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Today's News

  • Russell gives gift of life

    Guy Russell gave his first pint of blood 52 years ago, when his uncle suffered injuries from a car accident.

    Soon after, the Galax resident made a wonderful habit and legacy of donating blood.

    When Russell worked at a local factory, he recalls that his boss would come to each person and ask them to give blood for the American Red Cross — all on the company’s time.

  • Reigning Cats & Dogs

    It made perfect sense that this year's pet show at the Galax Public Library was dedicated to the late Dr. Don Fincher, a beloved Galax veterinarian who passed away last month.

    Fincher, as you'd expect, loved animals and caring for their well-being. He also loved books, making the site of the pet show the ideal venue.

    The critter competition was once an annual feature of the library's summer reading program, but it hadn't been held for a few years. Children's librarian Carlene Poole brought it back to coincide with the last summer program under her direction.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/13/09

    Nursing home staff praised

    I would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know what good people are employed at Waddell Nursing Home and Rehab in Galax.

    Our mother and dad were both at Waddell for almost three years. While there, both received above-average care.

    All the nurses, CNAs and everyone involved went out of their way to provide the special care our parents required while they were at the nursing home.

  • Teamwork Pays Off

    Cooperation between law enforcement led to 742 fugitives being taken off the streets in the Western District of Virginia, making the area safer for us all.

    That cooperation obviously paid off, so why don't local, state and federal authorities work together more often?

    Three of our local police departments joined forces with various other agencies under the direction of the U.S. Marshal Service for a month-long fugitive apprehension effort last month.

  • Statue relieved of duty

    INDEPENDENCE — The Confederate statue that guarded the south lawn of the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence for nearly a century has been taken down — but only temporarily.

    Erected in 1911, the statue has never before been removed.

    Just before noon on July 7, a crane removed the statue from its perch for the first time.

    For the past three years, the Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation has been raising money to restore the statue.

  • Tea steeped in tradition

    Ask Derrick Davis anything about tea, and he can tell you all about it — the flavors, the health benefits, the quality, the history and the traditions.

    Davis, co-owner of the family-owned and -operated Stringbean Coffee Shop and Shamrock Tea Room in downtown Galax, will host a series of tea cupping/tasting classes this summer to share his knowledge of the thousands of tea varieties.

    “Tea is fun and enjoyable, and cupping is a way for people to get to know what they like to make the best purchase,” said Davis.

  • BBQ Battle

    It takes a lot of practice and a lot of prayer to make sure slow-cooked barbecue comes out just perfect for competition, said a nervous Cody Cline, whose team, Nervous Wreck, will compete in this weekend's Smoke On The Mountain state barbecue competition in downtown Galax.

    Barbecue teams will battle this Friday and Saturday for the handmade banjo trophy and a chance to enter the 2010 “Memphis In May” World Championship in Tennessee.

    With a fitting team name, Cline said he's as worried as always, even after years of competing.

  • Regional water project flowing

    INDEPENDENCE — Work continues to progress on a new regional water system that will serve the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C.

    Bobby Lane, of Lane Engineering, updated Independence town council during its regular meeting July 14 on the project, noting that it was about 50 percent complete.

    Lane said the Virginia/North Carolina Regional Water Authority hopes to advertise for the water plant and intake within the next month, and that the water lines between Sparta and Independence are currently under construction.

  • Farmers' Market a growing concern

    HILLSVILLE — The state of the farmers' market and county fair and the future of agriculture in Carroll County is strong, officials said at the July 13 county board meeting.

    County Administrator Gary Larrowe and Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market Manager Kevin Semones gave the Carroll supervisors updates on two linchpins of county farming — the produce cooling program and the upcoming county fair.

  • AmerLink: Carroll crucial to reorganization

    Officials with log home manufacturer AmerLink are still telling the U.S. Bankruptcy Court that its Carroll County location remains central to its Chapter 11 reorganization plans.

    The lawsuit that Carroll County filed in Richmond Circuit Court last November — in order to get back $600,000 in state incentive monies and 32 acres of land conveyed to AmerLink in a 2005 economic development deal — has been officially consolidated with the log home company's bankruptcy proceedings in federal court in North Carolina, where the company is now based.