Today's News

  • Judge asked to seal Nofsinger report

    ABINGDON — The attorney for double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. has filed to have his client’s federal pre-sentencing report sealed, as it could affect the outcome of his pending state trial.

    Nofsinger, 36, of Galax, pleaded guilty in August 2016 to three of eight federal charges of producing child pornography, in a case that resulted from the investigation of his alleged role in the deaths of a mother and daughter in the city last year.

  • State park attendance on the rise

    Nearly a quarter-million more people visited the New River Trail State Park in 2016 than the previous year, and visitation at Grayson Highlands State Park was up by nearly 32,000 people last year.

    Virginia’s state parks set record attendance in 2016, with more than 10 million visitors, a 12 percent increase over 2015.

    Virginia State Parks, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, hosted more than 1 million overnight visitors in cabins and campgrounds in 2016, an increase of nearly 3 percent over 2015.

  • Public record for 2/1/17

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in June of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Car hits wall, flips over on Hebron Road

    Staff Report

    A Galax man escaped injury Jan. 26 when his car overturned on Hebron Road near Galax.

    According to Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Phillips, a Hyundai, driven by Donald Fields, was traveling north on Hebron Road about 11:45 a.m. when he ran off the right side of the highway, struck a rock wall and overturned, ending up in a yard on the southbound side or the highway.

    Fields was charged with reckless driving.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

  • Cavaliers win two on Hall of Fame night

    HILLSVILLE –– It was a special night at Carroll County High School last Friday. Besides a pair of varsity games against Christiansburg, it was also induction night for five new members to the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame.

    One of the inductees was Marc Motley, the girls’ head coach. He proved one reason for his induction when his team scored a resounding 70-36 victory over the Blue Demons in a River Ridge District game.

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  • Firefighting Friends

    Members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department visited Mrs. Isom’s class at Galax Elementary School on Jan. 26 for a fire safety talk.

    Students learned about smoke alarms and exactly what to do if their smoke alarm goes off inside their home. Students were instructed to “get out and stay out” if the alarm goes off.

    “When they get out of the house, go to your family meeting spot, which may be the mailbox, a big tree in the yard, the swing set, or whatever works for their family,” said Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

  • Local legislators' bills advance in Assembly

    Staff Reports

    Local legislators have been busy this past month in their support of numerous bills as they make their way through the Virginia General Assembly.

    Bills introduced this year by representatives of the Twin Counties cover a wide range of topics, from local issues such as the impending closure of the Southwest Virginia Training Center to statewide issues involving animal rights, guns and traffic laws.

  • Former GCHS band director charged with sexual battery

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Donald R. Munsey Jr., a former band director for the Grayson County School system, will appear in Grayson County General District Court in the coming months to face a charge of sexual battery.

    Schools’ Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that Munsey is no longer employed by the school system. According to personnel reports, Munsey resigned from his position as band director, effective on Jan. 19.

  • Andrews indicted for tax fraud, perjury

    Federal indictments unsealed last week show 19 counts against Carroll County businessman Jones Keith Andrews, owner of Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics, for more than $1.2 million in alleged tax fraud against the U.S. government.

    The amount refers to cash wages not reported to the government for about six years, according to the indictment on file with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.