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Today's News

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fries woman dies after being run over by truck

    Staff Reports

    A Fries woman died Aug. 24 after being run over by a truck, and the driver — who left the scene — is charged with first-degree murder.

    Virginia State Police Trooper W.B. Deskins responded to a fatal crash in Smyth County at 8:50 a.m. last Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • Festival will bring Hillsville alive with sound of music

    HILLSVILLE – A new music festival is coming to town, giving residents and tourists another option for their Labor Day weekend celebrations.

    With the annual flea market taking place along West Stuart Drive, South Main Street will be abuzz with music, food and vendors of a different type inviting attendants to “shake off the fleas.”

  • 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.”

  • Grayson dedicates new football stadium

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Blue Devils were welcomed with style last Friday, as they charged onto the field to the sight of a newly-installed flag pole; and completely renovated stone bleachers, jam-packed full of cheering fans.

    The opening game of the season was preceded by a rededication ceremony for the Bill Strong Field at the newly named Grayson National Bank Stadium, as well as a dedication ceremony for the flag pole.