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  • Details emerge after homicide suspect's arrest

    Staff Reports

    On Tuesday, Galax police arrested Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. of Galax, and charged him with the capital murder of 21-month-old Anastasia Alley and the first-degree murder of Alyssa Kenny, 28.

    Nofsinger, 36, is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin. An arraignment via video is set for May 20 in Galax General District Court.

  • GHS enlists colonel to speak at graduation

    At its May 10 meeting, the Galax City School Board learned that the commencement speaker for graduation this year will be U.S. Army Reserve Col. Eric Bryson, a graduate of the school.

    Bryson graduated in 1983 and has served during the Desert Storm operation in Saudi Arabia and provided support for Operation Joint Endeavor in Babenhausen, Germany, as well has holding numerous posts on American soil.

    Among his many medals are the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and an Army Achievement Medal.

  • County, schools reach budget compromise in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County leadership and school system administration put in long hours last weekend to reach an agreeable middle ground regarding the Grayson County School Board’s 2017 fiscal year budget and additional funds to complete the bleacher project at the high school.


    The budget was presented during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ meeting on May 16, where it was approved with several conditions regarding the additional allocation of funds for the bleachers.

  • Fire destroys Independence Lumber equipment building

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The cause of a fire at Independence Lumber early Wednesday morning is still undetermined, according to a news release from the Independence Fire Department.

    The department received a call at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, about a structure fire at 407 Lumber Lane, the shop location for Independence Lumber. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a metal shell building — which serves as the business’s on-site facility for trucks and other equipment, according to the department — fully engulfed in flames.

  • Arrest made in double homicide

    UPDATED 5/18, 6:20 P.M.

    Staff Reports

    On Tuesday, Galax police arrested Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. and charged him with the capital murder of 21-month-old Anastasia Alley and the first-degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28.

    Nofsinger, 36, of Galax, is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin until his arraignment, which is scheduled for Friday.

  • Seven charged in Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included:

    • Michele Lynn Barr, 48, of Hillsville, arrested May 9 at 10:44 p.m. by Officer Drew Bobbitt for felony burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny;

    • Jason Michael Dunford, 37, of Max Meadows, arrested on May 11 at 11:25 a.m. by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs;

  • U.S. 58 work in Carroll begins final phase

    Staff Report

    The widening project for U.S. 58 in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties is expected to be complete by fall.

    Contractor Branch Highways is widening U.S. 58 into a modern four-lane divided highway between Hillsville and Stuart.

    The contract for the 8.2-mile Laurel Fork section is for approximately $120 million. This is the fifth construction season for the Laurel Fork project. Weather allows crews to work May-October.

  • New sheriff's office holds grand opening

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department observed a special day on May 11 when a ribbon cutting and dedication was held at the Grubb Public Safety Facility on Davis Street in Independence.

  • Fees on the rise in Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE – Parents can start planning for the 2016-2017 school year as student fees for activities and meals were approved at the May meeting of the Carroll County School Board.

    Students and parents will be looking at an increase in meal prices across the board.

  • Galax moves forward with 2017 budget

    At the May 9 meeting, Galax City Council approved the school system’s fiscal year 2017 budget after a public hearing.

    The hearing drew no speakers. The budget, as presented to council, had no changes from its earlier version, according to Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill. At an earlier school board budget meeting, members had remarked on their pleasure at the increased state funding this year, and the ease of assigning items to the budget without needing to cut positions or programs.