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  • By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford prepared a selection of fine foods from every corner of America for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s 24 holiday dinners and receptions this year, and cheese from Meadow Creek Dairy of Galax will be featured on the menu.

  • Santa isn’t scary if you’re sleepy, as this little tot found out at the annual Galax Elks Lodge Christmas party, where Toys for Tots helped deliver presents to children.

    Toys, hot dogs, anti-drug comics, coloring books, fruit and candy stockings were given to an estimated 385 children.

    Twin County Toys for Tots assisted Santa and the Elks with delivering presents to children at the party.

  • Volunteers in Galax and Hillsville packed boxes of food and other essentials on Dec. 20, for the Galax Ys Men’s annual Community Christmas Chest and the Carroll Christmas Fund.
    Carroll Christmas Fund volunteers first organize the donations into categories and then fill the 630 boxes that went to deserving families to ensure that they enjoyed a happy holiday season.

  • "I believe that we all have God-given instincts. We just have to stay calm and listen to them," said Angela Crowder, who had to deliver her daughter's baby when she went into premature labor Dec. 3.

  • The coordinators of the local Toys For Tots campaign are working to raise money and collect toys to serve 1,038 needy children in Galax, Carroll and Grayson this year.
    Bob Hines and Kendy Sawyer said they anticipated serving 500 children, but the need was greater than expected.
    On Wednesday, they bought a carload of toys at Roses department store in Galax, enough for 174 children from ages 0-3.

  • AUSTINVILLE — Virginia Department of Forestry workers harvested the Virginia Capitol’s Christmas tree off Coulson Church Road on Monday, which means it will be the second time this Colorado blue spruce will take a holiday turn.
    The tree’s donors let the foresters know this tree helped a family celebrate the holiday in a past Christmas.

  • Friday

    The Galax Christmas Parade is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. The route is from North Main Street to Felts Park.
    Prior to the parade, the city Christmas tree will be lit at 6:30 p.m. at Police Plaza on North Main.
    Any groups or individuals wishing to participate in the parade need to complete an application, available from A Place in Time Antiques or the Galax Downtown Association office. For more information, call 236-0668.
    There will be a $10 fee for business entries, and all entries will be judged.

  • The Galax Downtown Association will begin its holiday activities with a “Downtown Open House” this Friday-Saturday.
    Downtown stores will have special sales and displays, and volunteers will offer gift-wrapping in the lobby of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts both days, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    A donation of cash, peanut butter or juice boxes for Backpack Buddies is requested, in exchange for gift-wrapping.
    Wrapping is offered for any downtown purchases and for Angel Tree gifts. Bring the Angel Tree tag with your gifts.

  • HILLSVILLE  — A large network of Carroll County volunteers has already mobilized to help deserving families have a merry Christmas, according to organizers.
    As soon as the calendar turned to November, Dennis Ward sent out a letter to Carroll Christmas Fund volunteers, asking them to do their thing again this year.
    The letter stood in for an organizational meeting. Ward noted it’s difficult to get people together for a meeting this time of year.

  • Unveiling of first phase of Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial is an emotional and long-awaited time.

  • WOODLAWN — Voting can work up an appetite for the many people who come to the precinct at Woodlawn School, members of the United Methodist Church just across the road have long understood.
    For around 15 years, serving a spaghetti lunch at the Woodlawn church has been an Election Day tradition for food, fellowship and fundraising.

  • A medical issue tipped the Lopez household budget into negative territory, but the Galax family can get back on track with a little help on two utility bills.
    Ceasar Lopez said his wife Miriam recently had complications from her benign-but-growing brain tumor.
    Though Miriam had a large tumor removed in 1985, the problem reoccurred in 2007, Ceasar said. Doctors have been watching it and noted the tumor has grown by one millimeter since last check.
    Lopez spread two fingers about two inches apart to show big the tumor is now.

  • Cliffside estate and property set for auction Nov. 8-9, including the mansion, cottages, furniture and other items.

  • UPDATED: Due to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy passing through on Wednesday and expected temperatures in the 30s, several Halloween activities — including those in Independence and Galax — have changed venues:

    Oct. 30: Grayson Children's Center

  • FRIES — Local artist Chad Tate and his crew of maniacs have created a truly terrifying haunted house at the Fries Recreation Center this year.
    The Scream Asylum opened Oct. 19, with a massive “Pumpkin King” greeting visitors outside the rec center, complete with a light-up head Tate carved out of a foam block. The wood and chicken wire monstrosity also billows smoke from its head.

  • Billy Mitchell of Galax devoted much of his life to helping the Lions Club, until his health forced him to stop. Last week, the club honored his service.

  • When Galax High School alumnus Harold Eugene Leonard passed away last year, he left a list of generous bequests to several organizations, including the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education.

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

  • HILLSVILLE — Of the dozen or so dogs and one cat in attendance at the Blessing of the Animals Saturday, Stephanie Burnette thought her companion might be the poster child.
    Maddie had been diagnosed with cancer in June, and Burnette learned that the dog might have days or weeks to live.
    Despite that, Maddie continues to hang on and to receive treatment for her malady.
    “She plays,” Burnette said. “She enjoys life. To me, it’s been a miracle, an absolute miracle.”

  • The members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department take their motto to heart.
    “Pride in Our Past, Dedicated to the Future” is emblazoned on signs and trucks, but it’s more than words.
    As for the pride in the past, firefighters speak reverently of those who came before, building the organization from a bucket brigade to a fire company in 1912, after much of the city’s wood buildings were destroyed by fire.

  • The 61st Annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Sale on Saturday will feature home-baked pies and cakes, home-canned goods, fresh-cooked foods, handmade crafts and bushels of fall produce for sale at Felts Park in Galax.
    The event supports local churches, and is sponsored each year by the Carroll-Grayson United Workers for Christ Association.
    The day begins with a worship service at 9:30 a.m., followed by the sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.