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Today's Features

  • Royal and Joyce Tharpe of South Hill and David Pollock of Blackstone announced the engagement of their daughter, Krystal Leigh Pollock of South Hill to Robert Chad Patton of South Hill.
    The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Anne Pollock of Blackstone and Mary Stables and the late Otis Thomas of South Hill.

    The prospective groom is the father of Ella and Kira Patton. He is the son of the late Robert Patton of Galax, and Tim and Nancy Huff of Clarksville.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Gary Johnson announce the engagement and marriage of their daughter, Kelly Michele of Raleigh, N.C., to Jamar Lavelle Bryson, son of the late Pandora Bryson and foster son of Frank and Carolyn Robinson of Galax.

    The wedding is Oct. 5 at Hayes Barton United Methodist church in Raleigh, N.C.
    A honeymoon to Hawaii is planned.
    The couple will reside in Raleigh, N.C.

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Leanne Darlene Patton and James Corey Byron were united in marriage June 29 in Memorial Chapel at Fort Campbell Army Post. The ceremony was officiated by Chaplain Jose M. Rondon.
    The bride is the daughter of Ray and Lisa Patton of Hillsville, Va. She is the granddaughter of Carl and Joyce Caudill of Fancy Gap, Va., and Essie and the late Phil Patton of Hillsville, Va.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Planning is underway and registration is open for one of the most unique events in Grayson County, perhaps even in the country — the 31st Annual Mountain Foliage Festival and Grand Privy Race.

  • This year, the Galax Downtown Association (GDA) will still host the city’s annual Halloween celebration, but the merchants’ organization members will make it a community event instead of trying to do it all themselves.

  • Tommy and Hazel Halsey celebrated their 50th anniversary July 25, 2013.
    They were married July 25, 1963, at the home of Camet “Bus” and Carolene Halsey in Volney by the Rev. Willard Reedy. The couple have been longtime members of Volney Baptist Church.
    They have one son, Jonathan Clay Halsey and wife, Megan, of Galax, and granddaughters Hannah Grace and Katie Clay.

  • Makayla Grace Hancock celebrated her third birthday March 28 with a Minnie Mouse party at Trinity Baptist Church fellowship hall. She is the daughter of Kevin “Bubba” and Pam Hancock of Hillsville.

    Grandparents are Doug and Carol Hancock of Hillsville and Chuck and Pat Edwards of Woodlawn. Great-grandparents are Joseph Ayers of Hillsville, Edd Crotts of Woodlawn and Louis and Bonnie Edwards of Woodlawn.

  • Timber Abrianna Mundy celebrated her fifth birthday on Aug. 20 with a Dora the Explorer pool party at the Wildlife Club in Low Gap, N.C. Her sisters Hope Gaynor and Taelynn Mundy helped her celebrate, along with special friends and family members.

    She is the daughter of Tammy L. Liddle and Tim L. Mundy. Maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle and Emory Bearden of Woodlawn, and Charles Liddle of Galax. Paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly of Cana and Wayne Mundy of Cana.

  • Twin County homeowners may want to keep a vacuum handy this fall in case the most recent insect invader wants to take refuge somewhere cozy.
    Virginia researchers studying the kudzu bug have mostly confined their work to the effect of the rapidly spreading insect on row crops, according to Virginia Extension Service and Virginia Tech entomologist Ames Herbert.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    It’s official: The Galax Smokehouse has become a popular hangout for many people in the community — perhaps even those who are no longer with us.
    Restaurant co-owner and operator Dan Milby confirmed that the downtown Galax business will be featured this weekend on a new episode of “My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera,” a paranormal series on the Biography Channel.