th annual Fall Dome Home Tour happening all across the United States.