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Today's News

  • Governor proposes ending gas tax

    RICHMOND — Virginia’s gasoline tax would be eliminated and its retail sales tax would increase from 5 percent to 5.8 percent under a transportation funding plan Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled Tuesday.
    The governor’s proposal also would increase vehicle registration fees, impose a $100 annual fee on alternative fuel vehicles and shift revenue from the state’s general fund to provide more dollars for roads, rail and transit.

  • Ending Gas Tax: Reader Reaction

    The governor's proposal was one of the most talked-about topics on The Gazette's Facebook page this week. Here's what some readers had to say:

  • AAA predicts lower gas prices in 2013

    Gasoline prices this year will be less expensive than in 2012 as a result of increased domestic oil production and lower demand, according to the American Automobile Association.
    The national average price of gasoline should peak at $3.60-$3.80 per gallon barring any significant unanticipated events, which compares to a peak of $3.94 a gallon in 2012.
    Gasoline prices should rise steadily through April or early May, but at a slower pace than last year.

  • TCRH welcomes first baby of 2013

    Twin County Regional Hospital welcomed the first baby of 2013 on Jan. 1 at 9:20 a.m.
    Aubrey Nicole Vaughan, daughter of Danielle Atkinson and Tyler Vaughan Sr. of Woodlawn, was born closest to the midnight mark that brought us into the new year.
    Aubrey came into the world weighing seven pounds, eight ounces, and measured 20-and-a-half inches long, according to the press release.
    She was delivered at the hospital by Carlos J. Blattner, MD, of Blue Ridge Physicians for Women.

  • Family loses home, animals to blaze

     

  • Hope House helping family that lost home

    The Galax Hope House is collecting donations for the family of Andres and Christy Mendoza, who suffered a major financial loss when the house they were renting caught fire on Dec. 30.
    Their family of nine — including seven adults, a three-year-old child and a two-week-old infant — wasn't harmed, but the house was completely destroyed, along with all of the family’s belongings.
    Hope House is accepting item donations, such as clothes, diapers and formula, for the family.

  • Wrestler Tully Blanchard goes from Four Horsemen to 'Champion of Christ'

    HILLSVILLE — Organizers of Christian Family Fun Day have tagged their next event, bringing a famous wrestler to Carroll County High School for the “Ring of Truth.”
    After wrestling with the likes of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson in the original “Four Horsemen” and winning titles as a team member and on his own, Tully Blanchard now describes himself as “a champion of Christ.”
    Blanchard wrestled from 1977 to 1989 in the WCW and the WWE until his drug and alcohol usage sort of pinned him to the mat.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/9/13

    Also important
    Gov. McDonnell might be trying to help with the prison, but he is trying to shut down the training center, which is just as important.

  • Galax woman advocates for disabled

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Through her extensive volunteer work through Appalachian Independence Center (AIC), Leigh Ann Heath of Galax now feels confident in her ability to make a positive difference for others.
    “Before, I felt like I wasn’t a part of my community,” she said. “Now, I have more confidence in myself. I’m not afraid to go out in public like I used to. I an get up in front of others and talk about what I do without feeling insecure about myself.”

  • Galax man makes strong showing in bodybuilding contest

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    After years of hard work and preparation, Alfonzo “Fonzi” Hernandes Cobos of Galax is climbing the ladder as a bodybuilder.
    On Nov. 3, 2012, he took first place in the lightweight class bodybuilding competition at the Elite Muscle Classic in Greensboro, N.C. He also placed second in the overall competition.
    Cobos, 23, was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and moved to the United States when he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Galax High School.