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  • Tree falls on car in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A fallen tree landed on a vehicle driven by a Galax women on the morning of Aug. 3 near Jones’ Nursery on U.S. 58. The accident occurred around 8:45 a.m., according to officers.

  • Grayson could use leftover funds to pay for child abuse prevention

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Board of Supervisors have received a request from Tony Isom, chairman of the Grayson County Community Policy Team, regarding a possible use of end-of-year local funds tied into the Children’s Services Act and the Department of Social Services.

    The proposal Isom presented to the board at its July meeting was to utilize end-of-year local funds for programs such as child abuse prevention.

  • Defense could question Nofsinger's mental status

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — The defense in Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr.’s federal child pornography case is considering seeking an evaluation for mental competence to stand trial, according to a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

    Nofsinger faces state charges of the capital murder of Anastasia Alley, 21 months old, and the first-degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, on March 10 in Galax. They were found dead in their home.

  • 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.