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Today's News

  • Federal child sexual abuse charges leveled against Nofsinger

    New federal child sexual abuse charges have been leveled against double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., according to copies of a criminal complaint affidavit Virginia-based child advocacy organization Justice For Children Without Voices (JFCWOV) placed on its Facebook page.

  • Principals' group opposes restroom policies

    The Grayson County School Board’s recent adoption of a policy regulating transgender students’ restroom use has caused some controversy among people on both sides of the issue, and raised questions among those unfamiliar with transgender issues.

    According to the American Psychological Association, “transgender” is an umbrella term that “incorporates differences in gender identity, wherein one’s assigned biological sex doesn’t match their felt identity.”

  • Car decals losing appeal in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Due to loss of revenue, paired with feedback from the community, Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga has suggested the elimination of decals for vehicles in the county, in exchange for a fee that will be easier to manage and enforce.

    Haga presented this request to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors at the May 16 meeting.

    In a memo to the board, Haga explained that the county’s decal sales in 2015 generated a revenue of $259,785. The expected revenue was $428,075.

  • Capital murder cases rare in Twin Counties

    A suspect in the homicide of a 21-month-old Galax girl is the first person charged with capital murder in Carroll County in more than 20 years.

    Richard Nofsinger was arrested last week and charged with the capital murder of Anastasia Alley and first-degree murder of her mother, 28-year-old Alyssa Kenny.

    Capital murder is not a charge often seen by courts in the Twin Counties.

  • Hearing set in capital murder case

    The preliminary trial for Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., charged in the killings of a Galax mother and daughter, has been set for July 22 at 2 p.m. in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Court.

    Nofsinger was arrested last week and charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her daughter, Anastasia Alley, 21 months.

    According to the Clerk of Court’s office, the hearing will not be open to the public.

  • Hillsville seizes vehicles in back tax crackdown

    HILLSVILLE – The Town of Hillsville has begun aggressive actions to collect on delinquent tax accounts, seizing property from those who owed last week.

    As approved by town council April 25, the town will take all measures provided by the Code of Virginia to collect on these accounts.

    “Nonpayment of taxes cannot be tolerated, as it is unfair to residents who pay taxes,” town Treasurer LeAnna Surratt said in a statement.

  • Shareholders approve merging local banks

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd and their respective holding companies, Grayson Bankshares and Cardinal Bankshares, announced last Thursday that their shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a merger combination of their banks.

    The companies combined have more than 200 years of community banking heritage.

  • Bassett shares business wisdom in new book

    John Bassett III, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, never appears to think himself too good to talk to anyone, and never talks but that he reminds even the casual listener of a hard-but-fair general making battle plans.

  • Wellness center upgrades, plans re-opening

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Wellness Center will undergo some substantial equipment upgrades and host a re-opening event to highlight the changes on May 30.

    After being closed for the three days leading up to the event, Monday will be packed with classes, activities and specials.

  • Galax police charge three

    Staff Reports

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, felony arrests last week included:

    • Bradley Lee Vanhoy, 33, of Galax, arrested on May 16 at 9:50 a.m. by Officer Kevin Hall for felony manufacture, sale or possession of a controlled substance.

    • Joshua Richard Phillips, 30, of Galax, arrested May 16 at 11:55 p.m. by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for felony strangling another causing wounding or injury.