Today's Features

  • Bailey Mayson Newberry turned four on July 1. She celebrated with family and friends at Felts Park with a Hello Kitty party. She is the daughter of Paul and Sherri Newberry.

    Her grandparents are Susan Johnson and the late Larry Billings, Paul and Judy Newberry and the late Linda Weiseman-Arnold. Her great-grandparents are Otis and Joan Griffith.

  • Ryan Patrick Shaffner and Shaina Reni Stockton were married on Nov. 11 at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church. A private ceremony was performed by Pastor Zachary Royer.

    The couple exchanged rings, lit unity candles and made their wishes come true.
    The groom’s sons, Christopher and Hunter, were his best men. His daughter, Kaitlyn, was flower girl.
    The bride’s parents are Doug and Jeannie Stockton of Galax. The bride’s father escorted her down the aisle.

  • Michael and Rena Gamble of Mouth of Wilson announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessie Renea Gamble, to Justen Eugene Whitaker, son of Patsy Byrd of Richlands and Gene Whitaker of Galax.

    Gamble plans to graduate from Old Dominion University with a bachelor of science degree in human services. She is employed as a case manager for Mount Rogers Community Services Board of Independence. 
    Whitaker is employed as a commercial parts professional for Advance Auto Parts of Hillsville.



  • Madalyn Sierra Gregory celebrated her fifth birthday Oct. 11 with a special party at home with her parents and on Oct. 29 with family and friends at a Halloween costume party.

    She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Fries the granddaughter of John and Frances Pierce of Fries; William and Vergie Lundy and Eddie and Brenda Ward, all of Independence; and Jacky Testerman of Lansing, N.C.

  • Madison Abigail Sluss celebrated her first birthday on Oct. 22, 2011, at Galax Recreation Center. She had a princess theme birthday party. Family and friends attended.

    Her parents are Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has a brother, Brandon Sluss. Grand-parents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C.; and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Lillie Mae Galyean Melton will turn 91 on Nov. 27, 2011. A Thanksgiving Day celebration was held for her with all her family attending.

  • Roy Dale Hampton Sr. and Juanita Smith Hampton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Nov. 9.

    They married Nov. 9, 1946, just six months after he returned form serving in the U.S. Navy in Okinawa during World War II.
    She worked as a switchboard operator for Inter-Mountain Telephone Company.
    They have two children — Roy Dale Hampton Jr. of King, N.C., and Betsy H. Harrison of Independence. Their grandsons are Garrett Hampton Harrison of Greenville, Tenn., and Brandon Scott Hampton of King, N.C.