Today's Features

  • Rubye Cockerham of Galax, celebrated her 95th birthday April 1, 2016, with her family at Porky’s Family Restaurant.

    She was married to the late Milo Cockerham for 61 years and they had four children, Danny, Jimmy, Randy and Susan.
    She has 11 grandchildren living and one deceased. She also has two great-grandsons.

  • Aaliyah Locklear will celebrate her 8th birthday May 6 with family and friends. She is the daughter of David Locklear and Ami Harrison, and stepfather Claude Harrison.

    Her brother is Eli  Harrison. She is the granddaughter of Terry and Wayne Locklear and Della Edwards. Viola Gravely is her great-grandmother.

  • The upcoming marriage of Rachel Preston and Joshua Nelson was recently announced by Gregory and Rebecca Nelson of Baywood, and Byrd and Suzanne Preston of Abingdon.

    Rachel Preston was graduated from Abingdon High School in 2006 and Emory & Henry College in 2010. She is a recruiting coordinator at SpaceX’s Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas.

  • William Cayson Sluss turned age 2 on Feb. 25. He celebrated at Fairview Church with a dinosaur-themed party with family and friends.

    He is the son of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. He has one brother, Brandon, and one sister, Madison Sluss. Grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • The 42nd annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally, hosted by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), will be held May 6-8 (Friday through Sunday) this year.

    This annual event is a tradition that dates back to 1975, bringing together like-minded nature lovers throughout the region. This year’s rally will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • For 50 years, the USDA Forest Service’s Mount Rogers National Recreation Area has been providing recreation experiences for visitors to southwest Virginia.

    May 31, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and District Ranger Beth Merz is proud to be a part of the celebration. “My staff and many of our partners are hosting activities throughout the year with special celebrations and presentations, from Memorial Day weekend thru the first weekend of June.”

  • Twelve years ago, The Gazette ran a picture of something remarkable: six sets of twins, identical and fraternal, all going through the Galax school system, all in elementary school.

    Now, poised at the brink of their senior year’s end, four sets of them are still in the school system and agreed to recreate the original picture.

  • INDEPENDENCE — Sixteen years and three months: this is the minimum age requirement set by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver’s license, which makes 16 an age of important milestones for both teenagers and their parents.

    This is a time when students begin taking on important responsibilities for the safety of themselves and others, while parents simultaneously begin to step back and trust their kids to handle these responsibilities.

  • Luke Harvey Ward turned two on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a farm animal birthday party with his family and friends.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has two older brothers, Braeden and Levi. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Roger and Carolyn Horton Farmer of Woodlawn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 6.
    They have two sons and six grandchildren.

    They plan to celebrate with a trip out west this summer.