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Today's Features

  • By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    It’s official: The Galax Smokehouse has become a popular hangout for many people in the community — perhaps even those who are no longer with us.
    Restaurant co-owner and operator Dan Milby confirmed that the downtown Galax business will be featured this weekend on a new episode of “My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera,” a paranormal series on the Biography Channel.

  • Riley Madison Coleman celebrated her eighth birthday Aug. 18 at The Galax Smokehouse with family and friends. Her parents are Heather Drennen of Galax and Randy Coleman of China Grove, N.C.

    Her grandparents are Edna and Nelson Coleman, Anna Coltrane and Pat Drennen. She has three brothers, Nathan Bemis and Wyatt and Luke Coleman and one sister, Olivia Coleman.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Shanna Michelle Jones, to Andrew (Andy) Phillip Ward, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Ward of Galax.

    A wedding is planned for Oct. 5.

  • Two winners were chosen to transform themselves through personal training, and The Gazette is following their progress. With less than a month to go, Travis Haynes has nearly reached the end of his 12-week journey, while Treva Osborne has been medically cleared to begin a transformation of her very own.

  • Three happy babies flashed their winning smiles and dimples on Friday, when they took first, second and third place in voting for The Gazette’s 2013 Beautiful Baby Photo Contest.
    This contest is an annual effort to raise funds to support The Gazette’s Newspapers in Education program, which helps to provide newspapers to local schools for educational purposes.

  • When the mail arrives for soldiers stationed overseas, the contents of the mailbag can make or break the mood at camp that day.
    A letter from husbands, wives, parents, children or even a stranger is all it takes to give a soldier that important connection to the home they are fighting for, along with the means to escape their surroundings for a minute or two.

  • Aug. 30 marked the beginning of a new chapter for P.U.S.H. Ministries, as it moved from Rooftop of Virginia to Chelsi’s Place in downtown Galax.
    The move is a turning point for the ministry, which has seen fast growth with Rooftop since they joined forces more than a year ago.
    When P.U.S.H. partnered with Rooftop, Pastor Jill Burcham said that the original goal was to start their Surrogate Daughter program, an ongoing estate sale to financially assist the senior population with financial problems.

  • Volney Baptist Church honored its pastor, the Rev. Doug Halsey and his wife Jean, with a surprise lunch in the church’s fellowship hall after morning services July 21.

    The fellowship hall was decorated for the occasion with flowers, candles and balloons. There was a four-tiered cake and family photos. About 80 people attended.
    The couple were presented with a scrapbook covering their 50 years together as well as the years they have been at the church.

  • Taelynn Isabella Mundy celebrated her third birthday on July 2 with a pool party at her home. Her sisters Hope Gaynor and Timber Mundy helped celebrate, along with many special friends and family members.

    She is the daughter of Tammy L. Liddle and Tim L. Mundy. Maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle and Emory Bearden of Woodlawn, and Charles Liddle of Galax. Paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly and Wayne Mundy, all of Cana.

  • Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 8 with a cookout at his house with family.

    His parents are Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham of Galax. His grandparents are Danny and Carolyn Cockerham and Mike and Anita Spurlin, all of Galax.