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  • NOV. 6, 2012 ELECTION COVERAGE

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

    NATIONAL
    • President — Barack Obama

    VIRGINIA

  • 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.

  • Veterans' memorial to be installed this week

    Members of the Veterans Memorial Committee recently visited North Carolina Granite in Mount Airy, N.C., to examine the progress of the fabrication of seven black monoliths for the Honor Circle of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.  
    The memorial is under construction next to the Galax Public Library, and the Honor Circle is to be installed this week in advance of the dedication ceremony scheduled for Nov. 11, just before Veterans Day.

  • Rivals in Senate race divided on how to fix economy

    Just as in the presidential campaign, how to shore up a shaky economy and put the nation’s fiscal house in order occupies center stage in Virginia’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race.
    Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine have put forth sharply divergent plans for fixing America’s economic woes.
    And perhaps just as relevant for voters who will choose between them on Nov. 6, both candidates have records — Kaine as governor, Allen as governor and senator — that yield clues about how they would approach fiscal issues.

  • Carroll home lost to fire

    HILLSVILLE — Talissa Huff could only save herself and her three dogs after her house caught fire Tuesday afternoon.
    Her rental home at 2620 Birch Tree Road went up in flames at about 4:48 p.m., when she tried to stoke a fire she had going in a stove in the basement.
    “I lost everything,” she said, while volunteer firefighters from the Hillsville and Galax fire departments continued to pour water on the house.
    Huff even tried to go back inside and save her children’s baby pictures.

  • Newcomer, freshman fighting for 9th District seat

    The race to represent the sprawling 9th Congressional District pits a freshman incumbent who’s made a brief career of speaking out in opposition to federal regulations on coal against a challenger who favors a “bottom-up” economy built on consumption of locally produced goods.
    First-time candidate Democrat Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon is challenging Republican Morgan Griffith of Salem for the seat.