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Today's Features

  • The Rev. Dr. Helen Beasley of the Episcopal/Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Galax recently received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
    With five years of difficult class work behind her, Beasley said she is excited to utilize what she learned to usher in a new level of spiritual healing within her church.
    Beasley was one of 17 graduates in this summer’s commencement ceremony, the highest number of students to graduate from the program at one time, according to the seminary’s newsletter.

  • The annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market was in full swing this weekend in Hillsville.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Members of the recently established River North Ministry Council (RNMC) has made it their mission to install a prison chaplain at River North Correctional Facility by the day the first inmate arrives, but the biggest challenge facing the group is finding individuals and groups to pledge funding for the position.
    RNMC, including pastors and residents of the Twin Counties and surrounding areas, met Aug. 22 at Independence First United Methodist Church to elect an executive council and discuss other new developments.

  • FRIES — Oral-B has gone to the far reaches of the United States to visit locations named  “Manual Road” to promote its fall marketing campaign, which is intended to encourage manual toothbrush users to switch to its new product, the Deep Sweep electric toothbrush.
    The company visited Manual Roads in Erath, La.; Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and Standford, Ky.; before making their fourth stop at Manual Road in Fries on Aug. 17.
    The nationwide “WOW Experiment” tour is also a chance to film locals for the product’s new commercial.

  • Locals who have kept up with the new Food Network series “The Shed” will see familiar surroundings on Monday night, as the next episode will chronicle the barbecue team’s visit to Galax in July for the 2013 Smoke on the Mountain competition.

  • Ryder Cole Rose celebrated his eighth birthday July 3. His parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. He has three sisters, Cheyenne, Trinity and Samantha Rose of Fries.

    His great-grandparents are Robert Dowling and the late Ressie Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie and Arlene Osborne of Austinville. His grandparents are Jimmy and Edna Hines of Fries and the late Connie Dowling of Fries. He also has a special friend, Ruby Hill.

  • Thirteen has been a “lucky number” for Paul and Melda Hill of Galax.

    They were married Aug. 13, 2000, and will be observing 13 years together. Thirteen people attended their wedding and their honeymoon in Florida was for 13 days.

  • Donnie and Linda Alderman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June with a week-long vacation with their family.

    Their children are Rodney of Galax, Brian and wife Monica of Cleveland, Tenn., and Rhonda and husband Robert of Statesville, N.C. They have two grandchildren, Jared of Charlote, N.C., and Ella Kate of Cleveland.
    The Aldermans are thankful for God’s many blessings.

  • Will Griggs and Ashton Bowers will be married Oct. 18 in Highlands Ranch, Colo., at the Highlands Ranch Mansion.
    Griggs is the son of Laurie C. Griggs of Galax and Charles and Michele Griggs of Penhook. His grandparents are Ruthie R. Griggs and Bill and Bobbie Copeland, all of Hillsville.

    Bowers is the daughter of Rick and Robin Bowers of Highland Ranch, Colo., and the granddaughter of William Taylor of Wingate, N.C.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward Buchanan of Hillsville announced the Aug. 3 marriage of their son, Lt. Macon A. Buchanan, to Ashlee Nichole Ley, formerly of Turpin, Okla.

    The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s father, Ed Buchanan, minister of the Church of Christ of Austinville, and was held at Norfolk Church of Christ.
    The bride was given in marriage by her father, Bruce Ley, of Raton, Mass.
    Matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Chelsee Stern of Norfolk. Best man was Lt. Steamboat Buddy Rock of San Diego, Calif.