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Milestones

  • Brothers celebrate birthdays

    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his fourth birthday on Aug. 8, and his brother Luke Ryan Spurlin celebrated his second birthday on Aug. 29. They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham.

    Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.

  • Devines turn 90

    A 90th birthday anniversary party was held for John (Jack) Devine and his wife Wanda Devine at the home of Jerry and Bobbie Fridley. They celebrated with family and friends.

    They are the parents of a son and spouse, Jacky Devine and Alice of Independence; and daughters, Sandy Cox and Bobbie Fridley of Galax. They have seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

  • Ward, Manning exchange vows

    Tammy Ward and Mike Manning exchanged wedding vows Aug. 7 in front of their church congregation at New Beginnings Community Church in Cana, along with their family and friends.
    Tammy is originally from Grayson County and is the daughter of Barry and Barbara Triplett of Troutdale.

    She is employed as circulation manager at The Gazette.
    Mike is originally from Carroll County and is the son of the late H.R. and Rowena Manning.
    The couple resides in Floyd County.

  • Couples celebrate 64th anniversary

    Two couples celebrated a milestone of 64 years of marriage with family and friends on Aug. 14 at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Woodlawn.

    Elizabeth and June Catron were married on April 10, 1952 and Mary and Garnett Junior Lineberry were married on Aug. 2, 1952.
    Both couples are active in their church and community.

  • Louise Branch is 100

    Louise Branch turns 100 years old today, Friday.
    She has been a resident of Hillsville Health & Rehab (formerly Trinity Mission) since 2013, and previously lived at Wheatland Assisted Living since 2005.

    Branch was born in Knoxville, Tenn. At the time of her birth, Woodrow Wilson was president. She worked most of her life as a seamstress in the textile industry in Knoxville and did not retire until she was in her early 80s. She has been an avid traveler, and one of her favorite trips was to the Holy Land.

  • Baker turns two

    Julian Matthew Baker celebrated his second birthday June 19, 2016 with his big sister, Mackenzie and big brother, Lane. He is the son of Seth and Larissa Baker.

    His grandparents are Donnie and Kathy Baker, Kathy Halsey and Donny and Becky Haynes. His great-grandparents are Bob and Alice Baker, Vivian Wilson, Betty Haynes and James and Pattie Bolt. Special friends are David and Kim Stamper.

  • McMillian turns eight

    Breanna McMillian will celebrate her birthday on August 25th. 

    Her father is Glen McMillian of Big Stone Gap and her mother is Rebecca McMillian of Cana.

  • Hartig, Burress to be married

    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hartig of Lewis Center, Ohio, announced the engagement of their daughter, Jackie, to Matthew Burress, son of Chuck and Karen Burress of Galax.

    The couple recently got engaged on a mountain overlooking the Tuscany region of Italy while they were on vacation.
    Hartig attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies, and Burress is a graduate of Radford University.

  • He's one

    Joshua Blake Tucker celebrated his first birthday June 25, 2016, (on his birthday) with a Mickey Mouse theme at Carroll County Recreation Park in Hillsville with his family and friends.

  • Liddle, Handy exchange vows

    Bethany Liddle and Ryan Handy were united in marriage on June 18, 2016 at Longview United Methodist Church in Baywood.
    Bethany is the daughter of Mark and Elizabeth Liddle and the granddaughter of Dale and Margret Liddle and Pete and Mary Duggins.

    She is a graduate of Grayson County High School. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Bluefield College. She is a first grade teacher with Grayson County Public Schools.