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  • Readers' Hotline 5/27/13

    Finding help
    My car broke down Tuesday morning on Pipers Gap Road. Lots of cars went right on by. I don’t remember any names, but three vehicles stopped to help me and go make calls, since I was in a no-signal spot. They got the tow truck to me. One couple even came to the garage in Fancy Gap to see for sure I had made it okay. You know who you are, with the baby goats. Thank you all so much. God bless you all and I pray you will have help when you need it someday.

    Speak for yourself

  • Readers' Hotline 5/22/13

    Duplicating services
    I would like to know if Carroll County is in such a shortfall on the school board budget, why they are paying for two separate buses for sports to go to one location. Why are they even paying for cheerleaders to have a bus and driver to begin with? Why are we outsourcing mowing when we have janitors and the maintenance crew? Why are we sending school buses [out of town] and cars to local garages when we have approximately two to three mechanics in the bus garage?

    Finding blame

  • Readers' Hotline 5/20/13

    Incredibly silly
    This is in response to the lady that wanted the Town of Hillsville to put an ordinance against jake brakes for truck drivers. We really don’t have many truck drivers in town unless there is a tragedy on Interstate 77. You know there are so many things in this world that we could all be worried about and that just seems incredibly silly to me. I wish all drivers — independent, company drivers — would stop just for one week. They would be begging to hear a truck driver’s jake brake. Thank you for the Hotline.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/15/13

    Easily impressed
    I would just like to thank the person who put the Mexican salt and pepper shakers on my car Friday. Thank you so much. I love them.

    Don’t tread on truckers

  • Readers' Hotline 5/13/13

    Neighborly deeds
    I would like to thank my good neighbors in Grayson County for helping me out during the snows we had in January and again in April. One gentleman picked me up in the national forest on Route 21 when my truck wouldn’t go any farther, carrying me all the way home. Second gentleman driving his farm tractor there on Spring Valley Road towed my little old blue truck to the top of the mountain so I could make it the rest of the way home. Thanks again to the security guard in the little blue truck.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/8/13

    Prison level?
    Regarding the person who wanted to know what the security level of the new Grayson prison is, at the open house, we were told it was level four.
    Editor’s note: According to the Ben Wright, warden of the River North Correctional Center, meetings are still being held and the exact level has not been determined. The facility has always been characterized as a medium-security prison. We are waiting to hear directly from the Virginia Department of Corrections regarding your question.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/6/13

    Still owes
    I want to let the people of Galax know that evidently they don’t need their tax money. I went down there with checkbook in hand ready to pay my taxes the other day because I had been behind. I owed 2011 and 2012 and I tried to pay them and that woman said, no, I had to go through a collection agency to pay them. Well, I am not going through a collection agency to pay them so they can just do without, I guess. I guess they will do fine without me.

    Mouths running

  • Readers' Hotline 5/1/13

    Help Galax succeed

  • Readers' Hotline 4/29/13

    Editor’s note: We received a few calls this week regarding our note on a Hotline call last week, about why a bread store had moved out of Galax to Carroll County. We mistakenly reported that one of the two bread stores was still open in Galax. After publication, we discovered that both bread stores, Merita and Flowers Bakery, have now moved out of the city. Sorry for the confusion.

    Messing up

  • Readers' Hotline 4/24/13

    Community asset
    Twin County Regional Hospital was an asset that belonged to the community. The asset was sold to Duke LifePoint a year ago. How much money is the community going to get, when will we get it, who will manage the money? When Wytheville and Danville hospitals received money, the community received millions of dollars.