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  • SENATE RACE: Poll shows Warner leading Gillespie

    Republican Ed Gillespie has narrowed the gap, but Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s broad-based support still gives him a solid lead in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, according to a statewide survey released Oct. 31 by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    Likely voters favor Warner by 51 percent, compared with 44 percent for Gillespie, according to the survey. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis holds a 2 percent share of the overall vote, with only 3 percent undecided.

  • Woman charged with stealing newspapers

    A Galax woman was convicted last week on two charges of stealing and tampering with coin-operated newspaper racks.

    Michelle Ann Dunford, 36, was convicted Oct. 27 in Galax General District Court on charges of stealing newspapers from racks owned by The Roanoke Times and Winston-Salem Journal.

    The racks were positioned outside of Aunt Bea’s restaurant in Galax.

  • Child dies in Cana wreck on Halloween night

    UPDATE 11/4:

    Christopher Woolwine has been charged with homicide in the death of his 4-year-old son in a Cana wreck on Oct. 31. State police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

    CANA — A Christiansburg man will face multiple charges for two separate wrecks that occurred in Cana on Friday, resulting in multiple injuries and the death of a 4-year-old child.

  • Hillsville residents debate zoning request

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville’s Planning Commission is considering a request to re-zone 319 Edgewood Drive from an R-1 (medium density residential) lot to R-2 (multifamily residential).

    During a public hearing at Hillsville Town Council’s Oct. 27 meeting, three individuals made their arguments concerning the proposal.

  • 9TH DISTRICT: Griffith seeks second term

    Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith is up for re-election this year, running against independent challenger William Carr in the Nov. 4 election.

    Griffith was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District seat in 2010. The district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

    Before that, Griffith served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994-2010, where he was House Majority Leader from 2000-2010.

  • 9TH DISTRICT: Independent challenges Griffith

    Independent candidate William Carr is challenging incumbent Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) in the U.S. Congressional race in the 9th District of Virginia on Nov. 4.

    Carr is a 69-year-old retired businessman from Ararat. He grew up on a 300-acre farm in eastern North Carolina, and graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh in 1969. He is married, a father of four, and a grandfather of six.

  • Carroll police searching for fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsville Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance to locate two former Carroll County men on a number of charges.

    Winfred Shane Dawson, 28, is wanted for kidnapping, breaking and entering and assault and battery. Authorities are also looking for Timothy A. Laffoon, 34, who is wanted for forgery and uttering.

    Both individuals are wanted in several locations, according to the Hillsville Police Department.

  • IDA takes care of business expansion details

    After last Tuesday morning’s press conference at the Carroll County municipal building announcing the creation of 51 new jobs by Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister company ANDCO Logistics, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority held a called meeting to vote on details concerning the announcement.

    During the meeting, the IDA voted unanimously on several motions, including approval to sublease the property to ANDCO and Andrews Farming. The property is owned by Virginia Produce, leased by the IDA, and is now being subleased to ANDCO and Andrews

  • Saving green in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Recycling has a payoff to Grayson County.

    This year alone, Grayson has made $49,398 in revenue and saved $22,550 in landfill fees from citizens who recycle cardboard, newspapers, magazines, plastic, aluminum and steel.

    “The $156 fee on everyone’s property tax bill for yearly trash pickup has not gone up since 2008 because of recycling revenues,” said Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith, at a public tour of Grayson’s recycling facility. “The more we recycle, the more money we save for our citizens.”

  • Vehicle fire closes part of I-77

    A tractor-trailer fire of unknown origin caused part of Interstate 77 around mile marker 6.7 to be shut down on Friday, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser said the vehicle was coming up the mountain around 7 a.m. when the truck caught fire. The driver pulled over and exited the cab, which burned, along with part of the payload, said Musser.

    “He just noticed it started smoking,” Musser said. “Nobody was hurt. The driver pulled over and jumped out.”