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  • 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.

  • Police investigate alleged nursing home abuse

    Two people were arrested July 30 in an alleged abuse case at Waddell Nursing & Rehab Center in Galax, after the Galax Department of Social Services received an anonymous complaint that employees of the nursing home had taken pornographic photos of patients, using cameras on cell phones, without their consent, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Sharon Ann Walker, 29, of Fries, was charged with two counts of knowingly and intentionally photographing a non-consenting person who was nude or in a state of undress. The violation is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/3/08

    If wronged, keep your faith strong

    I am writing this letter as a reminder to myself as well as to possibly help others. I hope readers find peace with the contents.

    Perhaps putting it into written words will sink the truth into my own heart. One can hope.

    What do you do when you have been wronged by many people because, in their opinion, they could do the job better than you have?

    What do you do when you have been lied about, and to, and talked about in circles that continuously grow?

  • Bogeys' Closing A Reminder

    It was one of the area's most finest dining destinations, but now it's gone.

    Bye-bye, Bogeys. It was the spot for dinner dates, dining after a round of golf, relaxing with a cocktail or attending fundraisers.

    The restaurant had to shut its doors last Saturday due to the stress of the economy. However, it went out with a bang, hosting its annual fundraiser for Project Lifesavers on the last day.

  • US Cellular keeps deal with Fries

    FRIES — U.S. Cellular will honor its part of the agreement to put a new roof on the Town of Fries’ Recreation Center now that its cell phone tower has received permanent approval.

    Dick Gibson, lawyer for the cell phone company, told The Gazette by e-mail that U.S. Cellular is working with Fries Mayor Mike Spears and Town Manager Brian Reed on all three projects under the agreement—including an additional $17,000 for a Transportation Enhancement Project and $4,000 for the Heritage Tourism Signage Project to inform visitors about historical sites within the town.

  • Hillsville, Carroll renew lawsuit

    HILLSVILLE — Having to renew a circuit court case over disputed utility payments seems to have reignited discussions between Carroll County and Hillsville about shared interests.

    The county and the town had to reinstate by July 16 the case surrounding water and sewer service payments sought by Hillsville to the Carroll County Industrial Park for 2001 and 2002.

    Hillsville's appeal to the circuit court stems from a refusal by Carroll to pay a bill that county officials disagreed with for water and sewer service at the industrial park in the town.