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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Titans of the Cage fight matches will be held July 16 at Grayson County High School.

    Doors open at 4 p.m. and fights start at 5. TOC Promotions will showcase its biggest card ever, featuring more than 20 fights. Some proceeds will go to GCHS athletic department.

    The main event features undefeated welterweight champ Austin Cooper of Team SWMA in Wytheville against Jeremy Caviness of Team Backyard Brawlers of Hillsville.

  • INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson-Wythe Regional Library recently welcomed Mary Thomas as the new library director.

    Thomas moved to Wytheville from Northeast Tennessee to accept the position. Though she is a newcomer to Grayson County, she said in a recent interview that her family has ties to Virginia. Her father’s family is from Bedford, and several of her cousins live in Pulaski and Dublin.

  • Veterans from the American Legion Post #245 of Galax gathered on June 14, Flag Day, for a flag retirement ceremony at the Galax Public Library’s outdoor amphitheater, behind the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.

    The ceremony has been part of American Legion ritual since 1937, a dignified disposal of flags that are deemed unserviceable, old or worn.

    “In a proper service of tribute and memory and love, our flag becomes faded and worn and must be honorably retired from life,” according to an American Legion resolution in 1944.

  • July 4 will be a busy day around the Twin Counties, with celebrations, parades and fireworks planned in Independence, Hillsville, Galax and Fries.

    Independence

    Oscar and Julia Valentine will serve as the grand marshals for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Independence.