Today's News

  • Federal judge accepts Nofsinger's plea agreement

    ABINGDON — At a brief plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon in Western District of Virginia U.S. Court in Abingdon, Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography.

    He faces between 15 and 90 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

    “The actions this defendant took were perverse and obscene and his punishment will be severe, but just,” said U.S. Attorney John Fishwick in a statement after the hearing.

  • First-time festival brings musical mix to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Music lovers were entertained during Labor Day weekend in Hillsville at the first-ever Hillfest music festival.

    Created by Brian and Laura Beth Parnell with Parnell Productions, the event featured such bands as The Church Sisters, The Hackensaw Boys and Annabelle’s Curse.

    A variety of local, regional and nationally known musicians took to the three stages during the three day festival, which featured camping, arts vendors, crafts, food, children’s activities and hot air balloon rides

  • Police: suspect assaulted officer after pursuit, crash

    A Dugspur man was arrested in Grayson County last week on multiple charges after he reportedly attempted to elude law enforcement on his motorcycle, crashed the vehicle and then fought with the officer.

  • Readers Hotline 9/7/16

    Help the middle class
    I don’t think anybody understands anything anymore. People are not taking from the government and stealing from one another to give to one another at all. All they are trying to do is ask millionaires to pay their fair share of taxes so the middle class don’t get stuck with higher taxes to pay for those who are not paying anything. That is not stealing. That is only fair and trying to help the middle class. That’s the ones being stolen from – the middle class.

  • Louise Branch is 100

    Louise Branch turns 100 years old today, Friday.
    She has been a resident of Hillsville Health & Rehab (formerly Trinity Mission) since 2013, and previously lived at Wheatland Assisted Living since 2005.

    Branch was born in Knoxville, Tenn. At the time of her birth, Woodrow Wilson was president. She worked most of her life as a seamstress in the textile industry in Knoxville and did not retire until she was in her early 80s. She has been an avid traveler, and one of her favorite trips was to the Holy Land.

  • Public record for 9/7/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 29-Nov. 30, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Two special elections set for November


    INDEPENDENCE – Not only will Grayson County and Troutdale voters go to the polls on Nov. 8 to elect a president and 9th District congressman, but they will also have two special elections.

    One of the special elections is to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico on the Grayson County School Board. Carico, the at-large member on the board, died July 6 of injuries he received in an ATV vehicle accident.

  • Readers Hotline 9/5/16

    On your own

  • Carroll honors veteran on final ride home

    HILLSVILLE – After 63 years, a veteran of the U.S. Army returned home on Aug. 31, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Grover King VFW Post #1115 were on hand to serve as escort and to show their respect.

    According to Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the department was contacted by the North Carolina Patriot Guard to assist in the escort of the remains of Pvt. Virgil Adkins, who had been missing in action since 1953.

  • Court unseals Nofsinger search warrant

    A search warrant issued by the Galax Police Department in May contains a list of items apparently possessed by double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr.

    Among the array of items cataloged are a rubber clown mask, baby clothes, women’s underwear and red-stained men’s clothing.