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Letters

  • Inmate apologizes for past actions

    My name is Travis Jones. I am a native of Galax. I have had many troubles, none I am proud of.
    Drug abuse and addiction has led me to thinking that drugs can erase the pain and the past, but in living a life of crime and ignorance, I have learned otherwise.
    I am serving a 20-year prison sentence for selling methamphetamine in your town, my hometown.
    I was living on Oldtown Street, had a good job, was doing well.

  • You can help control feral cat population

    Oct. 16 was National Feral Cat Day — a day to think about the outdoor cats in our neighborhoods. Strays are cats that have been lost or abandoned by their owners and are friendly with people, making them adoptable. Feral cats are not adoptable because they are not accustomed to being around people.

  • Pastor says church witnessed miracle

    I am pastor of the Independence Church of God of Prophecy. Recently a miracle happened at our church and I have felt the need to testify to it.
    It happened during a Wednesday night service with 13 people in attendance. Service began, and as usual the spirit of the Lord was present.
    After opening with prayer, I asked if anyone would like to be anointed and prayed for. Several came forward.
    I picked up the bottle of anointing oil to find it was empty. I shook it and turned it upside down trying to get a drop of oil to anoint.

  • For birthday, local child gives to others

    I am writing concerning my great-nephew Dylan Bedwell, who is 9 years old.
    Dylan has always been a loving and giving child. Ever since he was one year old his parents started letting him pick an angel off the angel tree at Christmas to purchase a gift for a needy child. Any time they have a food drive at his school, Baywood Elementary, he is cleaning out the cabinets or asking to go to the store to buy items for the food drive.
    For the Community Christmas Chest for needy families, Dylan helps to pack the food boxes for this event.

  • Government transparency could have prevented issues

    The owners of Agape Motorcoach Retreat LLC want to publicly thank many who have supported us with their kind comments and prayers, specifically with regards to the erroneous claims that have come from the county without any evidence.
    We are honored by three board members that had integrity and intestinal fortitude to stand up and undo a wrong. These three supervisors — Bob Martin, Josh Hendrick and Phil McCraw — need to be commended for their efforts. This valiant act did not go unnoticed and we are humbled by it.

  • Grayson zoning ordiance questioned

    Grayson County citizens, are you aware of 3.1-4.6 in the county zoning ordinance?
    “...Right-of-way which is fifty (50) feet or greater in width, or fifty (50) feet from the centerline of any street which has a right-of-way of less than fifty (50) feet, whichever is greater.
    One principal building may be constructed on a lot having a dedicated right-of-way of not less than forty feet providing ingress and egress to a dedicated recorded public street or thoroughfare.”

  • Chemicals spread beyond farm borders

    My letter to the Virginia Tech Agriculture/Pesticide Department is of import to all Grayson County citizens, so I am submitting it for print.
    Last Oct. 6, while harvesting my orchard fruit, I was very aware of the upsetting loud noise of equipment and or helicopter disrupting the Sunday peace at 7:30 in the morning.
    It continued for hours, coming from the Blue Ridge area of Elk Creek Christmas tree farms.

  • Candidate would limit, not repeal, zoning

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a letter from John Duvall endorsing Kate Irwin for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, which ran in the Oct. 9 edition of that newspaper. The writer requested that it also run in The Gazette, but the request came after the deadline for submitting political letters regarding the Nov. 5 election. As per The Gazette’s guidelines for political letters, it has been edited to only include the rebuttal portion, which addresses a factual error in Duvall’s letter.

  • Community thanked for supporting troops

    I would like to thank the community for the support that was given to the AmeriCorps project, Support the Troops.
    Items collected in our area were taken to Staunton, where 22 AmeriCorps programs across Virginia pooled their donations to package 150 large boxes of snacks, books, card games, and personal hygiene items.
    The boxes are being shipped by the American Red Cross for distribution in Afghanistan and Kuwait at Red Cross centers and in hospitals.

  • Donors help improve athletic facilities

    As many of you know, the Grayson Football and Wrestling Club has partnered with the school system and the county in an effort to improve the athletic facilities at the high school. Currently, you can see the results of these efforts with a newly renovated athletic field.
    The cost of the project is approximately $60,000. Our commitment is one-third of that. We are currently working to meet our obligation.