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Today's Features

  • How far can a small-town girl go in life? Sarah Bedsaul Hiza, a Galax High School graduate from the Class of 1997, might make it all the way to outer space.

    Hiza, who grew up in Galax and now lives in California, has applied for NASA’s astronaut candidate program.

  • CANA – A North Carolina couple knows what it feels like to be one in a million — given the odds, more like one in 11.7 million — after winning a $1 million dollar prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Feb. 20 Powerball drawing. The ticket was purchased just over the border in Carroll County.

    Joe and Amy Shaw, of Westfield, N.C., were headed home from a church seminar when they stopped for gas at Store #3, formerly Cana Exxon, in Cana. Amy, an avid lottery player, picked up some various tickets including one for that night’s Powerball drawing.

  • 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.