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Today's Features

  • INDEPENDENCE — Sixteen years and three months: this is the minimum age requirement set by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver’s license, which makes 16 an age of important milestones for both teenagers and their parents.

    This is a time when students begin taking on important responsibilities for the safety of themselves and others, while parents simultaneously begin to step back and trust their kids to handle these responsibilities.

  • Luke Harvey Ward turned two on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a farm animal birthday party with his family and friends.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has two older brothers, Braeden and Levi. 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.

  • Roger and Carolyn Horton Farmer of Woodlawn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 6.
    They have two sons and six grandchildren.

    They plan to celebrate with a trip out west this summer.

  • Paisley Brooke Snider turned five Feb. 1. She celebrated with a Scooby-Doo party with family and friends Her parents are Curtis and Lori Snider. She has an older sister, Palin Snider. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her aunt is Holly Choate.

  • Hope Ladies founder and president Kisha Johnson and vice president Delina Parks, who is also Johnson’s mother, are parked at a table in the kitchen area of God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen, located in the basement of Rooftop of Virginia in Galax.

    Clad in matching Williams-Sonoma aprons, they look like they should be hosting a mother-daughter version of “The Barefoot Contessa,” one of the Food Network’s most beloved anchor shows. As it turns out, though, feeding the hungry and needy is far more to their taste.

  • Hope Ladies founder and president Kisha Johnson and vice president Delina Parks, who is also Johnson’s mother, are parked at a table in the kitchen area of God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen, located in the basement of Rooftop of Virginia in Galax.

    Clad in matching Williams-Sonoma aprons, they look like they should be hosting a mother-daughter version of “The Barefoot Contessa,” one of the Food Network’s most beloved anchor shows. As it turns out, though, feeding the hungry and needy is far more to their taste.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is exactly the kind of community Don Call says he’s been searching for; the kind of community where people greet one another with a friendly wave and a smile, where people are as warm and welcoming as the mountain landscapes he has sought out in other areas of the country throughout his life, and where neighbors are there for him just like members of a big family.

    Most recently, it has been the kind of community that enthusiastically gathers for a barn-raising in Call’s back yard in Independence, just for the fun of it.

  • The Fisher Peak chapter of The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking new members in their effort to preserve one of this area’s most prominent landmarks and the nation’s most-visited national park.

    The group also works to educate the community and promote fellowship through its many resources.

  • HILLSVILLE – The community will come together on Sunday for a benefit for Ian Conner, 14, a Carroll County Middle School student who recently underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor.

    Ian’s diagnosis was something of a miracle, according to his mother, Renae Conner. In January, Ian was with the youth group from First United Methodist Church of Hillsville on a trip to Resurrection, a youth conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

  • HILLSVILLE – A group of superheroes and Mighty Max supporters showed up to the Carroll Wellness Center on March 7 to move it and shake it to raise money for Max Brown and his family.

    Max, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January, has completed his first round of treatment and has begun his second. The Zumbathon event, organized by Gretchen Lawson and other employees and instructors at the center, was a donation-only event with all proceeds going to Max and his family. The event raised $3,000.