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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Madison Abigail Sluss turned 3 on Oct. 22, 2013. She celebrated on Oct. 19 at Felts Park with a “Dora” birthday party with family and friends. She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax.

    She has a brother, Brandon Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Couple honored for 70 years together.

    Eugene and Alma Joines celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 18. 

    A celebration in their honor was held Sept. 22 at Welcome Lane Lodge. About 110 family, friends, and neighbors came out to wish the couple well.

  • INDEPENDENCE — The River North Ministry Council voted at its Oct. 31 meeting to advertise for the hiring of a chaplain to serve at the new River North Correctional Center in Independence.
    Council members voted unanimously to begin advertising the position in area newspapers this week. Applications will be reviewed on Nov. 30, and interviews will begin Dec. 2.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Last year, the Independence VFW and Ladies Auxiliary lent a helping hand to Santa and to their neighbors by purchasing and distributing toys for more than 400 local families at Christmas.
    This year, Santa will have even more helpers.
    Members of the Independence Police Department, Independence Volunteer Fire Department and town council have teamed up to form “Independence Cares,” an organization that will hold a coat and toy drive for local children during the Christmas season.

  • Oakland Elementary School’s kindergarten classes are raising funds to send 75 gift stockings to an adopted soldier’s unit this Christmas.
    Operation “Santa Soldier” Stockings not only involves students in putting together gifts for American soldiers for the holidays, but also establishes a bond between the adopted unit and students through a pen pal program. Students will write to the soldiers and hear back about their travels overseas.

  • ATLANTA, Ga. — Like the undead creatures he has played on “The Walking Dead,” actor PJ McDonnell just keeps coming back.
    The native of Grayson County has shambled his way through three episodes of the mega-popular zombie survival TV series in the past two years. Two gunshots to the head and a decapitation by sword weren’t enough to keep him down.

  • Brooke Marion and Ian Phillips were united in marriage Aug. 17, 2013, at the home of the bride’s parents in Woodlawn. The Rev. Andy Edmonds officiated the double‑ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Wade and Melissa Marion of Woodlawn.

    The groom is the son of the Rev. Theron and Dana Phillips of Dugspur.
    The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents.
    Maid of honor was Hope Marion, sister of the bride. Flower girl was Abbi Puckett, cousin of the bride.

  • Palin Leanne Snider turned four on Aug. 11. She celebrated with a Hello Kitty party at her home with family and friends. Along for the celebration was her best friend, Addison Greene (pictured on right).

  • Kristen Nicole Stesen and Javier Antonio Nativi of Galax recently announced their engagement and upcoming marriage on March 23, 2014.

    Stesen is the daughter of Deanna Carico Burgess and Lawrence Burgess. She is the granddaughter of Donna Cooley Carico and Danny Lee Carico of Galax. She is the great-granddaughter of the late H.G. and Nona Fae Cooley and Berlie and Elsie Faye Carico.
    Nativi is the son of Belin and Jose Nativi of Hollywood, Fla.
    The couple has been together for six years and will wed on the seven-year anniversary of their relationship.