Today's Features

  • Ryder Cole Rose celebrated his seventh birthday July 3. His parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. He has three sisters, Cheyenne, Trinity and Samantha, all of Fries.

    His grandparents are the late Connie Dowling and Jimmy and Edna Hines, all of Fries. His great-grandparents are the late Ressie Dowling and Robert Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie Ray and Arlene Osborne of Austinville.

  • Carla and Kevin Frost of Galax, along with Todd and Kim Skaggs of Shepherdsville, Ky., announced the engagement of their daughter, Emerald Leigh Midkiff-Skaggs, to Joseph Michael Rizzo, son of Dr. Brian and Debra Rizzo of Charlottesville.

    Midkiff-Skaggs graduated in 2004 from Galax High School.
    She obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia in 2009.
    She is employed as an executive assistant research analyst in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Tony Szewczyk of Derby, Conn., and Susan Roudebush of Leesburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Anne Frances, to Matthew Alan Hicks, son of Alan and Vicki Hicks of Galax.

    The bride is the granddaughter of the late Bob Moreland and Mary Etta Moreland of Falls Church and the late David and Estelle Szewczyk of Derby.
    The groom is the grandson of John and Bonnie Ayers of Galax, the late Dallas Brown of Woodlawn and the late Marshall and Dorothy Hicks of Gastonia, N.C.

  • FANCY GAP  — David Gelly saw possibilities in the famous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional murder thriller.
    He’s often driven up U.S. 52 from Winston-Salem, N.C., to his getaway in the mountains, having to slash through fog where he couldn’t see two feet ahead.
    Like many drivers who have ended up in the multi-vehicle pileups on Interstate 77 or those who struggled to stay out of accidents in the area, the weather made an impression on Gelly.

  • William and Margie Bartlett celebrated their 60th anniversary June 21 at the Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro, N.C. After a buffet dinner, guests were entertained by the Southeast Express Bluegrass Band.

  • The Rev. and Mrs. Tim Wiford of Anderson, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Rice of Galax announce the engagement of their children, Kayla Renae Wiford to John Stanley Rice.
    Wiford is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with an associate degree in surgical tech. She is currently employed with Home Instead Senior Care.

    Rice is a graduate of Radford University with a bachelor of science in pre-med. He is working toward his doctorate as a nurse practitioner.
    A Nov. 16 wedding date is planned in Anderson, Ind.

  • Steve and Melissa Combs of Hillsville announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Michelle, to Matthew Cody Vaughn, the son of Ed and Lora Terry of Hillsville and Ralph and Sharon Vaughn of Austinville.

    Combs graduated from Carroll County High School in 2007 and from Wytheville Community College in 2011 with an associate’s degree in nursing.
    She is a registered nurse at the Virginia Department of Health in the Mount Rogers District.

  • Rebecca Ruth Bond and William Peary Moore celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 28.
    They were married on July 28, 1962, at the Alleghany Courthouse in Sparta, N.C., by Justice of the Peace Floyd T. Miller.

    Attending their wedding were their mothers, Peggy Bond and Margaret Moore and friend, Thelma. They later spent their honeymoon at “Granny” Mary Emily Tate’s house in Eagle Bottom in Fries and began their 50 years of marriage together.

  • A Galax native has explored his hometown’s darkest corners to reveal tales of terror and the unknown.
    Brandon Ayers hopes these legends, extracted from locals and presented by professional storytellers and guides, will educate and enthrall during the Ghosts of Galax Haunted Historic Walking Tour.

  • A college student is organizing an effort to raise clothing and school supplies to host a Back-to-School Bash on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at Cornerstone Community Church in downtown Galax.
    With many being unable to afford clothing and school supplies, Cornerstone Community Church member and Liberty University student Abigail Cox has spearheaded the event and recruited volunteers in order to help reach the physical needs of the community.