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Today's News

  • Smoke on the Mountain 2013 BBQ Championship Results

    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.

  • VFW monument honors the fallen

    HILLSVILLE — Officials with the Grover King VFW Post 1115 wanted the public to know that they put a $3,000 community grant towards a memorial for fallen soldiers.
    The VFW post received the money from the now-defunct Hillsville Rescue Squad as the former emergency medical provider disbursed its remaining funds as its last act. Veteran Ed Buchanan said the post used the funds to create a new memorial that’s positioned at the main entrance to the post in Hillsville.

  • Grant keeping Galax firefighters safe

    Galax Grants Administrator Brenda Marrah looked on Tuesday night as members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department fitted themselves with brand new masks and air packs purchased with a federal grant that Marrah landed for the city.
    Capt. Mike Ayers, a GVFD officer and the city’s new Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, demonstrated how the advanced pieces of equipment work.

  • Bassett nominated to furniture hall of fame

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — John D. Bassett III of Galax has been named an Industry Fellow by the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.
    Bassett is one of six U.S. fellows named July 12 and is a nominee for election into the hall of fame. Voting by members extends through Aug. 16.
    The six nominees will be made industry fellows at an Oct. 20 banquet at the High Point market.
    Bassett is chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co.

  • Carroll teams reach AAA final four

    WYTHEVILLE –– A pair of extra-inning thrillers highlighted the first three days of play at the District 1 Dixie AAA tournament at Ager Park in Wytheville.

    Carroll County American and Floyd County battled to a 1-0 decision, putting put on as well-played a game as any group of 9- and 10-year-olds will play anywhere, while Galax and Carroll County National went to extras to see who stayed alive in the event.

  • Galax, Carroll American play on

    WYTHEVILLE –– It took about a week longer than it was expected to, but the District 1 Dixie O-Zone tournament finally wrapped up Thursday as Galax earned a state tournament berth with a dominating performance. Two days later, Carroll County American locked up its state tournament berth by winning the District 1 AAA championship over Wythe West.

    In the O-Zone (11-12) final, Galax took a slim 1-0 lead into the top of the fourth before exploding down the stretch and scoring a dozen runs in the final three innings of its 13-1 win.

  • Smiths celebrate 50th anniversary

    Kyle (Snalie) and Phyllis Robinson Smith celebrated their 50th anniversary July 5.

    They have one son, Kyle Dean, and fiancée, Mandy Johnson.

  • Roark, Shockley marry

    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.

  • Public record for 7/17/13 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers' Hotline 7/17/13

    Cloud of smoke
    It’s rather sad when you visit a relative at a nursing home and they have brought the residents out front to smoke and you have to wade through the cigarette smoke to get to even the front door. Some people are allergic to cigarette smoke and they can’t do that. It is just pitiful that the staff does that and the administration doesn’t do something about it.

    Caring manner