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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    After readying the equipment and flipping off the lights, three members of Lambsburg-based paranormal team Operation Spiritseekers marched into the basement of a Galax restaurant.
    Their trip down the steep stairs lead into a dark basement, where Rachel McDonald placed several pieces of electronic equipment and sensors, a flashlight and a ball  — all devices that a spirit could use to communicate with the living — in a cluster on the basement floor. Standing back, she spoke into the blackness.

  • HILLSVILLE — What has it taken for a zombie nurse named Ingaborg Twitch to become a recognizable local figure in a world full of creeps?
    The short answer is blood, sweat and urine.
    While the sweat is real enough, the blood is fake and the urine belongs to those who get particularly shocked by Lesley Catron and the scare troupe Reeking Havok.
    Fright fame might seem like just an apparition for many haunted house spooks, but Hillsville hosts a real local “scare-lebrity.”

  • Author Joe Tennis has collected dozens of ghost stories from throughout Southwest Virginia and Tennessee for his latest book — tales of spectres, witches, phantom trains and an apocalyptic cyclone.
    Earlier this year, Tennis held listeners in his thrall at a discussion of these supernatural stories at the Crossroads Institute in Galax. It was part of an ongoing series to teach locals about the area’s heritage.
    A native of Virginia Beach who lives in Bristol, Tennis, 44, is a columnist for the Bristol Herald Courier. He has also written for Virginia Living.

  • Just as it does during fires or floods, Twin County E-911’s law enforcement and emergency services community  responded quickly when one of its own found himself in need.
    Emergency dispatcher Matthew Chappell’s colleagues and friends are working to raise money to buy a wheelchair and cover medical bills after a lengthy hospitalization.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Forty years ago, Twin County Regional Hospital opened its doors for the first time to begin a new effort of community-oriented healthcare.
    Today, through its many changes, the staff hopes to continue serving the community through a growing affiliation with Duke LifePoint.

  • Oakland Elementary School celebrated their annual Festival of Culture on Oct. 17. Students and their families were invited to a potluck dinner featuring dishes from different cultures, followed by an evening of fun games and entertainment.

  • Levi Kristopher Ward turned two years old on Oct. 4. He celebrated with a Mickey Mouse party at his home. He is the sons of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence and has an older brother, Braeden.

    Their grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. Their great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Breanna Lynn McMillian turned five Aug. 25. She celebrated her birthday with family and friends. Her father is Glen McMillian of Cana. Her mother is Rebecca McMillian of Lambsburg.

    Her paternal grandparents are the late Donald and Cathy McMillian of Cana. Her maternal grandparents are Brenda Carter of Cana and James Bevins of Mount Airy, N.C. She has an aunt, chasity McMillian.

  • Katheryn Regina Jones of Galax and Mark Allen Miller of Fries were united in marriage June 8, 2012, at West Galax United Methodist Church. Pastor Sam Bartlett officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Tommy and Rhonda Jones. She is the granddaughter of Maudie Horton and the late Rush Horton, and of the late Arlyss and Ella Mae Jones.

    The groom is the son of Roger and Sharon Miller. He is the grandson of Geneva Leonard and the late Horace Leonard, and the late Worth and Ardean Miller.