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  • Citizens speak out on Galax projects

    Galax residents spoke out about widening sidewalks, fixing stormwater runoff problems and addressing flooding problems in the city’s “Bottom” neighborhood, at a public information session about the city’s proposed Virginia Department of Transportation-funded capital improvement projects.

    Galax City Council held the session at its Oct. 16 meeting.

    The city must formally apply for the money from VDOT, noted City Manager Keith Barker. He added that VDOT is changing from a one-year to two-year funding cycle.

  • Cana fire under investigation

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a house in the Cana community in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the blaze.

    The Cana Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 1429 Bear Trail Road at 5:50 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the one-story frame house engulfed by flames.

  • Help for Virginia's farmer veterans

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Veterans seeking to transition from their life in service to a career in agriculture will have some new resources to help them along the way.

    According to a recent announcement, the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national organization, launched earlier this year alongside West Virginia and New York chapters, and have already begun developing partnerships and establishing a network for their cause.

  • Incumbents retain seats in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – Three votes were all that separated the winner and runner-up for the Fancy Gap District school board seat in Carroll County in Tuesday’s election.

    Candidate Phillip Berrier, who lost to incumbent Joey Haynes 501-498, said he plans to ask for a recount of ballots.

  • Revels, Sage win in Grayson

    Staff Reports

    Two new members will join the board of supervisors and school board in Grayson County, both representing the Wilson District, after wins in Tuesday’s election.

    Both ran for seats soon to be vacated by incumbent candidates who decided not to seek re-election.

    In the race for Wilson District supervisor, Rex Revels, a Republican, received 948 votes (77 percent), beating Democratic opponent Gesche Morley, who received 281 votes (23 percent.)

  • Northam elected governor

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be Virginia’s next governor after fending off a challenge from Republican Ed Gillespie that embraced the tactics of President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the campaign.

    In the Twin Counties, Gillespie easily carried Galax, Carroll and Grayson precincts, with wins ranging from 69 to 77 percent. Other Republicans on the ticket also took the three localities, bucking the state’s gradual shift to the left.

  • Campbell, O'Quinn return to House of Delegates

    Staff Reports

    Republicans retained control of the Virginia House of Delegates after an election night that saw Democrats unseat Republicans and flip seats that had been held by GOP incumbents who didn’t seek re-election.

    After election officials took a closer look at four close contests, the result was a 51-49 Republican majority, beginning in January 2018. Now, Republicans, control 66 of the House’s 100 seats.

  • Carroll kids dig gardening

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s newly formed gardening club recently entered the student crop competition at the State Fair of Virginia and won several awards.

    The Grateful Dirt Diggers 4-H Gardening Club formed a month ago with students from Hillsville Elementary and Carroll County Middle School.

  • NOV. 7 ELECTION RESULTS

    Unofficial results of the Nov. 7 general election, from the Virginia State Board of Elections and local registrars' offices.

    CARROLL COUNTY

    Pipers Gap Supervisor

       • Thomas W. “Tom” Littrell (R) — 1,167 (73%)

       • Phillip G. Boatman Sr. (I) — 432 (27%)

    Pipers Gap School Board

       • Brian E. Spencer (I) — 1,387 (98%)

    Fancy Gap Supervisor

  • Health insurance marketplace open

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    People who depend on Obamacare may have breathed a sigh of relief when the most recent repeal effort failed to reach a vote.

    But 2018 premium rates could take their breath away again, at least for a small percentage of enrollees on the individual market exchange.