Features http://www.galaxgazette.com/features/todaysfeatures en 2016 Letters to Santa http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/2016-letters-santa-0 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/santa_letters_art_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> <strong><br /> </strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Ms. Vance&#39;s Second Grade Homeroom</strong></p> <p> <strong>Fries School</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Dear Santa,</p> <p> I have been good this year. I was nice to my mom, and I helped my mom clean the dishes. For Christmas, I would like a bicycle and Shopkins. I will leave you some cookies and milk. Thank you!</p> <p> Love,</p> <p> Judy</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Dear Santa,</p> She's six http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/shes-six-4 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/madison_abigail_sluss_is_6.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Madison Abigail Sluss turned 6 on Oct. 22. She celebrated at Lake Ridge RV resort with a Halloween theme with friends and family. She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax.<br /> <br /> She has two brothers, Brandon and Cayson Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.</p> Nelson, Hammack announce engagement http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/nelson-hammack-announce-engagement <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nelson-hammock.jpg" alt="Brian Matthew Hammack and Brooke Richelle Nelson" title="Brian Matthew Hammack and Brooke Richelle Nelson" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Ricky and Becky Nelson of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Richelle, to Brian Matthew Hammack, son of Matthew and Sarah Hammack of Manassas.<br /> <br /> Nelson is a 2013 graduate of Grayson County High School and plans to graduate in May 2018 with a bachelor of science degree in graphic design from Virginia Tech.<br /> Hammack will receive a bachelor of science degree in physics in December, and plans to continue pursuing a master&rsquo;s degree in physics at Virginia Tech.<br /> The couple will be married on June 17, 2017, in Roanoke.</p> Qigong focuses energy in gentle, but intense workout http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/qigong-focuses-energy-gentle-intense-workout <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7966_0.jpg" alt="Donna Ellis" title="Donna Ellis" align="left" hspace="6" width="79" height="85" /><p> The lights are dim, the music low and tranquil with a meditative, Eastern flavor, and the instructor &ndash; yoga teacher and local potter Donna Ellis &ndash; is thoughtfully presenting lessons with her back turned to the qigong class, making it easier to mimic her motions as she slowly moves through a series of poses.</p> <p> &ldquo;Now, this time,&rdquo; says Ellis, addressing the class, &ldquo;we want to position our arms like we&rsquo;re holding a big, invisible ball of energy, and move it around in a circle.&rdquo;</p> He's five http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/hes-five-6 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jaxson_stockner_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Jaxson Preston Stockner turned five on Nov. 16. He celebrated with a Secret Life of Pets party at the Winston Salem Children&rsquo;s Museum with family and friends.<br /> <br /> He is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner. His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His little brother is Jonas Stockner.</p> Christmas fund delivers blessing boxes http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/christmas-fund-delivers-blessing-boxes <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/p1080700.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> The Galax Volunteer Fire Department&rsquo;s HQ was host to the Community Food Fund box packing on Dec. 15, as community members volunteered to load up boxes with donated goods and groceries for 550 families in need in the area.</p> <p> Capt. Mike Ayers, who kept track, said that the packing occurred in record time this year: 1,100 boxes in one hour and two minutes, down from last year&rsquo;s one hour and 13 minutes.</p> She's 89 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/shes-89 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/artie_belle_primm.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Artie Belle Primm recently celebrated her 89th birthday with her family and friends at Waddell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Galax.<br /> <br /> She and visitors enjoyed cake and special desserts and snacks. She enjoyed spending quality time with her great-grandchildren and family members.</p> She's two http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/shes-two-15 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kenzi_hennis_birthday_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Kenzi Juliann Hennis celebrated her second birthday on Sept. 5 with a &ldquo;Jesus Loves the Little Children&rdquo; party at her home with family and friends. Her parents are Chris and Lorie Hennis of Galax.<br /> <br /> Her older siblings are Andrew and Faith. Her grandparents are Harvey Hennis, Judy Hennis and Gary and Jan Guynn, all of Galax and Julian and Patti Price of Luray. Elizabeth Johnson of Galax is her great-grandmother from Galax.</p>