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  • Kaine beats Allen for U.S. Senate seat

    In the end, Tim Kaine didn’t need presidential coattails to win election to the U.S. Senate.
    With the outcome of the presidential vote still uncertain in Virginia late Tuesday, Democrat Kaine claimed victory over Republican George Allen in their bruising battle for an open Senate seat.
    Soon, Kaine will be off to Washington to join fellow Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the man he succeeded as governor in 2006.
    In a victory speech, Kaine pledged he’ll work to find solutions to the nation’s economic problems.

  • Griffith holds on to 9th District seat

    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) comfortably won his first Congressional re-election contest Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon.
    Flaccavento, a first-time candidate, and Griffith, a 17-year member of the General Assembly and former state House majority leader, vied for the 9th Congressional District seat.
    The district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.
    Griffith had 61 percent of the vote to Flaccavento’s 39 percent with all precincts reporting Wednesday afternoon.

  • ELECTION 2012: Obama wins 2nd term, Romney sweeps Twin Counties

    On the color-coded maps of TV political pundits, Virginia is now a “blue” Democratic state, but it still has a solidly “red” Republican half in Southwest Virginia.
    But more counties doesn’t equal more votes — something Mitt Romney and George Allen discovered on Election Night.
    Despite the Republican sweep of the Twin Counties and dominance in Southwest Virginia, presidential candidate Mitt Romney could not overcome the Democratic influence in the more populous eastern and northern parts of the state.

  • First user taps water in Fancy Gap

    FANCY GAP — Two Fancy Gap business owners feel like they’ve tapped into history, now that the public water project is nearing completion.
    When construction on the new water system wraps up, it will supply 132,800 gallons a day to the area from the Blue Ridge Parkway at U.S. 52 to Interstate 77’s exit 8 and beyond.
    Business owners Michael Lake and Steve Sherfel have already collected a few drops that are the most meaningful to them.

  • Grand jury indicts couple in deputy shooting

    26 others also indicted in Grayson County for drugs and other charges.

  • Public record for 11/7/12 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 27-Aug. 17 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • NOV. 6, 2012 ELECTION COVERAGE

    Full results for precincts in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County; as well as results of state races.

    NATIONAL
    • President — Barack Obama

    VIRGINIA

  • Medical issues break local family's budget

    A medical issue tipped the Lopez household budget into negative territory, but the Galax family can get back on track with a little help on two utility bills.
    Ceasar Lopez said his wife Miriam recently had complications from her benign-but-growing brain tumor.
    Though Miriam had a large tumor removed in 1985, the problem reoccurred in 2007, Ceasar said. Doctors have been watching it and noted the tumor has grown by one millimeter since last check.
    Lopez spread two fingers about two inches apart to show big the tumor is now.

  • Police say suspect was caught in the act

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man has been charged with breaking and entering following an incident that occurred Oct. 21.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said deputies responded to an alleged residential burglary in progress at 269 Beaver Dam Road in Independence about 5:30 p.m. that evening.
    Upon arrival, Deputy Eric Testerman and Sgt. Arnold Peters found a lock that had been broken off of the garage door.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/7/12

    Jerusalem excepted
    I still say the Middle East will be destroyed with the exception of Jerusalem, where God will set his kingdom up. I know also, the Bible says, “be kind to your enemies and I will heap coals of fire upon their head.”

    Lost in the shuffle
    I was at the Hillsville Town Council meeting when a nice lady had a problem that was supposed to be taken care of in April by the old council. Her councilman had not returned her call as he had promised to do. I can’t wait until next town election.