• Trump’s Trade War

    Does anybody know what Trumps’s objectives are in the trade war with the Chinese? Their trade practices have not always been fair, and they will be increasingly competing with us in global markets. Still, as the trade war grinds on, Trump has never clearly articulated to the nation what he hopes to achieve. If we, the American people, do not have a clear understanding of what the administration’s goals might be, the Chinese probably do not know either. This is no way to successfully negotiate.

  • Sponsors thanked for helping fundraiser shine

    The Making Grayson Glow committee would like to thank all of those who donated items to us, to make our 21 Road Market sale a success. With each event, we are getting closer to our ultimate goal: “Making Grayson Glow.”

  • An old man’s questions

    In the early 1960s, a lady named Rachel Carson wrote a book called “Silent Spring.” As a result, the chemical DDT was banned. Some people claimed this was the cause of thousands of deaths from malaria worldwide.
    In the mid-60s, I was told in Vietnam that Agent Orange would not hurt us. Now they say this ischemic heart disease I have is a result of Agent Orange.

  • We need a plan for healthcare

    Remember when Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better and cheaper? Remember his confident assurances that he knew how to do this? Just like people who invested their life savings in condos that were never built or bought into the Trump University scam, a significant number of Americans believed Trump’s promises. As it turned out, the master dealmaker could not repeal Obamacare, even with Republican control of Congress. And by the way, he had no plan to replace.

  • Join the weekly bluegrass jams

    The owner of Briar Patch Market Place and Cafe, corner of Oldtown and South Main Streets in Galax, has opened the cafe part to bluegrass jamming every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Although I was not reared listening to bluegrass, I have learned to listen to all kinds of music, even opera. There is something about bluegrass that makes me smile.
    This past Tuesday, I was in the cafe when approximately 10 to 12 musicians arrived, took their place in the circle and began playing.

  • Celebrating electric lineworkers

    July 10 is National Lineworker Appreciation Day. At Appalachian Power, it is a day to celebrate our line mechanics and other front line employees and the work they do.
    Our line crews are beloved. They are heroes in their communities — and rightly so. They work long hours to make sure customers have electricity. The work is hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and inherently dangerous.

  • Be courteous when clearing land

    Think about being a good neighbor when you clear land. We have new landowner in the Elk Creek area who is not using courtesy when burning his debris piles. It is normal to let green wood set for up to a year before burning; then you will not have to pour on gallons of fuel and waste oil accelerants. I had one Mennonite neighbor that would not burn them for five years.

  • Broadband will be a game-changer for the community

    On May 15, Grayson County was selected to be the very first pilot program for electric middle mile broadband deployment in the state of Virginia. We have a chance to go from the least connected county in Southwest Virginia, where the majority of our residents have inadequate to no internet service, to acquiring significant broadband internet speeds and truly being able to compete with the rest of the Commonwealth.

  • Keep highway workers safe

    Each spring, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recognizes Work Zone Awareness Week to remind drivers of the importance of avoiding distractions and driving safely through work zones.
    We invite you to join VDOT in the annual observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week April 8-12. This week is a reminder that work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.

  • Love, do not judge our neighbors