Here's the place to vent about Grayson County's 44% increase in the real estate tax levy. What do you think? Was it "unavoidable," as county officials said? What areas of the county budget would you cut to prevent a tax increase?
Smoke On The Mountain, the official state barbecue cook-off, returns July 16-17 to downtown Galax. Are you excited about the event? Do you have suggestions about how to change or improve the contest? What's your favorite type of barbecue?
The Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010. What are some of your fondest memories? Who was the best performer you've seen on the stage? What do you enjoy about camping in Felts Park?
Discussion topic: How do you feel about the Grayson County Board of Supervisors denying a special use permit for The Oracle Institute, which wanted to create a non-denominational spiritual retreat in the county. The permit was overwhelmingly opposed by local pastors and other speakers at a public hearing due to religious differences. But should any of that been taken into account by county leaders?
What are your thoughts on the Town of Hillsville's plan to annex the busy Interstate 77 area of Carroll County? One thing to consider: With the I-77/U.S. 58 interchange as part of the town, the county's ban on liquor-by-the-drink would no longer apply. Could this attract new restaurants and lodging that serve alcohol to locate there, thereby increasing the town's tax revenue?
If you're thinking about getting a pet please go to the Galax animal shelter. Everyone loves puppies and kittens. I do too. But there are many wonderful, beautiful older animals that go to the shelter every day. I adopted a cat from there and he was the smartest, sweetest little friend I have ever known.