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Today's Features

  • Three years ago, Katy Dunn suffered the unthinkable when she lost her infant son in a tragic accident. But since then, she and her family have worked together to turn their grief into something beautiful for other families.

    This year, the family’s annual toy and clothing drive, CJ’s Christmas Project, has resulted in more than 1,100 donations from their community. Dunn says that this year’s collection will be distributed to several charities, including the Carroll Christmas Fund.

  • Briley McKinley Marshall turned one on Dec. 10. His birthday was celebrated with a turtle party with friends and family. He is the son of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    His big sisters are Izzie and Cassie Marshall. His grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. His great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Levi Kristopher Ward turned three on Oct. 4. He celebrated with a monster bouncy house party at his home. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence.

    He has two brothers, Braeden and Luke. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Agnes Marie Lundy Cox of Independence turned 100 years old on Aug. 19. She celebrated with family and friends at the Flat Rock Community Building.

    She has two children: Harry Cox, and Anne Cox Collins and spouse Kendall Collins of San Francisco, Calif. She has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one more on the way. She loves to get out on the farm, go for rides and do word searches. She thanked everyone for coming to her party and for the gifts and cards received.

  • Madison Abigail Sluss turned four on Oct. 22. She celebrated on Oct. 25 at the Galax Recreation Department with a pool party with a “Frozen” theme, with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. 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.

  • Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County held its Winter Festival last Thursday evening, with plenty of fun activities for students and their families.

    Guests were invited to have dinner with Santa Claus in the cafeteria, and enjoy a number of reindeer games and other activities throughout the school, including a fortune teller, cake walk, story time and kissing booth.

    The hallways were also lined with winter-themed craft booths, inviting both children and their parents to make a dent in their holiday decoration and gift shopping lists.

  • John Wayne and Plina Smith celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends.
    She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Faye Cole, and he was the son of the late Montie and Sadie Smith.

    The couple were married Nov. 20, 1964, by the late Rev. John Hackler.
    They have two daughters, Patsy Louise Smith and the late Phyllis Angela Smith, and grandchildren Emily Grace and Adam Wayne Blevins.

  • Pauline Allison celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 20, 2014, with family and friends at a surprise party at Matthew’s Campground.

  • Jaxson Preston Stockner turned 3 on Nov. 16.  He celebrated with a tractor party at his home with family and friends. He is the son of
    Seth and Ashley Stockner. 

    His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne.  Jaxson is the big brother to Jonas Stockner.

  • Madalyn Gregory turned age 8 on Oct. 11. She celebrated at her home with a Halloween costume party with friends and family.

    Madalyn is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney and big sister to Aurora Gregory of independence.