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Today's News

  • Grayson School Board approves new bathroom ordinance

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board passed an ordinance Friday, stating that students must either use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, or a separate bathroom.

    The ordinance, which immediately took effect after it was passed, came in response to a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice and Education, which was released to schools across the country on May 13.

  • Double homicide suspect arriagned

    Independence attorney Jonathan Venzie was assigned to defend double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. in an arraignment on Friday in the Galax General District Court.

    Court Clerk Michelle Crawford Cox said the state also appointed a capital defense team to assist Venzie. Nofsinger, 36, of Galax was advised of the charges against him before his defense was assigned.

    Nofsinger is charged with capital murder in the death of 21-month-old Anastasia Alley and her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28. Both were found dead in their Laurel Street home on March 10.

  • Hearing delayed in dog mauling case

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing date has been set for Terra Connell and John Underwood of Independence, who both face several charges in the Jan. 6 dog attack that resulted in the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers.

    On Aug. 23, Connell, 29, will attend a preliminary hearing at Grayson County General District Court for a charge of owning a vicious dog, as well as a charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

  • Drug task force makes arrests

    Staff Report

    Members of the Twin County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Galax residence on Monday.

    The warrant, obtained by Galax Police Detective J.B. Greer, was served with assistance of the Galax Police Emergency Response Team.

    According to a police report, after a search of the residence on Calloway Street, two Galax men were arrested:

  • Details emerge after homicide suspect's arrest

    Staff Reports

    On Tuesday, Galax police arrested Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. of Galax, and charged him with the capital murder of 21-month-old Anastasia Alley and the first-degree murder of Alyssa Kenny, 28.

    Nofsinger, 36, is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin. An arraignment via video is set for May 20 in Galax General District Court.

  • GHS enlists colonel to speak at graduation

    At its May 10 meeting, the Galax City School Board learned that the commencement speaker for graduation this year will be U.S. Army Reserve Col. Eric Bryson, a graduate of the school.

    Bryson graduated in 1983 and has served during the Desert Storm operation in Saudi Arabia and provided support for Operation Joint Endeavor in Babenhausen, Germany, as well has holding numerous posts on American soil.

    Among his many medals are the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and an Army Achievement Medal.

  • Fire destroys Independence Lumber equipment building

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The cause of a fire at Independence Lumber early Wednesday morning is still undetermined, according to a news release from the Independence Fire Department.

    The department received a call at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, about a structure fire at 407 Lumber Lane, the shop location for Independence Lumber. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a metal shell building — which serves as the business’s on-site facility for trucks and other equipment, according to the department — fully engulfed in flames.

  • County, schools reach budget compromise in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County leadership and school system administration put in long hours last weekend to reach an agreeable middle ground regarding the Grayson County School Board’s 2017 fiscal year budget and additional funds to complete the bleacher project at the high school.


    The budget was presented during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ meeting on May 16, where it was approved with several conditions regarding the additional allocation of funds for the bleachers.

  • New sheriff's office holds grand opening

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department observed a special day on May 11 when a ribbon cutting and dedication was held at the Grubb Public Safety Facility on Davis Street in Independence.

  • U.S. 58 work in Carroll begins final phase

    Staff Report

    The widening project for U.S. 58 in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties is expected to be complete by fall.

    Contractor Branch Highways is widening U.S. 58 into a modern four-lane divided highway between Hillsville and Stuart.

    The contract for the 8.2-mile Laurel Fork section is for approximately $120 million. This is the fifth construction season for the Laurel Fork project. Weather allows crews to work May-October.