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Roanoke Democrats emerge from the city council race with three victories.
But they were on eggshells all night, as the lead shifted among the top four in the race.
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Voters returned Nelson Harris to city council, and they elected newcomers Alfred Dowe, and Rupert Cutler.
In the end, incumbent Nelson Harris was the top vote getter, claiming the title of Vice -Mayor with more than 49- hundred votes.
Alfred Dowe was second, with just over 45-hundred votes... There were nine candidates in all.
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They were closely followed by the three republican candidates, Jack Parrott Mark Hurley and Steve Mabry.
Independents Doug Trout and Don Hogan rounded out the field.
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All three Democrats winners had kind words for their Republican and Independent opponents, and praised their campaign - which remained positive and focused on the future of the city.

[7-11Republicans]


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Because of the close race-- Republican Jack Parrott isn't ready to say it's over just yet.
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Parrott, Mark Hurley and Steve Mabry gathered at the Patrick Henry Hotel to view the results and thank their supporters. Last night, Parrott told fellow Republicans the election was so close he doesn't plan to concede until later today when the results can be looked at in more detail.
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((JACK PARROTT/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I HAD A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE HELPING OUT, MY FAMILY AND THE ADVISORS THAT I HAD WAS JUST A REAL JOY TO ME AND THEY KIND OF TOOK ME BY THE HAND AND GUIDED ME THROUGH THIS AND IT WORKED OUT CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE SATISFYING AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED. ))
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Parrott says it's too early to say if he'll run again. He says he knew the election would be challenging going in-- because Roanoke is traditionally a democratic city.
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[7-VOB-L'burg-Council]


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For the first time in EIGHT years - a woman will join Lynchburg City Council.
She says she is honored and excited by her victory and ready to accept the challenge.
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Joan Foster was the lone independent challenger in this year's race, but wound up getting the second-highest vote total of the four candidates.
Foster says being a woman helped her chances.
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((JOAN FOSTER/NEW LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THAT IN ITSELF.. .. MEET THE CHALLENGE.))
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Foster is the chief operating officer for the Alliance for Families and Children, an agency that directs community resources to needy families.
This was her first try at elected office.
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In other results from this race, Mayor Carl Hutcherson led the way last night, Foster came in a strong second. Bert Dodson was third, and current council member Stewart Hobbs was voted out, coming in fourth.
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This year the Roanoke Democrats swept the Republicans in the race for city council. But - it was no easy task, as the lead shifted among the top four candidates in the close race. (XXXXXXXX) [TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE 1008]
Voters returned Nelson Harris to city council, and elected newcomers Alfred Dowe, and Rupert Cutler.
In the end, incumbent Nelson Harris was the top votegetter claiming the title of Vice -Mayor, with more than 49- hundred votes.
Alfred Dowe was second with just over 45-hundred votes... There were nine candidates in all.
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They were closely followed by the three republican candidates, Jack Parrott Mark Hurley and Steve Mabry.
Independents Doug Trout and Don Hogan rounded out the field.
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All three Democratic winners had kind words for their Republican and Independent opponents, and praised their campaign - which remained positive and focused on the future of the city.

[45-VOB-NRV-Races]


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A good voter turnout has New River Valley officials and candidates pleased with local citizens.
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Over two-thousand residents came out in each of the Blacksburg and Christiansburg races. Poll workers say it's a major jump from recent elections.
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Voters put both incumbents back in the mayor's seat. Harold Linkous in Christiansburg and Roger Hedgepeth in Blacksburg.
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((ROGER HEDGEPETH/BLACKSBURG MAYOR; THE LAST COUPLE OF ELECTIONS ITS BEEN VERY LOW BUT WITH TEN CANDIDATES AND A LOT OF INTEREST WE'VE HAD A GREAT TURNOUT.)) ((HAROLD LINKOUS/CHRISTIANSBURG MAYOR; IT'S A GREAT TURNOUT AND ONE OF THE LARGEST I CAN REMEMBER // MORE CHALLENGERS THIS YEAR THEN ANY BEFORE AND IT'S BEEN A LONG CAMPAIGN AND I'M GLAD IT'S OVER.))
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Linkous won with 48-percent of the vote, Hedgepeth with 56-percent.
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[45-Galax-Treasurer]


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Voters in Galax are moving to eliminate one of the city's elective offices.
They approved a referendum to get rid of the City Treasurer's position.
Its duties have diminished over the years, but the job is still paying 40 thousand dollars a year.

[45-Dooley]


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In other local news - Authorities say the elderly woman found in her Roanoke home who died Friday was apparently beaten to death.
Police are still investigating the murder of Edna Edgar Dooley.
The medical examiner says that the 82-year-old died of blunt force injuries.
Friday morning, Roanoke Police responded to a domestic disorder at Dooley's home.
They say they found her daughter and son arguing and Dooley dead in the bathroom.
No arrests have been made.

[8-City-Council]


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This year the Roanoke Democrats are celebrating three victories in the race for city council.
But it was a nerve-wracking night as the lead kept shifting among the top four candidates in the race. (XXXXXXXX) [TAKE FULL SCREEN PINNACLE 1008]
Voters returned Nelson Harris to city council, and elected newcomers Alfred Dowe, and Rupert Cutler.
In the end, incumbent Nelson Harris was the top votegetter claiming the title of Vice -Mayor, with more than 49- hundred votes.
Alfred Dowe was second with just over 45-hundred votes... There were nine candidates in all.
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They were closely followed by the three republican candidates, Jack Parrott Mark Hurley and Steve Mabry.
Independents Doug Trout and Don Hogan rounded out the field.
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All three Democratic winners had kind words for their Republican and Independent opponents, and praised their campaign - which remained positive and focused on the future of the city.

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Martinsville will have to find a new mayor to lead the city.
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Incumbent mayor Mark Crabtree was voted off city council yesterday.
Terry Roope and Joseph Cobbe will fill the two open seats.
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[8-Danville-Council]


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Danville voters kept four incumbents on City Council.
Ruby Archie, Wayne Williams, Charles Scott and Phillip Smith all keep their seats. [NEXT PAGE 1007]
The odd-man out-- challenger and former mayor Seward Anderson.
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[8-Vinton-Council]


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In Vinton, two incumbents will remain on town council.
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Billy Obenchain and Bobby Altice were re-elected yesterday.
The third spot went to Melvin Anderson.
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[8-11City-Budget]


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Roanoke's budget is being hit hard by a potential lack of personal property tax revenue.
In fact, estimates show the missing funds will cause the city to lose one point four million dollars in revenue this year.
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They city will have to go without revenue from two major corporations -- Vishay Vitramon and Transkrit.
They paid just as much as 150 homes in Raleigh Court do.
Record-breaking car sales last year are not expected to continue THIS year.
Without personal property taxes collected from new cars, the city says cuts need to be made.
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((Sherman Holland/Commissioner of the Revenue: THE REVENUE FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY MAY BE DOWN A LITTLE, BUT THE OVERALL BUDGET IS NOT GOING TO BE LESS THAN LAST YEAR. AS YOU KNOW, REALESTATE TAXES ARE UP THIS YEAR COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.))


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The city won't be sure of its budget shortfall until all personal property tax revenue is collected at the end o f May.