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Today's Features

  •  The Blue Ridge Parkway has sustained in Carroll County a "globally rare" flower, because "America's Favorite Drive" also preserves the plant's habitat.

    Field botanist Nancy Van Alstine of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation found the Cuthbert turtlehead on a rare plant survey in early September along a streamhead near the parkway.

  • Jenny Andrea Grabman and Jack Maurice Bird were united in marriage July 24, 2010, at Grayson Highlands State Park. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Ty Harrison. Special music was provided by Joyce Rouse and Larry Paluzzi.
    The bride is the daughter of Lawrence and Sandra Grabman of Galax. She is the granddaughter of Elaine Vater‑Dillon of Independence.

    The groom is the son of David Bird of Bradenton, Fla., and Henry and Joan Bolduc of Elk Creek.

  • Teresa Faye Hill and Johnny Ramey were united in marriage at Comers Rock under an oak tree at 2 p.m. Aug. 28.
    Donna Anderson was maid of honor and Andy Wilson was best man.

    Attending the ceremony were the bride’s daughter, LeAnn Alderman; her son, Travis Hill; and her grandson, Jackson Alderman.
    Also attending were the groom’s daughter, Alison Hash, her children Eli and Colby Hash, and friend Jason Hash.
    Also attending were the groom’s daughter, Amber Hall, husband Josh Hall and their children, Austin and Mara.

  •  FRIES — A sizable portion of northeastern Grayson County has been recommended for addition to the state register of landmarks.

    The 4,220-acre Spring Valley community was settled in the 1760s, long before Grayson County was formed in 1792. William Bourne and his wife, Rosamond Jones Bourne, were among the first to settle in the area.

  • Kennedié Cheyan Holder celebrated her third birthday Oct. 2 with a Pretty Princess Party at her Nana and Papa’s house with family and friends. She is the daughter of Brad and Sparkle Holder.

    Her grandparents are Mark and Paulette Chappell and Myrna and the late Barney Holder. She also celebrated with friends from Fairview Daycare.

  • Casey Michael Jones turned three Oct. 5. He celebrated Sept. 25 with a cars theme party at his home with family and friends. He is the son of Jody and Debbie Jones of Hillsville.

    His grandparents are Katie and C.C. Dalton Jr. of Hillsville and Brenda and Harry Jones of Fries. His great-grandmother is Helen Jones of Fries. He has two special cousins, Carlie Dalton and Dalton Young.

  • Travis Shea Bowers and Heather Nicole Diamond were married Sept. 18, 2010, at River Hill Christian Church.
    Pastor Leo Phillips performed the double-ring ceremony.

    The groom is the son of Clarence and Janice Bowers. His grandmother is Ruby Bowers.
    The bride is the daughter of Paula Diamond and Dallas Diamond. Her grandparents are Elmer and Ada Lee Williams.
    The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father and was given in marriage by her parents.
    The groom’s father was best man.

  • Jessica Suzanne O’Dell and Jacob David Norman were married Oct. 2, 2010, at a 6 p.m. ceremony at Gate City Baptist Church in Jamestown, N.C.
    The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Chan Shaver.  A reception was held at the Clarion Hotel in Greensboro, N.C.

    The bride is the daughter of Chuck and Vicki Gregory of High Point, N.C., and the granddaughter of Mike and Susie Floyd of Galax.
    The groom is the son of James and Rita Norman of Marietta, Ga.
    The couple live in High Point, N.C.

  • Agnes Marie Lundy Cox turned 96 years old on Aug. 19. Family and friends surprised her with a party on Aug. 14 at Flat Rock Community Building. She is widow of the late James Earl Cox of the Flat Rock community in Independence.

    Agnes has two children — Anne C. Collins of San Francisco, and Harry Cox of Independence. She has three grandchildren, Chris Cox and Brad Cox of Independence and Mary Lynne Ward of Galax; and great-grandsons Austin Cox and Braeden Ward.

  • Tara Lynn Eddy of Lynchburg and Kevin Michael Spurlin of Galax were united in marriage June 27, 2010, at Ward Manor in Independence.
    The bride is the daughter of Owen and Judy Eddy of Castile, N.Y.  
    The groom is the son of Michael and Anita Spurlin of Galax.
    The uncle of the bride, the Rev. Allan Monfils, officiated.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father.