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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, hosted by McMillian Ministries in Galax on Sunday, was lighter in attendance and shorter in duration than in past years, but still filled with spirit and song.

  • HILLSVILLE — Hezekiah Goad, almost 3 years old, will be taking a trip to Disney World in mid-January with his family, thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation, which exists to grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.

    “Kiah loves to watch Mickey Mouse,” said his mom, Carrie, using the family’s nickname for her son. “That’s about the only thing we know he loves. He doesn’t know really [that we’re going]. But I have faith he is going to love it.”

  • Staff Report

    A Galax skating rink that has been part of the community for nearly 40 years closed this weekend, but before it did, dozens of people came out for one last skate.

    Galax Roller Land owner Ronald Vaught is recovering for a few weeks in a nursing home after suffering a stroke around Thanksgiving. He has decided to close the business, but family and friends organized a fundraising skate for Dec. 30 to raise money for Vaught.

  • By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Earlier this month, Lexi Hale, Summer Caudell and Jackie Dorsey answered an invitation, made to them last summer, to participate in a holiday parade in Walt Disney World Resort.

    The Galax High School cheerleaders’ report on what happened and how they feel about it might be summed up in Hale’s single sentence: “It was a life-changer.”

  • Briley McKinley Marshall celebrated his fourth birthday Dec. 10 with a Captain America party. He is the son of Chrissy Marshall and the late Joseph Marshall.

    His big sisters are Izzie and Cassie Marshall. His grandparents are Randy Bell and the late Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. His great-grandparents are M.C. Bell and the late Irene Bell, the Late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the Late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • David and Gail Hayes were married Dec. 22, 1967, at Howard’s Creek Baptist Church in Boone, N.C.

    Their simple evening service is perhaps best remembered for the six inches of fresh snow that awaited the full church afterwards.
    They enjoy the simple life on the farm of their dreams in beautiful Spring Valley in Grayson County. Friends John Mack and Ruby Rutherford Funk sold the Rutherford farm to them in 1993.
    Their children are Nancy of Fries and Nathan and Kristi of Kingsport, Tenn.