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Letters

  • Events connected visitors to history

    My wife and I (she is a great-grandchild of Augustus Fowler) traveled from the San Antonio, Texas, area to attend the 100th anniversary events of the Carroll County Courthouse Tragedy.
    As a former U.S. Army instructor, I found the symposium to be of a high caliber, with many experts, including writer Ron Hall, professors, other writers, and a retired judge, giving detailed attention to various aspects of this event.

  • Play helped heal shootout's wounds

    We wish to thank the Carroll County Historical Society, the writer, the director, the cast and the community for giving the citizens the production “Thunder in the Hills.”
    It was a well-done production from the script to the convincing, and sometimes exceptional, local talent of players.
    The sacrifice of time and energy in bringing this play to life merits a standing ovation.
    As outsiders, it clearly explained to us why [the 1912 Courthouse Tragedy] had such devastating effects on the community for so many and for so long.

  • Student needs Virginia memorabilia

    Hello! My name is Katie Johnson. I am a fifth grade student at Conway School in Mount Vernon, Wash.
    Here in Conway we do things called state reports. It’s where we get a lot of information about the state you choose and we work on this for about two months, then we present it at the end of spring.
    We have to make a big book full of facts, pictures, and all the information we gathered, so anything you can send me to present would be awesome!
    I am writing to you because I was hoping that you could send me some stuff for my report.

  • A wonderful week in Hillsville

    To Carroll County and the Carroll Historical Society: thank you for a wonderful week in Carroll.
    I am the great-great granddaughter of Jack Allen. My sister, Ann and our cousin, Jewel Jones (great-granddaughter of Jack Allen from Cape Cod, Mass.) and I came with some friends to see the play [during centennial events of the Carroll Courthouse shooting].
    What a pleasant surprise! How that many amateurs did that and did it so well, is a wonder. Anyone who hasn’t seen it has really missed a good one.

  • Supervisors spreading the wealth

    This is in response to our Grayson County supervisors wanting to spread the wealth around.
    I think they have been listening to “Obummer” too much. And, yes, I know how to spell his name.
    Now people, here is the way it’s going to work. If you  worked your butt off to have a nice home and a little land,  you are going to pay for a person who has been happy in their small home.
    If you own property worth $500,000 you will pay $390 for garbage pick-up. If you own a home worth $40,000 you will pay $12.50 for garbage pick up.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/19/12

    Read the label
    Consumers, beware. Just wonder how many folks realize China has sent food to U.S. grocery stores that are stocking it on their shelves. Check food labels to see where they are manufactured. Personally, I wouldn’t eat anything that comes from China because they made dog food that killed pets. They make apple juice that is tainted with pesticides, so why would the food be any different since they have no EPA regulations in China?

    Looking up

  • School, students thank community for support

    Galax High School would like to thank the Galax community, parents, businesses, and other stakeholders for the overwhelming support demonstrated on our students’ behalf during the 2011-2012 school year.
    The success of GHS academics and athletics is derived from the encouragement and loyalty of the community to our students.
    This was apparent this past weekend when you looked in the stands at Virginia Commonwealth University and witnessed a sea of maroon as our boys and girls teams competed in the VHSL state basketball tournament.

  • Police, firefighters responded quickly

    I want to say "thank you" to our police and fire departments for their quick response to an issue I had with my furnace.
    Within two minutes after ADT notified them, they were at my front door to address the situation.
    How fortunate Galax is to have employees and volunteers to care for us anytime of the day and night.
    You made me feel safe living in Galax and I appreciate you and all that you do.
    Thank you!
    Doris Carpenter
    Galax

  • Injured wrestler's family expresses gratitude

    Editor's note: Luke Hampton, an Alleghany (N.C.) High School senior, is recovering from a spinal cord injury after breaking his neck during a wrestling match last year. Hampton hit a wall, breaking two vertebrae.

  • Farming family good for community

    A Readers’ Hotline caller expressed negative reactions to the story, “Farmers Cultivate a New Life in Grayson.”  
    Unfortunately, the article did not include the fact that this gentleman spent 22 years as a Navy Seal, serving our country with distinction before working five years in the corporate world.
    His wife also served four years in the Navy prior to her career in the restaurant business.
    The grant he referred to is for the Independence Farmers’ Market and targets education on healthy eating for local children.