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Today's Features

  • Patrons of the Galax Long John Silver’s know chicken is on the menu — but one fowl outside is dining off of it.

    Dumpling, as the chicken was named by restaurant employees, eats a diet supplemented by the restaurant staff, who give her corn and hushpuppies, according to manager Joey West, who laughs a little when describing the bird. The rest of the time, Dumpling can be found scratching grubs at the edge of the woods.

    The chicken showed up around the time heavy snow hit Galax last month and has stayed ever since, West said.

  • Movies

    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Aquaman (PG-13)

    • Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

    • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

    Creekside Cinema, (336) 783-0001, 605 Bluemont Road, Mount Airy, N.C.

    No listings available at press time

    Marquee Cinema, (276) 228-9875, 187 Dominion Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382

    No listings available at press time

    Music

  • Movies

    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (PG)

    • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

    • Creed II (PG-13)

    Creekside Cinema, (336) 783-0001, 605 Bluemont Road, Mount Airy, N.C.

    No listings available at press time

    Marquee Cinema, (276) 228-9875, 187 Dominion Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382

    No listings available at press time

    Music

  • FRIES — On Joe Vaughan’s last day as a bus driver, the staff of Fries School staff, Grayson County school system personnel and county board members celebrated his 55-year career.

    On Nov. 30, Vaughan was presented with a certificate and cake from Sandra Anders, director of transportation; an envelope from Susie Funk, assistant superintendent of instruction; and a walking stick to use during his retirement from Fries Principal John Alexander.

  • Fancy Gap Pre-K

    Cole:

    I would like the black dinosaur from Wal-Mart. I would also like a dragon. Can I pet your reindeer?

    Cora:

    What do you tell your reindeer to do? I want a yoyo and a stuffed animal mouse. Thank you Santa!

    Colton:

    Santa can I have a motorcycle with no training wheels and some Legos? Thank you so much. Your reindeer are cool!

    Sherlenny:

    I would like a bike and clothes for Christmas. How do your reindeer fly?

    Huntley:

  • INDEPENDENCE — Tourism continues to be a top priority in Grayson, and less than one month into her new position as tourism support specialist, Tracy Cornett is excited to promote what the county has to offer.

    Cornett officially began her new position on Nov. 19. She filled the seat previously occupied by Rhonda Sproviero, who announced in November that she would be taking a full-time position in the county’s building department.

  • Joe Lauer of Hillsville shared these photos of a giant snowman he and his friends built Monday after the weekend’s storm, which dropped nearly two feet of snow on the Twin Counties.

    The snowman across from Willie’s Drive-In on U.S. 221 in Hillsville is more than 18 feet tall.

    Lauer said the project took about three hours and they used a skid loader to stack the huge pieces.

  • Thanks to Hillsville resident Tracey Hodge, critters at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter are having a Merry Christmas.

    When Hodge took a stray mama cat and its kittens to the shelter, she missed it so much she ended up going back and adopting it. The mother, now known as Cricket, was old and Hodge was afraid it would end up not being taken by someone.

    However, she felt bad for all the cats and dogs in there who wouldn’t have a loving home to enjoy the holidays in. This month is seeing a high volume of animals at the shelter.

  • HILLSVILLE – The community has come together during this holiday season for the first-ever “Lawn of Hope,” a Relay for Life fundraiser with a touch of Christmas spirit.

    On Dec. 1, the blue house at 1815 North Main Street in downtown Hillsville added holiday décor to its lawn for a good cause. Twenty trees were set up on the grounds for members of the community to “adopt” and decorate, with all proceeds going to the America Cancer Society.

  • Neil Anderson is being remembered as an active member of the first responder community in the City of Galax and Grayson County, with more than three decades as a volunteer firefighter.

    Anderson, 62, of Galax, passed away on Dec. 3, after an illness.

    Some of his fellow firefighters took a moment this week to remember and honor him.