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Today's Features

  • Isabel Cristina Nicolescu‑Waggonner of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Bucharest, Romania, and James Lazo of Los Angeles, Calif., were united in marriage Sept. 19, 2015, at Stonefarm in Elk Creek.
    Robert Lazo, brother of the groom, officiated.
    A reception was held on the lawn of the farm.

  • BAYWOOD — Canines, felines and even fowl were welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd near Galax last Saturday during the annual Blessing of the Animals service.

    Held each October in honor of St. Francis, the church off U.S. 58 in Baywood opens itself to the community’s four-legged family members. According to organizers, the church formerly held ceremonies on the lawn in front of the church, but in recent years they’ve opted for opening the church for several hours, allowing owners to bring their furbabies by for a quick blessing at their convenience.

  • BAYWOOD — Canines, felines and even fowl were welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd near Galax last Saturday during the annual Blessing of the Animals service.

    Held each October in honor of St. Francis, the church off U.S. 58 in Baywood opens itself to the community’s four-legged family members. According to organizers, the church formerly held ceremonies on the lawn in front of the church, but in recent years they’ve opted for opening the church for several hours, allowing owners to bring their furbabies by for a quick blessing at their convenience.

  • “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a campy cult classic musical comedy film that spoofs old sci-fi and horror movies, came to the Rex Theater in downtown Galax last Thursday night.

    It featured a costume contest, elements of traditional audience participation and lots of silly, good-natured fun.

    The movie is enjoying its 40th anniversary year, which provided a delightful “Time Warp” for fans and newcomers alike.

  • The rain didn’t stop the community from celebrating Oct. 10 during the annual Mountain Foliage Festival in Independence.

    Members of the community gathered on Main Street for a day full of town traditions, shopping, games and other forms of recreation.

    The Grand Privy Race consisted of four teams this year. First-place winners in the annual outhouse race were the Grayson Wrestling Team, followed by the Independence Volunteer Fire Department in second place, Core Fitness in third place, and United Way in fourth place.

  • Lauren Griggs and Benjamin Silcox, along with their families, announce their engagement.
    Lauren is the daughter of Laurie and Roger Porter of Galax and Charles and Michelle Griggs of New Mexico.

    Her grandparents are Bill and Bobbie Copeland of Hillsville, and Ruthie Griggs, also of Hillsville.
    Benjamin is the son of Mary and Chad Paderick of Troutville and the late Benjamin Webb Silcox of Troutville.

  • “You guys, please eat something!” Stephannie Dees, one of five directors for a Backpack Buddies group – there are about 13 separate groups, locally, she says – yells at her volunteers across Galax Presbyterian Church’s Warwick Hall.

    The volunteers crowd around the hall’s kitchen window, where snacks of pimento cheese and chicken salad have been set out. It’s a bit before noon and everyone’s just spent the majority of an hour stuffing sacks with food donations.

  • INDEPENDENCE — This year’s Mountain Foliage Festival is sure to get the community geared up for fall with a variety of craft vendors, music, games and entertainment fit for everyone in the family.

    The 33rd Annual Grand Privy Race — an Independence tradition — begins at 11 a.m. Contestants in the race make their mad dashes towards the finish line in custom-built mobilized outhouses.

  • Lelia C. Poe celebrated her 98th birthday with a party at Waddell Nusing Home Aug. 16 with her family.

    Special guest was her son, Bobby Poe from Edgewater, Md.

  • Makayla Grace Hancock celebrated her fifth birthday March 28 with a Frozen Elsa party at the Carroll County Search & Rescue Building with family and friends.