Local News

  • Incumbents retain seats in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – Three votes were all that separated the winner and runner-up for the Fancy Gap District school board seat in Carroll County in Tuesday’s election.

    Candidate Phillip Berrier, who lost to incumbent Joey Haynes 501-498, said he plans to ask for a recount of ballots.

  • Revels, Sage win in Grayson

    Staff Reports

    Two new members will join the board of supervisors and school board in Grayson County, both representing the Wilson District, after wins in Tuesday’s election.

    Both ran for seats soon to be vacated by incumbent candidates who decided not to seek re-election.

    In the race for Wilson District supervisor, Rex Revels, a Republican, received 948 votes (77 percent), beating Democratic opponent Gesche Morley, who received 281 votes (23 percent.)

  • Northam elected governor

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be Virginia’s next governor after fending off a challenge from Republican Ed Gillespie that embraced the tactics of President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the campaign.

    In the Twin Counties, Gillespie easily carried Galax, Carroll and Grayson precincts, with wins ranging from 69 to 77 percent. Other Republicans on the ticket also took the three localities, bucking the state’s gradual shift to the left.

  • 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.