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About Us

  • Written by Staff

The News-Gazette, published weekly in Lexington, Va on Wednesdays, serves Rockbridge County and the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. The newspaper is part of a publishing tradition that goes back to 1801, which saw the founding of what became the Lexington Gazette. The other ancestor publication was the Rockbridge County News, founded in 1884. The two newspapers merged in 1962, forming The News-Gazette. By this lineage, The News-Gazette is the third oldest newspaper in Virginia, and the oldest in the state west of the Blue Ridge.

The News-Gazette Corp. also publishes The Weekender, on Saturdays, which is delivered by mail and carrier to all Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista residential addresses. The company publishes several niche products, including the Rockbridge Almanac, a community guide and chamber of commerce directory; and Visiting Lexington, a guidebook and website ( for visitors to our area. And, of course, we publish on this website,

The current management and ownership represents the fourth generation of involment in the newspaper by the Paxton family. A member of the fifth generation is also employed at the paper.

The News-Gazette has been the recipent of numerous state and national awards for writing, photography, and design from the Virginia Press Association and the National Newspaper Association.

All departments of the newspaper can be reached by calling our main phone number - (540) 463-3113.