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Today's Features

  • Galax hosted the 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain state barbecue championship on July 17-18, with nearly 40 teams from all over the country competing, along with local cooks both amateur and professional.

    In addition to the state championship, the cookoff is a qualifying event for two major barbecue circuits, and the grand champion also earns entry into the World Food Competition.

    Winners and award sponsors included:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY CONTEST

    Chicken:

  • Lee Kegley recently celebrated his 90th birthday at a Kegley/Higgins family reunion at Mt. Vale Church in Galax.

    From left: siblings Earl Kegley, 84; Lee Kegley, 90; Nannie Rose Jones, 92; and Kyle Kegley, 81.

  • Melda B. Hill celebrated her 90th birthday June 21 with a party at Bogey’s hosted by her five children.

    Among the 33 in attendance were a host of grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  • Jonas Lynn Stockner turned age 1 on April 28. He celebrated at a party with family and friends. Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.

    His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner, and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Margareta Valcu of Bucharest, Romania and Dr. Robert and Theresa Lazo of Galax announced the engagement of their children, Cristine Nicolescu Waggonner and James Linden Stone Lazo, of Los Angeles, Calif.

    A September wedding is planned in Elk Creek.
     

  • 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.