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Today's News

  • Fluoride fears unfounded

    I am writing in response to the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority meetings attended by a group of people opposed to water fluoridation.
    The most recent meetings were Nov. 15 in Independence and with the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners in Sparta, N.C.
    Several citizens with the newly formed group spoke against water fluoridation by the water authority.

  • Honoring a postal worker's courage

    A Galax postal employee who endured a hostage situation at the Wytheville Post Office while acting supervisor last December has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service for her courage under duress.
    Marjorie Austin Crockett was honored Nov. 30 at a special ceremony by postal officials as a result of her actions during a nine-hour hostage standoff last Dec. 23 that made national news.

  • Highway to heaven

    WOODLAWN — Stereo speakers of 18-wheelers rolling down the interstates reverberate with the evangelistic message of a 47-year-old Woodlawn woman.
    To reach out to strangers on the road, Wilma Foreman first speaks the words that the Lord gives to her into a cassette recorder.
    The audience presumably consists of commercial drivers, transporting goods mostly over the East Coast,  but it could be any motorists who find the sermons on CDs at truck stops, free for the taking.

  • Grayson: courts should decide Oracle's fate

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders have decided to not revisit one of the most heated special use permit applications the county has seen in recent years.
    In a reversal of its previous action, the Grayson Board of Supervisors voted last Thursday not to re-hear the Oracle Institute’s application in July 2011.
    A couple of days after the board voted to give the non-profit, non-denominational group a second chance, Oracle Institute’s leader filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the county.

  • Businesses taking chance with law

    While Twin County authorities wait for clearer legislation from the General Assembly on Internet sweepstakes cafes, at least one prosecutor in Tidewater has moved ahead with legal action against business proprietors.
    Vague language from a previous Virginia General Assembly action inadvertently created a loophole for Internet sweepstakes businesses after they fled a crackdown in North Carolina, legislators and local officials agree.

  • Legal Or Not? Gaming machine laws are vague

    As local authorities deal with the sometimes vague laws involving Internet sweepstakes cafes, police in other Virginia localities have taken more definitive action.
    And in North Carolina, authorities are dealing with the often confusing repercussions of a state ban on certain types of gaming machines.
    Earlier this month, a special grand jury in Virginia Beach indicted the owners or operators of 10 Internet sweepstakes cafes on criminal charges of illegal gambling.

  • Galax finishes off Maroons

     WYTHEVILLE –– Galax coach Verl Brown often says that it’s not how you start but how you finish. The context of those words usually applies to a full season. But so far, it has been applicable on a game-by-game basis.

    For the second straight night, the Maroon Tide followed up a so-so first half with a strong second half to pull away for a road win against a Hogoheegee District rival. Thursday it was George Wythe who withered in the final two periods as Galax zoomed away for a 51-39 nondistrict win.

  • Galax finishes off Maroons

     WYTHEVILLE –– Galax coach Verl Brown often says that it’s not how you start but how you finish. The context of those words usually applies to a full season. But so far, it has been applicable on a game-by-game basis.

    For the second straight night, the Maroon Tide followed up a so-so first half with a strong second half to pull away for a road win against a Hogoheegee District rival. Thursday it was George Wythe who withered in the final two periods as Galax zoomed away for a 51-39 nondistrict win.

  • Tide girls escape George Wythe

     WYTHEVILLE –– Galax survived a flurry of last-second attempts and held on to edge George Wythe 32-31 in a nondistrict girls’ game Thursday night.

    A 6-0 run by the Maroons (1-3) had Galax trailing by a point before Taylor Bryant’s driving basket put the Maroon Tide (1-1) in front 32-31 with 39 seconds left.

  • Cavs battle, fall short

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County shrugged off a 10-0 Pulaski County run to open the second half and took a brief lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling to the Cougars 57-54 in a nondistrict girls’ basketball game Friday night.

    Though the defending Region IV Division 4 runner-up Cavaliers have started the year 0-2, coach Marc Motley was encouraged by Friday’s showing.