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Today's Features

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of racial equality with the world. Society since that time has changed drastically, making King’s dream a reality.
    Decades after his death, many still find the strength in his words to pursue their own dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.

  • New River Trail State Park attracted more than one million visitors and had nearly 6 percent more attendance than in 2011.
    The trail that passes through Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax followed the trend that allowed Virginia State Parks to set a new attendance record in 2012.
    State parks attracted 8.366 million visitors, an increase of 7 percent. The new record is a 4 percent increase over the previous attendance record of 8.065 million visitors, set in 2010.

  • Eldon and Iris Gardner of Fancy Gap celebrated their 73rd anniversary.

    They enjoyed their anniversary together at their home.
    They were married Dec. 23, 1939.

  • Jaxson Preston Stockner celebrated his first birthday Nov. 16 with a pirate themed pool party at the Galax Recreation Center with family and friends.

    He is the son of Ashley Stockner and Zeth Stockner. His grandparents are Tammey Osborne, Junior Osborne, Tommy Stockner and Cherie Stockner.

  • Isabella “Izzie” Marshall turned four on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a ScoobyDoo bowling party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. Her sister is Cassie Marshall.

    Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal & O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

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

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

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Groups of black silhouettes circle the air over the hospital and hover around local businesses and residences, roosting in trees and giving some people the creeps.
    During the winter months, scavenger bird sightings in the Twin County area have become more common. As vultures and buzzards settle in for their long winter’s nap, the community is not feeling quite as comfortable.

  • Twin County Regional Hospital welcomed the first baby of 2013 on Jan. 1 at 9:20 a.m.
    Aubrey Nicole Vaughan, daughter of Danielle Atkinson and Tyler Vaughan Sr. of Woodlawn, was born closest to the midnight mark that brought us into the new year.
    Aubrey came into the world weighing seven pounds, eight ounces, and measured 20-and-a-half inches long, according to the press release.
    She was delivered at the hospital by Carlos J. Blattner, MD, of Blue Ridge Physicians for Women.

  • HILLSVILLE — Organizers of Christian Family Fun Day have tagged their next event, bringing a famous wrestler to Carroll County High School for the “Ring of Truth.”
    After wrestling with the likes of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson in the original “Four Horsemen” and winning titles as a team member and on his own, Tully Blanchard now describes himself as “a champion of Christ.”
    Blanchard wrestled from 1977 to 1989 in the WCW and the WWE until his drug and alcohol usage sort of pinned him to the mat.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Through her extensive volunteer work through Appalachian Independence Center (AIC), Leigh Ann Heath of Galax now feels confident in her ability to make a positive difference for others.
    “Before, I felt like I wasn’t a part of my community,” she said. “Now, I have more confidence in myself. I’m not afraid to go out in public like I used to. I an get up in front of others and talk about what I do without feeling insecure about myself.”