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Today's Features

  • Everett and Betty Jo Waddell of King, N.C., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 29 with a dinner at Cody Creek Restaurant in Dobson, N.C.

    The couple’s son and his wife are Sam and Vonna Waddell of Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Their grandson and his wife are Matthew and Jen Waddell and their granddaughters are Emily and Bethany Waddell. Their great-grandson is Caden Waddell and their step great-grandsons are Jackson and Charlie Laucher.
    Everett Waddell retired from Krispy Kreme and Betty Jo is a homemaker.

  • Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned age 2 on July 23. Her birthday was celebrated with a cookout at the river. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    She is the little sister of Isabella Marshall. 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.

  • The Rotary Club of Hillsville will observe its 75th anniversary on Thursday.
    The club was chartered on Aug. 8, 1938. Club meetings were held at the Hillmont Hotel on Main Street for several years.
    Other meeting venues have included Mountain Top Restaurant, Blue Ridge Tavern, the Red Barn, Corner Restaurant, the Tompkins House, Shenandoah Restaurant, Captain Pete’s Seafood Restaurant, Peking Palace and Countryside Restaurant.

  • MOUTH OF WILSON ― Park officials, volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts gathered at Grayson Highlands State Park on Saturday to introduce the Split Rock Trail, a new 1.3-mile loop trail that offers both hiking and climbing opportunities to the public.

  • Galax and Independence will both hold National Night Out Against Crime events on Aug. 6.
    National Night Out, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is a community-police awareness event that takes place in areas all over the United States. It is always held the first Tuesday of August.
    The events are organized by local police departments, non-profit organizations and volunteer departments. The goal is to increase awareness of police programs in the community, including drug prevention, neighborhood watches, and other crime prevention efforts.

  • Creek Bottom Brews will host the first-ever Galax Rhythm and Brews Fest on Saturday from 1-8 p.m., at its location on Meadow Street.
    The event is sponsored this year by the Galax Downtown Association, and will feature craft brews from six different breweries and two cideries, along with live music and food for everyone to enjoy.
    Participating breweries include Green Flash Brewing, Parkway Brewing, St. George Brewing, Foothills Brewing, Blue Mountain Brewery and Ommegang Brewery.

  • Twenty-three barbecue teams from all over the country were lined up shoulder to shoulder last weekend for the first-ever dual competition at the 9th Annual Smoke on the Mountain contest in Galax.
    This year’s event featured both Memphis Barbecue Network and Kansas City Barbecue Society contests. The MBN winner in Galax is also named the Virginia state champion each year.

  • Ronnie and Karen Taylor of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, April Nicole Taylor, to Ian David MacInnis, son of Bran and Kim MacInnis of Christiansburg.

    Taylor is a graduate of Radford University and is employed by Brown, Edwards & Co. CPAs.
    MacInnis is a graduate of Radford University and is employed at the NRV Regional Jail.
    A December wedding is planned.  

  • Brandon Quesenberry and Nicole Viers were married Nov. 17, 2012, at Blacksburg Baptist church.
    The reception was held at Lane Stadium’s south end zone section at Virginia Tech.

    Quesenberry is the son of Don and Cheryl Quesenberry of Hillsville. His grandparents are Clyde Lineberry of Hillsville and Darlene Quesenberry of Sylvatus.
    Viers is the daughter of Josh and Dreama Viers of Abingdon.
    The couple took a honeymoon cruise to the Western Caribbean.

  • A fifth grader from Laurel Elementary School created the art for an anti-tobacco campaign going up in areas of Southwest and Southside Virginia.
    A project of the American Lung Association in Virginia, the Healthy Grounds for Our Youth effort seeks to keep the use of tobacco products off school campuses, even outdoors, according to Billie Murray, project manager.