Today's News

  • Albany produces first Galax furniture


  • Grayson, Oracle close to settlement


  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: Game notes

    (NOTE: The Group A Division 1 state championship game will be played after The Gazette's production deadline for its Monday edition. A game summary and photos will be posted online Saturday evening. Full coverage will appear Sunday online and in our Wednesday print edition.)



    Clintwood (12-2) vs. Galax (14-0)


    Saturday, 12 noon, Salem Stadium

    Admission $10, 6-under free

  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: A little Grayson County has stuck with both Galax and Clintwood

    One team comes from the coalfields, the other from a mill town. One is known primarily for its size and power, the other for its speed and quick-strike ability. One has a winning tradition dating back for generations, the other is treading on entirely new ground.

    Yet Clintwood and Galax are linked by one common thread – having spent few Friday night hours in friendly downtown Independence this fall.

    Well, that and the fact that they’ll meet one another in the state championship game Saturday.

  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: We the Peoples

    Steven Peoples was at the 5-yard line. Charging ahead, he was soon at the 10, then the 20. Breaking through a barrier like it was made of paper, he veered left into the open field, careful not to mishandle the cargo his teammates had entrusted him to carry in his right hand. A gang of players was running behind him.

  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: Clintwood carries banner of Lonesome Pine District into state finals.

    If one thing stands out about Lonesome Pine District football in general, it is the tradition.

    From the athletic tape on the front of each Clintwood player’s helmet scrawled with ‘LPD PRIDE’ to the fact that the official Clintwood roster includes the names and numbers of former players who have had their numbers retired, all the way back to 1949, to the fact that the school has had all of three head football coaches since 1953, it’s just a football culture to be found in the pocket communities that dot Virginia’s far-southwest mountains.

  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: There’s more to the matchup than meets the eye.

    Don’t call this a battle of speed vs. size. Such an oversimplification would be an insult to the players and the coaches of both teams involved.

    Nobody disputes the fact that Galax has plenty of speed. But the Maroon Tide (14-0) would not be playing in the Group A Division 1 championship game if it weren’t a physical football team.

  • She's four

    Bailey Mayson Newberry turned four on July 1. She celebrated with family and friends at Felts Park with a Hello Kitty party. She is the daughter of Paul and Sherri Newberry.

    Her grandparents are Susan Johnson and the late Larry Billings, Paul and Judy Newberry and the late Linda Weiseman-Arnold. Her great-grandparents are Otis and Joan Griffith.

  • Stockton, Shaffner united in marriage

    Ryan Patrick Shaffner and Shaina Reni Stockton were married on Nov. 11 at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church. A private ceremony was performed by Pastor Zachary Royer.

    The couple exchanged rings, lit unity candles and made their wishes come true.
    The groom’s sons, Christopher and Hunter, were his best men. His daughter, Kaitlyn, was flower girl.
    The bride’s parents are Doug and Jeannie Stockton of Galax. The bride’s father escorted her down the aisle.

  • Gamble, Whitaker to marry

    Michael and Rena Gamble of Mouth of Wilson announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessie Renea Gamble, to Justen Eugene Whitaker, son of Patsy Byrd of Richlands and Gene Whitaker of Galax.

    Gamble plans to graduate from Old Dominion University with a bachelor of science degree in human services. She is employed as a case manager for Mount Rogers Community Services Board of Independence. 
    Whitaker is employed as a commercial parts professional for Advance Auto Parts of Hillsville.