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  • After 22 years, Big Country Bluegrass is still going strong, topping national charts with its new CD “Open for Business” and singles “High Alleghenies” and “All that’s left for you to do is leave.”

    Big Country Bluegrass delivers its own hard-driving style of bluegrass that makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform, from festivals and concerts across this country to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. With two decades of experience under their belts, the band offers the very best of traditional bluegrass music.

  • The two candidates for Virginia governor visited the area last Saturday and attended the Poor Man’s Supper in the picnic area at Felts Park in Galax. Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds made comments and visited with locals prior to eating a supper of barbecue and all the trimmings prepared by the Galax Smokehouse restaurant.

  • The Town of Independence named parade winners before its annual Fourth of July parade Saturday. The parade lasted more than an hour. Thousands attended the event.

    Judges named winners in six categories.

    First and second place winners include:

    • Floats – first, VFW Post 7726 and second, Mountain View Baptist Church

    • Antique Tractors – first, Craylin Shuler and second, Jerry Moss

    • Equestrian – first, Heather Cox and second Steven and Mickey Reese

  • They are as different as, say, the next five or six people you’d meet on the street. And yet they have joined forces — and stayed joined for seven years — to promote a common goal.

    That goal is to support and encourage each other in their creative work, and to share the labor and rewards of marketing it.

    They are songwriters and potters, calligraphers and artists; they produce cut-paper art and unique lampshades, turned wooden bowls, and woolen rugs and mats.

  • Get all the information you need about area July 4 events in The Declaration's "July 4th Celebrations," a special section included in this week's edition of The Declaration, on newsstands now.

  • GALAX — After a short sabbatical from local airwaves,“Aunt Eloise” will join the staff of Blue Ridge Country WBRF 98.1 FM.

    Fans have been anxiously waiting to see where this very popular radio morning show co-host would turn up.

  • A 2.5-mile stretch of the New River once proposed as the site for a new state prison is protected with a conservation easement – thanks to its 92-year-old landowner, reported the New River Land Trust.

    Mastin Fayne “Buster” Osborne and his family have owned a farm along a bluff overlooking the New River for generations. Then two years ago, a private company recommended the state build its new state prison on land surrounded by Osborne’s farm along a horseshoe bend of the river.

  • After 22 years, Big Country Bluegrass is still going strong, topping national charts with its new CD “Open for Business” and single “High Alleghenies.”

    Big Country Bluegrass delivers its own hard-driving style of bluegrass that makes them crowd favorites wherever they perform, from festivals and concerts across this country to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. With two decades of experience under their belts, the band offers the very best of traditional bluegrass music.

  • Once upon a time...

    Wait.

    Pirate stories don’t begin like fairy tales or end with happily ever afters... or do they?

    The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre will present its two-act extravaganza “Pirates of Tortuga” on May 16 and 17 at Galax High School.

    The production features more than 100 area residents in this original story set to passionate music.

    Appropriate for children and adults, the production has all the romance and action of a true pirate tale.

  • Friends of UpTown will host its first annual spring bash to benefit UpTown Independence on Friday, May 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davis-Bourne Inn. The event will offer networking opportunities, music by Joyce Rouse -- “Earth Mama” -- and light refreshments.

  • Celebrate the arrival of Spring after a long winter in the traditional way — with a Rendez-vous.

    The annual Mountain Music Rendez-Vous will be held 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 4 at Grayson County High School in Independence.

    This event features a friendly mountain music competition (old-time music categories for adults and youth), demonstration and sales of traditional crafts and plenty of food with a french-canadian, cajun and mountain flare. The event benefits the GCHS French Club.

    Contestants register on-site.

  • "Please leave a trained guinea pig on my bed in a cage.  How is your wife?" — from Christmas Greetings & Letters to Santa, The Declaration, Dec. 24

    Christmas Greetings & Letters to Santa is on sale now in The Declaration's Dec. 24 print edition.

    Look for a sales rack near you or call (276) 773-2222 to reserve your copy.