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Today's Features

  • Ms. Patton’s Second Grade

    St. Paul School

    Cana, Virginia

     

    Dear Santa,

    My name is Victoria. I have been a very good girl this year. I cleaned my room and even made my bed. What I would most like for Christmas this year is an art set. I would also like a tablet, an X Box 360 and a DDS. My house is the white one with a brown roof and no chimney. I promise to leave a card on Christmas Eve. Please say hi to Rudolph for me.

    Merry Christmas,

    Victoria

  • Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market is up and running, even during the cold winter months.

    The online winter market has had $4,000 in sales since opening for the season on Oct 18. There are 14 vendors and two community fundraisers.

    Customers can place orders anytime from Friday afternoon until Wednesday evening. This gives the vendors time to prepare orders for customer pickup at the 1908 Courthouse on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon.

  • You might already have seen the T-shirts around town, along with business marquee signs with messages of support.

    You’ve probably seen the logo on Facebook: a cartoon boy’s face, colored green, with a shaggy dark haircut and a tough, determined smile, bearing the hashtag #MightyMax.

    Now meet the kid behind the commotion.

    Max Brown, 4, of Galax, has been mostly healthy in his young life. He’s fond of staying over at his paternal grandmother’s home on Saturday nights with his cousins to play with them, as any kid would.

  • Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his fourth birthday get-together with a Monster Jam Grave Digger theme with family on his birthday, Dec. 29. His parents are Brittany Tucker and William (Billy) Spencer.

  • Isabella “Izzie” Jo Marshall turned age 7 on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a bug bowling party with friends and family. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. She is the big sister to Cassie and Briley Marshall.

    Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her 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.

  • You can almost hear Melanie Sumney waving her hands over the phone as she talks.

    “Can you tell people we’ve got what we need, so they don’t have to keep sending in money?” she asks.

    Like most Twin County natives, she’s both passionate about her cause and thoughtful of causing others any inconvenience.

    Sumney is a family friend of E.W. “Dub” Shupe, a wheelchair-bound Lowe’s employee who is in need of a track chair to improve his health and mobility.

  • The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held Jan. 18 among many local African-American churches at the former Hillcrest Baptist Church building, now owned by MacMillian Ministries. The theme this year was “Fight On for Righteousness, Fight On for Justice, Fight on for Truth.”

  • The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held Jan. 18 among many local African-American churches at the former Hillcrest Baptist Church building, now owned by MacMillian Ministries. The theme this year was “Fight On for Righteousness, Fight On for Justice, Fight on for Truth.”

  • The engagement of Ben Halsey and Samantha Hawks was announced by their parents.

    Ben is the son of R.J. Halsey and Karen Halsey.
    Samantha is the daughter of Carol Hawks and the late Muncie Hawks.
    The wedding is planned for Aug. 20.

  • The Glenwood Galax Church building, located on Coal Creek Road, dates back to around 1885. This is good for a sense of continuity and history, but bad for structural integrity: for years now, a downstairs wall has been in need of repair.

    The building is still the original, said Glenwood member Mason Nester Sr. “I’ve heard there were several churches in there, including Quakers. I’m not sure if it was originally built as a Methodist church.”