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  • City doesn't take Marrah for granted

    Nearly $470,000 in grants have been awarded, since grants administrator Brenda Marrah began working for the City of Galax in January.
    When Carroll County eliminated a similar position last November due to budget cuts, the city quickly hired her.
    Shortly after Carroll let Marrah go, the city began discussion about hiring her as the grants administrator — a new position for the city, created to reduce operational costs and offset capital expenditures.

  • Free Clinic in need of help

    In the first fundraiser breakfast that Applebee’s hosted for the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, over $1,000 was donated to the agency.
    A couple of months ago, the fundraiser only raised $94.
    Despite advertisements, the fundraiser has been on a decline since after the first few months.

  • ELECTION 2011: Vaughan wins Grayson sheriff's race

    By TINA E. VAUGHN and BRIAN FUNK
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County voters overwhelmingly supported incumbent Sheriff Richard Vaughan in Tuesday’s election, which pitted him against challenger Mark Burnett, a former Grayson deputy who is now a sergeant with the Galax Police Department.
    Vaughan, an independent, received 68 percent of the votes (3,627) compared to Republican Burnett, who had 32 percent (1,713) of the votes, based on unofficial voting results from the State Board of Elections.

  • ELECTION 2011: 20-20 split gives GOP edge in Va. Senate

    UPDATED 11/10/11: Reynolds Concedes to Stanley

    MARTINSVILLE — Thursday afternoon, Sen. Roscoe Reynolds conceded the election for Virginia’s 20th Senate District to Bill Stanley.

  • ELECTION 2011: New faces prevail in Carroll races

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll voters selected newcomers over incumbents for the school board whenever possible and choose three new members for the board of supervisors.
    The only school board incumbent to return to office had no opposition — Reginald Gardner from the Sulphur Springs District.
    Still reflecting an anti-incumbent trend noticeable in recent elections, Carroll voters did not return school board members Harold Golding in Pine Creek, Phillip Berrier in Fancy Gap or Franklin Jett in Pipers Gap.

  • ELECTION 2011: Voters opt for Sunday beer, wine sales

    INDEPENDENCE — Voters in the town made their voices heard on a ballot issue regarding Sunday sales of beer and wine.
    The ballot questions asked if the sale of wine and beer should be allowed "between the hours of twelve o’clock p.m. on each Saturday and six o’clock a.m. on each Monday" in town.
    It was close, but 53 percent (135) of voters said yes, while 121 voters (47 percent) opposed the plan.

  • ELECTION 2011: New members join Grayson supervisors, school board

    By TINA E. VAUGHN
    Staff

  • Don't be alarmed: alert is only a test

    Today, Wednesday, at 2 p.m., the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
    The test will last approximately 30 seconds. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working to ensure that the public is aware of this test and that it will not be a real emergency alert.

  • NOV. 2011 ELECTION RESULTS

    ALL UNOFFICIAL RESULTS ARE NOW POSTED. SEE FRIDAY'S EDITION OF THE GAZETTE FOR FULL COVERAGE OF STATE AND LOCAL RACES.

    GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Virginia Senate 19th District
    • Ralph K. Smith (R) — 28,183 (56.67%)
    • J. Brandon Bell II (I) — 21,430 (43.09%)

  • WHO'S ON THE BALLOT IN YOUR DISTRICT?