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Today's Opinions

  • Foundation has helped grads achieve dreams for 30 years

    For the past 30 years, Galax residents have opened their hearts (and their checkbooks) to support the scholarships offered by the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education.

    The foundation has handed out more than $1 million and helped hundreds of Galax graduates achieve their dream of going to college since it began in 1987. It has come a long way since then, when the foundation awarded only two scholarships, totaling a mere $500.

  • City, school board need to spend more wisely

    The responsibility of being on city council and/or the school board is using the money available to make the biggest impact.
    You must ask yourself, “How can we use the limited resources we have to impact the most people in the most positive way?”
    There isn’t one person who doesn’t think our new football/soccer field is beautiful.
    The field is just the vehicle community members are using to express dissatisfaction with the lack of transparency in our locality. Just as the land purchase was used before.

  • Ruritan Club endorses Littrell for supervisor

    On behalf of the Oakland Ruritan Club, we strongly support Dr. Tom Littrell as a candidate for Carroll County Supervisor.
    Dr. Littrell has been a faithful and dedicated member of the Oakland Ruritans for over 30 years and has served as president. He has shown in many ways that he has the ability, desire and leadership skills to be a supervisor for Carroll County’s Pipers Gap District.
    He is continually helping with all Ruritan activities, which involve helping the Pipers Gap community.
    We consider him a mentor, longtime friend and an honest individual.

  • Fire department thanks community for support

    The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who supported us by attending the 50th Anniversary of the Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention.

    We would also like to extend a personal thank you to Wilton Dolinger, a founding member of the convention, and Del. Israel O’Quinn for their kind words.

    The fire department and ladies auxiliary have been busy this year.

  • Thoughts and prayers appreciated during recovery

    On March 21 while traveling with my family I fell and broke my neck, injuring my spinal cord at the cervical level.
    Initially I was paralyzed from the neck down.
    Two days later I had four cervical vertebrae fused and after that spent 10 weeks at a spinal cord injury rehab facility in Georgia. I have been continuing my rehab at home in Missouri since then.
    The road has been long and challenging, but I have been able to walk again and regain use of my arms and hands and return to work part-time although pain and numbness persist

  • Candidate dedicated to community service

    Fellow citizens of Carroll County: We will be going to vote very soon.
    If you live in the Pipers Gap District. I encourage you to vote for Dr. Thomas Littrell.
    Dr. Littrell has been a resident, business owner and a leader in our county for many years. His community service in Boy Scouts, many clubs and as a supervisor shows his dedication to our county.
    As a Boy Scout leader, he has given many young people opportunities they would normally not have had. He has made a sacrificial life investment to serving people around him.

  • Littrell has fought to keep training center open

    As a current member of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, Dr. Thomas Littrell is an unfaltering advocate for keeping Southwestern Virginia Training Center open.
    To keep the center open would mean a home for the intellectually and developmentally disabled, as well as saving the jobs of 400-plus people who work there.
    Dr. Littrell well understands the immense economic impact of these jobs on our local economy, and he comprehends the significance of these well-paying jobs for the employees.

  • Country is burdened with many problems

    In responding to news stories where an 11-week-old baby and a 5-year-old girl were seriously abused and neglected at the point of death, I dedicate this letter to them.
    The pathetic losers of the earth are growing in numbers. To add insult to the situation the 5-year-old was taken because of abuse earlier, then returned to the parents to endure more abuse.
    The most vulnerable among us cannot fight back. They depend on the system for help. But it is broken and run by some of the most inept morals ever.