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Today's News

  • Stoneman indicted for wounding officer

    WYTHEVILLE — A local man who was sought earlier this year in connection with the malicious wounding of a Wythe County deputy was indicted by a grand jury on July 21 in Wythe County Circuit Court.

    Cheston Stoneman, 32, of Hillsville, was apprehended by police on May 7, at a residence off of Joy Ranch Road. He was arrested on warrants from Wythe County for the malicious wounding of Deputy Zach Puckett on April 27. He was also served with warrants from Carroll County for probation violations for six previous felony convictions.

  • Fiddlers' convention registration drops by 141

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down by 141 contestants from 2013, one of the largest drops in the past four years.

    Registration numbers had been declining slowly but steadily for the past three years, after topping out at 2,004 contestants for the event’s 75 anniversary in 2010. This year’s total is 1,675.

    The registration figures were released by the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 79-year-old event, the world’s largest gathering of bluegrass and old-time fans and musicians.

  • Galax, Independence plan 'National Night Out'

    National Night Out, celebrated across America — and even on some U.S. military bases on foreign soil — is coming to Galax again on Aug. 5.

    “National Night Out started by bringing law enforcement and the community together against crime,” said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. “It gets the public out and lets them know who their public safety officials are. It’s a meet and greet.”

  • Seeing Galax through visitor's eyes

    By David Martin, Whiteville, N.C.

    I have to take a moment to say “thank you” to all the kind people of Galax.

    In May, I began a surprise search for a birthday gift for my wife of 45 years. July 1 was her 63rd birthday and I wanted to give her a big surprise. She has always wanted to go to Mount Airy, N.C., so I began by searching things to do in the area.

  • RipTide second in Blue Ridge meet

    Twin County swimmers broke eight conference records and racked up 21 event championships Friday and Saturday as the Blue Ridge Swim Conference wrapped up its 2014 season with its conference meet at the Galax Recreation Department.

    Elkin came away with the team championship, amassing 1,953 points in 86 events to outdistance runner-up Galax’s 1,544. Dobson (1,194) placed third and was followed by Wytheville (1,035), Reeves Community Center (983) and the Carroll Wellness Center (545).

  • Multiple wrecks cause backup on I-77

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a series of four accidents that occurred within two-tenths of a mile on Interstate 77 early Friday.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the string of incidents began at 5 a.m. in the southbound lane at mile marker 2.8 in Carroll County. A flatbed tractor-trailer carrying aluminum framing for solar panels was traveling southbound when rain caused a passenger car in front of the tractor to hydroplane.

  • Friends pitch in for memorial

    In 2006, Gazette reporter Christopher Brooke snapped a photo of 15-year-old Jamie Lineberry of Hillsville, airborne on his skateboard.

    There, his friends and family say, was his favorite place to be — in the air, with his trusty board beneath him.

    That same photo is just one of the ways his loved ones now keep him immortalized in their hearts.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse gets makeover

    INDEPENDENCE — For the first time in 20 years, the exterior white trim on the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence is being completely repainted.

    Phillip Osborne of Hemlock Construction has begun the job using two different kinds of lifts to reach the highest points on the building more than 50 feet above ground.

  • Testimony reveals more about Anders shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — Testimony at Randy Lee Anders’ trial on July 24-25 revealed more about the night that Grayson County deputies confronted the wanted fugitive.

    The incident ended with deputies shooting Anders four times.

    Following the trial, Anders, 33, was convicted of five charges — including felony assault on two police officers — and sentenced to five years in prison.

    He will be formally sentenced in September.

  • Fiddlers will flock to Galax this weekend

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 79th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 9.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.