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Today's News

  • Grubb, Harner to marry

    David and Menica Grubb of Wytheville announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Grubb, to Brandon Harner, son of Pat and Brenda Harner of Hillsville.

    Megan is a 2005 graduate of George Wythe High School and received a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2009 from Virginia Tech.
    She is working toward her a master’s degree in elementary education at Radford University.

  • Celebrating 50th wedding anniversary

    Ralph and Modena Dalton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    They were married July 30, 1960, at the Presbyterian Church in Sparta, N.C. They reside in Galax. Their children are Ricky, Renee, Robin and Jamey.
     

  • Davis to serve 16.5 years for drug conspiracy

    ROANOKE — A Galax woman caught in a conspiracy to sell illegal drugs was sentenced Monday to 198 months in a federal prison.
    Stephie Nicole Bean Davis had pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to distribute a mixture of or substance containing methamphetamine after being indicted in January.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention begins Friday

     

    The 44th annual Fries Fiddlers' Convention begins Friday at 6 p.m.
    and continues Saturday at 3 p.m., beginning with the youth event.
    The convention will be held on the Fries Ball Park. Camping is available.

  • Education, with style

    CANA — Laid off from teaching cosmetology at Mitchell Community College, Peggy Haynes set out to style her own business.
    "I decided I need to create my own job," she explained to The Gazette. IStyle Hair Salon on U.S. 52 in Cana was the result.

  • Houston leaves pregnancy center

    Courtenay Houston (second from left) has resigned as executive director of the Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center to take a job with Carroll County schools and to study to become a teacher.

    Board members of the Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center recently wished her farewell and presented her with a gift certificate.

    The pregnancy center, a non-profit organization, was restarted in 2005 with a budget of $500. Since then, it has served 5,000 clients and  more than 400 babies.

    The center is supported by area churches and community donations.

  • Testerman graduates from banker school

    Hank M. Testerman, assistant vice president and managing officer of the East Galax office of Carter Bank & Trust, graduated Aug. 6 from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
    Testerman ranked in the top 10 percent of the 2010 class.
    Testerman is a native of Mouth of Wilson and a graduate of Grayson County High School.
    He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Organizational Management from Radford University.

  • Former Galax football coach dies of cancer

    Former Galax High School head football and baseball coach William G. “Bill” Bryant died Monday in Bristol, Tenn., after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
    Bryant was a sports standout at Emory & Henry College, where he was an all-American football player, standout baseball player and was inducted into the college’s sports Hall of Fame in 1971.
    He began his career as a coach and teacher at Galax High School in 1965.
    His Galax teams’ successes included multiple district championships and state runner-up honors.

  • Officer's hunch about car leads to suspect

    An officer's hunch and some thorough police work led police to a suspect in the Aug. 4  robbery of Woodforest National Bank inside of Walmart in Galax.
    Debra Lynn Graveley, 54, was arrested without incident Saturday at her home in Ivanhoe.

  • Folklorist digs deep into the origins of 'Hillbilly Music'

    There's no short answer to explain how “hillbillies” invented American music, local music historian Joe Wilson told a crowd at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts during the first of several lectures at the school.
    It's “all the pieces of the truth that fit together” — and about an hour of lecture time — that allows him to tell the story of where hillbilly music came from.