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  • Voters reject one amendment, approve another

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    State law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

    Voters in Virginia on Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment to enshrine that in the state constitution.

    Voters in the Twin Counties also voted “no” on the proposal.

    Virginia has had a right-to-work law since 1947 governing organized labor. The law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

  • Trump sweeps Twin Counties

    Staff Reports

    Republican candidates swept the ballots in all Twin County precincts by a significant margin in Tuesday’s election.

    Donald Trump took Galax, Carroll and Grayson easily; and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) retained his seat in a three-way race, also winning in all three localities.

    Trump didn’t win Virginia or its electoral votes, but in other states across the nation, he gained the 270 total electoral votes needed to reach the White House.

  • Suspect crashes during police chase

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was arrested Saturday after reportedly fleeing from police signaling for a traffic stop.

    Anthony Allen Bobbitt, 35, of Independence, was charged with felony attempt to elude law enforcement, reckless driving, driving while suspended, improper registration and possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine), according to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Murder charge certified to grand jury

    INDEPENDENCE – A charge of first-degree murder and three other felonies filed against Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax in the March 20 shooting death of Karen Cates will move to the Grayson County Grand Jury for certification.

    The ruling from the Grayson County General District Court at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Davis on Monday. Cates was Davis’ ex-girlfriend.

  • Anderson wins school board seat by 2 votes

    UPDATED:

    INDEPENDENCE — On Tuesday, only two votes separated the winner of the Grayson County School Board’s at-large seat from the candidate in second place.

    Tracy “Zeke” Anderson has been projected to win the four-way race, with 26.41 percent, or 1,822 total votes. Philip Vaughan, who holds the seat on an interim basis, received 24.38 percent, or 1,820 votes.

    The race was determined during a special election Tuesday, which was set after the death of former board member Tim Carico.

  • ELECTION RESULTS NOVEMBER 2016

    Unofficial results from Virginia State Board of Elections and local registrars' offices.

     

    GRAYSON COUNTY

    GRAYSON SCHOOL BOARD:

    AT-LARGE SEAT

    • Tracy “Zeke” Anderson....26.41% (1,822)

    • Robert Benish................24.42% (1,685)

    • James Davis..................20.5% (1,414)

    • Philip Vaughan...............26.38% (1,820)

     

    PRESIDENT

  • No injuries in E. Stuart wreck in Galax

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on Oct. 28 at 6:18 p.m. on E. Stuart Drive near Cranberry Road left no injuries, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2011 Nissan Frontier driven by Scottie Lee Brown, 44, of Galax, was traveling east on E. Stuart Drive, when traffic backed up and he came to a stop. A 1994 Nissan 300ZX driven by Angel Santiago Linares-Huerta, 19, of Woodlawn, struck Brown’s vehicle in the rear.

    The hood of the 300ZX went under the rear tires of the Frontier.

  • Twin Counties to honor veterans

    A number of local celebrations will be held Friday and Saturday for Veteran’s Day this year.

    The Rex Theater in downtown Galax will host a Veterans Day celebration on Friday from 7-9 p.m. for the Blue Ridge Backroads Live show.

    Three bands will be on stage: Amber Collins and Branch House Pavilion with special guest Johnny Williams, The Marshall Brothers and Rich In Tradition. Each will perform with the evening capped off with a grand finale of all three groups performing together.

  • Vaughan wants to carry on predecessor's school goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim at-large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the at-large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning in 2017.

  • Medicaid expansion would cover additional 3,000 locally

    Galax City Council has approved a letter of support for Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which would make hundreds of additional citizens eligible for healthcare coverage in the city.

    Democrats in the General Assembly and Gov. Terry McAuliffe have been pushing for expansion, but Republican legislators oppose the move.

    Twin County Regional Hospital CEO Jon Applebaum and Galax Director of Social Services Susan Clark spoke at council’s Oct. 24 meeting about Medicaid expansion and how it would affect citizens. Both stressed the need for such expansion.