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  • Minor injuries in sideswipe wreck

    FRIES — A two-vehicle accident on Fries Road at 12:40 p.m. on Friday saw three people transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    A 2011 Cadillac SUV, driven by Jane Elizabeth Akers, 26, of Fries, was headed towards Galax when it crossed the solid yellow dividing line and ran into the path of a Dodge Caravan SUV, driven by John Michael King, 54, of Fries, headed towards the town.

    Alderman called the incident “a pretty significant sideswipe.”

  • Clontz remembered, suspect in court

    MARION ― As John Randolph Lewis was arraigned for a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Heather Copeland Clontz, the woman’s family is remembering her.

    Clontz, 35, of Fries, was a graduate of Grayson County High School and worked as a waitress at Porky’s restaurant in Galax.

    Following the news, family and friends have shared heartfelt tributes and posted messages of love on Clontz’s Facebook page.

  • Galax staff to explain new stormwater fee

    The Galax city staff is preparing to meet with business owners and residents so they view a new stormwater program’s requirements, including a fee that will come due in December.

    There will be public information sessions in September for people who have questions about the new stormwater fee.

  • Galax offers small business loans

    Staff Report

    Have you been dreaming of starting your own business?

    Do you have a business in Galax you want to grow or expand?

    The City of Galax and the Galax Industrial Development Authority are eager to assist Galax businesses in starting or growing with money to lend below the prime interest rate. Loans are now available for $500 to $5,000.

  • Federal judge accepts Nofsinger's plea agreement

    ABINGDON — At a brief plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon in Western District of Virginia U.S. Court in Abingdon, Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography.

    He faces between 15 and 90 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

    “The actions this defendant took were perverse and obscene and his punishment will be severe, but just,” said U.S. Attorney John Fishwick in a statement after the hearing.

  • Police: suspect assaulted officer after pursuit, crash

    A Dugspur man was arrested in Grayson County last week on multiple charges after he reportedly attempted to elude law enforcement on his motorcycle, crashed the vehicle and then fought with the officer.

  • Two special elections set for November

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Not only will Grayson County and Troutdale voters go to the polls on Nov. 8 to elect a president and 9th District congressman, but they will also have two special elections.

    One of the special elections is to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico on the Grayson County School Board. Carico, the at-large member on the board, died July 6 of injuries he received in an ATV vehicle accident.

  • Carroll honors veteran on final ride home

    HILLSVILLE – After 63 years, a veteran of the U.S. Army returned home on Aug. 31, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Grover King VFW Post #1115 were on hand to serve as escort and to show their respect.

    According to Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the department was contacted by the North Carolina Patriot Guard to assist in the escort of the remains of Pvt. Virgil Adkins, who had been missing in action since 1953.

  • Court unseals Nofsinger search warrant

    A search warrant issued by the Galax Police Department in May contains a list of items apparently possessed by double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr.

    Among the array of items cataloged are a rubber clown mask, baby clothes, women’s underwear and red-stained men’s clothing.

  • Driver airlifted after Creekview wreck

    A single-vehicle accident on Creekview Road in Galax at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 resulted in the driver being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp.

    A white 2004 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Brannan Phillips, 22, of Hillsville, was headed westbound on Creekview Road in a white Ford F-150 pickup when he took a downhill curve at what appeared to have been a high rate of speed, Delp said.