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  • 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.

  • Nofsinger indicted in Galax homicides

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. was indicted by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury on Monday for murder charges related to a double homicide of an infant and her mother last year.

    Nofsinger 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.

    Nofsinger was arrested in May 2016, but his state case was postponed so that a federal child pornography case could proceed.

  • Armed suspect fatally shot by police

    INDEPENDENCE — Virginia State Police are continuing an investigation into the shooting death of an armed suspect by Grayson County Sheriff’s Department officers on Tuesday night.

    The suspect, Jimmie Knight Smith, 55, of 423 Powerhouse Road in Independence, was killed during an incident where he allegedly threatened to kill officers and pointed a semiautomatic rifle at them.

  • Guns stolen from Galax pawn shop

    Galax police are investigating a break-in at Gardner’s Pawn Shop, in which several handguns were stolen.

    On Monday at approximately 1:28 a.m., Officer Trevor Jefferson of the Galax Police Department located an alarm activated at the pawn shop at 113 W. Grayson Street downtown.

    Upon investigating, a window was found to be broken at the front of the business, according to a police report. Sgt. Jody Poole and Jefferson searched the building and found the business had been entered and several guns taken.

  • Driver charged in Delhart Rd. wreck

    Staff Report

    A driver from Sparta, N.C. was charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly ran off the road and crashed his vehicle last Friday, seriously injuring a passenger.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, Daniel Hartzog Osborne, 29, was operating a 1998 Ford Explorer on Delhart Road the night of Sept. 15 Friday, about one tenth of a mile south of Nexus Road in Grayson County, when he ran off the road to the right, striking a tree.

    The vehicle was carrying two passengers: Cody Brackens, 26; and Jorden Garris, 27.

  • State police warn public about traffic ticket scam

    Staff Report

    Virginia State Police is warning all Virginians of an email scam that advises individuals they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the state police.

    Virginia State Police said in a news release that it “does not use or issue digital/automated traffic tickets or summonses.”

    Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email.

  • Fries fire under investigation

    FRIES — A structure fire on Winding Road in Fries on Sept. 13 was referred to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

    Firefighters were called to the home at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road at about 4 p.m. that day.

    According to Fries Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Underwood, the small house had been abandoned for about eight years.

  • Virginia facing teacher shortage

    Additional reporting by Landmark News Service

    As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they needed.

    That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young people to go into a lower-paying field when they’re facing student-loan debt from college. Virginia also faces competition for teachers from other states who recruit nationally.