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Today's News

  • 2018 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Winners of the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention included hometown heroes, regional favorites and musicians from several U.S. states; as well as a trio of international champions from Norway, Australia and Canada. The competition was held Aug. 6-11 in Felts Park, drawing an estimated crowd of 40,000 people over the week.

    Best All-Around Performer

    Aila Wildman — Floyd

    Old-Time Fiddle

    1. Aila Wildman - Floyd

    2. Mattias Thedens - Oslo, Norway

  • Helmick steps down from city council

    Ches Helmick made a surprise announcement on Monday that he had resigned, effective that day, from his position on the Galax City Council.

    Citing health reasons for this move, Helmick wrote in a letter to The Gazette that he is stepping back from numerous groups he serves, and cutting back on office hours in his Edward Jones financial planning business.

    He served on council for two years, half of his elected term.

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  • IVFD adds heavy rescue vehicle to fleet

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department recently welcomed a new addition to its fleet of vehicles, which will allow members to haul equipment to assist with fires and car wrecks.

    The new vehicle is a 2003 Spartan Custom Heavy Rescue. The department purchased it from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Union Grove, Ala. The vehicle will replace a 1999 F-850, which will be sold to another department.

  • Artist signs new prints to benefit Allen House

    HILLSVILLE – A world renowned and locally esteemed artist is helping raise money to benefit the historic Sidna Allen House in Carroll County.

    P. Buckley Moss, an American artist who has displayed her appreciation for the rural scenery of Virginia in her artwork since early in her career, is the second artist this year to dedicate their time and efforts to generate funds to help with restoration efforts of the famous house off U.S. 52 in Hillsville.

  • Addressing the U.S. trucker shortage

    David Boyer of Fries is a professional truck driver for ABF Freight and a member of Trucking Moves America Forward

    With summer comes the planning of barbecues, water sports and road trips to spend time with family and friends.

  • Dump truck hits Fries home

    FRIES ― The Jones family residence in Fries was a chaotic scene last Thursday morning, but Deputy Bobby Jones of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office was happy to report that the dump truck that slammed into his front porch only caused structural damage, and that no one was seriously injured.

    According to Jones, the incident happened at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9.

  • Va. Blaze wins pair of championships

    LYNCHBURG –– The Virginia Blaze FCA summer travel team pulled off a pair of impressive tournament wins recently, including a championship in the 11th/12th-grade division at the Commonwealth games on the campus of Liberty University.

    Finishing pool play as the No. 2 seed out of its group, the Blaze opened bracket play with a 38-35 win over Vick4Kids, a team from the Bluefield-Tazewell-Giles area. Trailing by six at the half, the Blaze made enough second-half adjustments to take a late lead and hold on for the win.

  • Promising start for Galax

    Fiddle music filled up the bottomland in Galax on Wednesday but popping pads, whistles and the bark of coaches’ instructions held the high ground as Galax made the transition from two weeks of pounding teammates to laying licks on somebody wearing a different-colored headgear.

    The Maroon Tide and Mount Airy, N.C. conducted their first controlled scrimmage of the season, a midweek meeting that is rare for the most part but has been common between these two teams the past few years.

    Just breaking the grind of practice was as big a deal as Xs and Os.

  • Documentary focuses on fiddling

    How do you make an award-winning documentary about the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention?

    Well, for starters, it helps if you’re local.

    Sisters Julie Simone, who lives in Los Angeles, and Vicki Vlasic, who now hails from just outside Detroit, both grew up in Hillsville. They remember a time when their TV only got two TV channels, on which they saw “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres.” Though both left the Twin Counties to explore the world, Simone also remembers another childhood pleasure.