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  • Nofsinger indicted by federal grand jury

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. made his initial appearance in federal court at a nine-minute hearing on Monday to answer for child sexual exploitation charges.

    The nine-minute hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon was related to federal charges placed after Nofsinger was arrested in connection with the killings of a Galax infant and her mother.

  • Galax arrests include drugs, abduction, burglary

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included burglary, abduction, drug violations and a gun charge.
    Jerry Paul Tate, 52 of Galax was arrested by officers Mark Burnett and John Reavis on June 1 at 7:12 p.m. and charged with two counts of felony burglary at night to commit a felony; felony grand larceny stealing property, not from a person, valued at greater than $200; felony possession of controlled substances; felony possession of controlled substances paraphernalia; and misdemeanor petit larceny first offense.

  • Dickerson served as page in General Assembly

    In a photo taken in Richmond a few months ago, Galax Middle School’s Richard Dickerson is dressed in a good suit, smiling and getting ready to open a public door. He looks sharp, capable and ready for action.

  • Fries approves $1.39m budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council approved a balanced budget during their June 7 meeting; and bid farewell to council members Dawn Patton and Carolyn Jones, who will turn their seats over to Gary Sumner and Cynthia Grant in July.

  • Mother, daughter remembered at vigil

    A celebration of Anastasia Alley’s “first birthday in heaven” was held at Dannelly Park in Galax on Monday evening. The event, from 5 to about 9 p.m., was organized by Anastasia’s paternal grandmother, Lisa Alley.

    Alley, 21 months, and her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, were the victims of a double homicide on March 10 of this year. An arrest has been made in the case, but Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said the investigation is ongoing.

  • Assault, burglary among arrests

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was arrested on May 30 after Galax police responded to a disturbance on East Grayson Street and discovered an injured man.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, witnesses said that the accused had broken into their apartment and assaulted an occupant.

    Arley Jason Simpkins, 30, is charged with burglary in the nighttime with intent to inflict injury and aggravated assault.

  • Carroll, ANDCO look for solutions

    HILLSVILLE – Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics were topics of discussion for Carroll County Industrial Development Authority members and concerned citizens at the authority’s June regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.

    Markel Cochrane and Debby Brady Stone, two Carroll County citizens who have been doing research into Andrews Farming and its recent bankruptcy filing were in attendance at the June 7 meeting to ask questions of the IDA members. The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke.

  • Renovations continue at Fries Theater

    FRIES — A year after renovations to the Fries Theater began, visitors are already enjoying the extensive improvements that have been made to the inside of the building.

  • Grayson's development plans move forward

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is nearing the halfway point of its five-year comprehensive plan that guides development, and county supervisors recently got an update on the previous year’s progress.

    Elaine Holeton, director of planning and community development, presented the update, highlighting the major points of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Andrews Farming bankruptcy raises questions

    Staff Reports

    ROANOKE — Court documents show that Andrews Farming of Hillsville has filed for bankruptcy, with a list of creditors that includes Carroll County, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and other state agencies and numerous produce vendors.

    The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke. Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code provides for liquidation of a company — the sale of a debtor’s property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors.