• Jill Lynn Smith Cox, 55

    Jill Lynn Smith Cox, 55, of Independence, Va., passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va.

    She was born July 7, 1956, at El Paso, Texas, to Charles Smith and Shirley Mayes Smith.

    She was manager of the Concession Stand at Grayson County High School during football season and Troop Leader of Cub Scouts of Independence, Va.

  • Irene Bobbitt, 70

    Irene Bobbitt, 70, of Galax, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at her home.

    She was born Nov. 13, 1941, in Grayson County to Olen and Esther Osborne Bobbitt.

    Survivors include her sister, Geraldine Bobbitt of Galax and Wanda Blevins of Marion; and a brother, Albert Bobbitt of Hillsville.

    A graveside memorial service will be held today, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/30/11

    Tis the season
    Our United States government wants religion separate from politics. Well, isn’t it something how they are using our savior’s birthday to get the economy boosted and going?

    Teachers should teach

  • Readers' Hotline 11/28/11

    I moved to Grayson County from the New York City area. I was surprised to find such great a production of “Nunsense.” It rivals Broadway, 100 percent. Excellent job, Galax Theatre Guild. Keep up the good work.
    Editor’s note: We second that emotion. Bravo!

    Get over it

  • Readers' Hotline 11/23/11

    Why no books?
    With the very high tax rates in Grayson County, why are our children at Independence Middle School not provided textbooks?
    Editor’s note: Grayson Schools’ Superintendent Elizabeth Thomas says books are being provided. The school system recently adopted and bought new social studies textbooks for grades K-12. “Although we are in the process of adopting a new mathematics textbook series for all grade levels, the current math textbooks are available to our students,” Thomas said.

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  • Readers' Hotline 11/16/11

    Bumping along
    I wonder what’s going on with a store in the area that doesn’t appreciate us enough to fix the carts so they will roll through the store. They have knots on the wheels. I tried four carts today before I got one that would roll. If they cared about all of our business, you would think they would care enough to fix the carts so they would roll through the store.

    Too pushy

  • Readers' Hotline 11/14/11

    Getting along
    I just read The Gazette about all the nice comments that the Grayson County and Galax citizens said about each other and their teams. It is wonderful that these two schools and communities have come together and treated each other with such respect. That is such a great lesson to teach our young people. I only wish that school board politicians in Carroll County could follow that example. It’s a shame that Carroll County High School doesn’t have that school spirit. It’s just not there anymore.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/9/11

    Delivery thoughts
    There is a man and a woman that carries mail in Pipers Gap. When the woman carries the mail, you can depend on her being two hours later. The man gets here faster. The man should do it all the time.

    Does it well

  • Dorothy Wauneta Search Adams, 84



    Dorothy Wauneta Search Adams, 84, of Woodlawn died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at her home.