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Today's Features

  • Jeremiah Levi Foster will turn one year old Jan. 12. He is the son of P.J. Foster and Jessica Baldwin of Fries.

    His grandparents are Dewey Baldwin and Sheron Hash of Fries, Tina Foster of Elkton, Md., and Peter Foster Sr. of Dunn, N.C. His great-grandmothers are Eileen Carr of Elkton, Md., and Addie Baldwin of Galax, formerly of Elk Creek. Foster and his family will celebrate with a Winnie the Pooh party at their home.

  • James Breece Roten (J.B.) celebrated his second birthday Oct. 12 at his home on Coal Creek with family and friends. He is the son of Mike and Kristy Roten of Galax.

    His grandparents are Breece and Carol Roten of Galax and Tom and Gloria Anderson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Great-grandmothers are Opal Robinson of Galax and Patricia Lamantia of Apache Junction, Ariz.

  • Westin Michael Johnson of Galax celebrated his first birthday Dec. 5 with a Mickey Mouse party. He is the son of Michael and Kasey Johnson.

    His grandparents are David and Pam Flippin, Bert and Carol Elliott of Galax. His great-grandparents are Dennis and Helen Flippin of Lowgap, N.C., and Lilly Mae Melton of Galax.

  • Over a half century ago, people in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina celebrated Christmas with house parties that included old-time string music, song and dance over a period of two weeks during the holiday season.

    “Breakin’ Up Christmas” is both a name for the 12 days of partying, dancing and music-making after the holiday, and a song sung during that period.

  • 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.