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Today's News

  • Parkway anniversary plans taking shape

    Plans are underway for the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary weekend celebration during Sept. 10-12, marking the anniversary of construction on Sept. 11, 1935.

    The Blue Ridge Music Center (milepost 213), the Cumberland Knob Recreation Area (milepost 217), and neighboring communities of Fancy Gap, Hillsville, Fries, Independence and Galax will be among sites for this multi-day, multi-venue celebration.

    Included will be regional music, crafts, storytelling, children’s activities and foods from the Blue Ridge.

  • Masters of Mountain Music

    As a young boy growing up in Kentucky, local music legend Willard Gayheart, scraped up $3 to purchase his first guitar, and even though he didn't do much with it then, when he moved to Galax in 1962 he got hooked on learning bluegrass and old-time music.

    Gayheart, now a renowned musician and pencil artist, shared his story with a crowd at last Thursday's first Bluegrass Gravy & River Quilts event at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.

  • Up in the Air

    HILLSVILLE — Juggling just isn't for the clowns and the circus. It's for artists, athletes, hobbyists and just about anyone — and the Flanagans can attest to that.

    As local Glen Luke Flanagan swirls a handful of bean bags through the air and tosses them behind his back, showing off his juggling skills, he explains how the hobby has become about sharing, showing and coming together.

    He never misses a beat as he demonstrates his tricks, manipulation skills and choreography.

  • Hanging their hopes on art

    The creative economy being developed throughout the area is one industry that can't be exported overseas, said Chris Shackelford, director of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.

    CCSA has and will continue to bring new businesses into the area, add jobs, create mixed-use buildings and improve the quality of life as Galax works toward transitioning into a place of entrepreneurial development and tourism, Shackelford said.

  • Memories of the Blue Ridge Parkway

    In the “Memories: The Blue Ridge Parkway in Retrospect” juried art show at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, a watercolor painting by local artist Jarrod Wilson depicts a classic Plymouth pulled to the side of the road on the parkway with a blanket spread out on a grassy knoll.

  • Galax martial artists take down opponents

    Mixed martial artists Team PVT (Pyles Vale Tudo) of Galax rocked the cage last month at the Gladiator Fight Club’s MMA “Battle of Wills” event at the Sportplex Indoor Sports and Event Center in Winchester.

    Team PVT is part of Elite Combat Martial Arts in Galax, which specializes in martial arts, combat stunt fighting, MMA, aerobics and weight training, competitive sport karate and self defense.

    The business was established 16 years ago by owner and instructor is Grand Master Dean Pyles and his wife, Master Heather Pyles.

  • Virtually the same education? No.

    A recent article in The Gazette touted the many “benefits” of virtual academies.

    However, Carroll School Superintendent Greg Smith failed to give the whole story. Comparing parent-directed home school to public virtual school is like comparing breastfeeding to infant formula, which is an inferior, watered-down version with the real risks hidden.

    When parents enroll their child in a full-time, virtual school, they sign away much of their parental right to direct their child's education.

  • Bell off to hot start at Motor Mile

    RADFORD -- Brent Bell of Galax got off to a great start defending his track championship, winning the first two Street Stock events of the 2010 season at Motor Mile Speedway. Bell won the Cintas 150 Saturday at Motor Mile, qualifying on the pole and holding off Barry Gregory for the win. Bell opened the season with a win on April 3.

  • Maroon Tide pounds Green Wave

    Galax was all over the Green Wave early, leading 11-0 after three innings and taking a 15-5 win in a Mountain Empire District baseball game Wednesday in Felts Park. Michael Bond went 3-for-4, driving in five runs for Galax (7-2, 1-0).

  • Strong finish lifts Cavs past Grayson

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County finished with a flurry, scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth to knock off Grayson County 9-5 in a nondistrict game Saturday at Bill Worrell Field.