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Today's News

  • Radford outlasts Maroon Tide

    BUENA VISTA -- Radford and Galax battled one another for more than two hours and through 222 points.

  • Van Acker steps down at Galax

     After just three seasons, Jared Van Acker has resigned as head football coach at Galax High School.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/26/09-10/28/09

    State, local candidates endorsed

    I am voting for the candidates whom I feel are best qualified and who best understand our southwestern region of the state.

    I am voting for Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds for governor, Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor, and Steve Shannon for attorney general.

    I feel they will carry the projects and ideals forward which U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Gov. Tim Kaine began. I applaud them both. They are running for these governmental positions because of their deep commitment to our state.

  • Breaking the Circle of Violence

    Isaiah 42:3-4a — “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.”

     

    They are all around us. 

    These people are bruised. They have had blood vessels broken under the skin from the impact of being hit. They are bruised reeds. 

    They aren’t completely broken but they are devastated and depressed. 

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/2/09-11/4/09

    Buy local, build economy

    I was pleased to see Patrick Butler's letter asking readers to "bring change and buy local," supporting our local business owners. I would like to emphasize another reason to do so: the multiplier effect.

    When you spend a dollar at a locally owned business, that dollar is likely to circulate several times in our community, multiplying its impact on the local economy, while a dollar spent at a large chain business will likely leave the area after that one transaction.

  • Don't call it grassroots

    Letting people have their say in the appropriate venue is always a good thing.

    If thinking about a certain topic — say an electric utility's requested rate increase in recessionary times — creates a burning feeling in the pit of a citizen's stomach, it's that person's right to speak up.

    This especially applies if that regular joe needs to express those thoughts to government bureaucrats.

  • McDonnell and GOP win state races, sweep Twin Counties

    Bob McDonnell steamrolled Creigh Deeds in Tuesday's gubernatorial election as part of a dominating night for Republican candidates who prevailed in the other two statewide races and gained seats to increase the party's majority in the House of Delegates.

    The Republican ticket swept the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties, as well.

    "Working together as Virginians, we will find those new ways to solve the problems that face us and to create more jobs and new opportunities," McDonnell told supporters during his victory speech.

  • Police respond to CCIS threat

    HILLSVILLE — The school day at Carroll County Intermediate came to an abrupt end after staff at the school opened an envelope with a double threat inside.

    It contained both a white powder and a written bomb threat, according to Kevin Harris, director of personnel, who was on scene helping with the response alongside Virginia State Police with a bomb search dog, Hillsville police officers, Carroll County deputies, Carroll EMS, school and county officials and more.

  • Man charged with child porn possession

    A Galax man has been charged with possession of child pornography after officers searched his home.

    Richard Lee Taylor, 37, of 752 Beech Grove Lane, was charged with possession of child pornography after investigators found numerous child pornography files on his computer.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said investigators received information that an individual at the above address was downloading child pornography from the Internet.

  • Rec roof bids under review

    FRIES — Bids to put a new roof on the Town of Fries' recreation center remain under review after coming in much higher than expected.

    Fries Town Manager Brian Reed was asked about the process during the town council meeting Tuesday night and, while he didn't have much new information, he said bids continue to be reviewed.

    In August, bids were received for the project after a four-year battle for permanent authority ended when the Federal Communications Commission dismissed all petitions to deny U.S. Cellular's tower placement across the New River from the town.