en MAY 3 ELECTION RESULTS <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> <em>Unofficial results of the May 3 town and city council elections in the Twin Counties are based on information from the Virginia State Board of Elections. A &bull; next to a name indicates a winner.<br /> </em></p> <p> <strong>GALAX</strong></p> <p> <em>(6 candidates for 3 seats)</em></p> <p> Cathy Blevins &mdash; 90 (11.8%)</p> <p> &bull; Bill Davis &mdash; 217 (28.44%)</p> <p> &bull; Ches Helmick &mdash; 144 (18.9%)</p> <p> Jason Jordan &mdash; 51 (6.7%)</p> <p> &bull; Sharon Plichta &mdash; 175 (22.9%)</p> <p> Robert Williams &mdash; 85 (11.1%)</p> Carroll narrowing budget gap <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; The Carroll County budget committee is looking to amend the school system&rsquo;s funding request to make up a shortfall in its 2016-2017 spending plan, and might recommend a personal property tax increase to pay for other expenses.</p> <p> The committee met April 29 to discuss the budget and how to continue to close what started as a $3.5 million gap.</p> Rally brings nature lovers to Mount Rogers <img src="" alt="Rally participants enjoy hiking in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area." title="Rally participants enjoy hiking in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> The 42nd annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally, hosted by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), will be held May 6-8 (Friday through Sunday) this year.</p> <p> This annual event is a tradition that dates back to 1975, bringing together like-minded nature lovers throughout the region. This year&rsquo;s rally will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.</p> Hospital will hold emergency simulation <img src="" alt="Twin County Regional Hospital" title="Twin County Regional Hospital" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong>Staff Report</strong></p> <p> Twin County Regional Hospital will conduct an emergency response exercise on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.</p> <p> In this instance, the exercise will test the response to a fictional hostage incident. The community may see law enforcement response and presence at the hospital during the drill, but should not be alarmed. The exercise will be in a contained area and it will not impact patient care.</p> Good Stewards: students compete for best conservation ideas <img src="" alt="Mary Ellen Wingate’s winning project, “Doggone Tired,” turned used tires into attractive, comfortable and durable pet beds." title="Mary Ellen Wingate’s winning project, “Doggone Tired,” turned used tires into attractive, comfortable and durable pet beds." align="left" hspace="6" width="135" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Cash prizes were awarded to Grayson High School students in the 2016 Grayson LandCare Land Stewardship Competition, held April 23 at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence.</p> <p> Eighth grader Mary Ellen Wingate was awarded the $1,000 first prize for her project, &ldquo;Recycle and Redesign: Doggone Tired.&rdquo;</p> Southwestern Virginia Training Center celebrates 40 years <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Though it faces an uncertain future, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County will focus on its past this week.</p> Grayson welcomes Henck to legal staff <img src="" alt="Evan Henck" title="Evan Henck" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Commonwealth&rsquo;s Attorney office recently welcomed a new staff member with a passion for law, politics and humanitarian efforts; and an extensive resume that stretches overseas.<br /> Evan Henck, a former legal director for Freedom Firm in India, moved to the Grayson County area with his wife, Leah, and their children in January. He began his employment with the attorney&rsquo;s office Feb. 1.<br /> BBB warns: scams grow like weeds in spring <p> <em>As bright springtime flowers bloom, so do new dark, weed-like scams. Scammers will be going door-to-door with plans to rip off local residents for services from discounted food deliveries to repairing weather damaged shingles. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers that now is the time to be on your guard.</em></p> <p> <strong>Door-to-Door Meat Selling Scams</strong></p>