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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.

  • Littrell has worked to improve district, county

    It seems like voting day, Nov. 7, is just around the corner.
    I must rush to get my cents’ worth in on a candidate that has represented me and my friends in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County for a great number of years.
    He reared his three girls in Carroll County where they attended grade school, intermediate and high school.
    He has a keen mind for attending to the affairs of our beautiful area here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Tax dollars, grants not spent on county’s top priorities

    I am the main target for a recent letter to the editor concerning grants at Twin County Airport.
    Federal income tax payments go into the general revenue fund. Feds then use some of your taxes and provide money for state grants. You don’t pay back grants because it’s your tax money.
    More than $7 million. Two airport board members have bragged over these grants and there were more grants prior to these.

  • 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.