• Council approves rezoning for Sheetz

    It appears that, after much anticipation, Galax will get a Sheetz.
    At Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, council voted to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive from Mobile Home Park (RMH) to General Business (B-2) so that Sheetz Inc. can move forward in building a convenience store at the location.
    All voted yes, except Dr. Robert Lazo, who was not present for the meeting.

  • Mohawk defended against EPA claims

    HILLSVILLE — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators wants to clear the air about companies like Mohawk Industries in Hillsville that have worked to reduce pollution.

  • Sheetz plan a hit with fans

    Sheetz Inc. has finally declared it wants to come to Galax, despite denying any interest in the city last month.
    The convenience store, gas station and fast food eatery is a popular stop for travelers in other localities. The closest Sheetz are in Wytheville and Mount Airy, N.C.

  • Creek Bottom offers big fun in small batches

    Creek Bottom Brews has been a familiar stop for Galaxians in search of a good beer since February 2013.


    The store sells all kinds of bottled beers from around the world, and even offers the purchase of “growlers” (32 to 64 oz. glass containers customers can have filled with their brew of choice).

  • Grants opens to little fanfare, but big crowd

    Grants supermarket opened in Galax on Saturday in what company executive Ron Martin termed a “soft launch,” but it did nothing to quell the enthusiasm of shoppers, who streamed in, starting in the early morning.

  • Gazette welcomes Watkins to staff


  • Grants to open May 10 in Galax

    Grants Supermarket (Hometown Grocery LLC) co-owner and CEO Ron Martin said on Tuesday afternoon that his company’s new store debut in Galax would be what he termed a “soft launch” only.

  • Med-Fit looking at options for plant's future

    INDEPENDENCE — Med-Fit Systems Inc. is reviewing its options for the fitness equipment company’s future, following layoffs at its Independence plant last week.
    California-based Med-Fit, which makes Nautilus equipment, laid off a total of 94 workers at the local plant — 61 last week and 33 that were initially furloughed in March.
    Workers at some other Med-Fit locations were affected, as well.
    Med-Fit owner Dean Sbragia outlined the plans for the company in a letter to employees that was shared with The Gazette.

  • Med-Fit's Independence plant, assets for sale

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  • More layoffs at Med-Fit

    INDEPENDENCE — On April 18, The Gazette received reports of another round of layoffs at the Med-Fit/Nautilus manufacturing plant in Independence.

    Some company officials formerly in charge of public relations were among those cut, so The Gazette wasn’t able to reach anyone for comment on Friday. An e-mail to company owner Dean Sbragia was not returned.

    The commercial fitness equipment company let go 33 people last month, bringing its workforce down to about 100 people. No information was available about the number in this latest round of layoffs.