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Today's Features

  • Jaxson Preston Stockner turned age 4 on Nov. 16. He celebrated with a dinosaur party at the Winston-Salem Children’s Museum with family and friends. 

    He is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner. His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His little brother is Jonas Stockner.

  • Madison Abigail Sluss turned age 5 on Oct 22. She celebrated her birthday Oct. 24 at Chucky Cheese with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has two brothers, Brandon and Cayson Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Staff Reports

    Christmas festivities abound this weekend in the Twin Counties, and much of the holiday cheer continues throughout the month.

    Dec. 4 will be a busy day for holiday activities in Galax, with a Christmas parade, the grand opening of a new woodworking studio and a First Friday event with live music and specials in downtown shops.

    The annual Galax Christmas Parade will be held Friday evening at 7, preceded by a tree-lighting ceremony in front of the police station on North Main Street.

  • The results of the ninth annual United Way Celebrity Bagging Challenge are in, and judges have confirmed that Galax and Independence were the top Food City stores in gathering donations for United Way Southwest Virginia this year.

    According to Ashley Bartee of United Way SWVA, the top three highest revenue-generating stores out of the eight participating venues for 2015 (which includes all event and pre-event dollars raised) are Galax in first place, Independence in second and Tazewell in third.

  • When William Bottomley’s Christmas light display outgrew his home, he moved his thousands of twinkling bulbs, trees and Santas to a fire station.

    When it outgrew the fire station, he took over an entire park.

    This year, Bottomley’s annual synchronized musical light show, featuring nearly 100,000 LED bulbs, moved to Felts Park in Galax. The show opened on Thanksgiving night and runs through Jan. 1.

  • Aadian Zayne Belton turned one on Nov. 3. He celebrated his birthday Nov. 6 at Cliffview Church with family and friends. He had a Mickey Mouse party. He is the son of Brianna Espinoza of Fries and Joseph Belton of Austinsville.

  • Kenzi Hennis celebrated her first birthday on Sept. 5 with a party at her home with family and friends. Her parents are Chris and Lorie Hennis of Galax.

    Her older siblings are Andrew and Faith. Her grandparents are Julian and Patti Price of Luray; Gary and Jan Guynn, Harvey Hennis, and Judy Hennis, all of Galax. Elizabeth Johnson is her great-grandmother from Galax.

  • Levi Kristopher Ward turned four years old on Oct. 4. He celebrated with a construction site pool party at Wytheville Community Center.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward and has two brothers, Braeden and Luke. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • The High Country Light Show will bring Christmas cheer to Felts Park in Galax beginning Thanksgiving night.

    The lights will be on display through Jan. 2, from 6-11 p.m. nightly.

    The synchronized musical light show, featuring nearly 100,000 LED lights, is privately owned by William Bottomley.

    Thousands of visitors, including many from Galax and the Twin Counties, made the drive to Glade Valley, N.C., each year to view the lights at Christmas. Bottomley hosted the lights there for the past decade.

  • HILLSVILLE – A first grade class at Oakland Elementary is asking for the help of social media to bring a country musician to Carroll County.

    Teacher Amy Gordon and her students are asking Luke Bryan, a popular and award-winning country music artist, to come and read to her class if they get a specific response on social media. “We are asking for 1,000 likes and 1,000 shares,” said Gordon.