Today's Features

  • P.U.S.H. Ministries is looking to the community for help to fight hunger in our community with its “Feeding the 5,000” program.
    The ministry’s food bank helps provide food for more than 130 families each month.
    According to Pastor Jill Burcham, the program is named after a story in the Bible where Jesus miraculously feeds 5,000 of his followers by breaking apart five loaves of bread and two fish.

  • Dozens of swimmers participated in an attempt at breaking the record for the world’s largest swim lesson on June 18 at the Galax Recreation Center’s indoor pool.
    Beginning at 11 a.m., aquatics coordinator Trace Lumpkin led a class of 32 into the water for their lesson at the same time as other participating instructors in more than 700 locations around the world.
    The current Guinness World Record is held by Team WLSL (USA), which tallied 19,322 participants in 235 locations throughout the world on June 14, 2011.

  • The annual Galax Firemen’s Carnival begins its festivities on June 24 and continues through June 29 at Felts Park in Galax.
    Normally held on the week of July 4, the carnival was pushed back this year due to scheduling conflicts, according to the fire department. “Normally, when a carnival is booked, it is from a previous year with a city or town. We have recently been carnival shopping and these dates are what we got,” department officials explained on the GVFD’s Facebook page.

  • Joseph Mays celebrated his 5th birthday May 19. He is the son of Larry Mays of Galax and Dawn Newman of Woodlawn.

    Grandparents are Bobby and Wanda Mays of Galax and Faye Newman of Woodlawn. His brothers are Jarrid, Jackson, and Jameson. His sisters are Holly and Jessica.

  • Aurora Sky Gregory turned one on April 4. She celebrated with family and friends at home, with a pink and zebra print first birthday themed party.

    She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory and her sister is Madalyn. Grandparents are William and Vergie Lundy, Eddie and Brenda Ward all of Independence, and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.

  • Mike and Anita Spurlin announced the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Michelle Spurlin, to Robert Gayle Richardson, son of Stan and Nona Richardson of Rugby.
    The future bride is employed by Carroll County Public Schools.  The future groom is employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation in the Volney area.

    The wedding ceremony will be conducted by the Rev. Dennis Eller on June 22 at Longview United Methodist Church in Baywood.
    The honeymoon will be in Pennsylvania, and the couple will reside in Galax.

  • Cruisin’ and Groovin’ in Galax begins this Friday at 5 p.m. in downtown Galax.
    This is the first of three Cruisin’ and Groovin’ classic car cruise-in events planned in Galax this year, with two others scheduled for July 12 and Aug. 16.
    Streets will close and car registration will begin at 4 p.m. The cruising event begins at 5 p.m., with music by The Attractions beginning at 6 p.m.

  • HILLSVILLE — Members of the Grover King VFW Post 1115 and Ladies Auxiliary held a special ceremony on Flag Day to honor a beautiful symbol of the United States’ national pride, according to organizer Don Dobbins.
    The Stars and Stripes is the fourth-oldest banner in the world, older than even the flags of Great Britain and France.
    “Their countries might be older than ours, but our flag is older than theirs,” he said.

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Wayne Durnovich of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Anna Bryant Durnovich, to Matthew Joseph Ventresca, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Anthony Ventresca, of New Hope, Pa.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wheeler Parsons, of Galax, and John Michael Durnovich and the late Janice Durnovich of Abingdon.
    Anna is a graduate of Grayson County High School and the College of Charleston. She is employed by NAI Geis Realty Group in Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Twin County Wellness Center has partnered with The Gazette to offer 2 people each a free, 12-week personal training session!