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Milestones

  • Vernon, Goad to marry

    Jimmy and Rita Vernon of Cana announced the engagement of their daughter, Cleo Anne Vernon, to Gerald Ray Goad, son of Elmon and Karen Goad of Galax.
    Cleo is a 2010 graduate of Carroll County High School and a 2012 graduate of Wytheville Community College.

    She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in professional communications at Old Dominion University while employed as a part-time teller at Carter Bank & Trust in Hillsville.

  • Evans, Havens to marry

    Jeff and Janet Evans of Fieldale announced the engagement of their daughter, Charity Faith Evans of Martinsville, to Jay Michael Havens of Ridgeway.
    He is the son of Mike Havens and the late Beth Havens of Ridgeway.

    Evans graduated from Victory International Christian Academy in 2009.
    She is the granddaughter of Bob and Mary Brown of Hillsville and Willis and Penny Evans of Galax and the late Jack Dale Harmon of Martinsville.
    Evans is employed as a supervisor at Chick-Fil-A in Martinsville.

  • Andrewses celebrate wedding anniversary

    Curtis and Sue Andrews of Galax celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a month-long road trip to Alaska. They saw wildlife, glaciers and mountains that were amazing.

    They cruised through Alaska’s Inside Passage.

  • Fieldses celebrate 50th anniversary

    The Rev. Herman Jay Fields and wife, Janice, of Galax celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 28 at Cliffview Church of God’s Family Life Center.

    Their daughters and husbands, Pam and J.W. Lineberry and Patti and Ronnie Kirby, helped to host the event, along with their granddaughter and husband, Stephanie and Andrew Cockerham; grandson, Matthew Woodward and great-grandson, Noah Cockerham.
    The Rev. Fields’ twin brother Sherman Ray Fields and his wife, Jaunette, who is also Janice’s twin sister, also assisted with the celebration.

  • She's four

    Samantha Autumn Rose celebrated her fourth birthday June 24. Her parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. She has two sisters, Cheyenne and Trinity and a brother, Ryder, all of Fries.

    Her grandparents are the late Connie Dowling and Jimmy and Edna Hines, all of Fries. Her great-grandparents are the late Ressie Dowling and Robert Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie Ray and Arlene Osborne of Austinville.

  • Biddle, Rios plan May 4 wedding

    Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Moser of Galax announced the engagement of their son, Ryan Christopher Rios, to Carissa Marie Biddle, daughter of Dan and Patsy Biddle of Forest.
    Rios is the grandson of Dr. Juan F. and Beverly Rios and Susan Kirkland and the late Steve Kirkland of Galax.

    He is a 2000 graduate of Galax High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in finance, insurance and business law from Virginia Tech in 2005.
    Rios is employed as a financial investigator with the office of the Virginia Attorney General.

  • Turns one

    Wyatt James Hash will celebrate his first birthday Aug. 6 at home with his family.

    His parents are Karen Hash and Eric Hash of Elk Creek. His grandparents are Becky and Larry Elliott and Milton and Barbara Hicks.

  • He's seven

    Ryder Cole Rose celebrated his seventh birthday July 3. His parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. He has three sisters, Cheyenne, Trinity and Samantha, all of Fries.

    His grandparents are the late Connie Dowling and Jimmy and Edna Hines, all of Fries. His great-grandparents are the late Ressie Dowling and Robert Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie Ray and Arlene Osborne of Austinville.

  • Midkiff-Skaggs, Rizzo to marry Sept. 15

    Carla and Kevin Frost of Galax, along with Todd and Kim Skaggs of Shepherdsville, Ky., announced the engagement of their daughter, Emerald Leigh Midkiff-Skaggs, to Joseph Michael Rizzo, son of Dr. Brian and Debra Rizzo of Charlottesville.

    Midkiff-Skaggs graduated in 2004 from Galax High School.
    She obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia in 2009.
    She is employed as an executive assistant research analyst in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Szewczyk, Hicks marry

    Tony Szewczyk of Derby, Conn., and Susan Roudebush of Leesburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Anne Frances, to Matthew Alan Hicks, son of Alan and Vicki Hicks of Galax.

    The bride is the granddaughter of the late Bob Moreland and Mary Etta Moreland of Falls Church and the late David and Estelle Szewczyk of Derby.
    The groom is the grandson of John and Bonnie Ayers of Galax, the late Dallas Brown of Woodlawn and the late Marshall and Dorothy Hicks of Gastonia, N.C.