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Columns

  • Eyes on the road

    Driving along with a police car behind you can definitely be a stressful experience. Whether you’ve committed an infraction or not, just seeing that intimidating vehicle is enough to make even the most seasoned driver get a little antsy. Suddenly, doubt creeps in.
    Was I speeding? Did I forget to signal? Do I have a tail light out?
    Then, as soon as they appear, they are gone. Whew, no ticket.
    Recently, The Gazette has received calls to The Hotline from readers expressing their irritation at being constantly watched and followed by the police.

  • With open arms

    It has been said by many that the Twin Counties are rich in hospitality.
    In fact, it is commonly quoted by those who return to this area after traveling to other places, that they "have finally come home."
    Looking back over events that have taken place over the past couple of months, it is easy to see why people feel this way. Not only do local businesses, organizations and residents welcome newcomers with open arms, but in the most dire situations, their doors swing open, too.

  • School officers an invaluable resource

    For Twin County parents, it might be hard to understand the national debate about placing armed police officers in schools. To many, it probably seems an obvious, proven and effective security measure.
    Schools in Carroll, Grayson and Galax have had resource officers at high schools for years, and this arrangement has been praised by educators, law enforcement, parents and even students. The program is now expanding to elementary schools after the deadly Newtown, Conn., school shootings of 2012.

  • Family advocates address state's criticism of training center reports

    By Jane Powell, CVTC Families and Friends Inc., and Peter Kinzler,  NVTC Parents and Associates. Powell and Kinzler are members of parent groups fighting the proposed closure of state-run facilities for the intellectually disabled, like the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll.

  • Would arming teachers make children safer?

    This Landmark News Service editorial was published in its original format in The Virginian-Pilot. It has been edited for The Gazette.

  • A look back at 2012 in Carroll County

    Sam Dickson is chairman of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors

  • The Gazette's 2012 Editorial Awards

    2012 is over, but don’t worry — it’s not the end of the world.
    Or maybe you should worry.
    With some of the weird stuff that went on last year, we suspect that a lot of folks were getting the crazy out of their systems because they thought there would be no one to hold them accountable after the whole thing went ka-blooey.

  • Localities could win their jail gambit

    It’s about time someone turned the tables on the state.
    Lawmakers and the governor for the last few years have shifted costs onto localities while reducing state funding.
    It was almost certainly with some small amount of pleasure, then, that several New River Valley communities said enough is enough.
    Carroll and Grayson counties are among the New River Valley Regional Jail Authority’s member localities, along with the city of Radford and the counties of Pulaski, Giles, Wythe, Bland and Floyd.

  • Homeschoolers deserve to participate in sports

    Lisa Shaw is administrator of Southwest Virginia Home Educators

  • Eminent domain makes citizen feel helpless

    By Sandra J. Felts, Woodlawn