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  • Hillcrest Baptist Church in Galax is providing grocery relief through Angel Food Ministries to everyone bogged down by the rising costs of groceries and other bills during these tough economic times.

    People from all income levels gather at Hillcrest Baptist each month — some waiting an hour before the door opens to pick up their supply of food.

  • The City of Galax, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, will hold a “How to Apply” workshop for businesses located in the city's recently expanded enterprise zones on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Crossroads Institute.

  • Dear Santa,

    I want a pencil holder and a Hana Montana Guitar I have been a good girl I have 2 Brothers Ethan and Danyon they are good too we want a real puppy.

    Love,

    Mychaela Paschall

    age 7

    Dear Santa,

    I want a Hana Montana Guitar a real puppy I have been good I have 2 Brothers + 2 sisters they are good to

    Stephinie Lawon

    age 6

    Ms. Martin’s Fourth Graders

    Fairview Elementary

    Dear Santa,

  • LAUREL FORK — The Laurel Fork community library may be the first that measured its books in pounds.

    That's because an early summer move drove home the weightiness of its collection. Organizer Annetta Stanley estimated the books would tip the scales at more than 5,000 pounds.

    That's about 3,000 books total.

    A Laurel Fork native who lived in North Carolina until her return to the area about nine years ago, Stanley actually Freecycled her way into creating a community library.

  • Conservationists cringed two years ago when the state considered building a prison along the New River in the Cox’s Chapel community of Grayson County.

    Now they can celebrate the fact that the riverfront property has been protected from future development.

  • Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is accepting reservations through Friday for area artisans wishing to participate in instructor orientation.

    All area musicians, artists and crafts people are invited to participate on Jan. 22 from 5-9 p.m. at Crossroads Institute on East Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • The three lead dancers in the upcoming fairy tale production “The Nutcracker” may all still be in high school, but their talent as experienced dancers would make the audience think otherwise.

    Performances of “The Nutcracker” by the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Galax High School.

    To Taylor Edwards, Tino Sauter and Beth Galyean, “The Nutcracker” is more than just a dance recital. It is part of their way of life.

  • As Charles and Ruth Frangos walk through their home, Charles reaches over to turn on the light switch embraced by a squirrel cover and points out a squirrelly museum of figurines.

    In a collection worth thousands of dollars, taxidermy squirrels deck the walls, crystal figurines stack the shelves of a curio cabinet, squirrel pictures adorn the walls of the kitchen and more than 300 stuffed, ceramic, porcelain and plastic squirrels cram the two six-foot bookshelves in the living room.

  • The Rooftop of Virginia Craft Shop in downtown Galax was stuffed wall to wall on Monday with handmade items like quilts, baby clothes, toys and dolls, crocheted items, Christmas ornaments, homemade soaps, hand-carved decoys, furniture, pottery, jams, pickles, CDs and books — illustrating the diverse talents of local artisans.

    With a little bit of everything to offer, the only thing missing was shoppers.

  • INDEPENDENCE — North Carolina has one, as do most states in America — but not Virginia.

    A Grayson County woman hopes to change that with her composition.

    For nearly 60 years, Virginia's state song was “Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny.”

    Today, the song's title of official state song has been taken away and a contest to find a new song has been suspended.

  • Instructor Linda Donnell teaches “Shakespeare for Children” at the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre in downtown Galax. For an hour each week for a month, children ages 8 to 12 learn the many aspects of Shakespearean theatre. In the interactive class, they learned dances of the Elizabethan Era, about sonnets, received voice training and played theatre games.

    A dancer and actor, Donnell has trained in Shakespeare, acting, voice, movement and mime under British Professor Emeritus James Dodding, along with her many other achievements and education.

  • COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Soon after clogging team Rhythm 'N' Motion stepped down off the Grand Ole Opry stage Oct. 10, they earned an encore appearance by winning the America's Clogging Hall of Fame nationals against about 400 other competitors.

    The repeat champion team features four dancers who first practiced on stages in the Twin Counties — Melissa Pack, Christina Nobili, Dereck Galyean and Kody Hash.

  • HILLSVILLE — As an educator of at-risk students, Lisa Hurst believes she has to be a "risk taker" to get them involved in the learning process.

    Her successes in the Regional Alternative Education Center classroom have led to her being named Carroll County's Teacher of the Year.

    Members of the school board presented the award last Tuesday at their regular November meeting.

    Hurst, who earned a bachelor of arts in English from High Point University in 1986, plans to complete her master's degree work in English education by next May.

  • Firefighters, ranging from fresh recruits to seasoned veterans gathered outside Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home on Nov. 11 in their crisp blue dress uniforms and white gloves.

    They spoke quietly and huddled tightly amid dozens of fire engines lining the street.

    Each badge bore a black ribbon in remembrance of their lost brother.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department came together to pay tribute to one of its oldest and most influential members, Joe Crockett.

  • Joe Crockett, a longtime firefighter and station manager of Galax's WBOB-AM, died on Nov. 8 at the age of 88.

    Joseph Pierce Crockett is remembered as the driving force behind the modern Galax Volunteer Fire Department, to which he dedicated nearly 60 years of his life — 32 of those as chief.

    He was a civic-minded man with a passion for the fire department and the annual “Galax Community Christmas Party” charity event.

    Crockett was in the radio business in Galax for 38 years, during which he served as station manager of WBOB — now WWWJ-AM.

  • FRIES — The Fries Recreation Center has hired its first full-time director in years — but didn’t have to search long to find the man for the job.

    Randy Shinault was recently named the full-time director. Longing to obtain the position one occupied by his mentor, long-time director Sap Jones, Shinault dreamed of the day he might take over the reins.

    At 12-years-old, Shinault began working at the rec center as a pin setter. Since then, he has done everything, from cleaning, mowing grass, umpiring and coaching.

  • Decades have passed since the telegram arrived at the Roberts' home in Woodlawn announcing the death of PFC John Roberts while fighting in Italy.

    His sister, Grace Cole, had the front page of her World War II scrapbook reserved for news about her brother's service.

    The scrapbook remained stored underneath a table in her living room, where the rest of her albums are kept.

    The pages have yellowed over time, the glue has dried out and some of the clippings have come unstuck.

  • Princess Davis, a third-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School has been named the Galax Wal-Mart store's teacher of the year for 2008, after she was chosen from nominees in the Twin County area.

    Wal-Mart officials presented the award to Davis during a surprise ceremony amongst family, friends, faculty, staff and students of Fairview Elementary. Her daughter and granddaughter even flew in from Atlanta for the event.

    A graduate and dedicated fan of Virginia Tech, Davis has taught third grade a Fairview for 36 years, inspiring more than 700 students.

  • WOODLAWN — A Woodlawn couple set on "helping every dog they can" has unleashed fundraising activities now that the IRS has granted non-profit status to Critters Animal Rescue and Adoption.

    Pam and Doug Scarberry have been organizing their animal rescue for about two years, and had been waiting an agonizingly long time for the federal paperwork to come through.

    They thought about quitting, but then they thought about why an animal rescue is needed.

  • In the Galax Theatre Guild and New River Players' production of the romantic, light-hearted comedy, “I Take This Man,” a woman tricks an amnesiac into thinking he's her loving husband, leading to a hilarious series of events.

    The guild will present the play on Nov. 15 and 22 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Rex Theater in downtown Galax.