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Today's News

  • Galax's tax reassessment explained

    It’s time for the four-year tax reassessment in Galax, and what will this bring for property owners in the city?

    Tax reassessment letters were mailed at the end of November, and property owners should see by now what, if any, changes they should expect. The Gazette spoke to Galax City Manager Keith Barker and Commissioner of the Revenue David Hankley about the results of reassessment and how it works.

    What’s the overall trend on property values this year?

  • Conservatory presents 11th annual 'Nutcracker'

    Treat yourself and your family to one of the holiday season’s most treasured and adored performances, the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre’s annual ballet, “The Nutcracker.”

    Holiday magic envelops the stage at Galax High School as the dancers of the Conservatory and the Galax Youth Ballet bring to life iconic choreography from the wondrous waltz of the snowflakes to the pristine Sugar Plum Fairy variation. Under the artistic direction of Barbara Johnson, the Conservatory will perform its 11th annual “Nutcracker”.

  • Local charities need help

    While the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Backpack Buddies are both interested in helping feed the needy – the fire department for the holidays and the Buddies in an ongoing effort – both find themselves in further need of donations this month.

  • First title game appearance comes full circle for Galax

    Kids are going to have their heroes. Some of those heroes wear skin-tight spandex and a cape and can leap tall buildings with a single bound. Some of them wear a shiny badge or drive a big red fire truck. Others wear combat boots, or a professional sports franchise’s uniform on ESPN, or bring home a paycheck every week.

    Some of them wear their school colors on Friday nights.

  • RIVERHEADS NOTES

    RIVERHEADS entered the Region 1A East playoffs as the No. 2 seed despite its 10-0 regular season. The Gladiators finished tied with Essex with a VHSL rating of 27.40 but the first applicable tiebreaker was that a team that Riverheads played had an effective nine-game schedule.

    The Gladiators’ 27.40 rating was higher than that of defending 6A state champion Centreville and could have easily earned a spot in the 6A playoffs.

  • GALAX NOTES

    Galax entered the Region 1A West playoffs as the No. 3 seed with 6-4 record and a VHSL rating of 21.50.

    The Maroon Tide has won nine straight games since a 1-4 start that included losses to Giles, state quarterfinalists Glenvar and Radford as well as 1A state semifinalist George Wythe. Galax led both Glenvar and Radford with less than 20 seconds to play.

  • Maroon Tide, Gladiators are divergent practitioners of a common philosophy. Vol. II – Riverheads.

    An ESPN Radio host in the Shenandoah Valley semi-joked recently that when Riverheads football coach Robert Casto was at Chincoteague High on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, he said that he had two plays – LeRoy Left, and LeRoy Right.

  • Maroon Tide, Gladiators are divergent practitioners of a common philosophy. Vol. I – Galax Maroon Tide.

    Galax head coach Mark Dixon sat at his classroom desk Tuesday afternoon, scratching his head. He was doing so metaphorically, though, which was a good thing. Getting his fingers that close to a mind full of rapidly turning wheels could have resulted in a bloody nub or two.

  • Letters to Santa 2015

    Ms. Patton’s Second Grade

    St. Paul School

    Cana, Virginia

     

    Dear Santa,

    My name is Victoria. I have been a very good girl this year. I cleaned my room and even made my bed. What I would most like for Christmas this year is an art set. I would also like a tablet, an X Box 360 and a DDS. My house is the white one with a brown roof and no chimney. I promise to leave a card on Christmas Eve. Please say hi to Rudolph for me.

    Merry Christmas,

    Victoria

  • Letters to Santa 2015

    Mrs. Corvin’s third grade class
    Hillsville Elementary School

    Dear Santa,
    I have been good this year. I want a Razor Go-Cart, spy gear, a Next Generation toy shotgun with shells, and an Air Warrior sniper Nerf gun. Pretty please!
    Your friend,
    Dakota Dalton

    Dear Santa,
    How are you doing? I don’t know if I’ve been naughty or nice. I’m wondering if you can say hi to Bif the elf for me, ok? I want a Nintendo 3DS for Christmas. Okay Bye Bye! I love you Santa Claus.
    Love,
    Louis Marshall

    Dear Santa,