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Today's News

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/9/09

    Jesus stood for love

    In 1604, King James I of England initiated the process for a new interpretation of the Christian Bible, primarily to consolidate the ecclesiology and orthodoxy of the Church of England under royal control.

    He gathered 47 scholars (notably, all members of the Church of England), and seven years later they published what has become known as the King James version of the Bible.

  • Walking a fine line

    It’s a fine line to walk between appeasing those who want Grayson County to remain a rural community of vast farm land and open fields, and those wanting the county to bring new businesses in.

    For the past five months, three developers have fought against some vocal members of the Fox Knob community while trying to get approval to bring a 252-site recreational park to Grayson.

    Last week, the Grayson board of supervisors approved that permit, and in the bigger picture, it makes sense.

  • Blessing in Disguise

    HILLSVILLE — Eight-year-old Presley Talley's Down syndrome turned out to be a blessing in disguise, after it likely spared him from the worst ravages of leukemia.

    As Presley's family prepares to celebrate the child being declared cancer-free, they are contemplating the role that the genetic abnormality played in saving him from one of the most feared diseases.

    It looked like Presley had been dealt a bad hand from the start.

    At birth in November 2000, he looked normal to his parents, Greg and Theresa Talley — of Hillsville and Woodlawn, respectively.

  • Digging into Galax's past

    John Nunn of Galax remembers hearing about a drug store located at the old First National Bank in Galax. The owners kept ice in the basement that they chiseled away from the New River in the winter and used it to cool Coca-Colas — back when Coke was made with cocaine.

    In the 1950s, Nunn recalls that Galax had more manufacturers than any other town, and there were more people working here than lived here, he said.

  • SNOW DAY!
  • Fancy Gap residents helping themselves

    Fancy Gap doesn't have to reinvent the wheel to grow as a community. With its dedicated people and scenic treasures, the Carroll County hamlet already has a strong foundation for success.

    Sure, maybe installing public water and sewer would make a dramatic impact on the number and type of businesses that set up shop there next to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Cavaliers open with 4-1 win

    INDEPENDENCE -- Carroll County opened the 2009 softball season in fine form, getting solid pitching, timely hitting and making some tough defensive plays. Once the Cavaliers master the routine pop fly, they should be okay.

    A couple of misplayed pop-ups were the only thing between the Cavaliers and a spotless start to the year Wednesday as they took a 4-1 nondistrict win over Grayson County at B.A. Rhudy Fields.

  • Motley, Goins honored in SWD

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County coach Marc Motley was named the Southwest District girls’ basketball coach of the year and Kayla Goins earned a spot on the first team in all-district voting released this week.

    The Lady Cavs had one second-team pick and one honorable mention selection, while in boys’ balloting, the Cavaliers had one second-team pick and two honorable mention choices.

  • Burris wins state, advances to regional hoop shoot contest

    CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Caleb Burris is boldly going where one Burris has gone before.

    Burris, a fourth-grader at Gladeville Elementary School, will represent Galax Elks Lodge #2212, the Southwest District and the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Regional Hoop Shoot Contest in Frederick, Md., on March 21. Burris qualified for the honor by winning the 10-11 age group at the state contest, held at St. Anne’s Belfield School on March 1.

    Burris is the son of Ricky and Sarah Burris. His brother, Seth, was a state champion last year and advanced to the regional contest.

  • A tale of two Bulls

    Team Red Bull is on the rise, while at the same time taking steps backwards as well.

    The team that fields two Toyota Camrys in the Sprint Cup Series has two completely different scenarios brewing.

    On one side, Brian Vickers (former driver of the No. 25 at Hendrick Motorsports), is in contention for a Chase berth, sitting 11th after a top-five finish at Atlanta this past weekend.