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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

  • 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.
    Love,
    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.

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    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

  • Jaxson Preston Stockner turned age 4 on Nov. 16. He celebrated with a dinosaur party at the Winston-Salem Children’s Museum with family and friends. 

    He is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner. His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His little brother is Jonas Stockner.

  • Madison Abigail Sluss turned age 5 on Oct 22. She celebrated her birthday Oct. 24 at Chucky Cheese with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has two brothers, Brandon and Cayson Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Staff Reports

    Christmas festivities abound this weekend in the Twin Counties, and much of the holiday cheer continues throughout the month.

    Dec. 4 will be a busy day for holiday activities in Galax, with a Christmas parade, the grand opening of a new woodworking studio and a First Friday event with live music and specials in downtown shops.

    The annual Galax Christmas Parade will be held Friday evening at 7, preceded by a tree-lighting ceremony in front of the police station on North Main Street.

  • The results of the ninth annual United Way Celebrity Bagging Challenge are in, and judges have confirmed that Galax and Independence were the top Food City stores in gathering donations for United Way Southwest Virginia this year.

    According to Ashley Bartee of United Way SWVA, the top three highest revenue-generating stores out of the eight participating venues for 2015 (which includes all event and pre-event dollars raised) are Galax in first place, Independence in second and Tazewell in third.

  • When William Bottomley’s Christmas light display outgrew his home, he moved his thousands of twinkling bulbs, trees and Santas to a fire station.

    When it outgrew the fire station, he took over an entire park.

    This year, Bottomley’s annual synchronized musical light show, featuring nearly 100,000 LED bulbs, moved to Felts Park in Galax. The show opened on Thanksgiving night and runs through Jan. 1.

  • Aadian Zayne Belton turned one on Nov. 3. He celebrated his birthday Nov. 6 at Cliffview Church with family and friends. He had a Mickey Mouse party. He is the son of Brianna Espinoza of Fries and Joseph Belton of Austinsville.