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Today's News

  • Haga pulls ahead of pack to win treasurer race

    In Grayson County, voters faced a choice of six candidates for treasurer on Tuesday.
    Three contenders pulled ahead of the crowded pack as precincts reported in, and Democrat Kelly Haga finally took the lead.
    Haga received 1,651 votes (34 percent of those cast), beating independent candidates Stephanie Brewer (997 votes, or 20 percent) and Raymond Hall (863 votes, 18 percent). Brewer and Hall jockeyed for second place throughout the vote counting process, while the other three contenders fell behind.

  • State Races: How we voted

    Republican candidates swept the Twin Counties in Tuesday’s election, with Ken Cuccinelli winning in Carroll County, Grayson County and the City of Galax.

  • Campbell defeats McGrady in 6th District

    HILLSVILLE — The former mayor of Saltville convinced 6th District voters that he should succeed the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark as the region’s delegate in Tuesday’s election.
    In a three-way race, Republican Jeffrey Campbell took 56.99 percent of the 20,286 ballots cast, beating Jonathan McGrady, the Democrat from Carroll County; and Independent Barbara T. Hall from Marion.
    The breakdown from Wythe, Smyth and Carroll counties shows that 11,574 voters in the district preferred Campbell; 7,424 McGrady; and 1,288 Hall.

  • Va. voters pick McAuliffe for governor

    RICHMOND — Democrats won two of Virginia’s three statewide offices Tuesday, including a redeeming victory for governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, but missed out on a historic sweep for the party.
    McAuliffe, 56, won in a nail-biter despite a massive fundraising edge that he used to relentlessly wallop Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and claim his first publicly elected post.

  • ELECTION 2013: Incumbents win in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE  — Carroll County incumbents had a good night on Tuesday, with voters returning all currently serving members to office.
    In the first-ever staggered election for Carroll, three seats each for the board of supervisors and the school board were in play. In the past, all seats were up for election at once.
    Only one elected position for each board featured a contest.

  • Grayson hires new recreation director

    INDEPENDENCE — Deborah Jean Kennedy has been hired as the new director of the Grayson County Recreation Park and began work at the position last month.
    Kennedy brings with her five years of overall recreation department experience, having served as an assistant athletic supervisor and recreation supervisor for the City of Graham’s recreation department and at Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department in Boone, N.C., while attending college.

  • She's three

    Madison Abigail Sluss turned 3 on Oct. 22, 2013. She celebrated on Oct. 19 at Felts Park with a “Dora” birthday party with family and friends. She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax.

    She has a brother, Brandon Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Couple celebrates anniversary

    Couple honored for 70 years together.

    Eugene and Alma Joines celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 18. 

    A celebration in their honor was held Sept. 22 at Welcome Lane Lodge. About 110 family, friends, and neighbors came out to wish the couple well.

  • Public record for 11/6/13 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.

    District Court

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

  • Cavs moving on to semifinals

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County survived its test in the west. Now it’s time to test the best of the rest.

    Carroll achieved the objective of surviving and advancing out of Conference 24’s divisional stage and will move on to tonight’s tournament semifinals after taking care of Pulaski County 25-18, 25-20, 25-23 in a first-round match Monday at CCHS.