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Today's Features

  • Edgar and Pauline Jones of Galax recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married June 11, 1955.

    They have two children, Daniel Ray Jones of Galax and Linda Robinson of Hillsville. The Galax Church of God of Prophecy helped with the celebration.
     

  • Jennifer and David Burnette celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary July 4.

    They were married July 4, 1990.

  • Lura Bartlett, a resident at Waddell Nursing & Rehab Center, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. A party was held in her honor on June 11th, with family coming in as far away as Nashville, Tenn.

    Family and friends all had a great time celebrating Bartlett’s 100 years. When asked what attributed to her long life, she stated, “I don’t know. I guess I have good genes.”

  • James and Paulette Beasley of Hillsville announced the engagement of their daughter, Heather Nicole Beasley, to William Lee McFarland, son of Linwood and Margie McFarland of Seagrove, NC.

    Beasley is the granddaughter of Lurene and the late Paul Bowman of Fancy Gap, and the late Russell and Ethel Beasley. She is a graduate of Concord University with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a minor in health promotion. She works as a pharmacy technician with Walmart.

  • FRIES — A piece of local history was passed down to students at Fries School last month, when a local songwriter designed her own take on a locally-spun tale about a girl named Caty Sage.

    According to the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum’s online exhibit, “The Ballad of Caty Sage” was originally a poem written in the 1930s by Eva Boyer of Carroll County, and was later set to music by J.C. Pierce of Galax. Pierce performed it at the 1940 Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, and later recorded it on small commercial labels.

  • Bethany Welch, 19, the 2014-2015 Miss Carroll County (another one will be crowned this September) says she is excited to go compete in the National American Miss Pageant.

    Welch is also a stylist and nail tech at Fifty Eight Salon in Woodlawn.

    “One of the things I’m going to do is go compete in the top model and runway contests,” she said. “You go in and literally have a photo shoot with professionals, and you’re judged on how well you do. You can be scouted, you can win money, you can win scholarships.”

  • This year’s 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship looks to be another landmark competition.

    This year’s contest is July 17-18 in downtown Galax. Teams from all over the country come to Galax to compete. For spectators, there’s live music and food vendors with barbecue (of course) and much more.

    According to Twin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Brannock, this year’s competition has drawn upwards of 40 teams, the highest number of competitors since Smoke on the Mountain’s beginning.

  • Russian composer Pyotyr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” is perhaps the best known ballet in the world.

    Fraught, passionate, and dark by turns, it stands as both a cautionary tale about the dangers of reckless love and a testament of the human spirit’s ability to elevate the mundane into the realm of art.

  • Ember Lynn Gillespie celebrated her second birthday with family and friends at a Bubble Guppies party on May 3. Her birthday is May 5, the wedding anniversary of her parents, Brock and Terri Gillespie.

    Ember’s older siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson Gillespie. Her grandparents are Mark and Darlene Gillespie and Larry and Kathy Funk.

  • Wade and Katie Petty celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently with family and friends.

    The Pettys were married Jun 11, 1955. They have three children, Charles Petty, Rhonda Lineberry and Dana Woodel.