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Today's News

  • At last, Virginia addresses backlog of untested rape kits

    More than 3,000 rape kits — some up to 25 years old — are finally being tested in Virginia in an effort to determine if any of the cases can be solved even at so late a date.

    Attorney General Mark Herring announced earlier this month that a $2 million federal grant will pay for testing nearly 1,250 kits that were collected from 2014 to 2016, but were never sent to a lab for analysis.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Candidates file for Grayson races

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Five candidates have filed to run for seats in the Nov. 7 general election in Grayson County.

    The school board and board of supervisors seats are both up for election in the Wilson and Elk Creek districts.

    Incumbent Brenda Sutherland has filed for re-election representing the Elk Creek District on the board of supervisors and has met all the requirements.

  • Grayson names new county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors announced June 21 that William L. “Bill” Shepley has been selected to serve as the new county administrator, following a selection process that has taken several months.

    Beginning July 10, Shepley will fill the seat left vacant by Jonathan Sweet in January.

    His background is in healthcare administration, and Shepley has most recently worked as an executive consultant to hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the nation.

  • Fourteen charged for drugs in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office charged 14 individuals with drug-related offenses during the month of May.

    Eleven of the charges involved possession or distribution of methamphetamine.

    According to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, those charged included:

    • Conley Allen Lineberry - distribution of Schedule II drug (meth)

    • Vincent Wesley Axley - distribution of Schedule II drug (meth)

  • GHS football field replacement underway

    Staff Report

    Work is underway at Galax High School, where the grass on the football/soccer field is being replaced with an artificial surface. The project is expected to be completed in time for football season this fall.

    The project is being paid for through the school system’s capital project fund, and the price tag is expected to be around $879,000, which is roughly $250,000 below original estimates, according to Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Sports Construction Management of Lexington, N.C., is doing the work.

  • Hillsville man indicted for child pornography

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County Circuit Court returned 105 grand jury indictments against 63 individuals on Monday. Included in those charges were 12 counts of possession of child pornography against a Hillsville man.

    Christopher Garry Brown, 43, of John Edwards Lane, was arrested Oct. 13, 2016, after an investigation by the Hillsville Police Department that involved the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

  • He's three

    Jonas Lynn Stockner turned 3 on April 28. He celebrated with a trip to Pigeon Forge. Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.

    His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.