Local News

  • Campbell, O'Quinn return to House of Delegates

    Staff Reports

    Republicans retained control of the Virginia House of Delegates after an election night that saw Democrats unseat Republicans and flip seats that had been held by GOP incumbents who didn’t seek re-election.

    After election officials took a closer look at four close contests, the result was a 51-49 Republican majority, beginning in January 2018. Now, Republicans, control 66 of the House’s 100 seats.

  • Carroll kids dig gardening

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s newly formed gardening club recently entered the student crop competition at the State Fair of Virginia and won several awards.

    The Grateful Dirt Diggers 4-H Gardening Club formed a month ago with students from Hillsville Elementary and Carroll County Middle School.


    Unofficial results of the Nov. 7 general election, from the Virginia State Board of Elections and local registrars' offices.


    Pipers Gap Supervisor

       • Thomas W. “Tom” Littrell (R) — 1,167 (73%)

       • Phillip G. Boatman Sr. (I) — 432 (27%)

    Pipers Gap School Board

       • Brian E. Spencer (I) — 1,387 (98%)

    Fancy Gap Supervisor

  • Health insurance marketplace open

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    People who depend on Obamacare may have breathed a sigh of relief when the most recent repeal effort failed to reach a vote.

    But 2018 premium rates could take their breath away again, at least for a small percentage of enrollees on the individual market exchange.

  • Judge sets new date for Eisenhauer murder trial

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG —David Eisenhauer’s trial for the first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen will begin Feb. 5, after a judge set the new date on Monday.

    That’s the day already set aside for the beginning of co-defendant Natalie Keepers’ trial, but a new date for her has not been set.

  • Cana man killed in Sunday crash

    At approximately 10:05 a.m. on Sunday, Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney responded to a fatal crash in Carroll County.

    A 2006 Ford Ranger was traveling north on Wards Gap Road about a tenth of a mile north of Route 901 when the driver lost control of the truck, crossed the center line and struck a 1995 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, driven by Nicholas Crotts, 21, of Cana, head on, according to a report from Virginia State Police.

    The driver of the Ford, Michael A. Wells, 56, of Cana, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Sutherland, Weatherman unopposed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Two candidates in Grayson County’s Elk Creek District are running unopposed for another term on their respective boards on Nov. 7.

    Brenda Sutherland is running for a third term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, where she currently serves as chairwoman.

    Sutherland served her first year on the board after former supervisors Ralph Tuggle and Chris Morton stepped down in 2008. After filling in that year, she was elected to her first full term in 2009.

    She was re-elected in 2013 to serve a second term.

  • Where do Va. governor candidates stand on key issues?

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia’s voters will elect one of three men Tuesday to serve as governor for the next four years. The winner will replace Terry McAuliffe, who – like all previous governors – isn’t allowed under the state constitution to run for consecutive terms.

    The three men running are Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie and Libertarian Cliff Hyra.

  • Voters have choices in lieutenant governor election

    Landmark News Service

    The candidates competing in Tuesday’s statewide election to be the next lieutenant governor share similar visions of what is most important to Virginia’s future. But their views differ sharply on many issues.

    Voters will decide whether Republican state Sen. Jill Vogel or Democrat Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, will assume the part-time position and succeed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who will either be elected the next governor that day or leave state government in January.

  • Hendrick seeking re-election in Carroll

    Sandy Hendrick, incumbent for the Laurel Fork District seat on the Carroll County School Board, spoke briefly with The Gazette about his desire to retain the seat and his feelings about the future of the school system.