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  • Candidate answers ad's claims about experience

    Staff Report

    A candidate for Grayson County Circuit Court clerk contends there are inaccuracies about him in what he called a “rather negative” campaign advertisement that the Grayson County and Galax Bar Association placed Wednesday.

    The ad in The Gazette and Declaration newspapers on Wednesday provided an endorsement for Grayson Circuit Clerk Susan Herrington, who is seeking re-election, while also raising questions about opponent Robert "Bobby" Williams’ record and past employment.

  • Adkins, Stanley running for Va. Senate 20th District

    In the 20th District of Virginia, incumbent Republican Bill Stanley and former mayor of Martinsville and Democratic challenger Kim Adkins are competing for the position of Virginia State Senator.

    Among other locales, the 20th includes part of Carroll County and all of the City of Galax.

    Below are some topics raised by The Gazette in separate interviews and their responses, for the edification of voters.

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  • Shaw seeks Oldtown seat in Grayson

    Staff Report

    Larry “Luke” Shaw is a candidate for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors Oldtown District in the Nov. 3 election.

    Shaw is a lifelong resident of Grayson County, having lived his whole life in the Oldtown District. He is the son of the late Connie and Nora Shaw and has raised three children in Grayson County, all of whom have been educated in the Grayson County Public School System.

  • Combs seeks fourth term on board

    Wynn Johnson Combs will seek another term for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board this November.

    Combs, an independent candidate, will be challenged this year by Randy L. Shinault, also independent for the seat.

  • Davis, Helmick seek seat on Galax City Council

    Galax City Council elections are typically in May, but one seat is up for grabs on Nov. 3 in a special election.

    After council member Bill Webb left before the end of his term, council appointed William “Bill” Davis to fill his position until elections this fall.

    Now, Davis is running to be elected to the post and Ches Helmick is challenging. Davis is a manager at First Citizens Bank in Galax; Helmick is a financial advisor at Edward Jones of Galax.

  • Candidate addresses police report

    Candidate Shannon Goad has sent letters to registered voters in which he defends himself against claims about a traffic stop, which was cited in letters sent out by opposition to his bid for Carroll County sheriff.

    Claims involving Goad, who was named in a 2013 traffic stop report filed by a North Carolina trooper, were made in public mailings. A copy of the police report was mailed to The Gazette and to citizens in Carroll County.

  • Task force busts meth operation

    Staff Report

    Two local drug task forces have reported the sentencing of several major drug traffickers as a result of an ongoing federal investigation being conducted in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the overall federal investigation involves a large-scale drug trafficking group responsible for the importation and distribution of methamphetamine in and around the City of Galax; Carroll, Grayson, Wythe and Pulaski counties; and the Town of Pulaski.

  • Spark causes explosion at Webb plant

    An industrial explosion Monday morning at the Webb Particle Board plant in Galax left no injuries, but required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    According to Assistant Chief Mark Burnett, “When the plant started up, they turned the fan on here; a spark of some sort down in this separator exploded. They turned it off real quick and kept damage to the minimum.”

    “I heard a ‘kaboom!’ and called the fire department,” said Dean Oakley, who drives a truck for the company, recounting the incident on scene.

  • Factory explosion causes no injuries


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    An industrial explosion at Webb Particleboard in Galax left no injuries but required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.


  • Brooks challenges for county prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — Roger Brooks, a Republican, is challenging independent incumbent Douglas Vaught for the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney seat in the Nov. 3 election.

    “I decided to run for commonwealth’s attorney because I see the position as another opportunity to give back to the community,” Brooks said in an email to the newspaper. “For 20 years, I have provided services, often for free, for fire departments, rescue squads, churches, even towns in Grayson County.”