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Today's Features

  • Aurora Sky Gregory turned 5 on April 4. She celebrated at home with a Shopkins birthday party with her family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory and sister to Madalyn and Parker of Independence. Her grandparents are Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.

  • Adlianne Grace Spurlin celebrated her first birthday June 12 with a picnic party at her home with her family. 

    She is the daughter of Kevin and Tara Spurlin of Galax. Her grandparents are Owen and Judy Eddy of Castile, N.Y., and Mike and Anita Spurlin of Galax.

  • Fred and Wandy Boyles Kirby of Fries celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 29.

    The couple were married June 29, 1957 at the Fries Pentecostal Holiness Church where they still attend. They have two sons, Barry Kirby of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Tim Kirby of Fries.
     

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

  • On King Arthur Court in Galax, one home is proving to be, if not Camelot, then at least a pleasant and safe dwelling.

    Purchased by the Mount Rogers Community Services Board, the home “is part of the move for some care from training centers to residential, home-based type care,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who along with Mayor C.M. Mitchell and City Council Member Sharon Plichta recently took a tour of the facility.

  • HILLSVILLE — Runners and walkers alike participated in the inaugural Deputy Curtis Bartlett Memorial Scholarship 5K on June 3 through downtown Hillsville.

    The event was held in memory of Bartlett, a member of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department who was killed in a line-of-duty vehicle crash on March 9.

    The event raised more than $7,000 towards a fund that will award scholarships to Galax and Carroll County seniors who plan to pursue a future in law enforcement.

  • Jonas Lynn Stockner turned 3 on April 28. He celebrated with a trip to Pigeon Forge. Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.

    His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Editor’s note: This article by Annette Spence first appeared in “The Call,” the online publication for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is reprinted with permission.

    HILLSVILLE — When the letters started coming from the jail, the Rev. Ronnie Collins was amazed by the artwork decorating the envelopes and pages. The first was a sketch of Jesus.

    As more and more mail arrived from the inmates, the drawings became elaborate, including scripture or professions of faith.

  • Editor’s note: This article by Annette Spence first appeared in “The Call,” the online publication for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is reprinted with permission.

    HILLSVILLE — When the letters started coming from the jail, the Rev. Ronnie Collins was amazed by the artwork decorating the envelopes and pages. The first was a sketch of Jesus.

    As more and more mail arrived from the inmates, the drawings became elaborate, including scripture or professions of faith.

  • A Pizza Hut waitress in Galax got a very helpful surprise recently thanks to members of Galax’s First Baptist Church: an $1,800 tip.

    On June 4, Danielle Walls was informed by her manager, Chip Fender, that the church had ordered 45 pizzas, and she was to help deliver them.

    “I didn’t have anything to do with the setup of that,” chuckled Fender, recounting his part in the moment.