• LOTTERY UPDATE-December 15, 2010

    The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $104 million in last night’s (Tuesday) drawing after there was no big winner in last Friday night’s drawing.
    Mega Millions numbers drawn were: 23-27-33-44-46 and the Mega Ball was 36.
    Seven players, none from Virginia or North Carolina, won second place prizes of $250,000 apiece.
    Another 33 players won third place prizes of $10,000 apiece.
    Also, 350,281 players picked the money ball to win $2 each.

  • Free medical care to be provided at Crossroads

    Medical students and faculty doctors from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg will be at the Crossroads Institute in Galax on Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  to provide free medical outreach, which will include blood pressure and blood sugar screenings plus the opportunity to see a doctor and receive treatment.  

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR-Dec. 8, 2010

    Town manager responds to fluoride critics

  • Child safety seat laws pointed out

    I cringed the other day when I passed a woman on Main Street in Independence and she had her small child standing beside her in the front seat of a pickup truck.
    I guess I notice things like this more since I have a 13-month old grandson and realize the importance of having them strapped securely in a safety seat.
    Here are some of the major requirements of Virginia’s Child Safety Seat law according to the Virginia Department of Health Web site:

  • Tour of Trees to benefit Twin County Hospice

    GALAX — View holiday trees that have been sponsored and decorated by local families, businesses and organizations during the Holiday Tour of Trees to benefit Twin County Hospice on Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Twin County Hospice Office located in the Vaughan Office Suites at 818 Glendale Road in Galax.  WBRF and WWWJ Radio Stations will be on site for a live remote.  

  • Chiropractic Center makes donation to Food Closet

    SPARTA, N.C. – Thanksgiving is a special time of the year and to do their part to help the less fortunate to enjoy the holiday, Dr. Rob Klingensmith sponsored a special promotion.
    Klingensmith, who owns Alleghany Chiropractic Center in Sparta, gave his patients a special deal if they brought in food items or made a cash donation when they visited his office.
    He waived the co-pay for several weeks.
    The food and cash was donated to Solid Rock Food Closet in Sparta.
    David Carpenter, executive director of the food closet, accepted the donation.

  • Small business workshop scheduled

    Business owners and potential entrepreneurs from the Grayson County area are invited to attend Entrepreneur Express: Moving Your Business Forward, a workshop designed to deliver practical, hands-on training and provide information on available business resources.   The workshop will be held 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

  • Area receives disaster designations for farmers

    RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell last week announced that the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has designated nearly 100 Virginia localities, including Grayson, Carroll and the City of Galax, as either contiguous disaster areas because of their location next to a primary disaster area or a primary natural disaster area because of reductions in farm production caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred in 2010.
    These disaster designations make farmers eligible for low-interest loans and any supplemental relief that might be provided by Congress in the future.

  • Getting serious about the deficit

    The final report by President Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission isn’t due until next month, but the chairmen of that commission gave the discussion a jump-start last week by releasing their own proposal.

  • Tax credits could help winterize homes

    RICHMOND — People can now weatherize their homes and be rewarded for their efforts. According to the Internal Revenue Service, homeowners making energy-saving improvements this fall can cut their winter heating bills and lower their 2010 tax bill as well.
    Last year’s Recovery Act  expanded two home energy tax credits: the nonbusiness energy property credit and the residential energy efficient property credit.

    Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit