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Today's Features

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Wayne Durnovich of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Anna Bryant Durnovich, to Matthew Joseph Ventresca, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Anthony Ventresca, of New Hope, Pa.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wheeler Parsons, of Galax, and John Michael Durnovich and the late Janice Durnovich of Abingdon.
    Anna is a graduate of Grayson County High School and the College of Charleston. She is employed by NAI Geis Realty Group in Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Twin County Wellness Center has partnered with The Gazette to offer 2 people each a free, 12-week personal training session!

  • In January, Vatress Williams of Woodlawn handed the Carroll Chapter of Project Linus over to Sarah Melton of Independence.

    Williams had served Project Linus for about five years and got the chapter to supply 4,030 blankets to children in the area.

  • HILLSVILLE — Lilias Turman, 90, reported to the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 at 5 a.m. on May 15 to help cook breakfast for the many law enforcement representatives that attended the Peace Officers Memorial Day observance.
    It’s for actions like this in a busy schedule of helping her community that Turman’s sisters in the VFW ladies’ auxiliary recognized her as volunteer of the year in Loyalty Day activities.

  • Luke Hampton, an Alleghany County wrestler paralyzed after his spine was injured during a match, is now running his own business and training young grapplers. On Sunday, a free concert in Sparta, N.C., will benefit Alleghany Special Olympics in honor of Hampton.

  • INDEPENDENCE ― A meeting is planned for June 6 to discuss plans to open a prison ministry at the new River North Correctional Center in Independence.
    According to reports, neither the Virginia Department of Corrections nor Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia has funds to place a chaplain at the prison.
    The Rev. Terri Gregory, pastor of the Independence United Methodist Church, said plans are to organize a “River North Ministry Council” made up of ministers and laypeople in the surrounding counties of Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Beginning on May 21, the Galax Recreation Center is offering a new exercise program designed to improve the health of current and former breast cancer patients.
    Leading the class is cancer exercise specialist Renee Stoneman, a fitness guru who is dedicated to improving and maintaining cancer patients’ health.

  • Heather Lynn Poole of Galax and Joseph Eric Sapp of Fries were united in marriage Feb. 16, 2013, by the Rev. Andy Edmonds and the Rev. John Williams at Gospel Chapel in Galax with family and friends.

    The bride is the daughter of Elvis and Rhonda Poole of Galax and the granddaughter of William “Bill” Spencer.
    She graduated from Carroll County High School. She works at Bojangles.
    The bridegroom is the son of Mary Sharlene Sapp of Fries.

  • Paisley Brooke Snider turned two Feb. 1. She celebrated with a Dora the Explorer party at the Carroll County Public Library with family and friends. Her parents are Curtis and Lorie Snider.

    She has two older sisters, Paisley and Blair Snider. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her great-grandparents are Pauline Marshall of Laurel Fork and Freida Deskins of Hillsville. Her special aunts are Holly Choate and Gina Bigham.

  • WHITETOP — Grayson Highlands State Park is a beautiful place to visit, hike, camp or just get away from your regular routine. Just be sure to keep your eye to the sky for fast changing weather conditions and always go prepared.
    After my many visits there, I always had a lingering disappointment in the back of my mind every time I was about to make my way down the long winding road out of the park – I still had yet to see the infamous wild ponies that inhabit the balds of the mountain top, which I had heard so many stories about.