Features http://www.galaxgazette.com/features/todaysfeatures en She's two http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/shes-two-13 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ember_lynn_gillespie.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Ember Lynn Gillespie celebrated her second birthday with family and friends at a Bubble Guppies party on May 3. Her birthday is May 5, the wedding anniversary of her parents, Brock and Terri Gillespie.<br /> <br /> Ember&rsquo;s older siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson Gillespie. Her grandparents are Mark and Darlene Gillespie and Larry and Kathy Funk.</p> Pettys celebrate 60th anniversary http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/pettys-celebrate-60th-anniversary <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/petty60thanniversary.jpg" alt="Wade and Katie Petty" title="Wade and Katie Petty" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Wade and Katie Petty celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently with family and friends.<br /> <br /> The Pettys were married Jun 11, 1955. They have three children, Charles Petty, Rhonda Lineberry and Dana Woodel.</p> Carnival goes through June 27 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carnival-goes-through-june-27 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0093.jpg" alt="The 2015 Galax Fire Department Carnival is in full swing – and shake, tilt and spin – at Felts Park each night this week through Saturday, offering plenty of rides, food and games of chance. Feel like visiting a lovely tropical island? Sit a spell at the bingo tent, where the (Galax) natives wait to help you surf a winning streak." title="The 2015 Galax Fire Department Carnival is in full swing – and shake, tilt and spin – at Felts Park each night this week through Saturday, offering plenty of rides, food and games of chance. Feel like visiting a lovely tropical island? Sit a spell at the bingo tent, where the (Galax) natives wait to help you surf a winning streak." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> This year&rsquo;s Galax Fire Department Carnival is underway through Saturday in Felts Park.</p> <p> Gates open at 5 p.m. and the carnival and bingo will start at 6 p.m.</p> <p> Bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on June 27 for qualifying players.</p> <p> There will also be a $300 nightly cash drawing at 11 p.m. with one entry per paid adult gate ticket.</p> <p> Fireworks will be held on June 27 at 11 p.m.</p> Farmer, Tucker exchange vows http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/farmer-tucker-exchange-vows <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/farmer-tucker_marry.jpg" alt="MR. AND MRS. Charles Richard Tucker (Brittany Leigh Farmer)" title="MR. AND MRS. Charles Richard Tucker (Brittany Leigh Farmer)" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Brittany Leigh Farmer and Charles Richard Tucker were united in marriage May 22, 2015, at Claytor Lake by the Rev. Elvis Poole.<br /> The bride is the daughter of John and Jennifer Farmer. She is the granddaughter of Edward and the late Iva Farmer, Howard and Zollie Easter and the great-granddaughter of Opal Robinson.<br /> <br /> She is a 2010 graduate of Grayson County High School.<br /> The groom is the son of Donald and Janette Tucker of Calhoun County, W.Va.<br /> He is employed with Utility Trailers, Marion.<br /> Testerman turns 90 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/testerman-turns-90 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/frances_testerman.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Frances Testerman of Elk Creek celebrated her 90th birthday, May 17 with family and friends at the home of her daughter, Hilda Sutherland in Comers Rock.<br /> <br /> She has three other children, Wayne Osborne, Grey Osborne and Janet Farmer. Her only living sibling, Gordie Anderson and wife Natalie, were present from Indiana. She was born May 19, 1925, in Grubbs Chapel.</p> Galax carnival begins June 22 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/galax-carnival-begins-june-22 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carnival5.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> This year&rsquo;s Galax Fire Department Carnival will be held from June 22-27 in Felts Park.</p> <p> Gates open at 5 p.m. and the carnival and bingo will start at 6 p.m.</p> <p> Bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on June 27 for qualifying players.</p> <p> There will also be a $300 nightly cash drawing at 11 p.m. with one entry per paid adult gate ticket.</p> <p> Fireworks will be held on June 27 at 11 p.m.</p> New flag rises as others are retired http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/new-flag-rises-others-are-retired <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2569.jpg" alt="Veterans raise a new flag at the Grayson County Public Library on Flag Day, June 14. The flag was purchased with community donations through an effort by the Grayson County Friends of the Library." title="Veterans raise a new flag at the Grayson County Public Library on Flag Day, June 14. The flag was purchased with community donations through an effort by the Grayson County Friends of the Library." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> <strong>By SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS, Staff</strong></p> <p> The Grayson County Friends of the Library celebrated Flag Day on June 14 with a flag raising ceremony at the Grayson County Public Library in Independence.</p> Arena carries on cowboy's legacy http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/arena-carries-cowboys-legacy <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jamie_hyatt_2.jpg" alt="From left are Assistant Fries Fire Chief Robbie Carrico, Jamie Hyatt and Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, at the Jamie Hyatt Arena at Providence School." title="From left are Assistant Fries Fire Chief Robbie Carrico, Jamie Hyatt and Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, at the Jamie Hyatt Arena at Providence School." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> FRIES &mdash; Equestrian and rodeo enthusiast Jamie Hyatt was honored with a dedication at the Providence School&rsquo;s horse arena in Fries on May 3.</p> <p> Now named the &ldquo;Jamie Hyatt Arena,&rdquo; the spot has become a second home to riders, and a venue for horse shows and rodeos that have grown in popularity over the past two years. Proceeds from events go to the Fries Volunteer Fire Department, and offer a fun escape for families and fellow equestrians of all ages.</p>