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Today's Features

  • You might already have seen the T-shirts around town, along with business marquee signs with messages of support.

    You’ve probably seen the logo on Facebook: a cartoon boy’s face, colored green, with a shaggy dark haircut and a tough, determined smile, bearing the hashtag #MightyMax.

    Now meet the kid behind the commotion.

    Max Brown, 4, of Galax, has been mostly healthy in his young life. He’s fond of staying over at his paternal grandmother’s home on Saturday nights with his cousins to play with them, as any kid would.

  • Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his fourth birthday get-together with a Monster Jam Grave Digger theme with family on his birthday, Dec. 29. His parents are Brittany Tucker and William (Billy) Spencer.

  • Isabella “Izzie” Jo Marshall turned age 7 on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a bug bowling party with friends and family. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. She is the big sister to Cassie and Briley Marshall.

    Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • You can almost hear Melanie Sumney waving her hands over the phone as she talks.

    “Can you tell people we’ve got what we need, so they don’t have to keep sending in money?” she asks.

    Like most Twin County natives, she’s both passionate about her cause and thoughtful of causing others any inconvenience.

    Sumney is a family friend of E.W. “Dub” Shupe, a wheelchair-bound Lowe’s employee who is in need of a track chair to improve his health and mobility.

  • The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held Jan. 18 among many local African-American churches at the former Hillcrest Baptist Church building, now owned by MacMillian Ministries. The theme this year was “Fight On for Righteousness, Fight On for Justice, Fight on for Truth.”

  • The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held Jan. 18 among many local African-American churches at the former Hillcrest Baptist Church building, now owned by MacMillian Ministries. The theme this year was “Fight On for Righteousness, Fight On for Justice, Fight on for Truth.”

  • The engagement of Ben Halsey and Samantha Hawks was announced by their parents.

    Ben is the son of R.J. Halsey and Karen Halsey.
    Samantha is the daughter of Carol Hawks and the late Muncie Hawks.
    The wedding is planned for Aug. 20.

  • The Glenwood Galax Church building, located on Coal Creek Road, dates back to around 1885. This is good for a sense of continuity and history, but bad for structural integrity: for years now, a downstairs wall has been in need of repair.

    The building is still the original, said Glenwood member Mason Nester Sr. “I’ve heard there were several churches in there, including Quakers. I’m not sure if it was originally built as a Methodist church.”

  • E.W. Shupe, known affectionately as both “Dub” and “E.W.” to his friends, came home from work one Friday in 2003, feeling sick and feverish. He had just turned 21 and had a four-month-old daughter.

    A week later, the Fries resident had bounced from Twin County Regional Hospital to the New River Valley Medical Center outside Radford and wound up in Roanoke, where he spent time in intensive care while physicians worked to figure out what was wrong with him.

  • D. Roger and Norma Jean Rosenbaum Carico of Galax will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 23.

    He retired from Volvo Truck Corporation in Dublin. She is a dedicated wife and homemaker. They have two daughters and a son-in-law, Tina Carico of Galax and Lisa Carico Burnett and Stephen Burnett of Knoxville, Tenn. Their two grandchildren are Abigail and Aaron Burnett of Knoxville.
    The couple will be honored and celebrated with a party given by their family.