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Today's Features

  • It’s your average casual family picture: a daughter hanging out in the back shed with her dad, her with an afterschool snack, him sporting a NASCAR cap and a big “hi there!” grin.

    You’d never know it’s the first time they’ve seen eye-to-eye.

    “It was the first time she ever saw her daddy stand up,” said Angela Shupe, wife of the man and mother of the girl in the picture. “It was a pretty emotional day.”

  • Eli Edward Harrison will celebrate his fifth birthday Feb. 24 with a Super Mario party with family and friends. He is the son of Ami and Claude Harrison.

    His older sister is Aaliyah Locklear. His grandparents are Dana Gail Williams and Betty Botello. His aunts and uncles are Megan, and Wesley McBride, Steven and Jennifer Reeves. His cousins are Taylar and Wyatt.

  • Wyatt Clyde McBride will celebrate his third birthday Feb. 25 with family and friends. He is the son of Wesley and Megan McBride. His older sister is Taylar McBride.

    He is the grandson of Connie and Larry McBride and Betty Botello. Aunts and uncles include Claude and Ami Harrison and Steven and Jennifer Reeves. His cousins are Aaliyah and Eli.

  • Parker Enoch Gregory turned one Jan. 1. He celebrated at his home with a themed party with all his family and friends. He is the son of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Independence. His grandparents are Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.

  • If your midday slump is cured by a little bit of classic county and you happen to listen to WBRF-98.1 FM, then you’ve surely heard the voice of Jason Blevins coming through your radio speakers.

    A bit of a local celebrity, Blevins was voted Favorite Radio Personality in The Gazette’s 2015 “Favorites of the Twin Counties Readers Choice Awards.”

  • There’s an awful lot of bald fellows wandering around Galax and environs lately … is it a new fashion trend?

  • HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church broke ground on its new addition on Sunday.

    The church has been in its Virginia Street location since 2014. According to Pastor Jeff Pickett, on Oct. 19, 2014, the day of the first service, it was apparent that the church would need more room to accommodate the rapid growth in children’s classes.

    “And we knew we could not accommodate all of the church family for any meals in a timely fashion in the temporary fellowship hall,” said Pickett.

  • HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church broke ground on its new addition on Sunday.

    The church has been in its Virginia Street location since 2014. According to Pastor Jeff Pickett, on Oct. 19, 2014, the day of the first service, it was apparent that the church would need more room to accommodate the rapid growth in children’s classes.

    “And we knew we could not accommodate all of the church family for any meals in a timely fashion in the temporary fellowship hall,” said Pickett.

  • Ches R. Helmick and Meagan Van Engen were united in marriage Jan. 9 at Old Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg.
    The groom is employed with Edward Jones Investments in Galax.

    The bride is finishing her doctoral degree at Virginia Tech and plans to move to Galax immediately.

  • Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market is up and running, even during the cold winter months.

    The online winter market has had $4,000 in sales since opening for the season on Oct 18. There are 14 vendors and two community fundraisers.

    Customers can place orders anytime from Friday afternoon until Wednesday evening. This gives the vendors time to prepare orders for customer pickup at the 1908 Courthouse on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon.