• Gardner's spending was justified

    I am a deputy for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and have had the pleasure of serving citizens for 34 years.
    I have worked under Sheriff Vass, Sheriff Carrico, Sheriff Manning, and presently under Sheriff Gardner — all good men.
    I have been through many elections and campaigns but never a campaign such as this one.
    Sheriff Gardner is under fire for spending money, buying equipment to protect deputies and citizens. He refuses to apologize for doing this. In fact he is proud of it.

  • Carico would serve Grayson's children

    School board candidates in the coming election have varied views about the future direction of Grayson County Schools. Of course the public conversation is often about budgets, buildings and personnel, and Tim Carico readily acknowledges his intention and commitment to effectively address each of these concerns.
    Of all the candidates, I believe Tim Carico would best represent the needs of all the children, and that’s the real reason for our schools.
    Sidney B. Harvey
    Elk Creek


  • Herrington deserves another term

    In the race for circuit court clerk of Grayson County, the choice is clear: Susan Herrington is by far the most qualified candidate.
    As an attorney practicing in Grayson County, and someone who deals daily with this office, I can say that Susan operates one of the most efficient offices with the most courteous staff that I have the pleasure of working with.

  • Sheriff's campaign has been negative

    I would like to state my opinion on the sheriff’s race in Carroll County this year.
    I have never seen such negative campaigning and dirty politics by an already-elected official. J.B. Gardner surprises because he says he is a Christian and even teaches Sunday School.
    And even if he says that he didn’t directly do any of this, he certainly allowed it and did nothing to correct it.

  • Vote to keep J.B. Gardner as sheriff

    I am a concerned citizen of Carroll County and am writing to give my opinion why we need to re-elect J.B. Gardner as sheriff.
    I am very passionate about this and want to tell you things I know about Mr. Gardner.
    He is dedicated to safety of his officers, and all of us know how dangerous it is for police officers patrolling to keep us safe.  
    I truly don’t understand his opponent’s stance on funding.  It appears to me they want the sheriff’s department to go back to the way it used to be before Mr. Gardner became sheriff.

  • Hutchins has led board well

    Upon moving to Carroll County in 1996 and having a personal interest in local government, I was disappointed in the lack of professionalism in the Carroll County government.
    The county administrator was convicted of embezzlement of county funds, and public squabbles among the supervisors detracted from County business.
    Although government in the county seemed to improve after the administrator’s departure, professional governing and administration seemed to be lacking.

  • Candidate's experience insufficient

    I am the retired director of the New River Community Corrections Pretrial Service and would like to respond to Robert “Bobby” Williams, who is seeking election as Grayson County clerk of court.
    Mr. Williams listed himself as being a former probation officer.
    Mr. Williams was employed by New River Community Corrections as a probation officer during my time as director. He was employed at NRCC for an approximate time of two months and left rather suddenly.
    I hardly think this short time would constitute the training needed for clerk of court.

  • Re-elect Herrington as Grayson court clerk

    On Nov. 3, 2015, the voters of Grayson County and the North and South precincts of Galax will vote for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Grayson County.  I am writing to give the reasons why I support the re-election of Susan Herrington as Clerk.  
    As a lawyer practicing in our area for the past 18 years, I have dealt with clerk’s offices on a regular basis. This includes Grayson County Circuit Court, where Susan Herrington served as deputy clerk under Mr. Charles Sturgill and then for the past 8 years as Clerk after her election in 2007.  

  • Gardner has honesty, integrity and faith

    I would like to share my experience of knowing and working with Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    The first word that comes to my mind is honesty. I have known him for 30 years and there is no doubt in my mind he is one of the most honest men I know and have worked with.
    Another word that describes him is integrity. If you have ever been around him at all, this needs no explanation.

  • Hill has combat-tested leadership

    Politics are as ugly as you make it. Not all people running for office have a score to settle. Some actually run to help make the county a better place to live.
    David Hutchins has done a good job for the things he has worked on but I feel that there is a need for change and Rex Hill is the one that can make a difference.
    My husband doesn’t want to be a politician, he just wants to serve Carroll County, that’s why he is running as a conservative independent. He is passionate about helping Carroll County.