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Today's Features

  • Eli Watson turned two in July. He celebrated with an Elmo party and cookout at his home with family and friends.

    He is the son of Roger and Kristy Watson. His grandparents are Mike and Chloe Lineberry and E.R. and Janice Watson.

  • Denny and Reva Bryant celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 16.
    A surprise party was given at their home by the family.

    They have three children — Denny Ray, Donald Bryant and Darlene Hernandez; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
    Denny Bryant enjoys farming writing songs and playing old-time bluegrass guitar. Reva Bryant loves to grow prize roses, bird watching and caring for her poodle, “Buddy.”
    They are members of Hebron Church of Christ.

  • Carroll County's  JROTC and the Blue Ridge Mountain Council (BRMC) Boy Scouts recently hosted the second annual “Raider on the New” competition.

    Other competing schools were William Byrd, Monticello, Harrisonburg, Fishburne Military Academy and Gretna. 

  •  NEW YORK — Looking for an elderly resident trapped in the Jan. 9 fire at Briarleigh Court, Virginia State Police Trooper Matt Cochran felt his uniform starting to melt, he told Parade magazine.

  •  As Chris and Maddy Ecker set out looking for a home they could retire to, they wanted something unique.

    It was this idea that led the couple to have a monolithic dome — a large, igloo-shaped house — constructed in Galax. 

    Their new home, which they moved into two weeks ago, will be open for a tour Saturday as part of the 10th annual Fall Dome Home Tour happening all across the United States.

  • Timber Abrianna Mundy celebrated her second birthday Aug. 20 with a Mickey Mouse party at her home. Her sisters Hope and Taelynn and many friends and family members joined her to celebrate.

    She is the daughter of Tammy L. Liddle and Tim L. Mundy of Woodlawn. Her maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle of Woodlawn  and Charles Liddle of Galax. Paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly and Wayne Mundy of Cana. A paternal great-grandparent is Ovella Easter.

  •  INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute has invited representatives from the Federation of Damanhur — a resilient agricultural community in northern Italy — to a local seminar to speak about their 30-year experiment with a model of sustainable spiritual living.

  • WOODLAWN — It's tempting to say that Gooch Harmon, who presides over his complex of clothing stores on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn, pulled himself up by his bootstraps, but the foundation of his commercial success stems from his decades selling cars.
    After all, Harmon still spends much of his time in the "Boot Capital of Virginia," where the store moves several thousand pairs a year.
    But his time as a car salesman preceded the launch of his retail boot business and other clothing outlets by about 15 years.

  • INDEPENDENCE — The annual Mountain Foliage Festival features events you can see nowhere else, like outhouses on wheels racing down the street, a Potty Princess “beauty” pageant and a toilet paper toss.
    The town's Grand Privy Race was recently named the state's official outhouse race by the Virginia General Assembly. Teams pull custom-built outhouses — or “privies” — in a race for the prized bedpan trophy.
    The event kicks off today, Friday, with a pie baking contest and the pageant tonight.

  • Landon Phipps celebrated his fourth birthday Sept. 18 with 20 friends at a Backyardiganis Pirate Treasure party at his home. He and his friends enjoyed a fun day of water games, face painting, balloon animals, pumpkin painting and a hayride.

    He and his family also celebrated with a week at North Myrtle Beach and a trip to Chucky Cheese in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is the son of Bobby and Susan Phipps. Grandmothers are Geneva Harris and Juanita Phipps. Godmother is Trisha Hawks.