Local News

  • Suspect caught after two-state chase

    Staff Report

    A Hillsville man faces multiple charges after the investigation of a stolen vehicle led to a high-speed pursuit through Grayson County and across the North Carolina state line last week.

  • Teachers left out of pay raise proposal

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — State employees may just get Christmas in July in the form of a 3 percent raise.

    Republican budget leaders from both chambers of the General Assembly announced the pay increase, plus a 17 percent higher starting salary for Virginia State Police troopers and a way to address salary compression for sheriff’s deputies.

  • Driver injured when car hits school bus

    A two-vehicle crash at 9:15 a.m. Monday on Trapper Drive in Galax involving a school bus left no children harmed, but the driver of the second vehicle with minor injuries, according to the Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

    A Carroll County school bus, driven by Franklin, Mason, 57, of Woodlawn, was stopping to pick up a student when it was struck from the rear by a 2007 Buick Rainier driven by Dora Isom, 29, of Woodlawn.

  • Galax police warn of postcard scam

    According to the Galax Police Department, several people have received a non-solicited postcard in the mail announcing that they have won a gift card from Walmart or Target.

    “Walmart confirms that this is a scam,” the department said in a post on its Facebook page. “The person who answers the phone asks for personal information and a credit card number to process the award.”

    The listed telephone number is in a Caribbean country.

  • Attorney, police react to immigration policy changes

    President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed Jan. 27, to suspend the travel of immigrants, refugees or any citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries into the U.S. for 90 days caused a massive uproar, as protestors and attorneys flocked to international American airports to stand witness to immigrants being turned away or detained.

    Locally, an immigration lawyer wonders about the constitutionality of the order and police are wondering if they will be drafted to enforce immigration law.

  • Murder suspect among grand jury indictments


    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on four charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday, stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred last March.

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis was indicted on charges of murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (subsequent offense).

  • Judge asked to seal Nofsinger report

    ABINGDON — The attorney for double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. has filed to have his client’s federal pre-sentencing report sealed, as it could affect the outcome of his pending state trial.

    Nofsinger, 36, of Galax, pleaded guilty in August 2016 to three of eight federal charges of producing child pornography, in a case that resulted from the investigation of his alleged role in the deaths of a mother and daughter in the city last year.

  • Car hits wall, flips over on Hebron Road

    Staff Report

    A Galax man escaped injury Jan. 26 when his car overturned on Hebron Road near Galax.

    According to Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Phillips, a Hyundai, driven by Donald Fields, was traveling north on Hebron Road about 11:45 a.m. when he ran off the right side of the highway, struck a rock wall and overturned, ending up in a yard on the southbound side or the highway.

    Fields was charged with reckless driving.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

  • Local legislators' bills advance in Assembly

    Staff Reports

    Local legislators have been busy this past month in their support of numerous bills as they make their way through the Virginia General Assembly.

    Bills introduced this year by representatives of the Twin Counties cover a wide range of topics, from local issues such as the impending closure of the Southwest Virginia Training Center to statewide issues involving animal rights, guns and traffic laws.

  • Former GCHS band director charged with sexual battery

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Donald R. Munsey Jr., a former band director for the Grayson County School system, will appear in Grayson County General District Court in the coming months to face a charge of sexual battery.

    Schools’ Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that Munsey is no longer employed by the school system. According to personnel reports, Munsey resigned from his position as band director, effective on Jan. 19.