• Preston, Nelson to marry

    The upcoming marriage of Rachel Preston and Joshua Nelson was recently announced by Gregory and Rebecca Nelson of Baywood, and Byrd and Suzanne Preston of Abingdon.

    Rachel Preston was graduated from Abingdon High School in 2006 and Emory & Henry College in 2010. She is a recruiting coordinator at SpaceX’s Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas.

  • Sluss is two

    William Cayson Sluss turned age 2 on Feb. 25. He celebrated at Fairview Church with a dinosaur-themed party with family and friends.

    He is the son of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. He has one brother, Brandon, and one sister, Madison Sluss. Grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • He's two

    Luke Harvey Ward turned two on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a farm animal birthday party with his family and friends.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has two older brothers, Braeden and Levi. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Celebrate 50 years

    Roger and Carolyn Horton Farmer of Woodlawn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 6.
    They have two sons and six grandchildren.

    They plan to celebrate with a trip out west this summer.

  • She's five

    Paisley Brooke Snider turned five Feb. 1. She celebrated with a Scooby-Doo party with family and friends Her parents are Curtis and Lori Snider. She has an older sister, Palin Snider. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her aunt is Holly Choate.

  • He's five

    Eli Edward Harrison will celebrate his fifth birthday Feb. 24 with a Super Mario party with family and friends. He is the son of Ami and Claude Harrison.

    His older sister is Aaliyah Locklear. His grandparents are Dana Gail Williams and Betty Botello. His aunts and uncles are Megan, and Wesley McBride, Steven and Jennifer Reeves. His cousins are Taylar and Wyatt.

  • He's three

    Wyatt Clyde McBride will celebrate his third birthday Feb. 25 with family and friends. He is the son of Wesley and Megan McBride. His older sister is Taylar McBride.

    He is the grandson of Connie and Larry McBride and Betty Botello. Aunts and uncles include Claude and Ami Harrison and Steven and Jennifer Reeves. His cousins are Aaliyah and Eli.

  • He's one

    Parker Enoch Gregory turned one Jan. 1. He celebrated at his home with a themed party with all his family and friends. He is the son of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Independence. His grandparents are Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.

  • Engen, Helmick united in marriage

    Ches R. Helmick and Meagan Van Engen were united in marriage Jan. 9 at Old Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg.
    The groom is employed with Edward Jones Investments in Galax.

    The bride is finishing her doctoral degree at Virginia Tech and plans to move to Galax immediately.

  • He's four

    Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his fourth birthday get-together with a Monster Jam Grave Digger theme with family on his birthday, Dec. 29. His parents are Brittany Tucker and William (Billy) Spencer.