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Today's Features

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Charity Shupe of Woodlawn is checking her mailbox every day for letters and Christmas cards from the community, following a recent request that she posted online on behalf of her father, Charlie Alderman.
    “Please read this... A lot of my [Facebook] friends are aware of my father’s situation... I am not asking for money or handouts, however I would love nothing more than to make this Christmas special [for him],” Charity posted on a public Facebook page earlier this month.

  • CANA — The Feeding America site in Cana supplies thousands of pounds of food to people in distressed areas, as fundraising continues to supply the local match to pay for 10 months of the service.
    Skills USA clubs at Carroll County High School threw a barbecue meal fundraiser on Oct. 30 go toward the $5,000 needed to secure the program.
    Fundraiser organizers presented a check for the $3,000 raised at the Feeding America mobile pantry at St. Paul on Nov. 19 to the Southwestern Virginia organization’s John Shoulders.

  • Brayden Lee Burnette turned 1 year old on Aug. 10, 2013.  He celebrated with a family trip to the zoo and a John Deere party with family and friends.

    The party was at a barn at Pipers Gap in the indoor riding arena.  Food included “spare tractor tires,”  “hay bales” and more. Pony rides were a great hit for the children. Brayden is the son of Justin and Dezirae Burnette of New Bern, N.C., where Justin serves as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • Pauline Porter will celebrate her 93rd birthday today, Nov. 15.

    She has been married to Philip Porter for 71 years. A family celebration will take place this weekend at the home of Ron and Sharon Porter.

  • When nine-year-old Dylan Bedwell was asked what he wanted for his birthday this year, he gave his family a surprising answer.
    He didn’t ask for toys, games, clothes or money. Instead, he wanted to do something special for others.
    Bedwell, who turned 10 on Nov. 19, is asking friends and family to skip getting him presents this year, and instead make a donation of food and/or other basic necessities to The Galax Hope House during his birthday party this Saturday.

  • For her senior project, Galax High School student Bentley Cornett has enlisted the help of her youth group at Baywood Wesleyan Church to collect over-the-counter medication for patients in El Salvador.
    Cornett and her group, a pantomime team called “Silent Praise,” will perform skits at the high school on Nov. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. Medicine will be collected at the door for admission.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Missionary Doug Donithan scrolled through the collection of photos that he’s taken over the years in Tacloban, his home city in the Philippines where he has served for over 20 years.
    Photos flashed across the screen of smiling children playing in and around modest but immaculately tidy homes; quaint street markets filled with busy customers; worship sessions in two different rental buildings that served the group as churches; and fisherman launching their boats into the crystal clear water.

  • With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Galax individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
    Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Galax residents prepare to collect more than 850 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 18-25), according to a news release.

  • Levi Dasher Bowers turned one Sept. 30. He celebrated Sept. 29 with a Mickey Mouse party at his home with family and friends. He is the son of Travis and Heather Bowers of Galax.

    His grandparents are Janice and the late Clarence Bowers, Paula Diamond of Galax and Dallas Diamond of Barren Springs. Great-grandparents include Ada Lee and Elmer Williams, the late Paul Haga, Dorothy and Paul Diamond, Ruby and the late Raymond Bowers and the late Audrey and Oacus Sizemore.

  • Two winners were chosen to transform themselves through personal training, and The Gazette is following their progress. Travis Haynes has completed his 12-week journey, while Treva Osborne is still undergoing a transformation to improve her overall health.