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Today's Features

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    WHITETOP — It's highly unlikely that any of the winners of an eating contest at the annual Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival got a kiss after their victory.
    The wild onion eating competition results in pungent breath that could peel paint.
    It's a good thing that the top prizes all come with a bottle of mouthwash, in addition to cash.
    Taking home the big bottle of Scope at this year's event on May 15 was a kilt-clad contender with a stomach of iron — defending champ Toby Shutters.

  • Hicks Testerman, Carsonville community, Independence, celebrated his 90th birthday May 13. He is married to Lorraine Burris.

    He has four children, Glen and Mary Testerman, Billy and Betty Testerman, Linda Waller and Anna and Kathy and Robert Asbury. He also has three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  • Jimmy Poole and Shirley Hines announced their engagement on March 12.
    Poole is the son of Buddy and Brenda Poole of Ennice, N.C.

    Hines is the daughter of Bobby and Debra Gibson of Galax, and Bobby Miller of Lexington, N.C.
    A wedding date will be announced.

  • Wendy Rodgers and Lawrence Hartung of Independence were married April 5, 2011 in Arch Cape, Oreg.
    “We are thrilled to announce that we are now husband and wife,” the couple said.

    The intimate ceremony was “fabulous,” they said. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue our lives together.”

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    When you turned 16, cruising Main Street in Galax became a right of passage, said Melissa Russell, who graduated from Carroll County High School in 2002.

    That's the last year the weekend tradition took place, she said.

  • WOODLAWN — Hazzard County is coming to Woodlawn on May 20, with two beloved actors from "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV show — James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane) and Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate).
    The pair will be at Greg's Core Supply Inc. at 5417 Elkhorn Road, along with the General Lee, a Hazzard patrol car and Cooter's tow truck.
    The event will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Actors will have autographed photos for sale and will sign personal items for a small fee.
    The Comptons & Friends will perform from 3-5 p.m.

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  • Oliver Gray Smith and his parents, Daniel and Priscila Smith, celebrated his first birthday in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, with his maternal grandparents, Vanir and Lourdes Cardoso.

    Oliver’s paternal grandparents are Danny and Andrea Smith, of Galax. Oliver and his parents live in Central Asia.