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  • Petition seeks end to coyote killing contest

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    Grayson County’s coyote-killing contest launched last month is apparently attracting its share of attention — not so much from participants, at least not yet — but more from folks opposed to it.

  • Readers Hotline 11/5/14

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  • Incumbents keep seats in Nov. 4 election

    UPDATED 11/6/14

    In a tight race that changed leads repeatedly throughout the night Tuesday, incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va) seemingly held on to his seat, fending off Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

    The final statewide tally was still being determined early Wednesday morning, and the race had not been officially called, but preliminary figures showed Warner besting Gillespie 49 percent to 48 percent.

  • NOV. 4 ELECTION RESULTS

    Unofficial results of Nov. 4, 2014, elections, from precincts in Carroll, Grayson and Galax. Info provided by Virginia State Board of Elections and local voter registrars.

    U.S. SENATE — VIRGINIA

    Mark Warner (D)*

       • Statewide — 1,067,863 (49.1%)

       • Carroll — 2,264 (32.1%)

       • Grayson — 1,439 (34.7%)

       • Galax — 564 (42.1%)

    Ed Gillespie (R)

  • Cars collide near Shoney's

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash in front of the Shoney’s and Wendy’s parking lots on Sunday evening.

    Police were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. According to a report from Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce, Rebecca Billings Krejci, 38, was operating a 2010 Honda Pilot and attempted to turn onto Carrollton Pike Road/U.S. 58 west towards Galax from the entrance to the restaurants’ parking lots, when her car was struck in the side by a 2005 Toyota Corolla operated by Vanessa Smith, 40.

  • Readers Hotline 11/3/14

    All about money

  • 9TH DISTRICT: Democrat is write-in candidate

    Rick Mullins’ name won’t be found on ballots in Tuesday’s election, but the Clintwood Democrat is running a write-in campaign for the 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Mullins, 52, is a lifelong resident of Dickenson County. He owns both Mullins Funeral Home and an ambulance service, and is a farmer.

    “Rick is a successful, independent businessman in Dickenson County who grew up in poverty in Southwest Virginia... His father was a coal miner,” according to Mullins’ campaign literature.

  • NOV. 4 ELECTION: What's on the ballot?

    Twin County voters will join those across Virginia is selecting a U.S. Senator in Tuesday’s general election. They will also pick a representative for the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District and decide whether to amend the state constitution.

  • Dalton to serve as J&D judge

    HILLSVILLE — Local attorney Brad Dalton has been appointed as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations court judge for the 27th Judicial District of Virginia.

    Dalton will replace departing Juvenile and Domestic Court Judge Brad Finch, who has been appointed as a circuit court judge.

    “I’ve been a native of Carroll County my whole life. My family goes back many generations. And that is one of the reasons I am humbled and excited to serve the community,” he told The Gazette on Thursday.

  • Carroll fugitive captured in Patrick County

    The Hillsville Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by Patrick County authorities and a tip from a citizen in locating a Carroll County fugitive on Oct. 30.

    Winfred Shane Dawson, 28, was wanted in several locations for kidnapping, breaking and entering and assault and battery, according to police. A news release was shared with local news media and social media last week, requesting the public’s assistance in locating Dawson and another individual.