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Today's News

  • Communities, parkway connect for 75th anniversary

    Wanted — communities to pitch in with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of "America's Favorite Drive."

    Reward — millions of revelers spending billions of dollars along the 29 counties that "world-class asset" the Blue Ridge Parkway runs through.

    On a normal year, an estimated 20 million visitors to the 469-mile-long scenic road create a $2.3 billion economic impact in Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Fancy Gap looks to cash in on parkway

    FANCY GAP — Public water or no, Fancy Gap business owners and community members will do what they can to get visitors to detour off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Owners continue to invest capital in their own business. Plans to re-open a visitor center should come to fruition by April.

    Interested parties want to organize new community events, put together a brochure about Fancy Gap, do beautification and improve curb appeal — anything they can do to get the millions of travelers that pass through the area to stop.

  • Grayson approves early retirement plan

    INDEPENDENCE — To the pleasure of several eligible school division employees in attendance last Thursday night, the Grayson County School Board approved a plan that will allow nearly 30 employees to retire years early from the division.

    The early retirement program was first discussed at last month's meeting, but the school board wanted more time and information to be sure it would save the school system money.

    Grayson Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas told the board that the program would not only benefit the school system, but also the employees.

  • Letters to the Editor for 2/9/09

    Opposing viewpoint welcomed

    My thanks to Lynn Merrell for her response to my letter of Jan. 12. She eloquently demonstrates the exact attitude about which I spoke.

    Before touching on that subject, however, let’s first revisit her comments regarding Native Americans and monotheism.

    Few valid academicians recognize anything other than a polytheistic belief system for Native Americans, with a couple of notable exceptions — the Natchez and Muscogee Creek tribes.

  • Another Twin in Galax’s path

     

  • Veterans memorial marches forward

    After months of planning, designing, fundraising and overcoming challenges regarding the placement of the veterans monument, Galax City Council approved a resolution Monday to award an architectural and engineering services contract to Doug Williams of Galax, putting the city one step closer to building the Twin County Veterans Memorial.

    In October 2008, council approved the site for the veterans' memorial on the grounds of the Galax Public Library and decided to move forward with securing the services of a consulting engineer.

  • A Dream Realized

    Galax’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration is always a time for the black community to rejoice, remember a painful past and look forward to a brighter future.

    But this year — maybe more so than any time since the passing of Civil Rights laws of the 1960s — was a time to lift every voice and sing about the fulfillment of King’s dream of equality for all races.

  • Galax pummells Bath, 73-44

    MAX MEADOWS -- Galax has lived dangerously as of late, trailing by 10 points or more in the second half of two of its past three games, and entering the fourth quarter in a virtual tie Monday against the No. 8 seed in the eight-team regional tournament.

    No fourth-quarter dramatics were necessary Wednesday.

    Galax dominated Bath County 73-44 in the Region C Division 1 semifinals, sending the Maroon Tide into tonight’s title game against Eastern Montgomery and, more importantly, into the state tournament for a second straight year.

  • Blacksburg nips Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County was able to pull off a dramatic win over one Montgomery County school in the Region IV Division 4 tournament. Duplicating the feat proved to be too much.

    A night after edging Christiansburg by a point, the Cavaliers fell just short of toppling Blacksburg, falling 44-41 in the semifinals Wednesday night.

    Carroll County (17-9) never led until Cydnie Cornell’s foul shot put the Cavaliers up 41-40 with 2:16 to play, but Carroll missed its next six shots from the floor and was 0-for-2 from the foul line down the stretch.

  • Bears oust Tide, 81-42

    BLAND -- When Galax knocked Bland County out of the Mountain Empire District lead two weeks ago, the Maroon Tide made a statement that it was not to be overlooked come region tournament time.

    The Bears certainly got the message.