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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • FRIES — Blue Cat on the New has reeled in the contract for a pilot program to increase accessibility on the New River Trail State Park.
    Only this outfitter, with locations in Fries and Draper, has received permission from the state to host tours of portions of the popular trail using golf carts.
    Business owner Donnie Turner’s application was accepted last winter when the state park system sought proposals.
    The tours out of the Fries location can stretch to about 2.5 hours and extend as far as Byllesby Dam and the Gambetta area.

  • HILLSVILLE — A new idea to raise money to “flush out cancer” continues to float around the community.
    A group of Galax-Carroll Relay for Life participants, Team Lifesavers, have been stealthily placing their plumbing-related fundraising tool in some high-traffic locations.
    “Our team is made up of teenagers who are working in memory of those lost to cancer or in honor of those who have survived or are fighting now,” the accompanying documentation says. “Please help us by supporting our effort to ‘Flush Out Cancer.”

  • The 9th Annual Smoke on the Mountain barbecue championship will offer a dual competition for participants this year. In addition to scoring points in the traditional Memphis BBQ Network competition, vendors can also place in the Kansas City BBQ Society contest.
    Smoke on the Mountain, the official state barbecue cook-off, is held in downtown Galax each year in July. This year's event is July 19-20. The smell of authentic barbecue prepared by award-winning vendors is enough to draw in thousands of people each year for the two-day event.

  • The winners of the Personal Training Transformation Challenge have been announced, and the two selected from more than a dozen entries soon will begin a 12-week personal training session through the Twin County Wellness Center of Twin County Regional Healthcare.
    The winners were chosen in two separate categories: personal training and medical rehabilitation. Travis Haynes was chosen to receive the personal training challenge, and Treva Osborne was picked for the medical rehabilitation challenge.