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Letters

  • Students urged to improve their world

    I am delighted to announce that we have 22 projects (and 48 students) for our upcoming land stewardship competition sponsored by Grayson LandCare.
    The competition, now in its fifth year, will be at the 1908 Courthouse on April 14. The public is invited to come view the projects from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and then attend the awards ceremony in the auditorium at 12:30.
    The competition encourages local students to explore real economic, environmental, and social problems facing Grayson County and suggest innovative solutions that can really work here.

  • Funding student opportunities

    The board of supervisors has the opportunity to help students of Carroll County by providing funds the state has denied.
    Each program that may be cut has the potential to impact a student’s life. In fact, it was one of these programs that allowed me to find my career.
    An art class provided by the school system influenced my future more than I could have imagined when I started school that year.
    I had always liked art projects growing up, so when I had the opportunity to take a class at Carroll County Intermediate, I jumped at the chance.

  • 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