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Today's Features

  • INDEPENDENCE — During the month of April, the public is encouraged to learn about the complexities of autism spectrum disorder as part of National Autism Awareness Month. In Grayson County, a local mom lends her voice to this cause.

  • Two Galax high school students have created a swinging senior project: a four-man captain’s choice benefit golf tournament, to be held on April 14 at the Blue Ridge Country Club.

    Skylar Morgan and Sarah Wyatt are the organizers, even though, as they both admit with giggles, Wyatt isn’t much for golf. The funds raised will become a cash donation to the Galax Department of Social Services foster care program, which both of them have some experience with.

  • Inspiration sometimes leads people in unexpected directions: Pastor Sam Bartlett of First Baptist Church of Galax announced recently that he will be leaving his position in order to promote his late son’s legacy, Police Fitness; and a career in public speaking to support that work.

    “Police Fitness, the nonprofit that we have started, has been very demanding of my time,” said Bartlett, “because there has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and interest about our mission, that the first responders be fit to serve.”

  • Levi Kristopher Ward turned six years old on Oct. 4. He celebrated with a Redskins pool party at Wythe Rec Center. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence.

    He has three brothers: Braeden, Luke and Grayson. 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.

  • UPDATE: The March 24 performance has been cancelled due to snow. A decision about the March 25 performance will be made Sunday.

    Rehearsal for “Believe,” the Easter musical hosted by First Baptist Church of Galax, is rolling right along: Pontius Pilate (aka Pastor Sam Bartlett) is onstage wearing a stately toga with sneakers, the disciples are hanging out and chatting in the pews and tech crew members are running around talking into headsets and adjusting equipment.

  • Members of the community congregated last Saturday evening at Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God on Calloway Street in Galax to celebrate Black History Month and hold a time of reflection to honor the many achievements of African-American society throughout the nation’s history.

    Dionne Tucker opened the Feb. 17 event with an inspirational celebration of religious and cultural background, expressed in song and dance by the Daughters of Zion. She described it as “something one may have been likely to hear during the slave era dating up to the Civil War.”

  • Members of the community congregated last Saturday evening at Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God on Calloway Street in Galax to celebrate Black History Month and hold a time of reflection to honor the many achievements of African-American society throughout the nation’s history.

    Dionne Tucker opened the Feb. 17 event with an inspirational celebration of religious and cultural background, expressed in song and dance by the Daughters of Zion. She described it as “something one may have been likely to hear during the slave era dating up to the Civil War.”

  • They weren’t teenagers, mutants or turtles, but the American Ninja Warriors came to the Galax firehouse last weekend, and the spectacle they brought was loudly appreciated by residents of the Twin Counties and beyond.

    The Ninja Warriors’ visit was a ticketed fundraising event for the Curtis Bartlett Memorial Fitness Center project, which will ultimately put a workout space on Galax High School property in memory of Bartlett, a fitness celebrity, personal trainer and Carroll County deputy who died in the line of duty last year.

  • Kenzi Juliann Hennis, also affectionately known as Little Bit, turned three years old on Sept. 5. She celebrated with family and friends with a “Paw Patrol” party at Felts Park.

    Her parents are Chris and Lorie Hennis of Galax. She is the younger sister of Andrew and Faith and the big sister of Trinity. Her grandparents are Harvey Hennis, Judy Hennis and Gary and Jan Guynn, all of Galax; and Julian and Patti Price of Luray. Her great-grandmother is Elizabeth Johnson of Galax.

  • Ninjas usually work in the shadows, but the ones coming to Galax this week want to be seen.

    Three competitors from the popular NBC show “American Ninja Warrior” will be in town for several activities throughout the weekend of Jan. 27-28 that will benefit the Fit to Serve 122 campaign, an effort to raise money for the Curtis Bartlett Memorial Fitness Center project at Galax High School.