• Crime-Fighting Family

     In the Burnett household, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are filled with war stories, about catching the bad guy and saving lives. 

    With five Burnetts — three generations — serving in law enforcement, it seems to be something in the Burnett gene pool that has the family craving law enforcement. 

  • Camp Dickenson celebrates 40 years

     For most children, attending Camp Dickenson is their first experience away from home and family. 

    While some kids are reluctant to stay overnight, by the end of the week, they've had so much fun they don't want to leave. 

    "They say things like, 'Mom, can I please stay?,'" said Michael Snow, director of Camp Dickenson, a Christian retreat in Fries. 

  • Be thankful: holiday meal cost holds steady

     Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for less than $4.35 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

    The survey of the price of basic items found on Americans’ Thanksgiving tables places the average cost of a traditional meal for 10 adults this year at $43.39.

    The menu includes turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

  • Toy shop stocking shelves

    The shelves are stocked with oodles of stuffed animals and a few baby dolls and other items in between but, with some bare spots still left, there's only enough toys at Rooftop of Virginia's toy shop to make it through the first week when it opens Nov. 29. 

    Rooftop of Virginia's annual toy shop, which relies on donated toys, provides a chance for low-income families to purchase new and gently-used toys at a discounted rate. Rooftop of Virginia then uses the proceeds to buy more toys. 

  • Halloween Happenings




    There's a candy crisis — sweet treats are needed for the Galax Downtown Association's 6th Annual Halloween Monster Bash, to be held downtown on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

    Each year, the Halloween Monster Bash treats 3,000 to 4,000 children to a night of trick-or-treating and spooky activities. 

  • Yard sale find a piece of local family's history

     ELK CREEK — Being a postmaster in a small community like Elk Creek gave Tom Buchanan the opportunity to get to meet a lot of people.

    Buchanan served as postmaster of the Elk Creek Post Office for several years and later retired as the postmaster at the Independence Post Office.

    If you’ve every talked to Buchanan, it’s obvious that he’s never met a stranger.

    He enjoys attending yard sales and has his own sales space at a flea market in Galax.

  • Oct. 2-3 is rain date for Old Timey Days

    HILLSVILLE — The rain date of Oct. 2-3 will be in effect for Shockley's Old Timey Day, starting at 10 a.m.

    After a rainy Sunday that cancelled all events, organizer Mark Shockley rescheduled the activities for this weekend.

    The farm located off Worrell Estate Road near Virginia 100 serves as a showcase for the old methods, mostly in agriculture, but also with industry, crafts, food and more.

  • Carroll County Fair 2010

    The 6th Annual Carroll County Fair begins Wednesday at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market, at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Interstate 77. Gate admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 7-12 and free for children ages 6 and younger.
    For more information, visit: www.carrollcountyvafair.org

    Each Day
    • Petting Zoo
    • Adult and Youth Exhibits
    • Melco Amusements

    Gates and rides open at 5 p.m.

  • Joy Fest to feature balloons, Lookadoo

    HILLSVILLE — Things are looking up for Joy Ranch as the children's home approaches its 50th anniversary, says development coordinator Brent Carrick.
    Organizers have lots to celebrate at Joy Fest on Aug. 28, as the facility gets ready to kick off a commemoration of a half-century of operation.

  • Garden growing families

    HILLSVILLE — Despite the withering summer heat, participation in the community garden in Hillsville continues to blossom.
    In the second year for the Gardens Growing Families effort at Childs' Farms off Cross Creek Road, some people arrive around the crack of dawn, before direct sunlight heats up the 2.5 acres of produce.