• Educational experiment working in Galax

    “It takes a village to raise a child,” a phrase that first popped up in the ‘90s and is attributed to African folk wisdom, means that a child’s development is shaped not merely within the four walls of home, but from the entire social ecosystem of a tribe, a nation, a people.

    A strong, nurturing one will, in time, make a strong, grounded citizen of the child.

  • Healthcare enrollment time again


    By Jon Applebaum, CEO, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Two years ago, the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for the first time.

    Since then, an estimated 10.2 million Americans have enrolled for healthcare coverage through the online marketplace, which allows people to browse coverage options, compare plans and purchase health insurance that meets their individual needs.

  • Support your local farmers' markets

    Grayson County 4-H members are encouraged to explore their interests and do projects throughout the year to gain skills and experiences to help them prepare for their future. “Monica Osborne has an interest in communications and a passion for supporting local farmers’ markets,” said Erin Cox of Grayson 4-H. “She wrote the following review with the hope of creating awareness and reminding locals of the goods that are available to them.”

  • A salute to those who do thankless jobs

    Today is Labor Day, when we recognize the “blue collar” workers who keep the wheels of society turning, often for less pay than they deserve and under less than ideal circumstances.

    It’s a time to honor those taken for granted and often ignored, so we asked our readers who does the hardest jobs for the least appreciation.

  • A response to Rep. Griffith on Iran deal

    By Nancy Liebrecht, Galax

    On Aug. 10, I received Congressman Morgan Griffith’s newsletter, in which he cited his reasons for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran. Since Mr. Griffith is a conservative Republican, I was not surprised by his opposition, but I am still appalled by it and by the shallow and deceptive reasons that he gives for his position.

  • New efforts on expanding Virginia's economy

    The coordinated, bipartisan rollout of a sweeping new effort to reshape and strengthen Virginia’s economy offered a good opportunity to acknowledge the commonwealth’s potential.

    Few states possess the kind of resources and assets of Virginia: a busy and profitable port, the world’s largest naval station, excellent universities and colleges, a highly rated public school system.

  • Strengthen open government laws

    In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager's performance last year, you're out of luck.

    If you were a parent up in Staunton wondering about the financial management that allowed a school bookkeeper to embezzle thousands from an account holding student-raised funds for extracurricular activities, too bad.

  • Allow cut teachers to reapply for jobs

    It’s no secret in today’s society that lack of employment continues to be a nagging source of stress for families, especially in small communities like ours. Job scarcity is especially difficult for families in this area, many of whom make the difficult choice to relocate away from their families and friends just for the opportunity to gain employment.

  • Common sense is the best safety measure

    Interstate 77 has proven to be an asset to Carroll County and surrounding communities by bringing tourists and potential residents by the thousands.

    With the high level of traffic comes a more immediate responsibility to impose and enforce traffic safety measures.

  • A Patriot's Story

    By Lee Houston, Galax

    On July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of our nation declaring its independence, patriots Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died.

    They were the last signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass. I thought that it was no accident that God would call patriots home on the Fourth of July. At 7:30 p.m. on July 4, 2015, God called home Joe Bill Edwards, a farm boy from Grayson County. He, too, was a patriot.