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Today's Features

  • Gripes from Circle Drive

  • Thirty Galax swimmers have been honored as record holders for their collaboration with more than 35,000 swimmers across the globe in an attempt at breaking the record for the world’s largest swim lesson on June 18, 2013.

  • Phillip and Patricia Jones of Cana recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Ann, to Adam Edwards of Fancy Gap.  

    Edwards is the son of Jean Jennings and the stepson of Glen Jennings of Hillsville, and the son of Bobby Edwards and the stepson of Tina Edwards of Austinville.
    Jones is a 2009 graduate of Virginia Tech and is employed by Wells Fargo.  
    Edwards is a graduate of New River Valley Community College and is employed by R.J. Reynolds.

  • Phillip and Patricia Jones of Cana recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Caitlin Elizabeth, to Stafford Lee Worrell.  
    Worrell is the son of Sandy and Dr. Dan Worrell of Woodlawn.

    Jones is a 2013 graduate of Virginia Tech and is office administrator at the Wound Care Center in Mount Airy, N.C.  
    Worrell is a 2013 graduate of Virginia Tech and is a computer engineer at Qualcomm in San Diego, Calif.

  • Aurora Sky Gregory turned two on April 4. She celebrated at home with family and friends. Aurora is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Independence. Her big sister is Madalyn.

    Grandparents are William and Vergie Lundy, Eddie and Brenda Ward and John and Frances Pierce.

  • Robin Lynn Bartlett and James Douglas Vaught, along with their parents, announce their engagement.

    Bartlett is the daughter of Steve Bartlett and Edith Whitaker. She graduated from Wytheville Community College and is employed by Wells Fargo.
    Vaught is the son of Douglas Vaught and Mary Ellen Rhudy and the late Margaret Zachary Vaught. He graduated from Wytheville Community College and is employed by Hutchins Electric Service, LLC.
    Bartlett and Vaught and their parents all reside in Galax.

  • WOODLAWN — A normal day at Jeff Johnson Chevrolet turned into a rescue mission when employee Ray Laboube discovered a stray dog and her puppies searching for food in a nearby dumpster on May 5.
    “We were all at work here, and all of a sudden around 11:30 a.m. these three female dogs ran through the garage with three puppies following behind them,” he told The Gazette.

  • Local heroes were celebrated at Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others (H.E.R.O.) Day on May 3 in Hillsville. The day celebrates everyday heroes, including police, fire and rescue departments.

    The field on Farmer’s Market Drive in Hillsville was packed with various stations where visitors could learn about the local emergency departments and what they do each day to keep our neighborhoods safe.

  • Makayla Grace Hancock celebrated her fourth birthday March 28 with a Sofia the 1st Princess party at Trinity Baptist Church fellowship hall.

    She is the daughter of Kevin “Bubba” and Pam Hancock of Hillsville. Her grandparents are Doug and Carol Hancock of Hillsville and Chuck and Pat Edwards of Woodlawn. Her great-grandparents are Edd Crotts of Woodlawn and Louis and Bonnie Edwards of Woodlawn.
     

  • Last November, missionary Doug Donithan — originally from Grayson County — made the dangerous trek back to his home city of Tacloban in the Philippines to help his neighbors deal with the devastating aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan (also called Typhoon Yolanda).
    Because of the chaos and debris that the storm had left behind, many relief efforts had trouble reaching the communities to help. To get back home, Donithan had to fly to another island, travel to his island by boat and then hire a van to drive back to his house.