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  • Fiddlers' registration stabilizing, with more than 1,500 signed up

    The registration numbers are in for next week’s 81st Old Fiddlers Convention, showing slightly lower numbers overall but nothing shocking, according to members of the Galax Moose Lodge #2212, which has sponsored the event since the beginning.

    Contestants had until July 15 to register, except for Youth Night, in which contestants register at the event.

    “The registration was good as far as I’m concerned,” said Tom Jones of the Moose. “Most held their own and some increased.”

  • Advocate for transgender rights to speak to school board

    INDEPENDENCE ― Transgender rights activist Kristin Plenger will speak at the Grayson County School Board meeting Aug. 8, to address recent changes the board made to the school system’s policy regarding restroom use.

  • Group forms to meet seniors' needs

    INDEPENDENCE — A group seeking to identify and meet the needs of senior citizens in Grayson County has recently formed, with the help of the county administration.

  • Nofsinger trial moved at defense's request

    ABINGDON — The federal trial and and a pretrial conference for Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. were granted a continuance by Judge Pamela Sargent in federal court on Thursday morning.

    Nofsinger is charged with eight federal counts of producing child pornography and is also facing state charges of the capital murder of Anastasia Alley, 21 months, and the first degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28. State proceedings will continue after the federal case is complete.

  • Police warn merchants of 'quick-change' scams

    Staff Report

    Quick-change, or change raising, is a common short con that involves an offer to change an amount of money with someone, while at the same time taking change or bills back and forth to confuse the person as to how much money is actually being changed.

    The Abingdon Police Department warned merchants in Southwest Virginia about the con in a news release.

  • Hearing delayed in Davis murder case

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing has again been delayed for Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home.

    The hearing was continued Monday morning in Grayson County General District Court.

    An arraignment hearing was held on May 2 for Davis, where Jonathon Venzie of Independence was appointed as his defense attorney, according to the court.

  • Grayson relay raises $4,500

    INDEPENDENCE — Six teams and 44 participants in Grayson County’s Relay for Life campaign raised more than $4,500 this year towards the goal of raising awareness and finding a cure for cancer, according to the Relay for Life website.

    The relay, held July 29 at Providence School, brought out a dedicated crowd who walked each lap to celebrate continuing victories over cancer, or in memory of loved ones lost to the disease.

    The first lap of the relay was reserved for cancer survivors, followed by another lap for their caregivers.

  • Driver in critical condition after crash

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle wreck on Cranberry Road at 1:10 a.m. last Friday left one man in critical condition, according to Virginia State Trooper C.H. Campbell.

    A 1995 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Justin Lee Cline, 20, of Austinville, was traveling west on Cranberry July 29 when he ran off the right side of the road and struck a culvert. Cline, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

  • Taxpayers have chance to appeal assessments

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Board of Equalization for Grayson County will hold several meetings from August through the beginning of September, to hear feedback from the public about this year’s real estate tax assessments.

    Tax reassessment letters have been mailed out, and by this time, property owners in Grayson County should be aware of any changes they should expect. Written or oral complaints of inequalities in real estate assessments will be considered by the board for increase, decrease or affirmation during these meetings.

  • Fugitive found, stolen lawn mower recovered

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A man wanted by Galax police on outstanding warrants was arrested in Independence by Grayson County deputies, and received additional charges for possession of marijuana and a stolen lawn mower.