• 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
  • Support of home-schooling questioned

    Being formed by public education teachers and having worked as a teacher and principal in public schools, I suppose that I have an innate prejudice and love for public education; I cannot comprehend any reason for encouraging or supporting home-schooling in Virginia.

  • Information about area needed

    The following letter to the editor was submitted by a third-grade student in Northern Virginia, who is seeking information for a class project.

    Dear people of the great state of Virginia,
    Hello! I am a third grade student in Northern Virginia. In third grade, we do state projects, and I have chosen my state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Virginia as I work on my project.

  • Samaritan’s Purse thanks volunteers for their support

    I am writing to thank Galax residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.
    Because of the generosity of donors in Galax and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.

  • Finding no faith in federal government

    I’m dedicating in memory of a two-year-old child and police officers killed in the line of duty.
    2019 has come in, with ever-growing violence of sickening and disgusting incidents where parasites and losers of society know no boundaries or respect of life.
    A caring heart looks around and sees a government in a free-fall situation, a street bully attitude. A shutdown proves nothing but pain and worries.

  • Sponsors thanked for fundraiser

    Sincere appreciation is extended to Don and Judy Lundy, owners of 21 Grocery, for sponsoring the annual Allen Halsey Memorial Rook Tournament at the Elk Creek Rescue Squad on Jan. 26, in support of the local fire department and rescue units.
    Thanks to all who came to play and donated, to the auxiliaries that prepared and served the food, and to those that in any way helped to make this fundraiser a big success.
    Winners were Andy Taylor and Billie Joe Delp, first place; and John McCarthy and David Sutherland, second place.