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Today's Features

  • Gilbert and Betty Fortner celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 23, 2010.
    They were married Dec. 23, 1950, in York, S.C.
    Their children honored them with a celebration dinner at Shatley Springs Nov. 25.

    Attending were Phyllis and Kenneth Pierce, Aaron Pierce and children Madison and Blake; Roland and Laura Fortner, Jack and Lily; James Fortner; Sandra and Terry Knowlton and sons, Chuck, John and Mike Knowlton.

  • A Grayson County infant is being treated for third-degree burns, and his family is looking for help paying bills and covering expenses as they stay by his side at a hospital in Ohio.
    Jayden McCraw, eight months old, has burns that cover his body from his chest to his knees, according to his aunt, Elena Smith of Galax.

  • Braeden Ford Whitaker celebrated his second birthday Aug. 19, 2010, with family and friends with a Thomas the Tank Engine party at Felts Park.

    He is the son of Billy and Jessica Whitaker of Galax. His maternal grandparents are Henry and Joyce Ford of Galax and paternal grandparents are Charles and Kim Irwin of Sparta, N.C.

  • Rita Bunn of Fancy Gap had her 94th birthday on Dec. 9.
    She celebrated at a meal at Flossies in Galax with her son, Joe Bunn; daughter, Joyce Bunn, and daughter-in-law, Ruth Bunn. Later she was serenaded in her living room by bluegrass band Jenny Leigh and the Boys (Jennifer Bunn, Harold Vass, Aaron Vass, and John Edmonds).

  • Justin Tyler Chappell celebrated his first birthday Dec. 24, 2010, with family and friends.

    He is the son of Ashley Sexton and Joe Chappell. His grandparents are Lisa Waller and Barry Waller, Ricky Sexton and Jody Sexton and Cindy and Toby Chappell.

  • The latest additions to the Virginia Landmarks Register, announced last week, include more than 4,000 acres of northeastern Grayson County.
    The Spring Valley Rural Historic District recognizes the community as a center of farming and commercial agriculture in Southwest Virginia.

    The district also will be considered for the National Register of Historic Places.
    The application for historic landmark status was prepared by Hill Studio in Roanoke, on behalf of Spring Valley property owner Donald Philen, who privately sponsored this project.

  • Marjorie Austin Crockett is having to force herself to get into the spirit of Christmas, one year after a Tennessee man armed with a fake bomb and four handguns disrupted her workplace during the holidays in 2009.

    Crockett and two others were held for nine hours by the man during an armed standoff with police.
    Today, Crockett — recently married, living in Max Meadows and still working as a letter carrier in Galax — says she has a new outlook on life, even as she copes with the trauma of what she went through last year.

  • Penny LaRhonda Burcham and Gregory Todd Nixon exchanged wedding vows Oct. 1, 2010 at 7 p.m., in a candlelight ceremony in the Chapel at the Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
    The Rev. Guy Jacob officiated.

    Burcham is the daughter of Peggy Wright Burcham and the late Swanson “Cotton” Burcham. She is the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Iva C. Wright and the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Burcham.

  • Lauren Kelly Shumate turned one Sept. 3. She celebrated with a monkey party at home with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Jerry and Mindy Shumate. Her grandparents are L.D. and Nancy Galyean. She has an older sister, Paige Shumate.

  • Aiden Alexander Chambers of Galax celebrated his first birthday Oct. 27 with a Sponge Bob party at his home on Oct. 31.

    He is the son of Brad and Krissy Chambers. Grand-parents are Larry and Judy Chambers of Galax and Donnie and Tammy Easter of Hillsville. His great-grandparents are Don and Pat Easter of Fancy Gap, James and Shirley Cheely of St. Augustine, Fla., and Marie Chambers of Galax. His great-great grandparents are Bernard and Ruth Easter of Florida.