Today's Features

  • Vita Barton celebrated her birthday at Waddell Nursing & Rehab Center.

    She turned 98 on June 30 and celebrated with family and friends who surprised her with a party at the facility. A special guest was her great-great-grandson, Silas Bowman, age 18 months old.

  • Eddie and Shelia Hash along with Michael and Rachel Parks announced the engagement of Toby J. Hash and Tiffany M. Parks.

    An October wedding is planned.

  • Ten local pastors and a police chief spoke at the Galax Hearts United prayer vigil, held Sunday evening at the Galax Police Department’s courtyard and attended by about 250 people.

    It began in a punishing blaze of sun and heat but cool shade and fresh breezes moved over the assembly as the evening continued; and ended with a song – “Amazing Grace” – that required no hymnal to be sung.

  • What started as a prayer vigil to bring together law enforcement and the black community in a show of unity during a turbulent time has grown into a movement.

    Encouraged by the turnout and the positive reaction to the Peace Prayer Vigil in Hillsville on July 10, Pastor Daniel Harrison of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap has launched Hearts United. The group is planning a similar unity vigil on Sunday in Galax.

  • Robert and Mary Felicito of Mouth of Wilson announced the engagement of their son, Jason Fell, to Ellen Currie, daughter of Carlton and Haise Currie of Houston, Texas. 

    Fell is a 2001 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  
    Fell is employed by Halliburton Energy Services in Dallas, Texas.  

  • Joe and Dorothy Taylor celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 24.
    The couple married June 24, 1966. They reside in Wytheville.

    They have a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Karen Taylor of Independence; two grandchildren, Daniel Taylor and Colleen and husband Trent McMillion; and special family member, Pat Taylor.

  • Teams roll into downtown Galax for Smoke on the Mountain starting Thursday afternoon, like an army setting up camp before a major, if very festive, battle.

    Among the veterans of this particular challenge are Kings Cooking from Shelby, N.C. According to Smoke’s chief organizer, Ron Passmore, the team has been involved since the beginning, and their presence was a large part of why the competition took off 12 years ago.

    This year’s Smoke was held July 15-16.

  • Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    It’s a craze. It’s a phenomenon. It’s the reason so many people are walking the streets, singly and in small groups, eyes glued to their cellphones, seeming to be in search of something.

    “Pokemon Go” blends the kids’ game from the 1990s with the technologies of GPS, smartphones and augmented reality. Those people peering into their smartphone cameras see little Pokemon creatures superimposed into real life.

  • The heat of summer is about to meet the heat of grills getting pork, chicken and beef ready for sizzling competition: it’s time for the 12th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship, to be held this Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

  • An overcast sky and a few stray drops of rain weren’t enough to drive spectators away from the downy banks of Chestnut Creek as the Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Great Galax Duck Race got underway on July 4.

    As always, talk on along the shore was of duck stock, breeding techniques, creek conditions and preferred racers.

    Favored among seasoned bettors were Plastic, Yellow, Buoyant and Billed, all descended from legendary stud drake, Made In China, though the many ducks in the race considerably diluted the odds.