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Today's Features

  • James Breece Rotten (J.B.) celebrated his fifth birthday Oct. 12 at Blue Ridge Lanes with family and friends.

    His parents are Mike and Kristy Roten of Galax. Grandparents are Breece and Carol Roten of Galax and Tom and Gloria Anderson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Great-grandmothers are Opal Robinson of Galax and Patricia Lamantia of Arizona.

  • When Linda Mock started her new position as coordinator of Galax’s Safe Routes to School program on Nov. 4, one of the first commitments she made was to ditch her car during work hours and walk around the city instead.
    “I’ve spent a lot of time walking everywhere, because if I’m going to talk the talk, I’m going to walk the walk,” she said.

  • 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.