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  • 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.

  • Fire destroys house in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN — A structure fire on Mount Zion Road in Woodlawn on Thursday at about 2:20 a.m. left no known injuries, but burned a house to the ground, according to information posted online by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    Firefighters were summoned from Galax, as well as the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, Carroll County Fire and Rescue and Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

    The structure was a two-story farmhouse, reported to have been unoccupied and only used for storage. It was a total loss.

  • County questions treasurer spending

    INDEPENDENCE — Lawyers for Grayson County confirm an investigation of some treasurer’s office expenditures stemming from a 2016 audit is still pending; meanwhile, Treasurer Kelly Haga says he believes the matter was resolved — to the best of his knowledge.

    The expenditures are pending a review by state police, county officials said.

    In a recent interview, Haga said he has resolved questions raised by an audit last year regarding his use of a county-issued credit card.

  • Free clinic offers services to eligible Grayson residents

    INDEPENDENCE — The Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory and Henry College in Marion, is reaching out to the Grayson County community with its expanding range of services.