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Today's Features

  • Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his third birthday Dec. 21, 2014, at Snow Hill Church Fellowship Hall with his family and friends. He had a Thomas the Train theme party.

    His parents are Brittany Farmer and Billy Spencer. His grandparents are John and Jennifer Farmer and Bill and the late Linda Spencer. His great-grandparents are Howard and Zollie Easter and Edward and the late Iva Farmer. He has a great-great-grandmother, Opal Robinson. His stepmother is Christie Spencer and his soon-to-be stepfather is Charles Tucker, all of Galax.
     

  • Eunice Fortner celebrated her 91st birthday with family and friends.

    Her children are Bobby, Betty, Eugene, Judy and Roger.

  • Eldon and Iris Gardner of Fancy Gap celebrated their 75th anniversary Dec. 20, 2014, at Gladesboro Lutheran Church.

    The couple were married Dec. 23, 1938, by the Rev. J.C. Carper in Hillsville.
    The Rev. Joe Shumate, pastor of Gladesboro Church, had the honor of officiating at the renewing of the wedding vows.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born in poverty in Atlanta and killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis at age 39, spent his life traveling through America as a Baptist preacher and Civil Rights activist who sought justice and racial equality for African-Americans.

    His “I Have a Dream” speech established him as one of the greatest orators in American history, and his work shed a light that is still a beacon today.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born in poverty in Atlanta and killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis at age 39, spent his life traveling through America as a Baptist preacher and Civil Rights activist who sought justice and racial equality for African-Americans.

    His “I Have a Dream” speech established him as one of the greatest orators in American history, and his work shed a light that is still a beacon today.

  • Scarlett Renee Dalton turned five years old Dec. 20, 2014. She had a “Frozen” theme party with family. She is the daughter of Patrick Dalton and Jessica Fine.

    She has an older sister, Savannah. Her grandparents are Ronnie and Cathy Dalton and Erania Fine. Her great-grandparents are James and Tina Nester.
     

  • Jayden Anthony celebrated her first birthday with family and friends at the home of her great-grandparents, Jerry and Bobbie Fridley.

    She is the daughter of Breanna Guthrie. Her grandparents are Amy and Steve Moretze.

  • INDEPENDENCE — “Venus, stop peeing in the sacred circle!”

    Laura George, founder of The Oracle Institute, pauses while giving a tour of the interfaith organization’s grounds to admonish her pet.

    She can’t keep a straight face and neither can the two institute volunteers – Donna Montgomery, the Mystery School Coordinator, and Katie Kennedy, the Interfaith Coordinator – accompanying her; all three are giggling.

  • INDEPENDENCE — “Venus, stop peeing in the sacred circle!”

    Laura George, founder of The Oracle Institute, pauses while giving a tour of the interfaith organization’s grounds to admonish her pet.

    She can’t keep a straight face and neither can the two institute volunteers – Donna Montgomery, the Mystery School Coordinator, and Katie Kennedy, the Interfaith Coordinator – accompanying her; all three are giggling.

  • Ted and Mary Alice “Mousie” Russell celebrated 50 years of marriage during 2014.
    They were married on May 2, 1964, at Welcome Home Baptist Church.

    In April, they celebrated with a thrilling 800‑foot‑long zipline ride at Massanutten Resort in Harrisonburg.
    On May 3, they were surprised with a 50th year anniversary celebration given by their family at First Baptist Church in Hillsville.
    Other celebratory experiences included a trip to Sea World, Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios in October.