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Today's News

  • Galax man charged with child solicitation

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was charged June 14 with two counts of soliciting a child for sex, which are Class 5 felonies.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the suspect, an illegal alien from Honduras, admitted to having sexual contact with the minor several times.

    According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Doug Carner, an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force member, investigated incidents where Jose Anri Estrada, 25, allegedly exchanged nude images with a minor child.

  • Parents speak in favor of GES expansion

    Much of the discussion of the city’s recently approved budget for fiscal year 2018 involved a tax increase to pay for an expansion of Galax Elementary School.

    At a recent public hearing, parents of Galax students let city council know they support the proposed $17 million expansion, which is in the early planning stages.

    The city approved a budget on June 12, after holding a hearing at its May 22 meeting. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

    The general fund is $17.8 million, the utility fund is $5.5 million and the stormwater fund is $129,500.

  • Sexual battery charge reduced to disorderly conduct

    Staff Report



    INDEPENDENCE — Donald R. Munsey Jr., a former band director for the Grayson County School system, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct in Grayson County General District Court on Monday.

    Munsey, who resigned as band director on Jan. 19, was originally charged with sexual battery.

    After his plea on June 26, Munsey was sentenced to a 30-day suspended sentence. The judge suspended $400 of a $500 fine.

  • Home offers option for those leaving training center

    On King Arthur Court in Galax, one home is proving to be, if not Camelot, then at least a pleasant and safe dwelling.

    Purchased by the Mount Rogers Community Services Board, the home “is part of the move for some care from training centers to residential, home-based type care,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who along with Mayor C.M. Mitchell and City Council Member Sharon Plichta recently took a tour of the facility.

  • CCMS teacher participates in national program

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Heather Lucas, a teacher at Carroll County Middle School, was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 19-23.

    Lucas teaches 6th grade U.S. History at CCMS in Hillsville.

    Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

  • Suspects wanted for larceny, fraud

    Staff Report

    Three suspects are wanted by the Galax Police Department for larceny, credit card fraud and destruction of property.

    According to a report shared on social media by the department, on June 20 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a vehicle parked at Mountain View Park in Galax was entered by breaking the driver’s window.

    A purse was stolen from the vehicle and credit cards from the purse were used at the Galax Walmart at 12:15 p.m. and an attempt to use a credit card was made at GameStop of Galax at 12:31 p.m.

  • Galax homicide suspect in custody

    Staff Report

    A Roanoke woman is charged with first-degree murder after police found a a man stabbed to death at The Galax Motel on the night of June 22.

    At 10:27 p.m. last Thursday, members of the Galax Police Department responded to a report of an individual having been stabbed at the motel on East Stuart Drive, according to a report from Chief Rick Clark.

  • Nofsinger waives hearing on murder charges

    Staff Report

    Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger of Galax has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on all charges, and his case will go directly to a grand jury.

    Nofsinger, 37, appeared in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on June 22.

    He is charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa A. Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her infant daughter, Anastasia L. Alley, 21 months. The killings were reported on March 19, 2016, and Nofsinger was arrested on May 17, 2016, by members of the Galax Police Department.

  • Budget, zoning, special events on Independence agenda

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council recently approved its governmental and utility budgets for fiscal year 2017-18.

    This year’s governmental budget totals approximately $1.6 million and the utility budget total is approximately $2.3 million. There is no tax or water/sewer increase in the budget. Real estate taxes will remain at 14 cents per $100.

    The budget was approved by a unanimous vote during council’s June meeting.

    The council held a public hearing for the budget in May, but no one signed up to speak.

  • 5K raises money for law enforcement scholarship

    HILLSVILLE — Runners and walkers alike participated in the inaugural Deputy Curtis Bartlett Memorial Scholarship 5K on June 3 through downtown Hillsville.

    The event was held in memory of Bartlett, a member of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department who was killed in a line-of-duty vehicle crash on March 9.

    The event raised more than $7,000 towards a fund that will award scholarships to Galax and Carroll County seniors who plan to pursue a future in law enforcement.