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Milestones

  • She's six

    Sydney Denae Huff celebrated her sixth birthday on Nov. 4 with family and friends.  She is the daughter of Lance and Susanne Huff of Knoxville, Tenn.

    Her grandparents are Jack and Shelby Huff of Galax, and Patsy and the late Paul Weeks of Fairlawn.  She has an older sister, Gracie.

  • Stockton, Shaffner united in marriage

    Ryan Patrick Shaffner and Shaina Reni Stockton were married on Nov. 11 at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church. A private ceremony was performed by Pastor Zachary Royer.
    The couple exchanged rings, lit unity candles and made their wishes come true.
    The groom’s sons, Christopher and Hunter, were his best men. His daughter, Kaitlyn, was flower girl.
    The bride’s parents are Doug and Jeannie Stockton of Galax. The bride’s father escorted her down the aisle.

  • She's four

    Bailey Mayson Newberry turned four on July 1. She celebrated with family and friends at Felts Park with a Hello Kitty party. She is the daughter of Paul and Sherri Newberry.

    Her grandparents are Susan Johnson and the late Larry Billings, Paul and Judy Newberry and the late Linda Weiseman-Arnold. Her great-grandparents are Otis and Joan Griffith.
     

  • Stockton, Shaffner united in marriage

    Ryan Patrick Shaffner and Shaina Reni Stockton were married on Nov. 11 at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church. A private ceremony was performed by Pastor Zachary Royer.

    The couple exchanged rings, lit unity candles and made their wishes come true.
    The groom’s sons, Christopher and Hunter, were his best men. His daughter, Kaitlyn, was flower girl.
    The bride’s parents are Doug and Jeannie Stockton of Galax. The bride’s father escorted her down the aisle.

  • Gamble, Whitaker to marry

    Michael and Rena Gamble of Mouth of Wilson announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessie Renea Gamble, to Justen Eugene Whitaker, son of Patsy Byrd of Richlands and Gene Whitaker of Galax.

    Gamble plans to graduate from Old Dominion University with a bachelor of science degree in human services. She is employed as a case manager for Mount Rogers Community Services Board of Independence. 
    Whitaker is employed as a commercial parts professional for Advance Auto Parts of Hillsville.

  • Turns five

    Madalyn Sierra Gregory celebrated her fifth birthday Oct. 11 with a special party at home with her parents and on Oct. 29 with family and friends at a Halloween costume party.

    She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Fries the granddaughter of John and Frances Pierce of Fries; William and Vergie Lundy and Eddie and Brenda Ward, all of Independence; and Jacky Testerman of Lansing, N.C.

  • She's one

    Madison Abigail Sluss celebrated her first birthday on Oct. 22, 2011, at Galax Recreation Center. She had a princess theme birthday party. Family and friends attended.

    Her parents are Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has a brother, Brandon Sluss. Grand-parents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C.; and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Turns 91

    Lillie Mae Galyean Melton will turn 91 on Nov. 27, 2011. A Thanksgiving Day celebration was held for her with all her family attending.

  • Hamptons celebrate 65th anniversary

    Roy Dale Hampton Sr. and Juanita Smith Hampton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Nov. 9.

    They married Nov. 9, 1946, just six months after he returned form serving in the U.S. Navy in Okinawa during World War II.
    She worked as a switchboard operator for Inter-Mountain Telephone Company.
    They have two children — Roy Dale Hampton Jr. of King, N.C., and Betsy H. Harrison of Independence. Their grandsons are Garrett Hampton Harrison of Greenville, Tenn., and Brandon Scott Hampton of King, N.C.

  • Sisters celebrate birthdays

    Djamani Peyton Ashland Young celebrated her third birthday Sept. 20 with a Lady Bug party with family and friends at home.

    Her sister, Jacory Madison Brooklyn Young, turned one March 18. Their parents are Joedy and Desmine Young.

    They also have two sisters, Jordan and Bryanna. Grandparents are Marcellous and Mary Martin, the late Frank Simpson and Cindy Townes and the late Isom Young. Great-grandparents are Sena R. Jackson and Floyd and Beatrice Spicer.