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Today's Features

  • Oakland Elementary School’s kindergarten classes are raising funds to send 75 gift stockings to an adopted soldier’s unit this Christmas.
    Operation “Santa Soldier” Stockings not only involves students in putting together gifts for American soldiers for the holidays, but also establishes a bond between the adopted unit and students through a pen pal program. Students will write to the soldiers and hear back about their travels overseas.

  • ATLANTA, Ga. — Like the undead creatures he has played on “The Walking Dead,” actor PJ McDonnell just keeps coming back.
    The native of Grayson County has shambled his way through three episodes of the mega-popular zombie survival TV series in the past two years. Two gunshots to the head and a decapitation by sword weren’t enough to keep him down.

  • Brooke Marion and Ian Phillips were united in marriage Aug. 17, 2013, at the home of the bride’s parents in Woodlawn. The Rev. Andy Edmonds officiated the double‑ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Wade and Melissa Marion of Woodlawn.

    The groom is the son of the Rev. Theron and Dana Phillips of Dugspur.
    The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents.
    Maid of honor was Hope Marion, sister of the bride. Flower girl was Abbi Puckett, cousin of the bride.

  • Palin Leanne Snider turned four on Aug. 11. She celebrated with a Hello Kitty party at her home with family and friends. Along for the celebration was her best friend, Addison Greene (pictured on right).

  • Kristen Nicole Stesen and Javier Antonio Nativi of Galax recently announced their engagement and upcoming marriage on March 23, 2014.

    Stesen is the daughter of Deanna Carico Burgess and Lawrence Burgess. She is the granddaughter of Donna Cooley Carico and Danny Lee Carico of Galax. She is the great-granddaughter of the late H.G. and Nona Fae Cooley and Berlie and Elsie Faye Carico.
    Nativi is the son of Belin and Jose Nativi of Hollywood, Fla.
    The couple has been together for six years and will wed on the seven-year anniversary of their relationship.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    After readying the equipment and flipping off the lights, three members of Lambsburg-based paranormal team Operation Spiritseekers marched into the basement of a Galax restaurant.
    Their trip down the steep stairs lead into a dark basement, where Rachel McDonald placed several pieces of electronic equipment and sensors, a flashlight and a ball  — all devices that a spirit could use to communicate with the living — in a cluster on the basement floor. Standing back, she spoke into the blackness.

  • HILLSVILLE — What has it taken for a zombie nurse named Ingaborg Twitch to become a recognizable local figure in a world full of creeps?
    The short answer is blood, sweat and urine.
    While the sweat is real enough, the blood is fake and the urine belongs to those who get particularly shocked by Lesley Catron and the scare troupe Reeking Havok.
    Fright fame might seem like just an apparition for many haunted house spooks, but Hillsville hosts a real local “scare-lebrity.”

  • Author Joe Tennis has collected dozens of ghost stories from throughout Southwest Virginia and Tennessee for his latest book — tales of spectres, witches, phantom trains and an apocalyptic cyclone.
    Earlier this year, Tennis held listeners in his thrall at a discussion of these supernatural stories at the Crossroads Institute in Galax. It was part of an ongoing series to teach locals about the area’s heritage.
    A native of Virginia Beach who lives in Bristol, Tennis, 44, is a columnist for the Bristol Herald Courier. He has also written for Virginia Living.

  • Just as it does during fires or floods, Twin County E-911’s law enforcement and emergency services community  responded quickly when one of its own found himself in need.
    Emergency dispatcher Matthew Chappell’s colleagues and friends are working to raise money to buy a wheelchair and cover medical bills after a lengthy hospitalization.

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Forty years ago, Twin County Regional Hospital opened its doors for the first time to begin a new effort of community-oriented healthcare.
    Today, through its many changes, the staff hopes to continue serving the community through a growing affiliation with Duke LifePoint.