Today's News

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 11/8/17

    Dumb as a doornail

  • 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.


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


    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

  • Public record for 11/8/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • 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.

  • Judge sets new date for Eisenhauer murder trial

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG —David Eisenhauer’s trial for the first-degree murder of a Blacksburg teen will begin Feb. 5, after a judge set the new date on Monday.

    That’s the day already set aside for the beginning of co-defendant Natalie Keepers’ trial, but a new date for her has not been set.

  • Privett sentenced for sexual battery

    INDEPENDENCE — Dylan Michael Privett, charged with making inappropriate contact with a tenant at Grayson Manor Apartments earlier this year, was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery in Grayson County General District Court.

    According to the courts database, Privett was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with 11 months suspended on good behavior.

  • Maroon Tide girls advance to state

    Staff reports

    HILLSVILLE –– Galax’s girls will move on to the state championships as a team and two Maroon Tide boys will move on as individuals, having qualified Thursday at the Region 1C cross country meet at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center.