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Today's Features

  • HILLSVILLE — Two sizable donations and the faith of Fuller Center for Housing members has built the foundation for the Carroll County’s organization’s second home project, says Oliver McBride.
    A little more than a year after officials with the Fuller Center for Housing - Greater Carroll County Area turned over the keys for the first home to Krystal Rosier, the non-profit has a blueprint to find a second deserving family and raise a second house, McBride said last week.

  • Harold and Judy Nelson of Galax announced the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nicole, to William Matthew Rippey, son of Tommy Rippey and Janie Morris of Cana.

    Nelson is a 2005 graduate of Galax High School.
    She is a 2008 graduate of Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, where she received an associate in applied science degree of veterinary technology.
    She is employed at Galax Veterinary Clinic.
    Rippey is a 2003 graduate of Carroll County High School.
    He is employed at Wal-Mart in Galax.

  • Mary Sharlene Sapp and Jeffrey Lee Cole of Fries were united in marriage Jan. 18, 2014, by the Rev. John Williams and the Rev. Bene Haga at Fries Baptist Church.
    The bride is the daughter of Junior and Darlene Anderson. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Vaughan.

    The bridegroom is the son of Pauline Cole and the late Bobby Cole. He is the grandson of Lillian Hash.
    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and children.
    Maid of honor was Amber Tate, daughter of the bride and groom.

  • HILLSVILLE — When the best biscuit maker contest heated up among Hardee’s employees in four states, Mary Marshall of Hillsville kept her cool and baked away.
    Boddie-Noell, the largest Hardee’s franchise in the United States, named Marshall on Feb. 23 as the champion after months of competition among 700 biscuit makers from 335 restaurants from Virginia, the Carolinas and Kentucky.

  • Legislation aimed at ensuring students’ right to pray and engage in other religious expression at school has passed the General Assembly, but not by sufficient margins to overcome a promised veto by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    State Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill passed the House of Delegates on a 64-34 vote on Feb. 26. It had earlier cleared the Senate, 20-18. Neither vote is enough to override a veto, which requires a two-thirds majority.

  • Sam Clemons of Galax and Judit Just of Barcelona, Spain, were married on June 28, 2013.
    The wedding was held at Mas di Silenci in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains near Barcelona.

    The best man was Enrique Barro and the maid of honor was Adriana Male’.
    Sam is a graduate of Galax High School and George Mason University.
    Judit Just (Juju) is an artist in residence and has an online store through etsy.
    The couple resides in Asheville, N.C.

  • Dakota Lee Walls celebrated his fourth birthday on Jan. 25.

    He had celebrations with friends and family including his favorite at Chuck E Cheese and Red Lobster. He is the son of Eddie and Kristin Walls.

  • Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his second birthday with his family and friends at Snow Hill Baptist Church fellowship hall with a Mickey Mouse theme party. His parents are Brittany Farmer and Billy Spencer.

    Grandparents are Bill Spencer and the late Linda Spencer and John and Jennifer Farmer. His great-grandparents are Edward Farmer and the late Iva Farmer and Howard and Zollie Easter. He has a great-great-grandmother, Open Robinson and a special uncle, John W. Farmer.

  • A local group has formed to research and plan the possibility of a non-denominational Christian school in the Twin County area.
    This was a vision that began just a couple of years ago, explained Lynn Funk of Lincoln Financial in Galax and a member of the group.
    She said that there are a number of parents, grandparents, guardians and homeschoolers who are interested in putting Christianity back into their children’s’ education.

  • It was a typical evening at her boyfriend Richard’s house when writing hobbyist and former Independence resident Melissa Caudill first got the idea for a short story.
    “I was sitting there, and his cat got on my lap and was laying there in what looked like an uncomfortable position. [Richard] mentioned that the cat likes me, and I told him, ‘no, she’s just looking for a comfortable place.
    “So he says, ‘That doesn’t look comfortable — that looks like love.’”