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Today's Features

  • 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.”

  • By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Teams are already starting to form to vie for the $600 cash prize in the Grand Privy Race, the premier event in the 32nd Annual Mountain Foliage Festival set for Oct. 11.

    There should be many on hand to cheer the outhouse racers on. The festival is among downtown Independence’s largest events of the year and drew 3,000 people last year on a rainy day, so this year the crowds will likely be even bigger.

  • Mother Nature was unforgiving during Chateau Morrisette’s Second Annual Black Dog BBQ Festival last month, but that didn’t stop the Front Porch BBQ Team from breaking into the local circuit with a win for its first group competition.

    During the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competition, the rain stopped for no brisket, whole hog or butt. Competitors were wet and miserable, but everyone was determined to serve a nice meal for the judges.

  • Carmen Sumner, formerly of Galax, has become a big name in Lincolnton, N.C. Sumner’s formal title reads “Administrative Support Specialist and Receptionist” at City Hall. But she is known by many as the eyes and ears of the city.