Today's Features

  • Luke Harvey Ward turned one year old on Jan. 28. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. His older brothers are Braeden and Levi.

    His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman. Luke celebrated with a “Little Man” party at his home.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Christmas came about six months early for the children at Carilion Roanoke Memorial’s pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) this year.

    A previous patient at the facility, Daniel Jones, 9, of Independence, wasn’t very excited about going back for his check-up on May 31. So, to make the trip more positive, he and his family decided to bring something along with them: a mini-van stuffed full of toys for the other patients.

  • The Twin County Humane Society held its annual Brews for Rescues event at Creek Bottom Brews in Galax on May 30.

    The group had lots of merchandise to sell, fun activities and plenty of animals present that were looking for “forever homes.” Creek Bottom offered a special brown ale named “Woof’n Down Brown” and gave $1 for every glass sold; George Smith provided live music and donated a portion of his CD sales to the Humane Society.

  • Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned age two on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon. They celebrated with an Olaf party at their home.

    They are granddaughters of Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Mississippi, Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. They are the great-granddaughters 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.

  • LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Daniel Ray Choate and Lisa Marie Haynes were united in a private marriage ceremony in Las Vegas at the Chapel of Flowers.

    The bride is the daughter of David Hodges of Martinsville, Va., and Joyce Sanders of Knoxville, Tenn. She owns and operates Hashtag Clothing & More in Hillsville, Va.
    The groom is the son of Andy and Dora Leigh Choate of Galax, Va. He is employed by Wytheville Community College as assistant professor of construction technologies at Crossroads Institute.

  • HILLSVILLE — Guests who attended last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Hillsville might have spotted a familiar figure at the Grover King VFW Post during the festivities. Clad in familiar colonial attire, “Patrick Henry” took the stage last year to deliver his historic message to the community.

  • Generally, legends are made by acts of great heroism: beating back an enemy, rescuing the helpless, bringing justice to the oppressed.

    Another component of heroism is simply in doing: committing acts and going forward.

    Curious, then, that Joe Wilson, who died on May 17 at 77 years of age, is a legend in folklore, traditional arts and roots music when he was barely known to pick up a guitar.

  • HILLSVILLE — The Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Foundation will commemorate the 120th anniversary of George Lafayette Carter and Mayetta Wilkinson Carter’s marriage with a wedding reception, dinner and program on May 30 at the Carter Home in Hillsville.

    Carter was born Jan. 10, 1857, in Carroll County, one of the nine children of Walter Crockett Carter and Lucy Ann Jennings. Of his siblings, he and three of his sisters were the only children to survive past the age of 20.

  • Aurora Gregory turned 3 on April 4. She celebrated at her home with a Minnie Mouse Party with family and friends.

    Her parents are Jimmie and Whitney Gregory, sister Madalyn and brother Parker. Her grandparents are Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.

  • Melody Denise Mallinson and Caleb Lee Shealor were joined in marriage March 15, 2015, in an intimate ceremony at Bogey’s on the seventh green in Galax.
    The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Derek Cowan.

    The bride is the daughter of Keith and Debi Mallinson of Independence. She is the granddaughter of Gil and Shelby Wetmore and the great-granddaughter of Dot Blevins, all of Independence.
    She is a graduate of Grayson County High School and attends Wytheville community College. She is a manager at Chic-Fil-A.