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Today's Features

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    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE

    and BRIAN FUNK

  • Rebekah Morgan celebrated her sixteenth birthday on Sept. 15, 2011. She had celebrations with friends and family at Rio Grande and also at Cabos in Hillsville. 

       She is the daughter of Donnie and Penny Morgan and sister to Elijah and Hannah Morgan of Hillsville.
       Bob Morgan celebrated his “16th” birthday on Feb. 29. He only gets to enjoy a “real” birthday every four years, as he was born in a leap year.

  • Isabella “Izzie” Jo Marshall turned three on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a Spongebob Square-pants pool party at the Galax Rec Center. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall and big sister to Cassidy Marshall.

    Grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Great-grand-parents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Calynn King celebrated her third birthday Feb. 28 with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Josh King and Leighann Brinegar. Her grandparents are Marcie and Allen King.

  • Sam and Lisa Lewis of Pounding Mill announce the engagement of their daughter, Jillian Blair Lewis, to Michael Gravley, son of Greg and Sharon Gravley of Austinville.

    Lewis is a 2004 graduate of Richlands High School. She graduated from Emory & Henry College with a bachelor’s degree in business and education, and received her master’s in business administration from Radford University. She is a business education teacher and coach at Galax High School.

  • Tara Ashlee Bedwell of Fort Mill, S.C., and Caleb George Mann of Harrisburg, N.C., were married Nov. 5, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Fort Mill, S.C.
    The Rev. Jeffrey Bedwell and the Rev. John Cashwell officiated the 6 p.m. ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bedwell of Fort Mill. She graduated in 2007 from York Technical School and is employed as a dental hygienist.

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    ABOUT THIS SERIES — The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement and the opening of China to global trade decimated manufacturing in Southwest Virginia. In this three-part series, we look at how Vaughan-Bassett Furniture is attempting to recover.

    VIDEO LINK AT END OF STORY: WATCH AN 11-MINUTE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JOHN D. BASSETT III, CHAIRMAN OF VAUGHAN-BASSETT FURNITURE.

  • Riley Preston Mays celebrated his third birthday Feb. 8 with a “Sponge Bob” party attended by family and friends.

    His parents are Scott and Priscilla Mays of Galax. Maternal grandparents are Janie and Donnie Turner and Gordon Bowman. Paternal grandparents are Bob and Wanda Mays of Galax.