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Today's Features

  • The Rev. Herman Jay Fields and wife, Janice, of Galax celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 28 at Cliffview Church of God’s Family Life Center.

    Their daughters and husbands, Pam and J.W. Lineberry and Patti and Ronnie Kirby, helped to host the event, along with their granddaughter and husband, Stephanie and Andrew Cockerham; grandson, Matthew Woodward and great-grandson, Noah Cockerham.
    The Rev. Fields’ twin brother Sherman Ray Fields and his wife, Jaunette, who is also Janice’s twin sister, also assisted with the celebration.

  • HILLSVILLE — One evening of the 2012 Carroll County Fair will go to the mat with NWA wrestling bouts.
    The fair will take place at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market Aug. 22-26, with the wrestling as a feature event for Sunday starting at 3 p.m.
    Colorfully named characters like “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant, Dr. Death, “Man Scout” Jake Maning, Major Havoc, Stan Lee and others will appear.
    The event is free with a paid fair admission, according to promotional materials.

  • HILLSVILLE — 84-year-old Dorothy Lewis has done her part to support Joy Ranch with a year’s worth of her collecting-and-crafting hobby.
    It takes a little bit of explaining, but her little diorama landscapes, wall hangings and baby baskets all come from Lewis picking up mementos, doodads and inexpensive items at stores to make a some kind of decorative arrangement.
    Born and raised in Raleigh, Lewis followed her son’s family to Carroll County as they pursued their life at the home for children.

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  • Samantha Autumn Rose celebrated her fourth birthday June 24. Her parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. She has two sisters, Cheyenne and Trinity and a brother, Ryder, all of Fries.

    Her grandparents are the late Connie Dowling and Jimmy and Edna Hines, all of Fries. Her great-grandparents are the late Ressie Dowling and Robert Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie Ray and Arlene Osborne of Austinville.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Moser of Galax announced the engagement of their son, Ryan Christopher Rios, to Carissa Marie Biddle, daughter of Dan and Patsy Biddle of Forest.
    Rios is the grandson of Dr. Juan F. and Beverly Rios and Susan Kirkland and the late Steve Kirkland of Galax.

    He is a 2000 graduate of Galax High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in finance, insurance and business law from Virginia Tech in 2005.
    Rios is employed as a financial investigator with the office of the Virginia Attorney General.

  • Wyatt James Hash will celebrate his first birthday Aug. 6 at home with his family.

    His parents are Karen Hash and Eric Hash of Elk Creek. His grandparents are Becky and Larry Elliott and Milton and Barbara Hicks.

  • Ryder Cole Rose celebrated his seventh birthday July 3. His parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. He has three sisters, Cheyenne, Trinity and Samantha, all of Fries.

    His grandparents are the late Connie Dowling and Jimmy and Edna Hines, all of Fries. His great-grandparents are the late Ressie Dowling and Robert Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie Ray and Arlene Osborne of Austinville.

  • Carla and Kevin Frost of Galax, along with Todd and Kim Skaggs of Shepherdsville, Ky., announced the engagement of their daughter, Emerald Leigh Midkiff-Skaggs, to Joseph Michael Rizzo, son of Dr. Brian and Debra Rizzo of Charlottesville.

    Midkiff-Skaggs graduated in 2004 from Galax High School.
    She obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia in 2009.
    She is employed as an executive assistant research analyst in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Tony Szewczyk of Derby, Conn., and Susan Roudebush of Leesburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Anne Frances, to Matthew Alan Hicks, son of Alan and Vicki Hicks of Galax.

    The bride is the granddaughter of the late Bob Moreland and Mary Etta Moreland of Falls Church and the late David and Estelle Szewczyk of Derby.
    The groom is the grandson of John and Bonnie Ayers of Galax, the late Dallas Brown of Woodlawn and the late Marshall and Dorothy Hicks of Gastonia, N.C.