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Today's News

  • Delegate off to a busy start

    RICHMOND — The newly minted 6th District representative in the House of Delegates reports working 15 hours a day in the General Assembly session, but Jeff Campbell (R) still had enough time to submit 18 bills for consideration.
    Campbell was elected in November 2013 to replace the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark. His district includes Wythe, Smyth and Carroll counties.

  • Churches celebrate King's legacy

    This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Galax was short but sweet, as guests who were filled with joy and hope shared inspirational stories of finding racial equality and defeating prejudice.
    Several congregations have made a tradition of gathering at the Gospel Temple #2 church in the Oldtown community of West Galax, where they share stories of hope and strength with one another, and celebrate the holiday with songs and praise.

  • School prayer bill passes in Senate

    RICHMOND — A divided Virginia Senate’s approval of a bill to vouchsafe student prayer in schools and give forums for faith speech at school events signified the first cultural battle of the year in the General Assembly’s upper chamber.
    Sen. Bill Carrico’s SB 236 moves to the House of Delegates after it passed on a 20-18 vote after roughly 30 minutes of debate Tuesday when supporters lauded it as a religious freedom measure and foes called it an unnecessary endorsement of one faith tradition.

  • Petitions push to save Kroger

    Frustrated with the news that the Kroger in Galax will close in late March, locals took to social media websites to voice their concerns, and are attempting to cause enough of a stir to convince executives to think twice about their decision.
    Representatives from Kroger made the announcement on Jan. 17, after several attempts to gain more profits from the store failed.

  • She's five

    Isabella “Izzie” Jo Marshall turned five on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a princess bowling party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    She is the big sister to Cassidy and Briley Marshall. Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Public record for 1/22/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October 2013 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers' Hotline 1/22/14

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  • Save the History project reaches goal of $16,000

    A local campaign has raised all of the required funding to convert thousands of old local newspapers into a digital archive.
    John Nunn, head of the project “Save the History,” recently announced that, thanks to the donations of many local businesses and individuals, a total of $16,000 has been raised to convert 44 rolls of microfilm containing 3,500 old issues of The Gazette into digital format. When the digital archiving is complete, the issues, which date back to the 1930s, will be available to view and search online.

  • Flooding fix underway in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    As another harsh winter threatens with unpredictable snow and rain in the Twin Counties, city crews are working hard to fix and restore the roads and stormwater system to benefit residents and business owners in the low-lying “Bottom” area of Galax.
    At the Jan. 13 city council meeting, City Manager Keith Barker gave an update on the ongoing Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization Project.
    “We are happy that we are moving through the project and getting close [to completion],” Barker told council.

  • Scammers claiming to be from IRS

    The Internal Revenue Service is reporting a phone scam that is telling taxpayers they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.
    If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.