Local News

  • 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.

  • Andrews indicted for tax fraud, perjury

    Federal indictments unsealed last week show 19 counts against Carroll County businessman Jones Keith Andrews, owner of Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics, for more than $1.2 million in alleged tax fraud against the U.S. government.

    The amount refers to cash wages not reported to the government for about six years, according to the indictment on file with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

  • Bill to outlaw tethering pets rejected by House

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND - A bill to prohibit the tethering of dogs and other animals was rejected Monday by a subcommittee of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.

    HB 1802, filed by Del. John J. Bell (D-Chantilly) would have allowed tethering only if the owner of the animal were outside and within sight of the pet.

  • Grayson teachers push for pay raise

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson teachers’ salaries are 18 percent below the state average, and the county education association’s budget presentation to the Grayson School Board had a special focus on fair pay this year.

    “We have been making do for a long time,” said Pam DeBord of the Grayson County Education Association at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting.

    According to the data in DeBord’s report, state teachers’ salaries currently stand at 11 percent below the national average.

  • Man pleads guilty to child solicitation

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Circuit Court was prepared to hear the case against James Norwood Crowder, 42, of Christiansburg, on Jan. 12, when the defendant waived his right to trial and pleaded guilty to proposing sex with a child.

  • House OKs bill to ease concealed gun permit rule

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill last week to allow members of the military to obtain concealed handgun permits at age 18.

    HB 1582, introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion), passed by a vote of 78-19. It will now go to the Senate for consideration. Campbell’s district includes Carroll County.

  • Town hears update from firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council heard an update from the fire department and approved the department’s 2017 list of officers during its first meeting of the year on Jan. 10.

    “Through 2016, we had one of the busiest years we’ve ever had since we started keeping record,” said Chief Gary Hash of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, who spoke to council at the beginning of the meeting. According to his data, Hash said the department answered around 160 calls for service.

  • Local women march into history

    When Janet Tate of Laurel Fork decided to attend the Women’s March on Washington last weekend, she didn’t necessarily seem a likely attendee. White, middle class and married, she arguably has a degree of privilege that puts her above the fray.

    But that’s not how she saw it.

    “Women my age went to march because we know how it was before,” said Tate.

  • Asbury to lead economic development authority

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s board of directors has selected Katherine Asbury as its new executive director.

    Asbury received a masters of public policy from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She also received a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia.

  • Charges include resisting arrest, grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    Police say a Galax man was charged with resisting arrest when police served a warrant on him Jan. 15.

    James Edward Goad, 58, was arrested after he was stopped for suspicion of DUI, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Officer Terry Woods “recognized him and had personal knowledge that we possessed an active warrant for his arrest for brandishing a firearm,” Clark said.