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Today's Features

  • MOUTH OF WILSON ― Park officials, volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts gathered at Grayson Highlands State Park on Saturday to introduce the Split Rock Trail, a new 1.3-mile loop trail that offers both hiking and climbing opportunities to the public.

  • Galax and Independence will both hold National Night Out Against Crime events on Aug. 6.
    National Night Out, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is a community-police awareness event that takes place in areas all over the United States. It is always held the first Tuesday of August.
    The events are organized by local police departments, non-profit organizations and volunteer departments. The goal is to increase awareness of police programs in the community, including drug prevention, neighborhood watches, and other crime prevention efforts.

  • Creek Bottom Brews will host the first-ever Galax Rhythm and Brews Fest on Saturday from 1-8 p.m., at its location on Meadow Street.
    The event is sponsored this year by the Galax Downtown Association, and will feature craft brews from six different breweries and two cideries, along with live music and food for everyone to enjoy.
    Participating breweries include Green Flash Brewing, Parkway Brewing, St. George Brewing, Foothills Brewing, Blue Mountain Brewery and Ommegang Brewery.

  • Twenty-three barbecue teams from all over the country were lined up shoulder to shoulder last weekend for the first-ever dual competition at the 9th Annual Smoke on the Mountain contest in Galax.
    This year’s event featured both Memphis Barbecue Network and Kansas City Barbecue Society contests. The MBN winner in Galax is also named the Virginia state champion each year.

  • Ronnie and Karen Taylor of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, April Nicole Taylor, to Ian David MacInnis, son of Bran and Kim MacInnis of Christiansburg.

    Taylor is a graduate of Radford University and is employed by Brown, Edwards & Co. CPAs.
    MacInnis is a graduate of Radford University and is employed at the NRV Regional Jail.
    A December wedding is planned.  

  • Brandon Quesenberry and Nicole Viers were married Nov. 17, 2012, at Blacksburg Baptist church.
    The reception was held at Lane Stadium’s south end zone section at Virginia Tech.

    Quesenberry is the son of Don and Cheryl Quesenberry of Hillsville. His grandparents are Clyde Lineberry of Hillsville and Darlene Quesenberry of Sylvatus.
    Viers is the daughter of Josh and Dreama Viers of Abingdon.
    The couple took a honeymoon cruise to the Western Caribbean.

  • A fifth grader from Laurel Elementary School created the art for an anti-tobacco campaign going up in areas of Southwest and Southside Virginia.
    A project of the American Lung Association in Virginia, the Healthy Grounds for Our Youth effort seeks to keep the use of tobacco products off school campuses, even outdoors, according to Billie Murray, project manager.

  • A total of 22 teams competed on July 19-20 in Galax at the 9th Annual Smoke on the Mounatin BBQ Championship. Barbecue teams from all over — from local contenders to nationally known celebrity cooks — gathered for the city's first dual contest, featuring both the traditional Memphis Barbecue Network competition and, for the first time in Galax, a Kansas City Barbecue Society contest. Below are the winners in each category. Watch The Gazette on Wednesday for photos and coverage of the event.

  • Kyle (Snalie) and Phyllis Robinson Smith celebrated their 50th anniversary July 5.

    They have one son, Kyle Dean, and fiancée, Mandy Johnson.

  • Mason Keith Shockley and Nichole Leigh Roark of Hillsville were united in marriage June 22.

    The groom is the son of Marissa Lineberry of Woodlawn and John Shockley of Hillsville.
    The bride is the daughter of Amy and Stephen Kimber of Sparta, N.C.
    Pastor Michael Shockley of Hillsville performed the ceremony.