• Bypass a wasteful 'feel good' project

    The wasteful, frivolous Hillsville bypass project apparently is nearing completion. Why the county and state would want to build a four‑lane highway around Hillsville that would shunt scarce dollars around downtown Hillsville, rather than through it, remains a puzzling question for taxpayers.

  • Finding roadside kindness

    The definition of “Samaritan” from the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37 is “a person who is generous in helping those in distress.”
    It’s encouraging to know that in today’s rushed, self-absorbed world, there are still people who will help a stranger in need.
    We met two such people the night of July 29. After an encounter with a deer on Highway 21 south of Sparta, N.C., we found ourselves on the side of the road, with parts and the deer in the highway.

  • Diner owners are doing their best

    I would like to address the person or persons who sent the unsigned letter to the owners of Valley Diner.
    Your intentions may have been “good,” however they were extremely hurtful and rude.
    The owners work very hard to keep their business going and in today’s economy it is not an easy task. The owners donate things to the rescue squad, fire department in Elk Creek for the annual Rook tournament and for Dr. Harvey’s fishing event.
    Even though it is a bad economy, they want to contribute to the community as best they can.

  • Similar names could be confusing

    I wonder if there will be any confusion or other problem with the proposed Wildwood Park to be at I-77, exit 19 [in Carroll County] and the existing Wild Wood Park in Bridgewater, near Harrisonburg.
    Fred Saal


  • 'Small life, well lived'

    In speaking with residents at Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, I am amazed at the complexity of their past, as well as the simplicity.
    Most of the ladies were not only wives but housekeepers, loving mothers and some even worked outside the home at local sewing factories, mills and other places.
    They tell of raising children, keeping the house clean, baking homemade bread, ironing, washing, gardening, picking weeds, canning and freezing vegetables and fruits, making jams and jellies, feeding farmhands and family. Regular church attendance was a given.

  • Quality teachers are key to education

    This is in response to newspaper reports that the Grayson County school employees received a 2 percent raise.
    I would like to clarify that our employees received a one-time 2 percent cost of living adjustment, not a continuing raise.
    Unfortunately, due to cuts in funding, our school division was not able to provide a raise or even fulfill compensation promises to our employees.
    Sadly, our teachers and staff are the lowest paid in the entire state. They have not received their promised step increases for four consecutive years.

  • Campus Crusade changed life

    Growing up in the small town of Troutdale, I always heard of the stories and things that happen on a college campus.
    After transferring to Radford University in the fall of 2007, I wanted to test out those stories.
    I began to party and just be consumed in all the world has to offer. Then I somehow ended up at the first weekly meeting for Campus Crusade for Christ.
    This guy reached out to me and welcomed me into a group of Christians that loved the Lord and each other.

  • Good sportsmanship at Smoke on the Mountain

    I have an interesting story from Smoke on the Mountain.
    As I was making my rounds on Friday morning to see if any of the teams needed anything, I came across one of the pro team members with a sad look on his face.
    He mentioned he had driven 12 hours for the competition and had forgotten the cherry wood he uses to smoke his pork. I told him I would see what I could do.

  • Independence VFW Post commended

    I am writing this letter to get support for some of Grayson County’ s finest.
    They are all in their 60s and 70s, but when a veteran dies they are there to give him or her a military rites as all veterans deserve.
    When there are parades to honor the fallen, they are there — rain, shine, snow. Not because they have to, but because they want to.

  • UMC's stand against Israel opposed

    The United Methodist Church leaders have taken an official stand against Israel. This is very sad for the UMC and the USA.
    Information is available on the Internet. Search under United Methodist Church/Israel.
    Please read Genesis 12:1-3 and pray.
    From a friend of Israel…
    Pete Brinkman