Today's Features

  • Briley McKinley Marshall turned two on Dec. 10. His birthday was celebrated with a Paw Patrol party with friends and family.

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

  • Grayson County leaders took a pie in the face for the United Way cause during the agency’s annual campaign celebration.

    Dishes of whipped cream soared and splattered into the faces of Grayson County leaders during the county’s United Way Campaign Celebration in early December.

  • A local couple put in countless hours of hard work to make Christmas more special for a less fortunate family this year.

    For two months, John and Dorothy Frost, both in their 80s and without any children of their own, collected and shelled walnuts to sell in the area. After completing the daunting task, the couple was able to raise about $600 and decided they wanted to provide Christmas presents for some local children.

  • Chad Tate of Fries has used his artistic talents to bring a piece of “Star Wars” from a “galaxy far, far away” to Twin County Cinema III in Galax.

    Tate built a 7-foot-tall scale model of an Imperial AT-AT (All-Terrain Armored Transport) from the original “Star Wars” films to celebrate the opening of the seventh film in the franchise, “The Force Awakens,” which opens this week.

  • An episode of the syndicated talk show “Dr. Phil” featuring a Galax woman is set to air today, Wednesday.

    Christy Adams won a contest to appear on the show, after donating to a cause that helps abuse victims.

    Adams, a West Virginia native, Galax resident and local author, describes the need to address and end domestic violence as “something that’s just really close to my heart.”

  • WOODLAWN – Blue Ridge Fellowship Church will host a Christmas celebration on Friday and Saturday in conjunction with its ongoing Christmas light display.

    The lights and Bethlehem Village are in their second year, but have grown significantly and the church hopes to continue to expand the display off Glendale Road in the future.

  • 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,


  • Mrs. Corvin’s third grade class
    Hillsville Elementary School

    Dear Santa,
    I have been good this year. I want a Razor Go-Cart, spy gear, a Next Generation toy shotgun with shells, and an Air Warrior sniper Nerf gun. Pretty please!
    Your friend,
    Dakota Dalton

    Dear Santa,
    How are you doing? I don’t know if I’ve been naughty or nice. I’m wondering if you can say hi to Bif the elf for me, ok? I want a Nintendo 3DS for Christmas. Okay Bye Bye! I love you Santa Claus.
    Louis Marshall

    Dear Santa,

  • Staff Report

    Sara Morrison Ward, one of Galax’s past but most well-known and loved music teachers, turns 100 today.

    In her eventful life, Ward also has been a composer, Peace Corps volunteer, novelist, poet and choir director.

    Born on Dec. 9, 1915 in Barnet, Vt., one of three children, to Paul Knight Morrison and Ethel Merrill Morrison, her extraordinary musical ability won Ward a State of Vermont Scholarship to the University of Michigan.


    Localities celebrated the holiday season last weekend with a series of festive parades. Fire and rescue agencies, churches, bands and antique vehicles were just a few of the features of this year’s lineups in Galax on Dec. 4 and in Hillsville, Independence and Fries on Dec. 5. Gazette photos by Sara Blankenship, Shaina Stockton and Shannon Watkins.

    Click HERE to view the slideshow