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  • 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.

  • Hillsville residents object to cell tower

    HILLSVILLE — Speakers at a public hearing on Monday were united in their opposition of a proposed cell phone tower that would be located near the center of Hillsville.

    U.S. Cellular has requested a special exception permit to construct a 120-foot tower with a 4-foot lighting rod on top at 205 Mill Street, on property behind Barker Microfarads.

    The location is the same one where AT&T previously applied to have a tower placed. The town rejected that application.

  • Goodwill Grange to host candidate forum Thursday

    GRANT — Goodwill Grange will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum on Thursday for those appearing on the Wilson District ballot for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and Grayson County School Board.

    The forum, open to the public, will be held in the Grange Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.

    Each candidate will be given 10 minutes to introduce themselves and to identify or address issues they feel are important during the campaign.

  • Revels seeks Wilson District seat on board of supervisors

    INDEPENDENCE —Thomas “Rex” Revels will be on the ballot in Grayson County this November, joining the race for the Wilson District Board of Supervisors seat.

    Revels, a Republican, will challenge Democratic candidate Gesche Morley for the seat on Nov. 7. Eddie Rosenbaum, the board’s current Wilson District representative, is not seeking another term. The new term will begin in January 2018.

  • Clinic closes to deal with radon levels

    Carilion Clinic patients in the Twin Counties arrived for medical care on Friday only to find the Galax facility closed because of an elevated level of radon gas.

    A news release sent out by Carilion Public Relations Manager Christopher Turnbull said that an environmental consultant tested the building’s air for radon — a harmful gas that is tasteless, colorless and odorless — starting on Sept. 14.

  • BBB offers advice in wake of data breach

    The Better Business Bureau has some suggestions for consumers concerned that their credit or debit cards may have been compromised by a data breach.

    “Stay calm. Consumers are not liable for fraudulent charges on stolen account numbers,” the BBB said in a news release.

    First, check with the website of the company that was breached for the latest information. Type the company name directly into your browser. “Do no click on a link from an email or social media message,” the BBB cautioned.

  • Scholarships build strong foundation for graduates

    After three decades, the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education’s endowment is now worth more than $2.5 million and it has given away more $1 million in scholarships.

    This year, the foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fundraising dinner and a play at the Galax Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse on Sept. 29.

    The foundation is a group of individuals who are dedicated to making post-secondary education available to qualified graduates of the Galax school system.

  • Three polls show governor's race too close to call

    Landmark News Service

    Three independent polls made public a few days before Tuesday night’s Virginia gubernatorial debate all indicate the contest between two of the three candidates is too close to call.

    Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam, whose second debate was held Sept. 19, are in a tight race, according to the surveys of likely voters.

    The polls showed Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra, who was excluded from the debate, has weak support.

    In each survey at least one in 10 voters said they were undecided.