Today's News


    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



    “Write what you know” is a common piece of advice for aspiring writers, and it's a good one.

    Most of us have something that we feel passionately about, that we'd love to write about and have others read, if only we had the proper venue.

    We have opinions we want to share and see what others think.

    Maybe you've thought about being a citizen journalist, but didn't know where to start?

  • Veterans memorial receives $10,000

    The Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial fundraising effort will receive an inherited $10,000 certificate of deposit to go towards the construction of a monument in Galax.

    The transfer of the funds was officially approved at the May 10 Galax City Council meeting.

    The veterans' memorial, slated to be constructed next to the Galax Public Library, will cover more than 3,600 square feet.

  • Carroll JVs win SWD titles

     The Carroll County JV baseball team put the finishing touches on a championship season last Saturday by winning the Southwest District tournament title in a 10-0 runaway over Abingdon in five innings.