• Descendants of Civil War veteran sought

    I am looking for descendants of Confederate Pvt. Jerome Dickinson of Company C, 29th Virginia.
    I have his death certificate, issued by his regimental surgeon at Winchester, on July 5, 1863. He died of wounds at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, and I would like to pass it on to his family. Contact fjbowman@comcast.net.
    Forest J. Bowman
    Morgantown, W.Va.

  • Motto doesn't favor specific religion

    I want to comment on the recent vote by Galax City Council about allowing a sticker reading “In God We Trust” to be placed on city police cars. This passed by a vote of 5 to 2.
    To the two council members that voted against this project, I could say: You are wrong; or that’s not a good position; or why in the world take such a position; or are you crazy; or even I think you should reconsider.

  • Candidate congratulates opponent, thanks voters

    Just a short note to congratulate my opponent in the clerk’s race, Susan Herrington, on her recent victory!
    As she prepares to begin her second term, I offer my prayers for continued success and good wishes to Susan, Debbie, Sharon, and Evelyn [in the clerk of court office]!
    Words cannot convey how much that I enjoyed this campaign! I’ve gotten reacquainted with Grayson County and have met so many wonderful people.

  • Medicare recipients should review benefits

    Medicare’s annual open enrollment period is open through Dec. 7, when individuals who are eligible for Medicare benefits are able to review their health and prescription drug coverage, including changes in benefits, coverage, and costs.

    Any changes made during open enrollment will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

    As healthcare service providers and advocates for senior citizens, as well as individuals with disabilities in the Twin County area, we urge all Medicare members to take this time to review your current insurance benefits.

  • Police thanked for 'In God We Trust' motto

    Regarding the Oct. 26 article, “Council Members Object to Motto,” I would like to thank the Galax Police Department for adding “ In God We Trust” to its vehicles, along with the sheriff’s departments for Carroll and Grayson counties.
    To me, this says a lot about the integrity of these police departments. I thank God for all these women and men in all our police and sheriff’s departments. Thank you.

  • Reunion gave class opportunity to reminisce

    Thank you for publishing the reunion photo and article regarding the Independence High School Class of 1965’s 50th-year reunion on Aug. 15.
    Everyone who was able to attend our reunion appeared to enjoy the opportunity to spend time together again and the volunteers who planned and organized the event are to be commended.
    They are chairwoman Wava Cornett Osborne, Judy Taylor Carpenter, Susan Osborne Delp, Jeanne Cox Funk, Roger Carpenter, Jerry Testerman, LaVaun Hall Reedy, Jeannie  Murray Davis, Dennis Ward, and Gloria Lancaster Rhudy.

  • McBride praised for shaping schools

    Having been involved in Carroll County education for more than 50 years, I feel that I have a unique perspective in regard to the educational system.
    I give the credit and all the accolades to one man for bringing Carroll County out of the Dark Ages and straight into the 21st century.
    That man is Oliver McBride, who [as then-superintendent of Carroll County Schools] had the vision and the fortitude to buck the opposition and create a gem here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Drug Takeback event was successful

    On Sept. 26 the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps was honored to partner with local law enforcement agencies for the annual DEA Drug Takeback event.
    Since 2011, the SWVA Medical Reserve Corps has been actively involved with law enforcement agencies educating community members on the importance of cleaning out medicine cabinets and keeping cabinets clean to protect themselves and family members.
    The Medical Reserve Corps thanks Galax Police Chief Rick Clark and Independence Police Chief James Wagoner for allowing us to work with you on this successful event.

  • Reparations should be paid for slavery

    It has been a year since Ferguson, and now we should be able to understand and sympathize with our protestors.
    Our Department of Justice concluded that Ferguson officials were targeting African Americans with unconstitutional practices in order to balance their budget.
    They discovered racist e-mails. These practices were happening for decades and contributed to white households’ wealth being more than double that of African American families.

  • Gardner looks after citizens' best interests

    I have worked with J.B. Gardner and have known him for his entire career as a police officer.
    When J.B. came out of the Marine Corps, he went to work at the Galax Police Department. It didn’t take one long to figure out the kind of person he was.
    I feel the people of Carroll County would be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified or more dedicated for the office of sheriff.
    Since he has been sheriff, he has managed the department well and also looked after the best interests of the people of Carroll County.
    Sgt. J.R. Leath