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Today's Features

  • Last November, missionary Doug Donithan — originally from Grayson County — made the dangerous trek back to his home city of Tacloban in the Philippines to help his neighbors deal with the devastating aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan (also called Typhoon Yolanda).
    Because of the chaos and debris that the storm had left behind, many relief efforts had trouble reaching the communities to help. To get back home, Donithan had to fly to another island, travel to his island by boat and then hire a van to drive back to his house.

  • Donald Tony Peak will celebrate his first birthday May 15 with family and friends. He is the son of Robert Peak and Chasity McMillian, both of Cana.

    His maternal grandparents are the late Donald and Cathy McMillian of Cana. His paternal grandparents are Tony and Edreen Peak of Galax and Bruce and Susan Webb of Eden, N.C. He has a cousin, Breanna McMillian.

  • John and Jennifer Farmer announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany Leigh Farmer, to Charles Richard Tucker.
    Tucker is the son of Donald and Janette Tucker of Aronoldsburg, W.Va.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Howard and Zollie Easter, Edward and the late Iva Farmer and the great-granddaughter of Opal Robinson.
    A May 23, 2015 wedding is planned.

  • Mark Elliott Thomas and Kimberly Michelle Nichols, along with their parents, announce their upcoming marriage.

    Thomas is the son of Kathy Thomas and Stacy Dalton and Marty and Sherry Thomas, all of Carroll County.
    Nichols is the daughter of Patty Nichols of Pulaski and Jonathan Nichols of Galax.
    A May 31 wedding is planned at Foster Falls. Family and friends are invited.

  • Keircen Taylor Isom and Andrew Dylan Mays, along with their families, announce their engagement.

    Isom is the daughter of Donald Isom of Baywood and Lisa Huff of Hillsville.
    Mays is the son of Scott Mays of Galax and Alicia Reynolds of Hillsville.
    Maternal grandparents are the late Peggy and Junior Isom of Galax, Mary and Clifton Barr of Hillsville and the late Jimmy Huff of Woodlawn.
    Paternal grandparents are Bob and Wanda Mays of Galax, Jim and Dee Davis of Galax and Phil Grunlose of Coulee Dam, Wash.

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  • Brandan Halsey and Rachel Melando, along with their parents, announce their engagement.
    Halsey is the son of Lois and Bill Patterson of Wytheville, and Emerson and Sharon Halsey of Independence.

    Melando is the daughter of Rick and Margaret Melando of Charlotte, N.C.
    A July 12 wedding is planned in Richmond.

  • HILLSVILLE — The annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 10 at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center sang the praises, quite literally, of community services provided to the residents there.
    Andrew Shannon, director of volunteer services and gospel singer himself, conducted the mostly musical recognition of more than 400 volunteers much like a revival.

  • Caitlynn Danielle Brewer turned one on Feb. 25.

    Her parents are Jamie and Summer Brewer. She has a big brother, Caleb.

  • Hannah Marie Hash celebrated her second birthday Feb. 25, 2014. She had a Princess Party with family and friends on Feb. 23. She is the daughter of Josh and Sarah Hash.

    Her grandparents are Joe and Felicia Hash and Charles and Tammy Copeland and Cody and Karen Wingate. She is the great-granddaughter of Wayne and Wanda Hash, James Hart, Frances Adams, Jerry and Nell Wingate and Thomas and Leta Farmer.