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Today's Features

  • Goldie Austin celebrated her 90th birthday Jan. 7, 2012, with a party at Woodlawn School cafeteria. Approximately 100 attended the party given by her son and daughter-in-law, Garfield and Sharon Austin along with her friends.

    Austin holds her cake with a then (age 18) and now photo. Her smile from both pictured is the same today.

  • Daryl and Rhonda James announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Ellen James, to Jeffrey Wayne Lineberry, son of Wayne and Lisa Lineberry.
    Lineberry is a 2007 graduate of Grayson County High school. He is employed with Asplundh Tree Expert Co.

    James is a 2008 graduate of Grayson County High School. She is employed with Virginia’s Home Health and Hospice in Rural Retreat and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at King College.
    A March 31 wedding is planned at Baptist Union church in Troutdale. Friends and family are invited.

  • Hayden Thomas Blevins celebrated his third birthday Dec. 10 with a Toy Story party at Pizza Hut with his family. He is the son of Jason and Alison Blevins of Galax.

    His grandparents are Jim and Brenda Blevins of Ennice and Ray and Nonnie Plummer of Troutdale.

  • Jake Burcham turned four Dec. 29. He celebrated with a Cars party with family and friends. He is the son of Donald and Machelle Burcham.

    His maternal grandparents are Opal Wilson and the late George Wilson. His paternal grandparents are Shirley Burcham and the late Kenneth Burcham.

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  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard “Butch” Wright of Rural Retreat announce the engagement of their daughter, Cyndi Leigh Wright, to Timothy Adam Linkous, son of Larry Linkous Sr. and Sandra Linkous of Speedwell.


    Wright is the granddaughter of Charles “Puffy” and Doris Wright, Okey King and the late George King, all of Rural Retreat.
    Linkous is the grandson of the late F.J. and Nina Bell linkous of Speedwell and the late John and Lucy Shipwash of Ivanhoe.
    A May 26 wedding in Rural Retreat is planned.

  • Samantha Dawn Shinault and Corporal David Andrew Jones were united in marriage Dec. 22, 2011, by the Rev. Samuel Blevins at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Galax.
    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy Sue Shinault and Cecil Eugene Shinault of Galax.
    She graduated from Galax High School in 2009, and attends Wytheville Community College in the nursing program.
    The groom is the son of Rhonda Carper and is the stepson of Tony Carper, both of Galax.
    He graduated from Carroll County High School in 2008.

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    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial and social equality continues to inspire decades after his passing.
    Local church congregations came together on Jan. 15 to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's lasting influence.
    The theme of the annual event — held this year at Gospel Temple in the Oldtown community in  West Galax — was "Born To Inspire."

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  • Lyndsey Hudson and Travis Eastridge were united in marriage Oct. 15, 2011, at Foster Falls Amphitheater in Foster Falls. The Rev. Paul Looney officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Dickie and Diane Strock of Bland. She is the granddaughter of Tom Hudson and the late Margie Hudson of Max Meadows.

    The groom is the son of Eddie and Rhonda Eastridge of Galax. He is the grandson of Lois Vaughan of Galax and the late Alfred Vaughan and Juanita Eastridge of Galax and the late Ingram Eastridge.
    Matron of honor was Leigh-Ann Pike, sister of the bride.