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  • Readers Hotline 12/8/14

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  • Local government officials call for end to Hotline

    Editor’s note: This letter was signed by the mayor and city manager of Galax, and the supervisors’ chairmen and county administrators for Carroll and Grayson counties. The original letter of 491 words was reduced to meet the 350-word limit policy for letters to the editor.

  • Loaves & Fishes: new charity finds struggles, successes

    Jennifer Patterson says the whole thing started when she felt moved to help people in the community who don’t have enough food.

    She says she felt $30 was a reasonable goal to fund a food box for a single family.

    “I decided that I wanted to make sure someone had a nice meal,” says Patterson. “For somebody who doesn’t have groceries in their house, $30 is a lot.”

    So Patterson went to the “Galax Talk of the Town” Facebook page in early November and posted the following:

  • Kemp waives hearing in shooting case

    HILLSVILLE — Benjamin Kemp of Woodlawn, who was charged in the malicious wounding of a Fries man, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Carroll County General District Court last Friday.

    Kemp, 54, was arrested Oct. 4 after members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting shots fired at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Stable Inn Road, just south of the Town of Hillsville on U.S. 52.

  • Woodlawn school hit by vandals

    WOODLAWN – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a break-in and vandalism that occurred at Woodlawn School the night of Nov. 29 or early on the morning of Nov. 30.

    Carroll Deputy Jake Worrell, who is investigating the case, said entry to the school was made by busting open a door leading to the cafeteria.

  • Hospital unveils new MRI scanner

    After official announcements earlier this year that Twin County Regional Hospital would get a new open MRI machine to complement its new CT scanner unveiled this summer, the device was shown to the public at an open house last Thursday night.

    According to radiologist Dr. Jay Bolen, on hand along with Radiology Director David Payne to demonstrate how the new MRI images will look at and to answer questions, the machine will alleviate multiple problems inherent in older systems.

  • Lady Devils deep, experienced

    INDEPENDENCE –– There are certain things that come a little more easily to a team as experienced as the one Grayson County girls’ basketball coach Tiny Funk will field this year

    Practices can be a lot more efficient, what with everybody knowing what to expect. Big game jitters may not be as big an ordeal for a group of multi-sport athletes who have been in more than their fair share of them. Teaching certain concepts and tactics evolves into refining such things.

  • New identity for Grayson boys

    INDEPENDENCE –– In the past four years, the Grayson County boys’ basketball program has produced five 1,000-point scorers. The Blue Devils’ success this year may depend on how well they can do on the other end of the floor.

    Though fielding a team that lacks in star power, eighth-year Grayson County head coach Lucas Austin likes what he sees from 11 kids who are similar in size, ability and toughness.

  • Grayson County girls open season with 55-44 win

    SALEM ––Grayson County opened up a 16-point lead in the middle two quarters and opened its 2014-15 girls’ basketball season with a 55-44 win Wednesday at Glenvar.

    The Blue Devils took an 11-9 lead into the second quarter and outscored the Highlanders a combined 30-16 in the second and third period to hold a 41-25 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

  • Carroll’s Smith to remain a Cavalier

    Once a Cavalier, always a Cavalier. At least that’s the case with Carroll County’s Eustacia Smith.

    A standout attacker for coach Cindy Edwards’ CCHS volleyball team, Smith inked recently to continue her career at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, fulfilling a lifelong dream.