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Today's Features

  • FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department hosted a ranch rodeo and horse show on Oct. 11 and 12 at the Providence School grounds, featuring plenty of competitions and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

    Competitors from every skill level galloped into the ring, from stick ponies to racing steeds.

  • Josie Criner was honored with a party to celebrate her 90th birthday Aug. 16 at Fairview Baptist Church.

  • Haleigh Grace Smith celebrated her first birthday Aug. 26. She celebrated with a cookout at her home with special friends and family.

    She is the daughter of Cory and Elena Smith of Austinville. Paternal grandparents are Charles and Sue Smith of Fries. Maternal grandparents are Doug and Glenda Forester of Galax and the late James “Jimmy” Brewer Sr. of Fries. Great-grandmother is Blanche Payne of Whitetop.

  • Jacob Lane Huff turned one Oct. 9. He is the son of Joshua and Jennifer Huff of Galax. He has a sister Marella Huff of Galax.

    Paternal grandparents are Gary and Brenda Huff. Maternal grandparents are John and Mary Davis. Paternal great-grandparents are Alma Sizemore and Inez Huff. Maternal great-grandparents are John “Bill” and Shirley Davis, all of Galax. Family and friends will celebrate Huff’s birthday with a Farm party Oct. 11.

  • Braeden Hunter Ward celebrated his fourth birthday June 26 with a bouncy house birthday party at his home. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has a younger brother, Levi.

    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.

  • Tiarra Skye Bedwell celebrated her eighth birthday July 27 with family and friends with a Barbie party at the Fries Pool. Her birthday was July 25.

  • A holiday tradition will come full circle in the City of Galax this year as the annual Community Christmas Chest project is passed back into the charge of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.
    Over the past 30 years, the fundraising project that puts together food boxes for the needy at Christmas, has been tended by the Galax Y’s Men Club, which has fostered a strong increase in community support. This year, the club has decided to give the project back to the organization that originally oversaw it.

  • 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.