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Today's Features

  • Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 8 with a cookout at his house with family.

    His parents are Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham of Galax. His grandparents are Danny and Carolyn Cockerham and Mike and Anita Spurlin, all of Galax.

  • Justin Beasley celebrated his seventh birthday with a Spiderman party at his Grandmother Becky’s house. His parents are Andrew Beasley and Elizabeth Brooks, both of Hillsville.

  • HILLSVILLE — Hookah Hook-up owner Ayman Anwar’s vision for his second Main Street business isn’t hazy at all — he says it’s all about the atmosphere.
    The idea to open the smoking lounge next door to his Italian restaurant, Juliano’s, is unique in the Twin Counties, he said. But, he believes a unique attraction is something the town could benefit from.

  • Lora Leath and Greg Bond recently announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    Leath is the daughter of Ray and the late Mary Leonard of Galax. She is a graduate of Galax High School and employed at Southwest Virginia Home Health Care.
    Bond is the son of Don and Barbara Bond of Galax. He is a graduate of Carroll County High School and is self-employed.
    A wedding is planned for 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 at First Christian Church in Galax. A reception will follow at the Galax Country Club. Family and friends are invited.

  • Mary Ellen Landreth of Fries celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at her home Aug. 17. The party was hosted by her children and grandchildren. She was born Aug. 15, 1923.

  • Johnny and Constance Bunn of Galax announced the engagement of their daughter, Natalie-Tess Amber Bunn, to Adam Seth Boyer, son of Phillip and Starlena Boyer of Independence.

    The future bride graduated from Wytheville Community College with an associate degree in nursing and is employed at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax.
    The future groom graduated from Wytheville Community College with a certificate in electrical and alternative energy. He is employed at Royal Mouldings in Marion.
    A rustic country wedding is planned for Aug. l6, 2014.

  • The Rev. Dr. Helen Beasley of the Episcopal/Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Galax recently received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
    With five years of difficult class work behind her, Beasley said she is excited to utilize what she learned to usher in a new level of spiritual healing within her church.
    Beasley was one of 17 graduates in this summer’s commencement ceremony, the highest number of students to graduate from the program at one time, according to the seminary’s newsletter.

  • The annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market was in full swing this weekend in Hillsville.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Members of the recently established River North Ministry Council (RNMC) has made it their mission to install a prison chaplain at River North Correctional Facility by the day the first inmate arrives, but the biggest challenge facing the group is finding individuals and groups to pledge funding for the position.
    RNMC, including pastors and residents of the Twin Counties and surrounding areas, met Aug. 22 at Independence First United Methodist Church to elect an executive council and discuss other new developments.

  • FRIES — Oral-B has gone to the far reaches of the United States to visit locations named  “Manual Road” to promote its fall marketing campaign, which is intended to encourage manual toothbrush users to switch to its new product, the Deep Sweep electric toothbrush.
    The company visited Manual Roads in Erath, La.; Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and Standford, Ky.; before making their fourth stop at Manual Road in Fries on Aug. 17.
    The nationwide “WOW Experiment” tour is also a chance to film locals for the product’s new commercial.