http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Joe Wilson was mountain music's champion http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/joe-wilson-was-mountain-musics-champion <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/joe_wilson_for_obit.jpg" alt="Joe Wilson on Mountain Music: “This area has more musicians per acre than any other place... [Musicians] keep the spirit and values of a place better than its historians. They are participants in a musical community, not spectators, and music is a part of their lives, not an industry controlled from some distant place. Most of these artists make no speeches, but they are the keepers of the true vine. Now, nearly 400 years old, [traditional Appalachian music] is still influencing America and is in a state of vigorous health... In seeking to explain the popular culture of this nation and how it came to dwarf European popular art, the deepest musical roots are found in fiddle and banjo music. Old Europe and Old Africa are combined in it. It may be the constant combining and recombining of black and white culture in American musical arts that keeps them so vigorous and vital.” " title="Joe Wilson on Mountain Music: “This area has more musicians per acre than any other place... [Musicians] keep the spirit and values of a place better than its historians. They are participants in a musical community, not spectators, and music is a part of their lives, not an industry controlled from some distant place. Most of these artists make no speeches, but they are the keepers of the true vine. Now, nearly 400 years old, [traditional Appalachian music] is still influencing America and is in a state of vigorous health... In seeking to explain the popular culture of this nation and how it came to dwarf European popular art, the deepest musical roots are found in fiddle and banjo music. Old Europe and Old Africa are combined in it. It may be the constant combining and recombining of black and white culture in American musical arts that keeps them so vigorous and vital.” " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Generally, legends are made by acts of great heroism: beating back an enemy, rescuing the helpless, bringing justice to the oppressed.</p> <p> Another component of heroism is simply in doing: committing acts and going forward.</p> <p> Curious, then, that Joe Wilson, who died on May 17 at 77 years of age, is a legend in folklore, traditional arts and roots music when he was barely known to pick up a guitar.</p> Vehicle reported stolen with child inside http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/vehicle-reported-stolen-child-inside <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/richard_mantz.jpg" alt="Richard Mantz" title="Richard Mantz" align="left" hspace="6" width="50" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; A Laurel Fork man and woman were arrested on various charges last week, after police received a complaint about a stolen vehicle with a child inside.</p> <p> According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, Deputy Eric Sain was dispatched to 958 Bear Creek Road on May 14 at 6 p.m., to speak with a caller about a stolen truck. When he arrived, the complainant said that a red 2006 Nissan Titan truck with a Florida license plate had been taken, and that it was occupied by her daughter, her daughter&rsquo;s boyfriend and a 3-year-old child.</p> Fries sets stage for theater renovation http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/fries-sets-stage-theater-renovation <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fries_theatre_proposal_1.jpg" alt="KIt Marshall shows Fries Town Council her plans for renovating the community center’s theater." title="KIt Marshall shows Fries Town Council her plans for renovating the community center’s theater." align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> FRIES &mdash; Fries Town Council has approved a plan to renovate the Fries Community Center Theater.</p> <p> Originally presented to council in April, a plan designed by Kit Marshall was reviewed and approved by council members on May 5.</p> <p> &ldquo;Last month, we asked [Marshall] to show her ideas around to get further input from the public. I can&rsquo;t say that I&rsquo;ve spoken to everybody, but everyone I have talked to has spoken favorably about the design,&rdquo; Mayor Richard Farmer said.</p> Carter home celebrating couple's 120th anniversary http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carter-home-celebrating-couples-120th-anniversary <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/george_mayetta.jpg" alt="The home of George and Mayetta Carter is now a landmark in the Town of Hillsville. On May 30, there will be a celebration of the 120th anniversary of their wedding." title="The home of George and Mayetta Carter is now a landmark in the Town of Hillsville. On May 30, there will be a celebration of the 120th anniversary of their wedding." align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; The Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Foundation will commemorate the 120th anniversary of George Lafayette Carter and Mayetta Wilkinson Carter&rsquo;s marriage with a wedding reception, dinner and program on May 30 at the Carter Home in Hillsville.</p> <p> Carter was born Jan. 10, 1857, in Carroll County, one of the nine children of Walter Crockett Carter and Lucy Ann Jennings. Of his siblings, he and three of his sisters were the only children to survive past the age of 20.</p> Police: Baywood house fire suspicious http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/police-baywood-house-fire-suspicious <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/11260715_10153368518328530_8499827557874495180_n.jpg" alt="The Grayson Sheriff’s Office and state police are looking into a fire at this mobile home." title="The Grayson Sheriff’s Office and state police are looking into a fire at this mobile home." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> BAYWOOD &mdash; Authorities are still sorting out events surrounding a suspicious May 10 fire that gutted a Baywood family&rsquo;s mobile home, but police have arrested a neighbor they say shot into the home the previous evening.</p> <p> Grayson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office personnel responded around noon to a 250 Cold Springs Lane structure fire that a sheriff&rsquo;s office news release termed &ldquo;suspicious in nature.&rdquo;</p> H.E.R.O. Day honors first responders http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/hero-day-honors-first-responders <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hvfd_honor_guard.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> Families mingled with local heroes last Saturday during the annual H.E.R.O. Day event in Hillsville.</p> <p> H.E.R.O. is an acronym for &ldquo;Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.&rdquo; Held at the Carroll County Recreation Park, the day-long event gave the community an opportunity to meet and talk with first responders, examine their equipment and view demonstrations of training exercises and procedures that are used in real emergencies.</p> Wilson remembered as firefighter, former Galax mayor http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/wilson-remembered-firefighter-former-galax-mayor <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2015-05-17_at_3.17.09_pm.png" alt="Glenn Wilson served on Galax City Council for 28 years, including terms as mayor and vice mayor." title="Glenn Wilson served on Galax City Council for 28 years, including terms as mayor and vice mayor." align="left" hspace="6" width="51" height="85" /><p> The late Glenn Graybill Wilson &mdash; city council member for nearly three decades, former Galax mayor, volunteer firefighter for more than half a century, ambulance driver, funeral director for more than 40 years and ice cream man &mdash; wore many hats in his lifetime.</p> <p> According to those who knew him, he wore every one of them while pursuing the continual betterment of Galax, but took plenty of time to laugh, too.</p> Adkins running for 20th District seat http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/adkins-running-20th-district-seat <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kim_adkins_for_senate_20_0.jpg" alt="Kim Adkins" title="Kim Adkins" align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> Former Martinsville mayor and Democratic hopeful Kim Adkins announced her intention to run for the 20th District seat in U.S. Senate on May 2 at the gazebo in downtown Galax.</p> <p> Adkins is challenging incumbent Republican Bill Stanley. The district includes Galax and part of Carroll County.</p>