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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Grayson LandCare opens new office

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson LandCare and the Independence Farmers’ Market had a lot to celebrate May 13, as the first market of the season kicked off in the Independence Town Square, followed by the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Grayson LandCare’s new office at 110 Courthouse Street.

    The Farmers’ Market was bustling with customers from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that Friday, with several returning vendors offering fresh fruits, plants, baked goods and hand-made items.

  • Grayson restroom policy opens doors to debate

    By D.T. CLARK and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff



    INDEPENDENCE ― A new policy regulating which facilities transgender Grayson County students can use was brought to the school board by a state senator who says he worries about his daughter’s safety.

    State Sen. Bill Carrico (R-40th District) of Grayson County brought his concerns to the Grayson County School Board last week, and the board held a special meeting with Carrico and a representative from a conservative activist group on Friday evening.

  • 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 Grayson homicide

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax, charged with the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Grayson County General District Court on Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Davis also is charged with the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states.

    An arraignment hearing was held on May 2 for Davis, where Jonathon Venzie of Independence was appointed as his defense attorney, according to the court.

  • Galax firefighters handle two calls at once

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department spent a busy Sunday afternoon fighting two fires back-to-back.

    Engines were first dispatched to a two-story home’s flue fire on Fairview Road, which Capt. Mike Ayers said did not cause any monetary damage.

    “We used the tower [ladder truck] to get up and start dropping chimney bombs, which put it out,” said Ayers. “We try to use water only as a last resort in a flue fire. The flue was cleaned out after being totally stopped up.”

  • Carroll, Galax schools in no rush to pass restroom policies

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    In contrast to the Grayson County school administration, Carroll and Galax school systems are adopting a cautious approach.

    Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill said any action taken will be within a framework of tolerance and acceptance.

    He pointed out that the letter of guidance from the U.S. Department of Education was partly created to help school systems figure out how to handle the issue of transgender students in a sensitive manner.