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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Mark W. Charapich of Marion and Regenia L. Walls, formerly of Eagle Rock, were united in a double-ring ceremony performed by the Rev. Becky Wheeler on Oct. 4 at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson.

    The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Joe Walls Jr., and her friends and family.
    She is the daughter of Rhonda R. Walls and the late Joseph G. Walls Sr. She is the granddaughter of Wilma R. Richardson and the late Dwight E. Richardson, and the late Chester and Mae Walls, all of Mouth of Wilson.

  • Randy and Belva Jones of Flat Ridge announced the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Noel Jones, to Eric Steven Poe.

    Poe is the son of Jimmy and Karen Poe of Bristol.
    A fall wedding is planned.
     

  • Thomas and Rene’ Neff of Woodlawn announced the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Makenzie, to Dustin Duane Carter.

    Carter is the son of Duane and Kay Carter of Dugspur.
    A fall wedding is being planned.

  • Anthony Bourdain, in his seminal memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” describes people who work with meat as capable of obscene, irreverent jokes, while people who work with fish, he says, have no sense of humor at all.

  • The Galax Parks and Recreation Senior Talent Show was held last Thursday night at The Rex Theater and featured a multitude of performers.

    Many of the acts had a gospel theme. Mable Bryson was up first with a serene but heartfelt “Amazing Grace;” Carol Huffman performed two original songs, “Blue Ridge Mountain Music” and “Angels Were Watching Over Me;” Bobbie Taylor offered a charming “Bless the Beasts and Children;” and Nancy Wolfe, near the show’s end, sang a sweet rendition of “You Light Up My Life.”