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Today's Features

  • ELK CREEK — Brieanne Hash flips down the amber visor on her black racing helmet, shielding her sparkling blue eyes as she inches toward the starting line at Elk Creek Dragway.

    Her helmet matches her race car, a sleek 1:2 scale replica of the Top Fuel dragsters that run better than 300 mph on quarter-mile tracks across the country. Her machine is polished black with red graphics that appropriately resemble the outline of a bullet.

  • Caleb Sizemore and Kellie Siford announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. at Snow Hill Baptist Church.

    A reception will follow.
    Family and friends are invited.

  • Joe and Edith Russell of Baywood celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 13.

    They were married Aug. 13, 1950, in York, S.C.
    They have three children, including a daughter, Barbara Bishop of Willis; and sons Jesse Russell of Baywood and Jerry Russell of Woodlawn.

  • Archie and Hester Grimes celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 29.

    Their family gave them a vow renewal ceremony and reception July 24 at Shorts Creek Church of God.

  • Backpack Buddies will, for the second year, begin serving children at Galax Elementary, Galax Middle and Galax High on Sept. 3.
    Last year, Backpack Buddies, a program designed to feed children over the weekend that may go hungry, served 172 Galax children throughout the school year.
    Backpack Buddies is a new, national, community-based program with about 150 organizations in the country that help provide nutritious, non-perishable meals and healthy snacks to children in need.

  • HILLSVILLE — Twin County Humane Society will hold this year’s dog walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Carroll Wellness Center in Hillsville.
    “Walk for the Animals” will be held rain or shine to raise money for spay/neuter assistance and other animal welfare programs.
    Walkers must raise $25 to participate. Those who raise a minimum $50 and pre-register by Aug. 30 will receive a free event t-shirt.

  • The Jeff Matthews Museum in Galax is collecting Galax High School yearbooks, and local historian John Nunn is hoping alumni will bring some forward to add to that collection.
    So far, the museum has collected four yearbooks — years 1947 through 1950 — that were found at a local antique shop. Nunn's sister purchased the yearbooks with the thought of starting a collection at the Jeff Matthews Museum.

  • The Wythe-Grayson Regional Library system welcomed its new director July 1.
    J. Sara Paulk was appointed as new regional library director by the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library Board of Trustees.
    Paulk comes from Georgia, where she served as an assistant director, a head librarian and a reference librarian in three different library systems.
    She also worked in Concord, N.H., and Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Paulk, along with her family, will be living in Grayson County.

  • An Elk Creek man will travel to Chile for about two weeks as part of a Gideon International Mission Trip.
    Ralph Tuggle — who will celebrate his 73rd birthday mid-flight during a trip that begins today, Friday — is one of 23 Gideons from the U.S., Australia and Finland traveling to Chile. The volunteers will work alongside 75 to 100 Chilean Gideons to place Bibles and scriptures there in different venues.

  • HILLSVILLE — Things are looking up for Joy Ranch as the children's home approaches its 50th anniversary, says development coordinator Brent Carrick.
    Organizers have lots to celebrate at Joy Fest on Aug. 28, as the facility gets ready to kick off a commemoration of a half-century of operation.