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Today's Features

  • McMillian Ministries has spent its time and energy so far trying to be a dynamic spiritual force in the community. This Saturday evening, it’s asking for just a little help back.

    The ministry boasts an active youth program, including a June conference, and is famed for its formal Winter Ball in February at the Elks Lodge, which Pastor Sue Greene describes as no less than “a black tie event.”

    Pretty impressive for a church whose congregation has no building of its own.

  • HILLSVILLE — Carroll County got into the fall spirit for the annual Pumpkin Festival at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market on Oct. 18.

    The festivities took place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and included fall-themed activities such as pumpkin carving, apple butter making, pumpkin cannons and a zombie trail ride.

  • Mary Ashby and Terry Brown announced their wedding plans for this weekend.

    The wedding is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Baptist Church.
     

  • Timber Abrianna Mundy celebrated her sixth birthday on Aug. 20 with a party at Chuck E. Cheese. Her sisters, Hope Gaynor and Taelynn Mundy, helped her celebrate along with many special friends and family.

    She is the daughter of John and Tammy Utt of Woodlawn and Tim and Britt Mundy of Max Meadows. Her maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle and Emory Bearden of Woodlawn and Charles Liddle of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly and Wayne Mundy, all of Cana.

  • Levi Dasher Bowers turned two Sept. 30. He celebrated Sept. 27 with a party at his home with family and friends. He is the son of Travis and Heather Bowers of Galax.

    His grandparents are Janice and the late Clarence Bowers, Paula Diamond of Galax and Dallas Diamond of Barren Springs. Great-grandparents include Ada Lee and Elmer Williams, the late Paul Haga, Dorothy and Paul Diamond, Ruby and the late Raymond Bowers and the late Audrey and Oacus Sizemore.

  • Every autumn, the scenery changes colors.

    The leaves of some trees always turn one color. For example, the black walnut turns yellow. Other species, such as sweetgum, turn different colors, even on the same tree.

    Sunny days and cool nights are key to fall leaf displays. Bright, sunny days and cool, but not freezing, nights are required for vivid autumn shows. If there is an early frost, the leaves are likely to turn brown and drop.

    Although botanists understand the mechanics of some of these changes, other parts remain a mystery.

  • Outhouse racers battled for privy supremacy at the 32nd Annual Mountain Foliage Festival in Independence on Oct. 11.

  • Andrew Parker and Ava Rebecca Milgrim celebrated their first birthday on July 8.

    Their parents are Daren and Audra Milgrim.  Paternal grandparents are Delano and Louise Milgrim. Maternal grandparents are Calvin and Virginia Cox, all of Independence.

  • Kenneth and Vera Young of Troutdale will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6.

    They were married Oct. 6, 1944, in Bristol, Tenn. Kenneth is the son of the late Marshal and Ona Young, and Vera is the daughter of the late Charles and Olga Greer, all of the Barton’s Crossroads community near Troutdale.  
    Kenneth served five years in the Army Air Corps during World War II and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. The Youngs lived in Towson, Md., where they both worked for Black & Decker.

  • Halley Leann Sutherland celebrated her first birthday Sept. 30, 2014, with an “Ariel” themed party with close family. Her parents are Matthew and Jessica Sutherland of Independence.

    She has a brother, Conner Sutherland. Her maternal grandparents are David Osborne of Fries and the late Connie Osborne. Her paternal grandparents are Richard and Brenda Sutherland of Elk Creek. She has two uncles, Brandon and Shane Osborne, both of Fries.