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Columns

  • Vote smart this year

    A recent graphic on a political website showed that, second only to Ohio, Virginia is the state most likely to decide the 2012 presidential election.
    Virginia has already been a key state during the campaign, with President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” speech in Roanoke becoming the source of a Republican rallying cry, and Vice President Biden’s “They goin’ put y’all back in chains” tirade in Danville being another example of Joe being Joe.

  • State puts squeeze on Virginia localities

    Landmark News Service editorial. Reprinted with permission

  • Smith made positive impact on schools

    Phillip W. Berrier of Cana is a former member of the Carroll County School Board

  • South made Hillsville a better place to live

    For his 18 years as Hillsville town manager, Larry South clearly enjoyed working for his community.
    While South took his responsibilities seriously, he also engaged in them with characteristic good cheer — an attitude that will be missed when he departs the office this week.
    Willing to laugh at himself and shag in the imported beach sand at a downtown cruise-in when the occasion arose, South nonetheless delivered on many programs and policies during his unusually long term as the town’s chief administrator.

  • What kind of leader can calm the waters?

    It takes a statesman to lead in a positive manner and at the same time withstand the combative tone that’s overtaken our public discussions in this country lately.
    The Twin Counties seemed somewhat harbored from the turbulence that’s shaken national politics ever since the great recession was recognized in 2008.
    The levee that held back the torrent of anger, bitterness and resentment seemed to fail last fall with the general election.

  • Sawyers project an excellent example of home-grown growth

    Local governments spend an enormous amount of time and resources trying to recruit new businesses and industries to come to the area, sowing seeds of future growth by flying in CEOs and cultivating relationships with potential employers.
    Whether these efforts bear fruit is unpredictable, so it is always encouraging when a local idea sprouts, without the labor-intensive process of recruitment.
    Such was the case with the new owners of the old Sawyers Furniture plant in West Galax, a building that had sat vacant for 15 years on Kenbrook Drive.

  • Foster care children deserve caring adults

    Melinda Burris works for the Galax Department of Social Services

  • A Message to the Class of 2012

    Larry Winget is an international speaker and a New York Times/Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five books, including “Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life." He has appeared on his own television show (“Big Spender,” on A&E), and is a regular contributor on many news shows on the topics of money, personal success, parenting, and business. His column is reprinted with permission.

  • Experience the people, sights and music in Fries

    Former newspaper columnist Stephanie Blevins writes about her love of Fries.

  • Free medical clinic needs community's help

    By Toni Fowler of Galax