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Today's News

  • Koji honored for hostel hospitality

    The North Carolina Council, in honor of Hosteling International's 75th anniversary in the United States and 100th year worldwide, recognized local Alex Koji of Galax at the Rex Theater on June 7 with music from the Kitchen Band, and friends and visitors from all over the country.

    They also declared June 7, 2009 as Alex Koji Day.

    Hosteling International has nearly 4,000 hostels in more than 60 countries worldwide, including more than 100 hostels here in the United States. Alex and his wife Lois have operated the Blue Ridge Hostel near Galax for 22 years.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/20/09

    Universal health care a must

    As we have watched business after business close in the past few years and unemployment levels reach unprecedented highs, there is a hidden cost we have not considered.

    How many of those folks who found themselves unemployed also found themselves joining the millions of people in this country who do not have health insurance?

    How many children are going without adequate medical care because their families cannot afford or no longer qualify for health insurance?

  • The Road To Safety

    It may be impossible to find a better example about the importance of wearing safety belts than the three young women who escaped a dramatic accident July 11 with their lives.

    The wreck was scary enough to come straight out of an action movie — a car goes into a skid on Interstate 77 due to hydroplaning in a thunderstorm, bounces off a guardrail, shoots across two lanes, strikes the other guardrail, springs over it and goes airborne, flipping as it falls down a steep ravine in Fancy Gap and coming to a stop right side up.

  • Smokin' Aces

    The Nervous Wreck Cookin' Crew always lives up to its name this time of year.

    Their stomachs clench, and not just from eating too much barbecue.

    They sweat, and it's not just the heat from their cookers making those beads roll.

    The Galax-based team — headed by Cody Cline and Mark Davis — takes competitive barbecuing seriously.

  • No Rush To Reform

    America’s health care system is a financial and medical wreck, a collection of competing interests and incentives that guarantee inefficiency and reward sloth.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/27/09

    Our barbecue is the best

    I was one of the judges for the Smoke on the Mountain barbeque contest held recently in Galax.

    I would like thank all who had a hand in putting this GREAT affair on. I’m sure that many residents of Galax had a role in this.

  • Organ donors save lives

    HILLSVILLE — Organ donors save lives, as in the case of Michael Henry, who donated a kidney to his father, Bob.

    Hillsville resident and businessman Bob Henry saw the quality of life deteriorate as his health declined, starting with a bout of cancer that affected his kidney.

    In 2005, he had half the kidney removed, which took care of the cancer problem. But after that, Henry’s kidney functions diminished.

    That led to dialysis, and he underwent surgery on his arm to prepare him for receiving the treatments. A lump over his elbow still looks purple.

  • Carter Home close to opening

    HILLSVILLE — The Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Foundation is on the verge of two milestones — opening the first two floors of the historic home of the late coal magnate to the public and hiring a program manager.

    The original structure on Main Street next to the historic courthouse pre-dated the Civil War, but it went through a major transformation when Southwest Virginia rail and coal magnate George L. Carter renovated it to serve as the Hillsville home for him and his wife Mayetta.

  • Grayson grand jury certifies charges

    A Galax man was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual battery against a female younger than age 13 by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday.

    William Estil Crigger, 29, of Skyline Highway, was one of 15 people indicted by the grand jury on a total of 20 charges.

    An indictment is a formal charge and not a finding of guilt.

    Other charges alleged in indictments:

    • Jason Scott Cornett, eluding police, disregarding a command to stop.

    • Donald Zane Roberts, Jr., driving while intoxicated, third offense within 10 years.

  • Carroll Relay raises $69,700

    HILLSVILLE — The Galax-Carroll Relay for Life raised a respectable $69,700, given the harsh economic climate gripping the nation and the region.

    About 500 people turned out last Friday at the Carroll County High School athletic field for opening ceremonies for the all-night walk against cancer, according to organizer Judy Beasley.

    "I think it was a bigger crowd than usual," she said.

    The most popular events of the evening were the dunking booth and the jail and bail booths, which together probably raised $1,000 of the total.