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Today's News

  • Town manager charged with DUI

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson, 23, of Hillsville, faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Wythe County on Nov. 16.

    Jackson serves as town manager of Hillsville.

    The Wythe County General District Court website shows two charges against Jackson — driving while intoxicated (first offense), a Class 1 misdemeanor; and failure to update license, a traffic infraction.

  • Jones found guilty of murder

    READ ABOUT DAY ONE OF THE TRIAL HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, 36, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison by a jury of his peers in Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday evening.

    Jones was charged in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33. She was missing for about a month last spring, before her body was found in a creek by a roadside in Grayson County.

  • Jones Murder Trial: DAY TWO

    READ ABOUT DAY ONE OF THE JONES TRIAL HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — The first-degree murder trial of Matthew Steven Jones, 36, continued in Grayson County Circuit Court on Thursday, with the prosecution calling more witnesses.

    Jones is charged in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33. She was missing for about a month last spring, before her body was found by a roadside.

  • Jones Murder Trial: DAY ONE

    INDEPENDENCE — April 15, 2013, was the last time Desia Rae George of Fries was seen alive.

    What happened to her remains a mystery, but testimony at the murder trial of her boyfriend, Matthew Steven Jones, 36, shed light on his activities that day.

    Witnesses testified on Wednesday that the defendant spent April 15 buying crack cocaine, arguing with George over money and telling her children that she had left home before packing them up and sending them to their grandparents.

  • Pa. man arrested on drug charges

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office captured a wanted man from Pennsylvania in Fancy Gap on Monday.

    On Nov. 17, deputies arrested Daniel Joe Nelson Jr., 25, on a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania. He was found on Turner Spur Road in Fancy Gap.

    “He had an address here in Fancy Gap as one of his addresses. He had several other addresses listed in other places, as well,” Gardner said, noting that he wasn’t sure where Nelson was really from.

  • Grayson schools left with $500K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE – Dropping enrollment numbers in Grayson County have left the school system with a more than $500,000 deficit for the current budget, although the number was once roughly $1.1 million.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant updated the school board on the gap during the regular school board meeting this month and pointed out that while the number was once $1.1 million, the actual amount the division needs to cut is closer to $700,000.

  • Charity, business team up to feed 300

    In business, as in entertainment, a turkey is usually a failure — or at least something so awful nobody wants to touch it.

    Once you add a charity to the mix, however, it’s a success story.

    Hanks & Associates (Ameriprise of Galax) helped out with the food drive for God’s Storehouse Community Kitchen again this year; their effort went towards the Kitchen’s turkey dinner boxes for needy families over Thanksgiving.

  • Matt Jones murder trial begins

    INDEPENDENCE — April 15, 2013, was the last time Desia Rae George of Fries was seen alive.

    What happened to her remains a mystery, but testimony at the murder trial of her boyfriend, Matthew Steven Jones, 36, shed light on his activities that day.

    Witnesses testified on Wednesday that the defendant spent April 15 buying crack cocaine, arguing with George over money and telling her children that she had left home before packing them up and sending them to their grandparents.

  • State Line Rush off to 5-1 start

     The State Line Rush opened its season with five wins in its first six games, most recently winning two of three games at the VHSAA Shootout at the Galax Recreation Center

    State Line 71, Front Royal 46: The Rush coupled a strong start with a strong finish and wrapped up a 2-1 run in the VHSAA Shootout Saturday afternoon in Galax.

  • PLAYOFF PRIMER - Week 2

    Have game, will travel (take 2)

    Some hefty road trips once again are in store for a few teams in this week’s second-round playoff games, topped by Buckingham County’s 268-mile, 4 hour and 31-minute trip to Gate City.