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Today's News

  • Late rally leads to 10-0 Grayson win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County turned a nailbiter into a run-rule win with an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday, running past Fort Chiswell 10-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson National Bank Baseball Complex.

    The Blue Devils locked up the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in this week’s Conference 39 tournament, plus an automatic berth into next week’s Region 2A West tournament, improving to 16-3 with the win.

  • Maroon Tide girls claim Conference 46 crown

    BLACKSBURG –– The Galax girls’ tennis team opened the season with plenty of questions. At least one of them was answered Thursday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center at Virginia Tech.

    Yes, the Maroon Tide is good enough to win the conference.

  • Cavs run the table again

    HILLSVILLE –– As far as one single ballgame goes, it was a far cry from a flawless day. As one part of a body of work, though, Friday’s 5-3 win over Tazewell was the finishing touch on another work of perfection for Carroll County.

    The Cavaliers found themselves in a mid-game hole, climbed out of it bit by bit and capped a second straight 19-0 regular season with a 5-3 nondistrict win over the Bulldogs on a drizzly Friday afternoon.

  • Readers Hotline 5/23/16

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  • Double homicide suspect arraigned

    Independence attorney Jonathan Venzie was assigned to defend double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. in an arraignment on Friday in the Galax General District Court.

    Court Clerk Michelle Crawford Cox said the state also appointed a capital defense team to assist Venzie. Nofsinger, 36, of Galax was advised of the charges against him before his defense was assigned.

    Nofsinger is charged with capital murder in the death of 21-month-old Anastasia Alley and her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28. Both were found dead in their Laurel Street home on March 10.

  • Hearing delayed in dog mauling case

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing date has been set for Terra Connell and John Underwood of Independence, who both face several charges in the Jan. 6 dog attack that resulted in the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers.

    On Aug. 23, Connell, 29, will attend a preliminary hearing at Grayson County General District Court for a charge of owning a vicious dog, as well as a charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

  • Drug task force makes arrests

    Staff Report

    Members of the Twin County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Galax residence on Monday.

    The warrant, obtained by Galax Police Detective J.B. Greer, was served with assistance of the Galax Police Emergency Response Team.

    According to a police report, after a search of the residence on Calloway Street, two Galax men were arrested:

  • Restoring rights to felons: redemption or politics?

    Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, has represented Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District since 2011. The district includes Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax. He previously was majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates.

  • A legal, moral authority to restore rights

    This editorial first appeared in the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

    Sometimes in politics, the most effective maneuver is to do nothing. Especially when your adversary is making a huge mistake.

    Republican lawmakers in Richmond are desperately trying to make hay of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore the civil rights of 200,000 ex-convicts who have served their time and completed all requirements for supervised release, probation or parole.

  • Grayson School Board approves new bathroom ordinance

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board passed an ordinance Friday, stating that students must either use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, or a separate bathroom.

    The ordinance, which immediately took effect after it was passed, came in response to a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice and Education, which was released to schools across the country on May 13.