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Columns

  • Injured veterans need help, fewer delays

    After an appalling display of inefficiency in helping disabled veterans earlier this year — nearly 900,000 had pending disability claims, and two-thirds of those had been waiting for at least four months — the Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress.
    In four months, the backlog has shrunk by nearly 20 percent, President Barack Obama told the Disabled American Veterans convention recently. Claims processors are working overtime through next month, and a switch to computerized records rather than manual has helped speed the work.

  • Aging population deserves better

    It wasn’t a terribly long time ago when the senior citizens of our community were held in the highest regard.
    But in today’s world, it seems like their place in society has steadily fallen to an alarmingly low priority when it comes to government funding. The cuts to District Three’s programs for the aging are a clear example.
    Beginning in October, the organization will see a $100,000 drop in support for these programs, making this the third year in a row where it has had to cut corners in these same areas.

  • A Tribute to Audrey Hash Ham

    by Walter T. Messick, Mouth of Wilson

  • TCRH adjusts to challenges of healthcare industry

    By Twin County Regional Hospital Administration

  • Don't be so quick to judge speed changes

    With the economy being in the shape that it’s in, the last thing anyone wants is a traffic ticket.
    So, it was easy to predict the onslaught of complaints and attacks towards the city’s Traffic Safety Committee for its recent request to lower speed limits on several streets in Galax, notably the stretch of blacktop that goes to the eastern limits of Galax, starting at Country Club Lane.
    The speed limit there used to be 45 mph, and the limit would then decrease to 35 mph going down the hill towards the western city limits.

  • Students' safety trumps convenience

    If you’re polite enough to hold the door at the front of a Carroll County Public School facility, then you’re kind of missing the point.
    The most important issue at the schools is safety, not Miss Manners-approved behavior.
    While it may chaff one’s sensibilities, it is not a good idea to help someone else circumvent the security measures at schools.
    People will have to get used to these brand new security measures at Carroll schools, which means resisting the urge to assist others.

  • Property seizure presents problems

    By Sandra Felts, Austinville

  • Road fixes take time

    If there’s anything that the Twin Counties are tired of right now, it’s rain. We’re tired of rain forecasts, stories about floods and announcements about road closures.
    Thankfully, things appear to be clearing up at this point. The ground is drying up, repairs are being made, and events are going forward as planned…. and yes, this means a green light for the fiddlers’ convention.
    The city, however, is feeling quite an aftershock.

  • Public thanks was well-deserved

    For years, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department has prided itself on quick and quality response. They rush to the scenes of burning buildings, assist in major car pile-ups and engage in every other facet of community service they can possibly fit into their tightly packed schedules.

  • BBQ event spices up Galax's economy

    This year, we celebrate the ninth anniversary of Smoke on the Mountain, an event that in its short existence has made great strides in putting Galax on the map for the rest of the country.
    Every year, it attracts thousands — barbecue teams, judges, tourists, fans and locals — to enjoy two days of high-spirited competition and many other festivities.
    Locals can get out, celebrate, eat, mingle with old friends and meet new ones.
    Tourists get a taste, not just of good food and entertainment, but of the city itself and what it has to offer.