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Today's Features

  • Ms. Patton’s Second Grade

    St. Paul School

    Cana, Virginia

     

    Dear Santa,

    My name is Victoria. I have been a very good girl this year. I cleaned my room and even made my bed. What I would most like for Christmas this year is an art set. I would also like a tablet, an X Box 360 and a DDS. My house is the white one with a brown roof and no chimney. I promise to leave a card on Christmas Eve. Please say hi to Rudolph for me.

    Merry Christmas,

    Victoria

  • HILLSVILLE – Fall has officially arrived and one of the season’s traditional comfort foods will be in abundance in Hillsville this Saturday, at the second annual Historic Hillsville’s Chili Shootout.

    The Friends of Hillsville event will include competitions for chili, salsa, cornbread and the popular backyard game of cornhole.

  • The Galax American Legion #245 and Independence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726 came together Sept. 17 at twilight to remember and honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.

    The service was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial next to the Galax Public Library. Coy Shaffner was introduced as a former POW of Germany during Word War II.

  • Staff Report

    The phrase “to finish is to win” took on real meaning when 84 antique vehicles crossed the finish line in Moline, Ill., out of 109 that started the 2016 Great Race in San Rafael, Cal.

    The Crooked Road Racers, a local team made up of members of Boy Scout Troop 188 and their leader and driver, Dr. Tom Littrell, competed in this year’s rally-style race. The Galax team placed second in the youth division and 46th overall. They drove Littrell’s 1928 Model A Ford Roadster Highboy over 2,500 miles.

  • Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his fourth birthday on Aug. 8, and his brother Luke Ryan Spurlin celebrated his second birthday on Aug. 29. They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham.

    Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.

  • A 90th birthday anniversary party was held for John (Jack) Devine and his wife Wanda Devine at the home of Jerry and Bobbie Fridley. They celebrated with family and friends.

    They are the parents of a son and spouse, Jacky Devine and Alice of Independence; and daughters, Sandy Cox and Bobbie Fridley of Galax. They have seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

  • INDEPENDENCE — When David Caudill stopped at Grayson Express in Independence for a cup of coffee, it ended up being one heck of a coffee break.

    While he was there, the Independence man played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, and his ticket ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize.

    He matched all five numbers in the Sept. 7 day drawing. Those winning numbers were 4-7-8-28-32. When he later went online to check the numbers, he didn’t immediately realize he’d won.

  • Tammy Ward and Mike Manning exchanged wedding vows Aug. 7 in front of their church congregation at New Beginnings Community Church in Cana, along with their family and friends.
    Tammy is originally from Grayson County and is the daughter of Barry and Barbara Triplett of Troutdale.

    She is employed as circulation manager at The Gazette.
    Mike is originally from Carroll County and is the son of the late H.R. and Rowena Manning.
    The couple resides in Floyd County.

  • Two couples celebrated a milestone of 64 years of marriage with family and friends on Aug. 14 at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Woodlawn.

    Elizabeth and June Catron were married on April 10, 1952 and Mary and Garnett Junior Lineberry were married on Aug. 2, 1952.
    Both couples are active in their church and community.

  • Louise Branch turns 100 years old today, Friday.
    She has been a resident of Hillsville Health & Rehab (formerly Trinity Mission) since 2013, and previously lived at Wheatland Assisted Living since 2005.

    Branch was born in Knoxville, Tenn. At the time of her birth, Woodrow Wilson was president. She worked most of her life as a seamstress in the textile industry in Knoxville and did not retire until she was in her early 80s. She has been an avid traveler, and one of her favorite trips was to the Holy Land.