• The Mega Millions jackpot rolled over to $145 million in last night’s (Tuesday) drawing after there was no big winner in last Friday night’s drawing.
    Mega Millions numbers drawn were: 11-20-26-46-53 and the Mega Ball was 12.
    Six players, none from Virginia or North Carolina, won second place prizes of $250,000 apiece.
    Another 41 players won third place prizes of $10,000 apiece.
    Also, 539,157 players picked the money ball to win $2 each.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although taking advice isn’t always easy for the headstrong Sheep, you might want to consider what someone you respect says about an upcoming decision.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new offer is tempting, but don’t be bullied into a quick decision. Rely on your keen Bovine business sense to alert you to anything that might be questionable.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might feel that you have all the answers right now. But it might be wise to listen to other ideas before you decide to close the lid on other possibilities.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Bovines give and expect loyalty, so it might not be easy to reconcile with someone you feel let you down. Why not ask a neutral party to set up a clear-the-air meeting?

  • Despite the heavy snowfall, the Independence Christmas parade was held last Saturday afternoon along Main Street. Few people actually stood outside to watch the parade but several stayed inside their cars. Santa Claus made an appearance, along with six miniature ponies. Independence Town Officer Ron Houk found a special hat to wear while he directed traffic.

  • The 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway was observed last Friday at Cumberland Knob in Alleghany County.
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue participated in the ceremonies.
    Several stories have appeared in local newspapers and on television interviewing people and their families who helped build the parkway, with construction beginning in 1935 near Cumberland Knob, a popular picnic area for many years of area residents.

  • 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 ever 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.

  • Flat Ridge Community Center is conducting a raffle from now through July 3, 2010. Drawing will be held at 9 pm during their annual Fourth of July celebration. First prize is a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse, blue in color, manual transmission, fully serviced and detailed and in excellent condition. Second prize is $100 gas.

    Ticket prices are $3 each, 5 tickets for $10, 15 tickets for $20, 40 tickets for $50, or 100 tickets for $100—you do not have to be present to win.

  • Registration begins June 14th

    You can register at anytime

    throughout the program-

    Just keep track of your summer reading

    starting from June 14


    ***Tuesday, June 15th

    Whitetop Public Library 2:00 –4:00 pm

    Wednesday, June 16th

    Fries Public Library 2:00 – 4:00 pm

    ***Thursday, June 17th

    Grayson County Public Library 2:00 – 4:00

    “T-Shirt Screen Printing”

  • After attending budget meetings this year, Grayson County teacher Janet Mullins woke up in the middle of the night with an idea.

    As you’d expect from a math teacher, it was a number.

    “I have to raise $1 million,” Mullins realized.

    Her goal is to help county students and she says it’s time for the community to get behind the school system.

  • ELK CREEK — The Elk Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Old Fiddlers Convention last weekend in Elk Creek.

    Winners are listed first through fifth place.

    Friday night

    DULCIMER: Phyllis Gaskins, Port Republic, Va.; Gailanne Amundsen, Roger Amundsen, both of Longwood, Fla., Dick Lamb, Keezletown, Va.; Dustin Sechrest, Elk Creek.

    AUTOHARP: Jo Ann Redd, Galax; Glenna Anderson, Christiansburg; Curtis Bond, Fries; Edward Anderson, Christiansburg; Virgil Adams, Tega Cay, S.C.

  • An evening of fine food and entertainment at the Davis-Bourne Inn boasts all the romance and intrigue of the Twilight Saga, as organizers mysteriously prepare for “A Twilight Evening” 6 p.m. June 10.

    “Without giving too much away, the evening will include scenes and props, quotes and music, foods and the feel of the Twilight series,” says innkeeper Taphne Taylor.

  • GALAX — The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre in Galax will present excerpts from two exciting ballets 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at the Galax High School Auditorium.

  • Grayson County Public Schools will name its Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010 on May 4. The event will allow the community to recognize outstanding teachers and focus public attention on excellence in teaching. This program is open to all Grayson County teachers including school librarians, technology teachers, guidance counselors, reading coaches, and all itinerant teachers.

  • A shape note singing workshop will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the Grayson National Bank Conference Center.

    Suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Grayson County Emergency Needs Fund.

    Bring a covered dish to share.

  • Those who aren’t familiar with autism don’t have to look too far to find information about the condition or its effects on a child, family and community.

    April is Autism Awareness Month, and the parents of Parker Carico of Independence are committed to their child, his continued progress and educating the public.

    Parker was diagnosed with autism at age 3.

    “We immediately jumped in and started reading and gaining knowledge to be able to assist him,” says Parker’s mother, Candi Carico.

  • The Bland Music Contest was held March 14 at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

    Independence Lions President Charlotte Bolt welcomed contestants, families and friends.

    Glennis Morris gave the invocation and Mary Coulson served as master of ceremonies for the contest. Both are members of the Galax Lions Club.

    Awards were presented to the top three instrumentalists, including first place to Brooke Nelson, piano; second place to Madelyne Pemberton, piano, and third place went to Daniel Taylor, trumpet. There were no contestants in vocal.

  • Just as farmers, in centuries past, faced unending challenges while trying to eek out a living, Grayson Natural Foods, LLC, a local natural beef producer, faces its own set of unique obstacles.

  • GALAX — While most children are eating bowls of cereal in front of the television watching Saturday morning cartoons, students of The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre are busily rehearsing for their upcoming ballet, The Nutcracker.

    Composer Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” blares from a stereo system, overpowering the excited voices of more than 40 children, dressed in leotards and tights and pale, pink ballet shoes.

    “Circle, circle,” instructs Conservatory owner and Artistic Director Barbara Johnson.

  • Like trimming a Christmas tree, The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre’s annual ballet, The Nutcracker, is a much-anticipated holiday tradition and celebration for many local families – and the fifth annual production may just be the equivalent of placing the glowing angel atop a 12-foot Fraser fir.

  • While nearly 100 area children and adults continue to rehearse their roles for The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre’s annual ballet “The Nutcracker,” dozens of volunteers are behind the scenes with hammers and nails, needles and thread, piecing together the mood and magic of the century-old Christmas tale.

    Like the ballet’s choreography and dancing, designing and creating props, costumes and appropriate lighting is artistry in itself, says Conservatory owner and artistic director Barbara Johnson.