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Today's Features

  • INDEPENDENCE — A graduating class of 136 students received diplomas on May 31 at Grayson County High School — and some have completed two years of community college already.

  • Jafon Hairston celebrated his sixth birthday May 7 at home with his family and friends. He is the son of Beth Price and Antionne Hairston.

    His grandparents are Garold and Blenda Bilbrey and Alan Price. His great-grandparents are Violet Akers, Garnett and the late Helen Price. He has an aunt Samantha and Uncle Travis.

  • Ember Lynn Gillespie celebrated her first birthday with family and friends at a Lady Bug themed party May 3. Her parents are Brock and Terri Gillespie.

    Her older siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson. Her grandparents are Mark and Darlene Gillespie and Larry and Kathy Funk.

  • Amber Nicole Jackson and Patrick Isaac Hill announce their upcoming wedding at 6 p.m. June 20 at Mount Hope United Methodist Church, Fries.

    Jackson is the daughter of Mike and Danita Jackson and Lori and Darnell Williams. She is a 2006 graduate of Carroll County High School.
    Hill is the son of Donald Hill and Katrina Waller Hill.
    He is a 2007 graduate of Grayson County High School.
    Both are employed by Wal-Mart of Galax.
    Friends and family are invited.
     

  • Joseph D. and Patricia A. Fletcher announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Ann Fletcher, to Trevor Bryan Jefferson, the son of the late Larry Gregory and Tamara Lynn Jefferson.

    A June 14 wedding is planned at Camp Dickenson in Fries at 7 p.m.

  • Irvin Jennings, a resident at Golden Living Center—Blue Ridge, received a surprise gift this year.

  • HILLSVILLE — The 1944 Allied landing at Anzio, Italy, was only supposed to last for a few weeks, but instead troops were stranded on the beach for four months, as wave after wave of enemy soldiers stormed the beachhead in opposition.
    Seventy years later, veterans of that battle are still gathering. This year, they met in Hillsville — possibly for the last time.

  • Flipping through pages and clicking through websites, William Edward “Ed” Weaver of Galax suddenly stopped, his eyes coming to rest on an image of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress named “Abroad with Eleven Yanks,” one of more than 500 bomber planes that flew over Osaka, Japan, on June 1, 1945 during World War II.

  • Kenneth Young Tomlinson, who rose from a childhood in Galax to become editor of Reader’s Digest and director of the Voice of America, died May 1 in Winchester. He was 69.
    His career at Reader’s Digest spanned 28 years and he became its editor in 1989.

  • Do age and cunning really beat youth and exuberance?
    Or does it work the other way around?
    Linda Mock, Galax’s Safe Routes to School coordinator, doesn’t really care; she’s just happy people showed up to try.