Local News

  • Use caution with charitable giving after tragedy

    After a terrible and very public tragedy such as a mass shooting, people want to help in any way possible, and that often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims.

    “Sadly, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors,” said the Better Business Bureau in a news release. “In addition, there are often campaigns set up by well-meaning individuals who may or may not be directly connected to the tragedy.”

  • Voting machines replaced to comply with state law

    New optical scan voting machines are in place to be used in all Galax elections, with a free public demonstration so voters can see the machines beforehand.

    The demonstrations will be held Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m. in the Galax City Council chambers. Voters will not need to bring ID or voter registrations cards as these events are purely to demonstrate how the new system works.

  • School system requests additional funding

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the school system has created a capital improvement plan, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s request for additional funding.

    Part of the money approved included a literary fund request that was tabled in August, following the board’s request for a capital improvement plan from the schools.

  • Truck overturns in U.S. 58 collision

    Staff Report

    A Galax woman was charged in a two-vehicle crash that occurred last Thursday afternoon on U.S. 58, when she reportedly struck a vehicle, causing it to overturn.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper Brian Phipps, officers were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 58 and Beeline Drive on Sept. 28 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Officers arrived to find a 2015 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Jason Hawks, 34, of Galax, overturned in the median of the highway.

  • Carilion clinic to reopen

    Staff Report

    Carilion's Family and Internal Medicine Clinic in Galax will reopen Monday, after closing for more than a week to address an elevated level of radon gas, and the Galax Family Practice walk-in acute care clinic and the Vaughan-Bassett Employee Health Clinic will reopen on Saturday.

  • State police investigate fatal Carroll crash

    Staff Report

    An Austinville woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County the morning of Sept. 28.

    Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Delp is investigating the crash that occurred last Thursday at 8:30 a.m. on U.S. 52, north of Route 785.

    According to a state police report, a 2007 Dodge Nitro was traveling along 52 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. The vehicle then struck a tree, overturned and came to rest on its roof.

  • Report looks for ways to improve fire, EMS service

    INDEPENDENCE — A recently completed study of Grayson County’s fire and EMS departments reveals a list of goals for the county to consider in an effort to improve emergency services in areas throughout the county.

    Suggestions include a central authority to oversee fire and rescue operations, developing a strategic plan, better emergency dispatch protocols, improved communication, coordinated training, encouraging junior firefighters and writing grants for vehicles and equipment.

  • Nofsinger murder trial dates set for 2019

    HILLSVILLE — As it is scheduled now, a double homicide suspect from Galax might not go to trial until nearly three years after the crime.

    Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. faces one charge of capital murder in the death of Anastasia Alley, 21 months, and one charge of first-degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, both of which occurred on March 10, 2016, in Galax.

    Carroll County Circuit Court’s schedule shows that Nofsinger, 38, is scheduled for a two-week jury trial, beginning Jan. 7, 2019 and continuing through Jan. 17, 2019.

  • The Musical Legacy of Bobby Patterson

    Bobby Patterson was no stranger to the stage, having performed with a variety of bluegrass ensembles over the years, but it was his work behind the scenes that made him a vital part of the mountain music world.

    He founded two record labels to shine a light on local musicians, promoted up-and-coming artists, co-founded a mountain music magazine, made sure young music students had access to instruments and helped organize numerous conventions and festivals.

  • Flu vaccine available at local health departments

    The Virginia Department of Health’s Mount Rogers Health District and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.