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Today's Features

  • Bertha Hill celebrated her 95th birthday July 13 with family and friends.

    She was born July 13, 1920.

  • Roger and Patty Moss celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal June 28 at Mountain Valley Wedding Chapel in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    They were accompanied by family for a weekend of celebrations.
    Patty’s attendants were her sister, Debbie Combs, Shirley Poole, Lisa Crouse, Kacey Combs, Courtney Moss and Margie Crouse.
    Roger’s attendants were Tracy Combs, Michael Wroten and Kenny Combs.
    Kameron Combs was ring bearer.
    He is the son of the late Paul and Sylvia Moss.

  • On July 11, Grayson Highlands celebrated the 50th anniversary of being open to the public since its establishment in 1965.

    There were more than 1,300 visitors in attendance, many of whom were locals, but some came from as far away as Germany, according to a Virginia State Parks news release.

  • FRIES — Although this year’s headcount for the Grayson County Relay for Life was small, the participants’ efforts were reflected in both their attitudes and the impressive amount of donations that were raised (almost $19,000) for the continuing fight against cancer.

    According to Dreama Underwood, the event chair for the relay, four teams raised a total of $18,893.76, as of last Friday. Money was still coming in this week.

  • HILLSVILLE — Cosplay, Magic card tournaments, action figures, stormtroopers… all of these features may seem reminiscent of the almighty San Diego Comic-Con, a four-day event in California that fans of video games, comic books, fantasy characters and the like flock to by the thousands each year.

    This event, and others like it across the country provide a safe haven for die-hard fans.

  • Galax hosted the 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain state barbecue championship on July 17-18, with nearly 40 teams from all over the country competing, along with local cooks both amateur and professional.

    In addition to the state championship, the cookoff is a qualifying event for two major barbecue circuits, and the grand champion also earns entry into the World Food Competition.

    Winners and award sponsors included:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY CONTEST

    Chicken:

  • Lee Kegley recently celebrated his 90th birthday at a Kegley/Higgins family reunion at Mt. Vale Church in Galax.

    From left: siblings Earl Kegley, 84; Lee Kegley, 90; Nannie Rose Jones, 92; and Kyle Kegley, 81.

  • Melda B. Hill celebrated her 90th birthday June 21 with a party at Bogey’s hosted by her five children.

    Among the 33 in attendance were a host of grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  • Jonas Lynn Stockner turned age 1 on April 28. He celebrated at a party with family and friends. Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.

    His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner, and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Margareta Valcu of Bucharest, Romania and Dr. Robert and Theresa Lazo of Galax announced the engagement of their children, Cristine Nicolescu Waggonner and James Linden Stone Lazo, of Los Angeles, Calif.

    A September wedding is planned in Elk Creek.