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  • One injured in Woodlawn wreck

    A two-vehicle accident on Route 58 off of Wendy Lane in Woodlawn on Wednesday at 9:40 p.m. left one man with serious injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    Michael Wayne Jackson, 39, of Wytheville, was driving a 2007 Honda Shadow motorcycle traveling east on 58 when a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Benjamin Horton, 23, of Galax, attempting to head west, pulled into Jackson’s path. Jackson struck the driver’s side door of the Cavalier.

  • 'Rifle' was really a post, but man still faces charge

    INDEPENDENCE — A road rage incident in Independence on Wednesday morning prompted a lockdown of four schools in the Grayson County Public School system and the Nautilus plant, after a man reportedly brandished what appeared to be a firearm during an argument with a tractor-trailer driver.

    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, officers received a call at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday regarding a “road rage” incident between Edward C. Foster, 32, of Canada, and Timothy C. Vaughan, 19, of Fries.

  • Suspects sought, schools on lockdown

    UPDATE:

    FROM GRAYSON SHERIFF'S OFFICE: SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN LOCATED

    We will have an update soon.

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County schools are on a lockdown this morning as a precaution, after a “road rage” incident in Independence that involved the brandishing of a weapon.

  • Murder suspect's record includes violence

    Staff Reports

    WYTHEVILLE — John R. Lewis is expected to appear in Wythe County General District Court on Thursday to be arraigned on charges including first-degree murder in the death of a local woman.

    No hearing date has been set, according to court records.

    Court records also reveal Lewis, 34, of Wytheville, has a criminal history that includes violent offences.

  • Boy hit by car in coma, recovering

    An 11-year-old child is still in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while riding his bicycle last week.

    State police and other responders were called to the scene of an accident on Meadow Creek Road in the Grayson County community on Aug. 23. Joseph Randolph Poole, 11, had been hit by a car after riding his bike out of his driveway in front of the vehicle. The driveway was positioned in a blind curve, and police did not charge the driver in the accident.

  • Police chase ends in crash, assault

    Staff Report

    A police pursuit ended with a motorcycle crashing into a Grayson County deputy's car and a fight between the suspect and an officer.

    Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Grayson County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a chase with a subject on a motorcycle that began on Delhart Road. The pursuit ended on Justice Road in the Oldtown community near Galax.

    The suspect reportedly crashed his motorcycle in front of a Grayson patrol car, which then struck it. The suspect then fought with an officer.

  • Hillsville prepares for flea market crowds

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville expects to draw more than 500,000 visitors this holiday weekend for the annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market, and the town is offering some tips and information to help both locals and those attending.

    The market “consumes the entire town,” cautions the website hillsville.com. “Antique dealers, gun dealers and traders of all kinds make this one of the largest shows in the southeast.”

  • Sheetz opening Wednesday in Galax

    After three years and lots of anticipation, the Twin County area is getting its first Sheetz today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m., with a grand opening ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

    The company sent out a news release saying, “The shelves are stocked, beverages are on ice and our top-notch team of employees is ready and waiting to give you the best customer service in convenience dining.”

    Food services in the store will include a coffee bar serving various hot, iced and frozen non-alcoholic drinks, a made-to-order kitchen and a drive-thru.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty to child porn charges

    ABINGDON — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. of Galax has pleaded guilty to three of the eight federal counts of producing child pornography leveled against him by federal prosecutors, according to a plea agreement logged in the federal court system.

    According to the plea agreement, which was signed by Nofsinger on Aug. 23, the suspect agreed to plead guilty on the three counts in exchange for dismissal of the other five, and for the United States to grant him a two-level reduction in his offense level.

  • Carroll teacher charged with sex offense

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County teacher has been arrested and charged with a felony regarding indecent liberties with a child under 18 years of age.

    According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Jeff. D. Sexton, 51, was arrested on a Class 6 felony based on substantiated evidence received from an anonymous report.

    The Carroll County High School website currently lists Sexton as a World History teacher.