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  • Group reviews library books for 'inappropriate' content

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    School officials, parents and students are joining together in a proactive effort to keep inappropriate reading materials out of the Galax High School library.
    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill, GHS parent Lynn Funk and GHS honor student Maggie Turbyfill — three members of the newly-formed Galax Library Book Committee — explained in a group meeting on Tuesday that their efforts were not to shield students from difficult topics, but to offer the student body books that deal with these topics the right way.

  • Parades kick off Christmas season this weekend

    The City of Galax’s annual parade and community tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Christmas season on Friday, followed by three parades and other holiday events on Saturday in Hillsville, Independence and Fries.
    The Galax Christmas Parade will be begin at Police Square on North Main Street in downtown Galax this Friday night. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with Christmas music, followed by the lighting of the tree at 6:30 p.m.
    The parade, which travels south down Main Street, will follow at 7 p.m.

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  • Grand larceny case may lead to other charges

    HILLSVILLE — Solving the grand larceny of a 1993 Ford Fiesta might also lead to other crimes being resolved, according to the Hillsville police chief.

  • Letters to Santa

    Samantha Jones’ second grade class

    Fairview Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa,

    How are you and your elves doing?  I know you and the elves are doing good.  I want a Kindle Fire, six puppies, and an iPod.  I also want a laptop. 

    Love,

    Kendra

     

    Dear Santa,

  • turns five

    James Breece Rotten (J.B.) celebrated his fifth birthday Oct. 12 at Blue Ridge Lanes with family and friends.

    His parents are Mike and Kristy Roten of Galax. Grandparents are Breece and Carol Roten of Galax and Tom and Gloria Anderson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Great-grandmothers are Opal Robinson of Galax and Patricia Lamantia of Arizona.

  • Public record for 12/4/13 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers' Hotline 12/4/13

    Witnessing speeders
    To all the people on Pipers Gap that think there are a lot of speeders up there, I live on Pipers Gap and I enjoy watching the speeders whiz by my house. If you are going 45-50 mph, you need to lose your license.

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  • Schools aid in preparing workforce

    HILLSVILLE — In service of economic development, Carroll County already has a large and ongoing organization dedicated to preparing an educated workforce — it’s called the Carroll County Public Schools.
    Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship brought that message to the Carroll board of supervisors’ November meeting. He said the division stands ready to provide assistance in economic development efforts.

  • Ominous forecast for two-year state budget

    WILLIAMSBURG— Virginia’s next two-year budget is likely to be forged without much new discretionary money, amid rising expenses in core programs and under a cloud of federal uncertainty in this defense-reliant state.
    That sobering message was delivered Nov. 28 at a Virginia Senate Finance Committee meeting attended by lawmakers and lobbyists eager to learn about the state’s fiscal condition.

  • Safe Routes coordinator gets Galax on path to wellness

    When Linda Mock started her new position as coordinator of Galax’s Safe Routes to School program on Nov. 4, one of the first commitments she made was to ditch her car during work hours and walk around the city instead.
    “I’ve spent a lot of time walking everywhere, because if I’m going to talk the talk, I’m going to walk the walk,” she said.