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  • Blight epidemic spreading

    Over the past two years, a fungus that infects and deteriorates boxwood plants has rapidly spread to different localities in the state of Virginia.
    Although previous attempts to eradicate the boxwood blight from spreading to other plants have failed, experts are still attempting to curb the epidemic and are encouraging members of the community to help.
    On Nov. 7, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services [VDACS], along with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, held a meeting at the Virginia Department of Forestry office in Galax.

  • Local jobless outnumber new positions

    Recent job announcements in the hundreds should cause the unemployment rate in the Twin Counties to tick lower, but thousands of local people need work, said the Virginia Employment Commission manager.

  • Deputies charge two with child abuse

    HILLSVILLE — A report of a 4-year-old child with serious burns has led to charges against against two adults, according to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Deputies received a call from Twin County Regional Hospital on Nov. 6 about the child.

  • Animal rescue seeking donors

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Rugby Creek Animal Rescue in Grayson County is raising money to build a series of kennels in an effort to rescue and find new homes for orphaned dogs.

  • United Way making a comeback

    Backed by the support from its recent merger with United Way Virginia Highlands, the Twin County Regional Cabinet of the non-profit organization is making a steady comeback.
    The major changes that have recently taken place with United Way led to a unique campaign in the area this year. In March, Twin County United Way announced a merger with United Way Virginia Highlands. The new partnership spans the five counties of Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth and Washington; and the City of Galax.

  • EMS worker faces sex charge

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County emergency services worker has been charged with carnal knowledge of a child, according to information from the Carroll Sheriff’s Office.

  • Haga pulls ahead of pack to win treasurer race

    In Grayson County, voters faced a choice of six candidates for treasurer on Tuesday.
    Three contenders pulled ahead of the crowded pack as precincts reported in, and Democrat Kelly Haga finally took the lead.
    Haga received 1,651 votes (34 percent of those cast), beating independent candidates Stephanie Brewer (997 votes, or 20 percent) and Raymond Hall (863 votes, 18 percent). Brewer and Hall jockeyed for second place throughout the vote counting process, while the other three contenders fell behind.

  • State Races: How we voted

    Republican candidates swept the Twin Counties in Tuesday’s election, with Ken Cuccinelli winning in Carroll County, Grayson County and the City of Galax.

  • Campbell defeats McGrady in 6th District

    HILLSVILLE — The former mayor of Saltville convinced 6th District voters that he should succeed the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark as the region’s delegate in Tuesday’s election.
    In a three-way race, Republican Jeffrey Campbell took 56.99 percent of the 20,286 ballots cast, beating Jonathan McGrady, the Democrat from Carroll County; and Independent Barbara T. Hall from Marion.
    The breakdown from Wythe, Smyth and Carroll counties shows that 11,574 voters in the district preferred Campbell; 7,424 McGrady; and 1,288 Hall.

  • Va. voters pick McAuliffe for governor

    RICHMOND — Democrats won two of Virginia’s three statewide offices Tuesday, including a redeeming victory for governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, but missed out on a historic sweep for the party.
    McAuliffe, 56, won in a nail-biter despite a massive fundraising edge that he used to relentlessly wallop Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and claim his first publicly elected post.