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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Staff Reports

    Ralph Stanley, the influential, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician, died June 23, 2016. He was 89.

    Stanley’s death was announced by his grandson, Nathan Stanley. “My heart is broken into pieces,” Nathan wrote last Thursday in a post on Facebook. “My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago. He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.”

  • Superheroes in a small town? Max Brown, 4, of Galax, is in treatment for leukemia, and his family might tell you there are far more of them than you realize, even if you never see them wearing capes.

    This Friday, however, four heroes from comics, cartoons and movies are coming to Galax, in the form of Damon Cole, an officer from Fort Worth, Tex., who dresses up like various superheroes to entertain children who have cancer, all on his own dime.

  • MOUTH OF WILSON — Virginia native Anna Hickson shared these images of her family’s recent hike to the Mount Rogers Summit for a special Memorial Day dedication.

    Hickson, along with her mother and her 4-year-old son, Ronan, took nearly 70 flags — decorated with the names of friends and family members who have been killed in action — on an 11-mile hike to the summit.

    Once they were at the top, they planted the flags in remembrance of their loved ones’ brave service to the country.

  • Staff Report

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its annual carnival, Great Galax Duck Race and July Fourth parade.

    The carnival will take place from June 20-25 in Galax’s Felts Park, with some special days.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and bingo is every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. A $1,000 championship game will be held on June 25 for qualifying players.

  • MOUTH OF WILSON — Wilson, a box turtle who survived rehabilitation after a presumed automobile accident, has a new habitat at Grayson Highlands State Park.

    Mallory Sullivan, AmeriCorps interpreter, searched the habitat — the fern gardens that were converted for Wilson’s homecoming — at the park’s visitor center on May 29. She eventually found him tucked under a window sill. Sullivan commented that this was a creative hiding place, especially since he has a plethora of logs in his habitat and plenty of soil to burrow under.