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Today's Features

  • HILLSVILLE — Guests who attended last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Hillsville might have spotted a familiar figure at the Grover King VFW Post during the festivities. Clad in familiar colonial attire, “Patrick Henry” took the stage last year to deliver his historic message to the community.

  • Generally, legends are made by acts of great heroism: beating back an enemy, rescuing the helpless, bringing justice to the oppressed.

    Another component of heroism is simply in doing: committing acts and going forward.

    Curious, then, that Joe Wilson, who died on May 17 at 77 years of age, is a legend in folklore, traditional arts and roots music when he was barely known to pick up a guitar.

  • HILLSVILLE — The Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Foundation will commemorate the 120th anniversary of George Lafayette Carter and Mayetta Wilkinson Carter’s marriage with a wedding reception, dinner and program on May 30 at the Carter Home in Hillsville.

    Carter was born Jan. 10, 1857, in Carroll County, one of the nine children of Walter Crockett Carter and Lucy Ann Jennings. Of his siblings, he and three of his sisters were the only children to survive past the age of 20.

  • Aurora Gregory turned 3 on April 4. She celebrated at her home with a Minnie Mouse Party with family and friends.

    Her parents are Jimmie and Whitney Gregory, sister Madalyn and brother Parker. Her grandparents are Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.

  • Melody Denise Mallinson and Caleb Lee Shealor were joined in marriage March 15, 2015, in an intimate ceremony at Bogey’s on the seventh green in Galax.
    The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Derek Cowan.

    The bride is the daughter of Keith and Debi Mallinson of Independence. She is the granddaughter of Gil and Shelby Wetmore and the great-granddaughter of Dot Blevins, all of Independence.
    She is a graduate of Grayson County High School and attends Wytheville community College. She is a manager at Chic-Fil-A.

  • Donald and Juanita (Parnell) Flanagan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 17.

    Both are retired from Sara Lee.

  • WOODLAWN — The summer schedule for The Studio in Woodlawn will include a variety of classes and workshops, as well as a series of self-protection classes and concealed carry firearms classes.

    Located across from the Midway Shell station on Carrollton Pike in Woodlawn, The Studio opened earlier this year with a hodgepodge of choices for clients, including yoga classes, children’s theater and venue rentals. But as business owner DeeDee Wright mapped out plans for her studio space, a new opportunity for promoting community safety was presented.

  • William Cayson Sluss turned one on Feb. 25. He celebrated his birthday Feb. 28 at Fairview Church with a Mickey Mouse Club house theme, with family and friends. He is the son of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax.

    He has a brother, Brandon Sluss; and a sister, Madison Sluss. His grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Jeremy and Kristi McCormick of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Darien Brooke McCormick, to Ethan Wayne Hash, son of Roger and Terrie Hash of Independence.

    A June 2015 wedding is planned.

  • Galax High School students showed off their unique styles at the 2015 prom, held May 2 at the Galax Golf Course country club.