Today's Features

  • 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.


    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.”


    After years of hard work and preparation, Alfonzo “Fonzi” Hernandes Cobos of Galax is climbing the ladder as a bodybuilder.
    On Nov. 3, 2012, he took first place in the lightweight class bodybuilding competition at the Elite Muscle Classic in Greensboro, N.C. He also placed second in the overall competition.
    Cobos, 23, was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and moved to the United States when he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Galax High School.

  • Joseph D. Fletcher and Patricia A. Fletcher of Galax announce the engagement of their daughter, Bridget Nicole Fletcher, to Andrew Stephen Bobbitt, the son of Freddie and Dana Bobbitt of Carroll County.

    A Jan. 5 wedding is planned at Hillcrest Baptist Church at 1 p.m.

  • Hayden Thomas Blevins celebrated his fourth birthday on Dec.10 with a construction birthday party with his family.

    He is the son of Jason and Alison Blevins of Galax. His grandparents are Jim and Brenda Blevins of Ennice, N.C., and Ray and Nonnie Plummer of Troutdale.

  • Blake Anderson Blevins celebrated his first birthday Oct. 24 with a safari birthday party with family at Macado’s.

    He is the son of Jason and Alison Blevins of Galax. His grandparents are Jim and Brenda Blevins of Ennice, N.C., and Ray and Nonnie Plummer of Troutdale.


    With my eyes closed and my mind clear, I focus on the task in front of me: confronting an emotion that most people don’t put at the forefront of their mind, at least if they can help it.
    The feeling in question: doubt, an emotion that plagues everyone at certain points in their lives.
    “Allow yourself to feel doubt in your mind, to completely feel it, and let me know when you are there,” coaches Cindy Halley.

  • Ted and Geraldine (Dean) Hall of Upperco, Md., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.
    Not only was Dean born on Christmas Day, but married on Christmas Day.

    Ted, born and raised in Galax, is a 1958 graduate of Galax High School.
    The Halls will renew their vows in a ceremony at Living Hope Baptist Church, Reisterstown, Md.

  • Fred and Norma Crouse celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Ryan’s Restaurant hosted by their sons.
    The Crouses were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 1962, in York, S.C.

    The couple were raised in Galax, where they met. Mrs. Crouse is the former Norma J. Ring.
    They lived in Kernersville, N.C., where they raised sons Ray and Thomas.
    Their extended family includes Ray’s wife, Lynn; daughters Marissa and Miranda; along with Thomas’ wife, Lori, and daughter, Molly.