• 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

  • Owning a pet is a responsibility, not a privilege

    During the past few months an effort has been going on trying to rescue animals from the Galax-Carroll Grayson Animal Shelter.
    With the help of local and social media, the Twin County Humane Society, a local veterinary office, and rescue groups, more than 10 animals have been adopted.
    While the rescue and placement of these animals is considered a success, there are so many more animals that never make it out of the shelter.

  • Say 'no' to nonsense grants

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the county administrator need to spend more time listening to public opinion and less time trying to manipulate it.
    We were told that the sewer was going to Galax because that would be cheaper than Hillsville.
    But what they didn’t disclose was that an engineering study showed that although the price charged by Galax was less, higher infrastructure expenses would increase the cost so that going to Galax is both more expensive and more vulnerable to breakdowns (some of which have already occurred).

  • Galax firefighters saved house

    We thank the Galax Fire Department for saving our house when it was struck by lighting on June 10.
    It’s a wonderful feeling when they pull up in front of your house. There is such a feeling help has arrived.
    We are so grateful to all the members of a great fire department.
    Otto and Vada Lineberry Martin


  • Donors came through for Red Cross

    Mother Nature was not on her best behavior during our recent Trail Ride for the Red Cross.
    It had started out as a lovely Sunday fundraiser for the Wood’s River Chapter (which serves Carroll, Grayson, and Wythe counties and Galax).
    However, fair skies suddenly turned to dangerously stormy conditions, and we were forced to recall our horses and riders from the trails due to safety concerns.
    Happily, everyone — riders, horses, and volunteers — found safe shelter. However, the event had to be cancelled.

  • Volunteers made 'Fun Day' possible

    On behalf of the Effective School-wide Discipline team of Independence Elementary School, I express appreciation to each person who helped make Fun Day an enjoyable event for our students.
    I extend a special thank you to Mike Wagoner who worked tirelessly and went beyond his duties to make Fun Day a success.
    The financial support of the Independence Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization enabled us to provide students with some special activities that would not have been possible without their generosity.

  • Ode to the Carico Bridge

    Ruby Johnson of Galax submitted this poem about the old Carico Bridge, over the New River on Virginia 94 in Grayson County. The metal truss bridge, built in 1927, was closed last year due to safety concerns and replaced with a new bridge that opened June 15.
    "It has always been there since I was a child, and before," Johnson said. "It is one of two that I know of in Western Virginia. The other one is over at Ravens Cliff, off the Carsonville Road," also in Grayson County.

    The Carico Bridge