Today's Features

  • Levi Kristopher Ward celebrated his first birthday Oct. 4 with a party and monkey cake at his home in Independence. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward.

    His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • The Galax Downtown Association will begin its holiday activities with a “Downtown Open House” this Friday-Saturday.
    Downtown stores will have special sales and displays, and volunteers will offer gift-wrapping in the lobby of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts both days, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    A donation of cash, peanut butter or juice boxes for Backpack Buddies is requested, in exchange for gift-wrapping.
    Wrapping is offered for any downtown purchases and for Angel Tree gifts. Bring the Angel Tree tag with your gifts.

  • Morgan Machel Anderson celebrated her first birthday Aug. 17 with family and friends. She had a Minnie Mouse themed party at the Galax Fire Department on Aug. 18. She is the daughter of Stephen and Samantha Anderson of Galax.

    Her grandparents are Dave and Becky Williams of Fries and Neil and Debbie Anderson of Galax. Her great-grandparents are Harold and Nancy Williams of Fries and Wayne and Louise Roberts of Independence.

  • Palin Leanne Snider turned three Aug. 11. She celebrated with a Wizard of Oz party at her home with family and friends. Her parents are Curtis and Lorie Snider.

    She has two sisters, Paisley and Blair Snider. Her grandparents are Dannny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her great-grandparents are Pauline Marshall of Laurel Fork and Freida Deskins of Hillsville. She has an aunt, Holly Choate.

  • Mason Ogle celebrated his first birthday Sept. 21 at his home with family and friends.

    He had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme. He is the son of Jared and Tammy Ogle and the grandson of Donnie and Janet Ogle and Kathy and Frank Delp.

  • HILLSVILLE  — A large network of Carroll County volunteers has already mobilized to help deserving families have a merry Christmas, according to organizers.
    As soon as the calendar turned to November, Dennis Ward sent out a letter to Carroll Christmas Fund volunteers, asking them to do their thing again this year.
    The letter stood in for an organizational meeting. Ward noted it’s difficult to get people together for a meeting this time of year.

  • After getting saved in 2010, Ben Tidwell felt moved to raise his voice in a musical ministry.
    Tidwell found the Lord at Full Gospel Bible Mission in Austinville, but he had to work up to the idea of signing.
    “When I got saved I had a good friend tell me I needed to be singing,” Tidwell recalled.
    The friend, who he worked with at Amcor Rigid Plastics in Wytheville, invited Tidwell to sing with him and his wife at Wilderness Road Pentecostal Holiness Church in Wytheville.

  • Unveiling of first phase of Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial is an emotional and long-awaited time.

  • Madalyn Gregory turned 6 on Oct. 11. She celebrated with a Halloween costume party with her family and friends. She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory and the older sister of Aurora Sky Gregory of Fries.

    Her grandparents are John and Frances Pierce of Fries; William and Vergie Lundy, Shirley and the late Glen Ward and Eddie and Brenda Ward, all of Independence; and Jacky Testerman of North Carolina.

  • Madison Abigail Sluss turned two on Oct. 22. She celebrated on Oct. 20 at Fairview Church with a “Wheels on the Bus” birthday party with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has a brother, Brandon Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazwell.