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Today's Opinions

  • Computer center is a valuable resource

    For the past month I have been fortunate to be in the Troutdale area enjoying a wonderful mountain escape from my eastern North Carolina hot and humid summer.

    In addition to the friendly folks in the region, I was surprised and thrilled to discover that the Grant Community Computer Center in the Grant Grange Hall has a wonderful computer center with 10 new desktop computers.

  • Stop animal waste pollution by going vegan

    Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste.

    With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

    The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing.

    Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Wreck resulted in meeting helpful locals

    Several weeks ago, a friend and I were traveling by motorcycle through your area when my friend dropped his bike and was injured.
    We went to the Twin County Regional Hospital, where we met several helpful people,  with two being memorable.
    One was a local preacher who was at the hospital to comfort a woman whose charge was injured. The other was the same woman who, I believe, is the principal of the school of the injured girl. I’d like to say I remember their names, but sadly, I can’t.

  • Elk Creek residente concerned about crime

    Why hasn’t the rash of recent burglaries in the Elk Creek section of Grayson County been addressed?
    On July 10 between 3 and 9:30 p.m. my home was broken in to. Every spot was checked and jewelry and knives were stolen. I’m not finished with the lost inventory.
    In speaking with neighbors, I discovered there have been break-ins in [multiple] places in Elk Creek and one in Fries.
    Anything that can’t be nailed down is hauled off from homes, barns, garages. Even dogs have offered no protection.

  • On the path to a cure for cancer

    Relay for Life brings together people from all walks of life in a common cause

    By Judy Beasley, Galax/Carroll Relay for Life

  • Chief's departure raises questions about Hillsville

    Later this month, the town of Hillsville will say goodbye to the second police chief in the past two years who was not in the mood to deal with extra drama associated with an already difficult position.

    And we can’t say we blame him or his predecessor one bit for getting out of that situation on their own terms.

    Chief Greg Bolen turned in his resignation to the town on June 30, after hearing repeatedly that his job may or may not be threatened after the new town council took office July 1.

  • Local facility a model market

    The Southwest Virginia Farmers Market has been a main focus of Carroll County for years.
    This has obviously paid off, judging from the reaction it got from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials when they visited the Twin Counties earlier this month.
    Nothing but good things were heard about the market on June 17, when the group took a tour of the main market and the cannery.

  • Hospital provided excellent care

    I recently was a patient in the outpatient department of Twin County Regional Hospital for a eye cataract removal.
    I had excellent care from every person of the department.
    Also, Dr. Davis and his staff was excellent. I give the department and Dr. Davis an A+.
    I believe if more people would try the hospital’s services, they would not want to go to other hospitals.
    l think, or rather know, that the hospital does great work.
    Jane Newman
    Fries