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Today's Features

  • He’s four

    Luke Harvey Ward turned 4 years old on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a “Secret Life of Pets” pool party at Wythe Rec Center. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has three brothers: Braeden, Levi and Grayson. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Odell Moxley, Mary Jane Hollings-worth, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Turns four

    William Cayson Sluss turned age 4 on Feb. 25. He celebrated with a birthday party at Rainbow Creations Bounce with the WWE theme. Family and friends attended. He is the son of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. He has a brother, Brandon, and a sister, Madison. His grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Lauze, Blair
    exchange vows

    Debbie Gaye Lauze and Charles George Blair were united in marriage at the home of Edward and LaVern Buchanan in Hillsville on March 25.  
    The wedding was officiated by Edward E. Buchanan, minister of Round Knob Church of Christ, Austinville.
    The bride is the daughter of the late Clinton and Ethel Gallimore of Austinville.
    The groom is a native of White, Ga.
    Present at the ceremony were the bride’s daughter, Brittany; grandson, Cameron (ring bearer); and LaVern Buchanan.

  • 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.”