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Today's Features

  • Aurora Sky Gregory turned one on April 4. She celebrated with family and friends at home, with a pink and zebra print first birthday themed party.

    She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory and her sister is Madalyn. Grandparents are William and Vergie Lundy, Eddie and Brenda Ward all of Independence, and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.

  • Mike and Anita Spurlin announced the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Michelle Spurlin, to Robert Gayle Richardson, son of Stan and Nona Richardson of Rugby.
    The future bride is employed by Carroll County Public Schools.  The future groom is employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation in the Volney area.

    The wedding ceremony will be conducted by the Rev. Dennis Eller on June 22 at Longview United Methodist Church in Baywood.
    The honeymoon will be in Pennsylvania, and the couple will reside in Galax.

  • Cruisin’ and Groovin’ in Galax begins this Friday at 5 p.m. in downtown Galax.
    This is the first of three Cruisin’ and Groovin’ classic car cruise-in events planned in Galax this year, with two others scheduled for July 12 and Aug. 16.
    Streets will close and car registration will begin at 4 p.m. The cruising event begins at 5 p.m., with music by The Attractions beginning at 6 p.m.

  • HILLSVILLE — Members of the Grover King VFW Post 1115 and Ladies Auxiliary held a special ceremony on Flag Day to honor a beautiful symbol of the United States’ national pride, according to organizer Don Dobbins.
    The Stars and Stripes is the fourth-oldest banner in the world, older than even the flags of Great Britain and France.
    “Their countries might be older than ours, but our flag is older than theirs,” he said.

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Wayne Durnovich of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Anna Bryant Durnovich, to Matthew Joseph Ventresca, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Anthony Ventresca, of New Hope, Pa.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wheeler Parsons, of Galax, and John Michael Durnovich and the late Janice Durnovich of Abingdon.
    Anna is a graduate of Grayson County High School and the College of Charleston. She is employed by NAI Geis Realty Group in Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Twin County Wellness Center has partnered with The Gazette to offer 2 people each a free, 12-week personal training session!

  • In January, Vatress Williams of Woodlawn handed the Carroll Chapter of Project Linus over to Sarah Melton of Independence.

    Williams had served Project Linus for about five years and got the chapter to supply 4,030 blankets to children in the area.

  • HILLSVILLE — Lilias Turman, 90, reported to the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 at 5 a.m. on May 15 to help cook breakfast for the many law enforcement representatives that attended the Peace Officers Memorial Day observance.
    It’s for actions like this in a busy schedule of helping her community that Turman’s sisters in the VFW ladies’ auxiliary recognized her as volunteer of the year in Loyalty Day activities.

  • Luke Hampton, an Alleghany County wrestler paralyzed after his spine was injured during a match, is now running his own business and training young grapplers. On Sunday, a free concert in Sparta, N.C., will benefit Alleghany Special Olympics in honor of Hampton.

  • INDEPENDENCE ― A meeting is planned for June 6 to discuss plans to open a prison ministry at the new River North Correctional Center in Independence.
    According to reports, neither the Virginia Department of Corrections nor Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia has funds to place a chaplain at the prison.
    The Rev. Terri Gregory, pastor of the Independence United Methodist Church, said plans are to organize a “River North Ministry Council” made up of ministers and laypeople in the surrounding counties of Virginia and North Carolina.