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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Jack and Wanda Devine celebrated their 88th birthdays Aug. 18 and Sept. 21 with family and friends at Hungry Mother State Park and breakfast at Shatley Springs.

    The celebration was given by daughters Sandy Cox, Jerry and Bobbie Fridley; and son Jacky and Alice Devine. They have seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his second birthday on Aug. 8 with a cookout at his house with family. His parents are Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham of Galax.

    His maternal grandparents are Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. His paternal grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Galax. His maternal great-grandparents are Rubye Cockerham and Louise Diamond, both of Galax.

  • Palin Leanne Snider celebrated her fifth birthday Aug. 11 with a Bubble Guppies party at home with family and friends. Her parents are Curtis and Lorie Snider.

    She has a younger sister, Paisley Snider. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her great-grandparents are Pauline Marshall of Laurel Fork and the late Frieda Deskins. Her aunt is Holly Choate.