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  • Berrier files for recount

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County’s School Board election results for the Fancy Gap District are being challenged by candidate Phillip W. Berrier.

    Berrier has filed for a recount after incumbent Joey D. Haynes won the Nov. 7 election by a three-vote margin, with Berrier placing second in the four-way race.

    Gina Hall and Patricia Sebens also ran in the district race, but each garnered less than half of Berrier’s 498 votes. Haynes received 501.

  • Cana Rescue renovations complete

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – Renovations have been completed and the Cana station of Carroll County Fire Rescue is now in operation on U.S. 52.

    The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) voted at its September meeting to borrow $250,000 to purchase the Cana Rescue Squad building and operate it as part of Carroll County Fire Rescue.

  • Church shooting renews interest in safety training

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The recent church shooting in Texas that claimed 26 innocent lives and injured several others has many church leaders concerned about their safety.

    To address those concerns, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced last week that his office will offer free safety training for churches throughout the county.

  • Citizens speak out on Galax projects

    Galax residents spoke out about widening sidewalks, fixing stormwater runoff problems and addressing flooding problems in the city’s “Bottom” neighborhood, at a public information session about the city’s proposed Virginia Department of Transportation-funded capital improvement projects.

    Galax City Council held the session at its Oct. 16 meeting.

    The city must formally apply for the money from VDOT, noted City Manager Keith Barker. He added that VDOT is changing from a one-year to two-year funding cycle.

  • Cana fire under investigation

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a house in the Cana community in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the blaze.

    The Cana Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 1429 Bear Trail Road at 5:50 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the one-story frame house engulfed by flames.

  • Help for Virginia's farmer veterans

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Veterans seeking to transition from their life in service to a career in agriculture will have some new resources to help them along the way.

    According to a recent announcement, the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national organization, launched earlier this year alongside West Virginia and New York chapters, and have already begun developing partnerships and establishing a network for their cause.

  • 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.