Thumbs Up…

To 5-year-old Ryver Thompson, who set up a lemonade stand in front of her grandparent’s house recently, selling cups of the drink for 25 cents each, then donating the $40.63 cents she raised to the Shepherd’s House homeless shelter.

For a 5-year-old who works all day to bring in $40, that’s a lot of money, and she cheerfully gave it to a worthy organization to help those in need.

A big thumbs up goes out to her mother, Candy Harold, and grandparents Randy and Louise Marsh, too. We suspect they had a hand in teacher young Ryver a little bit about working to help others.


To The Slate Mountain Ramblers, Richard Bowman and Marsha Todd, and other local musicians who brought home prizes from the recent Galax Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia. The event is one of the oldest and largest old time and bluegrass festivals on the East Coast, and to bring home prizes from this competition is quite an achievement.

The ramblers took third in the old-time band contest, Bowman was third in the old time fiddle competition, and Todd — a member of the Ramblers — was fourth in the clawhammer banjo division. Along with the other local musicians who were recognized as well, Mount Airy and Surry County were definitely well-represented in Galax.


To area coaches and others associated with high school, middle school, and other youth athletic leagues who are working hard, ramping up for another season. Yes, the public school coaches do get paid a little for their work, but it’s really a token amount given the hours upon hours the positions required.

The vast majority of these men and women coach because they love athletics and because they want to work with the area’s youth, to help them not only on the athletic field, but also because they want to help instill lessons those young athletes can carry the rest of their loves.

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