Today's Features

  • INDEPENDENCE — Recent nationwide debates concerning the rights of transgender individuals have made headlines this year; the primary topic being policies requiring transgender men and women to use restrooms that reflect the gender that is printed on their birth certificate, rather than the gender they are aspiring (or in the midst of transitioning) to be.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jackson, Jr., of Galax announce of the engagement of their daughter, Jenna Katharine, to Matthew Morris, son of Janice Morris and the late Michael Morris of Mocksville, N.C.

    Jenna Jackson is a graduate of Carroll County High School and was graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University.
    She works in the entertainment department of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and teaches at the Lyric Dance Extension.

  • 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.