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Today's Features

  • Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    It’s a craze. It’s a phenomenon. It’s the reason so many people are walking the streets, singly and in small groups, eyes glued to their cellphones, seeming to be in search of something.

    “Pokemon Go” blends the kids’ game from the 1990s with the technologies of GPS, smartphones and augmented reality. Those people peering into their smartphone cameras see little Pokemon creatures superimposed into real life.

  • The heat of summer is about to meet the heat of grills getting pork, chicken and beef ready for sizzling competition: it’s time for the 12th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship, to be held this Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

  • An overcast sky and a few stray drops of rain weren’t enough to drive spectators away from the downy banks of Chestnut Creek as the Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Great Galax Duck Race got underway on July 4.

    As always, talk on along the shore was of duck stock, breeding techniques, creek conditions and preferred racers.

    Favored among seasoned bettors were Plastic, Yellow, Buoyant and Billed, all descended from legendary stud drake, Made In China, though the many ducks in the race considerably diluted the odds.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Titans of the Cage fight matches will be held July 16 at Grayson County High School.

    Doors open at 4 p.m. and fights start at 5. TOC Promotions will showcase its biggest card ever, featuring more than 20 fights. Some proceeds will go to GCHS athletic department.

    The main event features undefeated welterweight champ Austin Cooper of Team SWMA in Wytheville against Jeremy Caviness of Team Backyard Brawlers of Hillsville.

  • INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson-Wythe Regional Library recently welcomed Mary Thomas as the new library director.

    Thomas moved to Wytheville from Northeast Tennessee to accept the position. Though she is a newcomer to Grayson County, she said in a recent interview that her family has ties to Virginia. Her father’s family is from Bedford, and several of her cousins live in Pulaski and Dublin.

  • Veterans from the American Legion Post #245 of Galax gathered on June 14, Flag Day, for a flag retirement ceremony at the Galax Public Library’s outdoor amphitheater, behind the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.

    The ceremony has been part of American Legion ritual since 1937, a dignified disposal of flags that are deemed unserviceable, old or worn.

    “In a proper service of tribute and memory and love, our flag becomes faded and worn and must be honorably retired from life,” according to an American Legion resolution in 1944.

  • July 4 will be a busy day around the Twin Counties, with celebrations, parades and fireworks planned in Independence, Hillsville, Galax and Fries.

    Independence

    Oscar and Julia Valentine will serve as the grand marshals for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Independence.

  • Opal Virginia McPeak Goad of Woodlawn celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2, 2016, with her family at a birthday lunch and then at a family dinner at her home on June 4.

    She is the wife of the late Ernest Goad. She has three children: Janice Vass, Joyce Cagle and Elmon Goad. She has five grandchildren: Aaron Vass, Stephen and Joel Cagle, Vanessa Bottomley and Gerald Goad; six great-grandchildren: Arianna Slate, Alyssa Vass, Owen and Emmett Cagle and Logan and Seth Bottomley; and one great-great-grandson, Samuel Slate.

  • Ember Gillespie, daughter of Brock and Terri Gillespie, celebrated her third birthday on May 5.

    Her siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson Gillespie. Grandparents are Larry and Kathy Funk and Mark and Darlene Gillespie. She celebrated with a Play Doh party with all of her friends and family.

  • Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned 3 on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon.

    They celebrated with a Frozen party at their home. They are the granddaughters of Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Mississippi, Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. They are the great-grand-daughters of Althea and the late Bert Bergeron of Mississippi, Vance and the late Helen Hoffman of Galax, and the late Carl and Anne Fisher of Pearisburg.