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  • 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

  • Man charged with grand larceny

    HILLSVILLE —A 45-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., man faces 26 counts of grand larceny after Carroll deputies received a break in a theft of thousands of dollars worth of heavy construction equipment in July 2011.
    Chester Pruett was charged Oct. 23 by Deputy Chuck Edwards after a report that the accused sold items to a Mount Airy-based recycling business that matched the description of stolen in 2011, according to police reports.

  • Who's on the ballot in your area?

    On Tuesday, voters in the Twin Counties will choose leaders for local and state offices.
    Grayson has a six-way race for county treasurer and in Carroll, a local candidate is seeking a Virginia House of Delegates seat. Both counties have several contested races for supervisors and school board members.
    Voters in all localities will choose a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, along with other state representatives.
    Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • AT&T service now available in Galax area

    Galax will no longer be a “dead zone” for AT&T wireless service, now that the telecommunications company has made it available in the area.
    On Monday, AT&T announced the availability of its mobile Internet service in Galax, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and applications to customers in the area.
    This will allow AT&T customers with smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices to access the Internet, voice and data capabilities, the company said in a news release.