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  • Kaine beats Allen for U.S. Senate seat

    In the end, Tim Kaine didn’t need presidential coattails to win election to the U.S. Senate.
    With the outcome of the presidential vote still uncertain in Virginia late Tuesday, Democrat Kaine claimed victory over Republican George Allen in their bruising battle for an open Senate seat.
    Soon, Kaine will be off to Washington to join fellow Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the man he succeeded as governor in 2006.
    In a victory speech, Kaine pledged he’ll work to find solutions to the nation’s economic problems.

  • Griffith holds on to 9th District seat

    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) comfortably won his first Congressional re-election contest Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon.
    Flaccavento, a first-time candidate, and Griffith, a 17-year member of the General Assembly and former state House majority leader, vied for the 9th Congressional District seat.
    The district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.
    Griffith had 61 percent of the vote to Flaccavento’s 39 percent with all precincts reporting Wednesday afternoon.

  • ELECTION 2012: Obama wins 2nd term, Romney sweeps Twin Counties

    On the color-coded maps of TV political pundits, Virginia is now a “blue” Democratic state, but it still has a solidly “red” Republican half in Southwest Virginia.
    But more counties doesn’t equal more votes — something Mitt Romney and George Allen discovered on Election Night.
    Despite the Republican sweep of the Twin Counties and dominance in Southwest Virginia, presidential candidate Mitt Romney could not overcome the Democratic influence in the more populous eastern and northern parts of the state.

  • First user taps water in Fancy Gap

    FANCY GAP — Two Fancy Gap business owners feel like they’ve tapped into history, now that the public water project is nearing completion.
    When construction on the new water system wraps up, it will supply 132,800 gallons a day to the area from the Blue Ridge Parkway at U.S. 52 to Interstate 77’s exit 8 and beyond.
    Business owners Michael Lake and Steve Sherfel have already collected a few drops that are the most meaningful to them.

  • NOV. 6, 2012 ELECTION COVERAGE

    Full results for precincts in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County; as well as results of state races.

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    • President — Barack Obama

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  • Hillsville misses deadline to enact land use assessment

    HILLSVILLE — Land-use assessment will go into effect, Hillsville Town Council members assured citizens Oct. 22 — just not as soon as everybody wanted.
    Localities in Virginia are allowed to assess real estate based on the "use value" instead of fair market value. Use value is the productive potential of the land, according to the state’s definition. For example, a field that grows $200 worth of corn has a "use value" of $200.

  • Twin County Polling Places

    CARROLL COUNTY

    Carroll voting districts, precincts and polling places include:

  • HOW WE VOTE: A look back at 48 years of presidential elections

    Twin County localities have collectively voted for the national winner in presidential races 67 percent of the time in 13 elections since 1960.
    While Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax have together agreed with the national winner at a rate of two-out of-three during that span, the three localities have had their differences.
    Carroll County, for example, has voted for the Republican nominee in every presidential election since 1960. That partisanship led to Carroll voting for the national winner just seven out of 13 times.

  • Who's on the ballot in Nov. 6 election?

    Turnout could be high in Tuesday's election, with a tight race for president

  • Fire causes $100,000 damage to garage

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    ENNICE, N.C. — The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at Poole’s Garage in the Glade Creek community of North Carolina on Oct. 31.
    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, an ignited gas tank caused the accidental blaze that ultimately led to heavy structural damage.