Today's News

  • State police investigate fatal Carroll crash

    Staff Report

    An Austinville woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County the morning of Sept. 28.

    Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Delp is investigating the crash that occurred last Thursday at 8:30 a.m. on U.S. 52, north of Route 785.

    According to a state police report, a 2007 Dodge Nitro was traveling along 52 when it ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. The vehicle then struck a tree, overturned and came to rest on its roof.

  • Report looks for ways to improve fire, EMS service

    INDEPENDENCE — A recently completed study of Grayson County’s fire and EMS departments reveals a list of goals for the county to consider in an effort to improve emergency services in areas throughout the county.

    Suggestions include a central authority to oversee fire and rescue operations, developing a strategic plan, better emergency dispatch protocols, improved communication, coordinated training, encouraging junior firefighters and writing grants for vehicles and equipment.

  • Nofsinger murder trial dates set for 2019

    HILLSVILLE — As it is scheduled now, a double homicide suspect from Galax might not go to trial until nearly three years after the crime.

    Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. faces one charge of capital murder in the death of Anastasia Alley, 21 months, and one charge of first-degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, both of which occurred on March 10, 2016, in Galax.

    Carroll County Circuit Court’s schedule shows that Nofsinger, 38, is scheduled for a two-week jury trial, beginning Jan. 7, 2019 and continuing through Jan. 17, 2019.

  • The Musical Legacy of Bobby Patterson

    Bobby Patterson was no stranger to the stage, having performed with a variety of bluegrass ensembles over the years, but it was his work behind the scenes that made him a vital part of the mountain music world.

    He founded two record labels to shine a light on local musicians, promoted up-and-coming artists, co-founded a mountain music magazine, made sure young music students had access to instruments and helped organize numerous conventions and festivals.

  • Flu vaccine available at local health departments

    The Virginia Department of Health’s Mount Rogers Health District and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.

  • Bowmans to celebrate anniversary

    Guy and June Bowman have lived in the Woodlawn area since marriage and have three children, Sue, Libby and Tommy; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Public record for 8/27/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the Carroll County General District Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

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  • Former band director was inspiration to students

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County students and alumni took to social media last week, posting condolences and statements in memory of the Rev. Clarence Bonnell Young — known by many as “Doc” — a former band director for the school system who passed away Sept. 13, at age 57.

  • Hillsville residents object to cell tower

    HILLSVILLE — Speakers at a public hearing on Monday were united in their opposition of a proposed cell phone tower that would be located near the center of Hillsville.

    U.S. Cellular has requested a special exception permit to construct a 120-foot tower with a 4-foot lighting rod on top at 205 Mill Street, on property behind Barker Microfarads.

    The location is the same one where AT&T previously applied to have a tower placed. The town rejected that application.