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Today's News

  • Is It Newsworthy?

    "Does this have to be in the paper?"

    It's a question a reporter on the scene hears quite often, from those who feel a particular incident isn't newsworthy because, in their opinion, it makes the community look bad or it hits too close to home for the person asking the question.

    (A caller to the newspaper's Hotline once lambasted The Gazette for running an article about a drug bust while thousands of music fans were in town for the fiddlers' convention.)

  • Cavaliers get back to work

    HILLSVILLE -- Will he or won’t he? Much of what transpires tonight at Falcon Field, when Carroll County travels to Abingdon for a Southwest District game, will depend on whether or not Falcon quarterback Jacob Hess suits up after rolling an ankle in Abingdon’s 45-12 win last week over John Battle. Carroll County coach Tom Hale is convinced that even a 50-percent chance of s

  • 0-0 is all that matters now

     INDEPENDENCE -- It’s been said a thousand times over the years that when Galax and Grayson County get together, you can throw the records out the window.

  • Maroon Tide, by a mile

    Strength comes from competition, which comes from depth. When it comes to golf, Galax is bountiful in all three. Once again in the Region C golf tournament, Galax relied on its overall team strength. Last year it was enough to squeak by with a second-place finish.

  • Library of Congress honors Wilson

    Joe Wilson has spent much of his life preserving the legendary music of America's past, and this week the nation returns the favor.

    The folklorist, who lives in Fries, is set to receive the “Living Legend” award today, Friday, from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

  • Common Creed

    Tanya Gonyo was just seven months old when her grandfather Kyle Creed, a local old-time music legend, passed away in 1982.

    But when Gonyo, now 27, of Richmond, stepped into the Stringbean Coffee Shop on Sept. 12 and saw hundreds of old pictures and banjos her grandfather made, the overwhelming feeling brought tears to her eyes as she realized what his banjo playing and instrument making has inspired.

  • Constitution Day Celebration

    BAYWOOD ee* Students at Baywood Elementary showed their pride to be citizens of America during a Constitution Day program held at the school last Thursday.

    The program was hosted by Mrs. Fleming's third-grade class and had been performed for the school's Parent Teacher Organization earlier that week.

    The celebration was part of a national day that celebrates the birth of the United States' government. It was on Sept. 17, 1787, that the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

  • Concert series celebrates 10 years

    Most every Friday night, the sounds of the mountains ride the radio airwaves down the backroads of Virginia and North Carolina, from the Blue Ridge Mountains down to the Piedmont.

    For a decade, that traditional string music has been broadcast from Galax on WBRF-98.1 FM, which sends out 100,000 watts of old-time and bluegrass music from the stage of the historic Rex Theater in downtown Galax.

    The powerhouse radio station, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, will celebrate a decade of promoting and presenting the traditional string music that Galax is known for.

  • Renewed Pride

    The American Constitution begins with "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

    Last week, Baywood Elementary students performed a program honoring Constitution Day ee* the birthday of America's government, Sept. 17 ee* and it was enough to make anyone proud to be an American.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/21/09

    Trail helps us celebrate heritage

    I read a wonderful article by April Wright in the Dec. 15-16, 2008, edition of the Gazette, titled “Money Trail.”

    The article focused on the $23 million economic impact that the Crooked Road initiative brought to 10 counties and 19 towns stretching from Dickenson to Franklin County.

    Of the $23 million, $13 million was attributed to direct sales of goods. The foundation for the Crooked Road was a regional effort to promote our heritage; one consisting of natural amenities, music and artisans.