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  • Galax police warn of postcard scam

    According to the Galax Police Department, several people have received a non-solicited postcard in the mail announcing that they have won a gift card from Walmart or Target.

    “Walmart confirms that this is a scam,” the department said in a post on its Facebook page. “The person who answers the phone asks for personal information and a credit card number to process the award.”

    The listed telephone number is in a Caribbean country.

  • Attorney, police react to immigration policy changes

    President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed Jan. 27, to suspend the travel of immigrants, refugees or any citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries into the U.S. for 90 days caused a massive uproar, as protestors and attorneys flocked to international American airports to stand witness to immigrants being turned away or detained.

    Locally, an immigration lawyer wonders about the constitutionality of the order and police are wondering if they will be drafted to enforce immigration law.

  • Murder suspect among grand jury indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on four charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday, stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred last March.

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis was indicted on charges of murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (subsequent offense).

  • Judge asked to seal Nofsinger report

    ABINGDON — The attorney for double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. has filed to have his client’s federal pre-sentencing report sealed, as it could affect the outcome of his pending state trial.

    Nofsinger, 36, of Galax, pleaded guilty in August 2016 to three of eight federal charges of producing child pornography, in a case that resulted from the investigation of his alleged role in the deaths of a mother and daughter in the city last year.

  • Car hits wall, flips over on Hebron Road

    Staff Report

    A Galax man escaped injury Jan. 26 when his car overturned on Hebron Road near Galax.

    According to Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Phillips, a Hyundai, driven by Donald Fields, was traveling north on Hebron Road about 11:45 a.m. when he ran off the right side of the highway, struck a rock wall and overturned, ending up in a yard on the southbound side or the highway.

    Fields was charged with reckless driving.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

  • Local legislators' bills advance in Assembly

    Staff Reports

    Local legislators have been busy this past month in their support of numerous bills as they make their way through the Virginia General Assembly.

    Bills introduced this year by representatives of the Twin Counties cover a wide range of topics, from local issues such as the impending closure of the Southwest Virginia Training Center to statewide issues involving animal rights, guns and traffic laws.

  • Former GCHS band director charged with sexual battery

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Donald R. Munsey Jr., a former band director for the Grayson County School system, will appear in Grayson County General District Court in the coming months to face a charge of sexual battery.

    Schools’ Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that Munsey is no longer employed by the school system. According to personnel reports, Munsey resigned from his position as band director, effective on Jan. 19.

  • Andrews indicted for tax fraud, perjury

    Federal indictments unsealed last week show 19 counts against Carroll County businessman Jones Keith Andrews, owner of Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics, for more than $1.2 million in alleged tax fraud against the U.S. government.

    The amount refers to cash wages not reported to the government for about six years, according to the indictment on file with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

  • Bill to outlaw tethering pets rejected by House

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND - A bill to prohibit the tethering of dogs and other animals was rejected Monday by a subcommittee of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.

    HB 1802, filed by Del. John J. Bell (D-Chantilly) would have allowed tethering only if the owner of the animal were outside and within sight of the pet.

  • Grayson teachers push for pay raise

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson teachers’ salaries are 18 percent below the state average, and the county education association’s budget presentation to the Grayson School Board had a special focus on fair pay this year.

    “We have been making do for a long time,” said Pam DeBord of the Grayson County Education Association at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting.

    According to the data in DeBord’s report, state teachers’ salaries currently stand at 11 percent below the national average.