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Today's News

  • Free clinic moves into new home

    At the non-profit Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, volunteers stay busy filing patient paperwork and working the front desk and the new lab at the 2,200-square foot facility.

    The Free Clinic had been on Oldtown Street in a 1,200-square foot facility since 2007, but has now relocated to an office building at 140 Larkspur Lane in Galax and re-opened June 1.

    “We were running out of space and could only have so many in the office,” said Dina Slusher, executive director of the clinic. “We just needed more office space to accommodate everybody.

  • A new flavor at Olde Mill

    LAUREL FORK — Olde Mill has kicked its culinary offerings up a notch with Chef Ed Badgett heading up the kitchen.

    The golf course continues adding housing and an array of amenities as it transitions to a fully fledged resort community, and the vision for the place has captivated the chef.

    Not only does Badgett serve as chef and live onsite, he's taken the lead in blogging and tweeting about happenings and has even shown the new housing to clients. "I do as much as I can without sacrificing being in the kitchen."

  • Galax: A History In Pictures

    For hours, Judith Nunn Alley and her brother John Nunn would sit in the center of hundreds of pictures and notes that covered every inch of the room, sorting and trying to find the perfect images that would capture the first 50 years of Galax for their new book, slated to be released today, Friday.

    It is part Arcadia Publishing's “Images of America” series, which celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country.

  • UPDATE

    Updated June 8, 11:48 p.m.

    John Battle 2, Galax 0

    BRISTOL –– John Battle scored a pair of first-half goals and fended off numerous Galax scoring opportunities to take a 2-0 win in the Group A state soccer quarterfinals Tuesday at Sugar Hollow Park.

    The Trojans scored on a breakaway in the ninth minute to take the lead for good, then scored off a steal in front of the Galax net in the 28th minute.

    See Friday's print edition for full coverage.

     

     

    Updated June 7, 5:48 p.m.

  • Look Through Tourists' Eyes

    Once again, it takes out-of-towners to remind us how good we have it in the Twin Counties.

    After last week's "familiarization tour" for tourism officials from all over Virginia, the visitors couldn't find enough good things to say about our underappreciated area. They enjoyed shopping in our unique shops, visiting our attractions, hearing our music and seeing our natural wonders.

  • CCHS graduates 288

     Watch for more graduation photos in Friday's edition of The Gazette on the Twin County Living page.

  • A Way Forward

    Not to be premature, but it looks like a new day might be dawning in the Twin Counties — one that holds the promise of an amicable relationship between the Town of Hillsville and Carroll County.

    Though the town and county have cooperated in the past when they expected mutual benefits, it seemed the officials for the two localities did not see eye to eye very often.

    An atmosphere of hostility seemed to be the norm, as water and sewer disagreements stretched on for half a dozen years or more.

  • Kanawha Valley is latest stop on Crooked Road

    DUGSPUR — Kanawha Valley Arena has just come out of the gate with its Crooked Road affiliated partner designation, but the place ropes in much more than mountain music.

    Kanawha Valley has separated itself from the herd of other venues on the Virginia heritage music trail through the variety of its offerings.

  • Local churches helping out in Costa Rica

    When the Rev. Ricardo Alvarado, pastor of the Hispanic congregation at First Baptist Church of Galax, visited a halfway house in Costa Rica in March, he saw something he didn't know existed in his own country — a poorly pieced-together structure made from whatever wood and metal could be found.

    The floors were dirt and there were wood-sided outhouses nearby.

    Members of First Baptist Church of Galax, Hillsville Christian Church, First Baptist Church of Hillsville and Cornerstone Community Church in Galax are coming together to fix that situation.

  • Galax settles for second