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  • 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.

  • ELECTION 2013: Incumbents win in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE  — Carroll County incumbents had a good night on Tuesday, with voters returning all currently serving members to office.
    In the first-ever staggered election for Carroll, three seats each for the board of supervisors and the school board were in play. In the past, all seats were up for election at once.
    Only one elected position for each board featured a contest.

  • Grayson hires new recreation director

    INDEPENDENCE — Deborah Jean Kennedy has been hired as the new director of the Grayson County Recreation Park and began work at the position last month.
    Kennedy brings with her five years of overall recreation department experience, having served as an assistant athletic supervisor and recreation supervisor for the City of Graham’s recreation department and at Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department in Boone, N.C., while attending college.

  • Ministry to hire prison chaplain

    INDEPENDENCE — The River North Ministry Council voted at its Oct. 31 meeting to advertise for the hiring of a chaplain to serve at the new River North Correctional Center in Independence.
    Council members voted unanimously to begin advertising the position in area newspapers this week. Applications will be reviewed on Nov. 30, and interviews will begin Dec. 2.

  • $10,000 reward offered for school fire info

    A Galax man has doubled the reward he will pay for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved with a fire that destroyed the old Stevens Creek school building on Oct. 26, 2012.
    Building owner Terry Combs said it has been more than a year and no arrests had been made. He originally offered $5,000, but is now upping the reward to $10,000.

  • NOV. 5 ELECTION RESULTS

    Unofficial results of Nov. 5, 2013, state and local elections in Carroll, Grayson and Galax, along with statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Info provided by Virginia State Board of Elections and local voter registrars.

    VIRGINIA

    GOVERNOR

    • Terry R. McAuliffe (D) — 1,064,701 (47.74%)

    • Ken T. Cuccinelli II (R) — 1,009,878 (45.28%)

    • Robert C. Sarvis (L) — 145,418 (6.52%)

     

    LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR