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Today's News

  • Galax wins state championship

    Galax wins state football championship 7-6 by stopping Riverheads' two-point try with no time left. Click here for full story.

  • Group organizing search for Wingler

    Staff Reports

    WHITETOP — After several weeks with no word from a Whitetop man, his family has reached out to an organization dedicated to finding missing people for help.

    Kenny Jarels of Help Save The Next Girl, a non-profit entity, confirmed Wednesday that he was contacted by the family of John William Wingler, who has been missing since Nov. 12.

  • Cuts create challenges for Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE — During school budget sessions over the past several years, school superintendents and school boards throughout the Twin Counties expressed the same concerns: due to state cuts in education, it’s becoming more and more difficult to come up with county school budgets that are fair to their staff and students.

  • 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.