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Letters

  • A Thanksgiving Psalm

    I would like to share with you a favorite Psalm of Thanksgiving, Psalm 103:1-5.
    “Praise the Lord, O my Lord; All my inmost being praising His Holy name; Praise the Lord O my soul and forget his benefits who forgives all our sins and heals all our desires, who redeems your life from the pits and crowns us with love and compassion, who satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed to life, like the eagles.”
    The theme of this Psalm is God’s great love for us.

  • Shop local this holiday season

    As the holidays approach, let’s remember to keep our money in America and in our communities!
    Here are some gift-giving ideas that will support your local community and keep money here in America!
    A gift certificate from a local: auto-service shop, car wash and detail shop, grocery store, hair and nail salon, spa or barber shop, movie theater, restaurant.

  • A Veterans Day to remember in Hillsville

    We have just enjoyed our best Veterans Day weekend, and certainly one of the best parades ever.
    To all the Hillsville parade participants on Nov. 12, I extend a very warm and hearty thank you!
    For fear of forgetting somebody, I will not try to list all of you, but to the marchers, riders, Carroll County High School band, Junior ROTC, reigning VFW queens, scouts, classic cars, individuals, military units, fire departments, and especially our veterans and Ladies Auxiliary, you helped to make this a special time for us.

  • State not spending wisely on transportation

    I went to a meeting in Hillsville in May 2011 concerning the roads in Carroll County and sat through all the excuses why the Virginia Department of Transportation cannot fix the secondary roads.
    What do we live in, a third world country? I have been on better roads in poor countries than these roads
    At the end of the meeting, the representatives suggested we write to our congressman. Some of these roads were put on the six year waiting list. Well, that is just great. Some have already been on it for 15 years and some were dropped off.

  • Honor veterans' sacrifices

    We often read an obituary in our local newspaper that includes recognition of the deceased being a veteran of the U.S. military. Many of these are survivors of World War II and the last of what is rightfully called "The Greatest Generation."
    Aside from family and close friends, little is known of the true history of these individuals. Their passing is marked without fanfare, except for the VFW, and very little knowledge of their bravery in battle.

  • Vote for those who stand for God

    Each year at election time I find myself becoming discouraged as the political ads start creeping their way into my morning radio, newspaper, and e-mail.
    It’s appalling to see the people who claim to be leaders of our  nation, states, and communities jeopardizing their morals for the sake of becoming elected.
    Slander is the theme of many campaign ads. It’s all about who can dig up the most dirt on their opponent. Anything goes as long as you get the vote!

  • Bedsaul cared deeply for Rooftop and clients

    Let me tell you some things about Christina Bedsaul.
    This is a woman who worked 10 hours a day [at Rooftop of Virginia] for 8 hours of pay. Who cried over budget cuts that would cause layoffs and fought tooth and nail for funding to avoid some.
    This is a woman who took the job not for money but to help those who needed help. Took money out of her own pocket to pay for a motel room for a homeless man in the winter because she could not find a shelter with a room and bought him a meal, too.

  • Volunteers are finding animals loving homes

    For the second time, the Twin County Humane Society Homes Program thanks the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies for providing a generous grant to help stray dogs and cats get a home.
    Thanks, too, to the people willing to give an animal a forever home.
    The homes program provided assistance to families willing to take in stray and abandoned dogs and cats and give them a loving home.

  • Community helped make benefit a success

    I want to extend a big “thank you” to the families, friends, neighbors, churches and everyone who helped make my benefit a success.
    Thanks to all who came, gave, donated, baked and helped.
    May God bless each one of you.
    Wilma Reedy
    Troutdale

     

  • GHS golf team, supporters commended

    As the varsity golf coaches at Galax High School, we are very proud of our team for winning back to back state championships this year and last year.
    This accomplishment was reached with the support of the Galax City School System, parents of the players and the community.
    On behalf of the varsity golf team, we would like to extend our appreciation to Graham Laird and Blue Ridge Country Club, Steve Hazelwood and Galax City Golf Course, Bo Goins and Olde Mill Golf Course, Jay Guynn, Roger Martin, Doug Bryant and the Galax Athletic Boosters.