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Today's Features

  • HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church broke ground on its new addition on Sunday.

    The church has been in its Virginia Street location since 2014. According to Pastor Jeff Pickett, on Oct. 19, 2014, the day of the first service, it was apparent that the church would need more room to accommodate the rapid growth in children’s classes.

    “And we knew we could not accommodate all of the church family for any meals in a timely fashion in the temporary fellowship hall,” said Pickett.

  • Ches R. Helmick and Meagan Van Engen were united in marriage Jan. 9 at Old Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg.
    The groom is employed with Edward Jones Investments in Galax.

    The bride is finishing her doctoral degree at Virginia Tech and plans to move to Galax immediately.

  • Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market is up and running, even during the cold winter months.

    The online winter market has had $4,000 in sales since opening for the season on Oct 18. There are 14 vendors and two community fundraisers.

    Customers can place orders anytime from Friday afternoon until Wednesday evening. This gives the vendors time to prepare orders for customer pickup at the 1908 Courthouse on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon.

  • 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.