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Today's Features

  • Mike Dees is exactly the person you’d want to show you how to perform a difficult exercise move or figure out a complicated craft step: vigorous and competent, but also friendly and patient.

    In repose, he has a glow of health and the appearance of stored energy waiting to be used with steady economy: he’s at rest, but not because he needs to be.

  • Sophie Haga, 12, of Galax represented Virginia as the statewide winner of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which invited children to develop tasty, affordable and healthy lunches.

    Sophie, who will be starting seventh grade this fall at Galax Middle School, submitted a healthy lunch recipe for Chia Chicken Pitas that won her a seat representing the Commonwealth at the First Lady’s annual Kids’ State Dinner.

  • Christopher “Mason” Nobili recently celebrated his fifth birthday with his family and friends with a “Octonaut” ocean themed birthday party at the Sardis Swim Club in Charlotte, N.C.

    He is the son of Chris and Christina Nobili of Charlotte, N.C. He is the grandson of John and Jenny Nobili of Woodlawn, Rebecca and Danny Primm of Austinville, and Arlie and Toni Hall of Fancy Gap. He is the great-grandson of Artie Belle Primm of Hillsville.

  • The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce held the 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Championship on July 18-19, which also serves as Virginia’s official barbecue contest.

    The Galax competition is a qualifying event for three national contests — Memphis In May, Kansas City Barbecue Society and the World Food Championship.

    Here are this year’s winners:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY

  • Ray and Mabel (Cox) Porter of Galax celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 19.
    They enjoyed their special day by visiting York, S.C., where they were wed.
    Ray is retired from ABF and Mabel is retired from Sears.

    The Porters’ two children are Roger Porter and his wife Laurie, and Randy Porter, all of Galax. They have two grandchildren, Kaitlin and Michael.
    They enjoy traveling, motorcycles and days full of sunshine. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Galax and are active members of the Galax Car Club.

  • Brad and Debra Catron of Gainesville, Ga., announced the engagement of their daughter, Lauryn Catron, to Matthew Felts, son of Jerry and Jean Felts of Galax.
    The couple met on a mission trip in 2007.

    The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga., and obtained an associate’s degree in Media Studies from North Georgia College and University, Gainesville.  She works and resides in Raleigh, N.C.

  • Kevin T. and Tammy B. Crouse announce their wedding that took place May 31 at Roaring Gap Church in Roaring Gap, N.C.
    A reception followed, at the church.

    The bride is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Charlie Bennett of Ennice, N.C.
    The groom is the son of Steve and Dixie Y. Varanko of Ennice, N.C., and the grandson of the late Lila Reynolds Young of Galax.
    Both are graduates of Alleghany High School, Sparta, N.C.
    The couple now resides in Claremont, N.C.

  • Watch a slideshow of photos from July 4, 2014, parades in Hillsville, Independence, Galax and Fries. By Patrick Smith, Shaina Stockton and Shannon Watkins.

    http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/2014-independence-day-parades

  • INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence wants to focus on recognizing and thanking veterans for their military service during its annual Fourth of July celebration, which the town will host Friday.

    To commemorate Independence Day, the town will offer a parade, themed “Thank You for Our Freedom,” followed by family activities, food and free concerts in the Independence Town Park until a fireworks finale commences at 10 p.m.

  • “The Crooked Road Racers” sounds like a forgotten team from 1971’s “Cannonball Run,” but it isn’t. Led by Galax dentist Dr. Tom Littrell in a 1928 Model-A Ford Roadster highboy, they’re competing in the Great Race, a controlled-speed endurance road rally by vintage, antique and collector cars.