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Today's Features

  • Dakota Lee Walls celebrated his fourth birthday on Jan. 25.

    He had celebrations with friends and family including his favorite at Chuck E Cheese and Red Lobster. He is the son of Eddie and Kristin Walls.

  • Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his second birthday with his family and friends at Snow Hill Baptist Church fellowship hall with a Mickey Mouse theme party. His parents are Brittany Farmer and Billy Spencer.

    Grandparents are Bill Spencer and the late Linda Spencer and John and Jennifer Farmer. His great-grandparents are Edward Farmer and the late Iva Farmer and Howard and Zollie Easter. He has a great-great-grandmother, Open Robinson and a special uncle, John W. Farmer.

  • A local group has formed to research and plan the possibility of a non-denominational Christian school in the Twin County area.
    This was a vision that began just a couple of years ago, explained Lynn Funk of Lincoln Financial in Galax and a member of the group.
    She said that there are a number of parents, grandparents, guardians and homeschoolers who are interested in putting Christianity back into their children’s’ education.

  • It was a typical evening at her boyfriend Richard’s house when writing hobbyist and former Independence resident Melissa Caudill first got the idea for a short story.
    “I was sitting there, and his cat got on my lap and was laying there in what looked like an uncomfortable position. [Richard] mentioned that the cat likes me, and I told him, ‘no, she’s just looking for a comfortable place.
    “So he says, ‘That doesn’t look comfortable — that looks like love.’”

  • HILLSVILLE — Dozens of members of Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness joined Pastor Jeff Pickett on his birthday Sunday to break ground on the first phase of the church’s new facility.
    The congregation gathered Feb. 9 on the large, cleared lot near Virginia Street for the ceremony celebrating the 500-seat sanctuary, which will also have Sunday school rooms and a parking lot.
    Along with Pickett and the congregation members, former pastor Ron Fredricks and Bishop Preston Mathena participated in the blessing for the church.

  • HILLSVILLE — Willa the therapy dog attracted attention with her offer of helping children learn how to read at Carroll County Public Library last Thursday.
    Willa, a dainty and quiet doberman, attended by humans Rebecca Gatchel and Sarah Largen, is a very important participant in the Paws to Read program.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Approximately 10 percent of offenders at River North Correctional Center in Independence are now regularly attending River North Men’s Fellowship Church, according to the facility’s new chaplain.
    R.B. Anderson is conducting services while also in training at River North, after having recently been hired by the River North Ministry Council (RNMC) to the part-time chaplain position.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson Greear of Mouth of Wilson announced the engagement of their daughter, Megan Leann, to William Calder Kegley.
    Kegley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Andrew Kegley Jr., of Wytheville.

  • Elementary and middle school children meet up at the Galax Recreation Center’s fourth floor gymnasium after school for fun activities and homework help.

  • ABINGDON — Elvin Jennings of Hillsville knows a thing or two about winning big in the Virginia Lottery, according to gaming officials.