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Today's Features

  • After getting saved in 2010, Ben Tidwell felt moved to raise his voice in a musical ministry.
    Tidwell found the Lord at Full Gospel Bible Mission in Austinville, but he had to work up to the idea of signing.
    “When I got saved I had a good friend tell me I needed to be singing,” Tidwell recalled.
    The friend, who he worked with at Amcor Rigid Plastics in Wytheville, invited Tidwell to sing with him and his wife at Wilderness Road Pentecostal Holiness Church in Wytheville.

  • Unveiling of first phase of Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial is an emotional and long-awaited time.

  • Madalyn Gregory turned 6 on Oct. 11. She celebrated with a Halloween costume party with her family and friends. She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory and the older sister of Aurora Sky Gregory of Fries.

    Her grandparents are John and Frances Pierce of Fries; William and Vergie Lundy, Shirley and the late Glen Ward and Eddie and Brenda Ward, all of Independence; and Jacky Testerman of North Carolina.

  • Madison Abigail Sluss turned two on Oct. 22. She celebrated on Oct. 20 at Fairview Church with a “Wheels on the Bus” birthday party with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has a brother, Brandon Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazwell.

  • WOODLAWN — Voting can work up an appetite for the many people who come to the precinct at Woodlawn School, members of the United Methodist Church just across the road have long understood.
    For around 15 years, serving a spaghetti lunch at the Woodlawn church has been an Election Day tradition for food, fellowship and fundraising.

  • A medical issue tipped the Lopez household budget into negative territory, but the Galax family can get back on track with a little help on two utility bills.
    Ceasar Lopez said his wife Miriam recently had complications from her benign-but-growing brain tumor.
    Though Miriam had a large tumor removed in 1985, the problem reoccurred in 2007, Ceasar said. Doctors have been watching it and noted the tumor has grown by one millimeter since last check.
    Lopez spread two fingers about two inches apart to show big the tumor is now.

  • Cliffside estate and property set for auction Nov. 8-9, including the mansion, cottages, furniture and other items.

  • Tiffany Janise Jones and Kriston Drew Nelson were united in marriage May 19 at Powder Mill Pond in Elk Creek in an afternoon Hawaiian-themed ceremony with family and friends.
    The Rev. Bobby Lorton of Radford officiated the double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Jimmy and Michele Jones of Independence. She is the granddaughter of Virginia Ruth Sutherland of Fries and the late Claiborne Sutherland and the late Henry and Janie Jones.

  • UPDATED: Due to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy passing through on Wednesday and expected temperatures in the 30s, several Halloween activities — including those in Independence and Galax — have changed venues:

    Oct. 30: Grayson Children's Center

  • FRIES — Local artist Chad Tate and his crew of maniacs have created a truly terrifying haunted house at the Fries Recreation Center this year.
    The Scream Asylum opened Oct. 19, with a massive “Pumpkin King” greeting visitors outside the rec center, complete with a light-up head Tate carved out of a foam block. The wood and chicken wire monstrosity also billows smoke from its head.