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Today's News

  • Man killed in accident at Independence Lumber

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An employee at Independence Lumber was pronounced dead at the scene, following an accident in the yard of the company’s firewood processing department on June 15.

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  • Wilson comes out of his shell

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Wilson, a box turtle who survived rehabilitation after a presumed automobile accident, has a new habitat at Grayson Highlands State Park.

    Mallory Sullivan, AmeriCorps interpreter, searched the habitat — the fern gardens that were converted for Wilson’s homecoming — at the park’s visitor center on May 29. She eventually found him tucked under a window sill. Sullivan commented that this was a creative hiding place, especially since he has a plethora of logs in his habitat and plenty of soil to burrow under.

  • Driver in custody after police pursuit

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man led Virginia State Troopers on both a vehicular and foot chase on June 7 before being apprehended, according to a report issued by 1st Sgt. Mike Musser from the Galax state police office.

    At approximately 1:25 p.m., state police Sgt. Scott Todd observed a 2015 Hyundai speeding while traveling eastbound on U.S. 58 near on the western end of Galax.

  • POLL: For Va. voters, it's a choice between 'lesser of the evils'

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia’s likely voters in the fall presidential election are split between the Republican and Democratic presumptive nominees, according to a recent poll.

    However, at least half of all voters said they have an unfavorable view of both candidates, according to The Roanoke College Poll.

    The May 9-17 landline and cellphone survey of likely voters found Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each supported by 38 percent, with 11 percent choosing someone else and 11 percent unsure.

  • Nofsinger indicted by federal grand jury

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. made his initial appearance in federal court at a nine-minute hearing on Monday to answer for child sexual exploitation charges.

    The nine-minute hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon was related to federal charges placed after Nofsinger was arrested in connection with the killings of a Galax infant and her mother.

  • Nofsinger to appear in federal court

    ABINGDON — The first federal court appearance of Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., 36, who is being prosecuted in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court on child sexual abuse charges, will be held in Abingdon today, Monday, with Judge J. Sargent presiding.
    Additionally, the Galax man is charged with the double homicide of a mother and her infant daughter in March.
    The June 13 hearing is listed as an “initial appearance” on the federal court docket. Nofsinger is being held without bond on a federal detainer in the New River Valley Regional Jail.

  • Galax arrests include drugs, abduction, burglary

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included burglary, abduction, drug violations and a gun charge.
    Jerry Paul Tate, 52 of Galax was arrested by officers Mark Burnett and John Reavis on June 1 at 7:12 p.m. and charged with two counts of felony burglary at night to commit a felony; felony grand larceny stealing property, not from a person, valued at greater than $200; felony possession of controlled substances; felony possession of controlled substances paraphernalia; and misdemeanor petit larceny first offense.

  • Dickerson served as page in General Assembly

    In a photo taken in Richmond a few months ago, Galax Middle School’s Richard Dickerson is dressed in a good suit, smiling and getting ready to open a public door. He looks sharp, capable and ready for action.

  • Fries approves $1.39m budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council approved a balanced budget during their June 7 meeting; and bid farewell to council members Dawn Patton and Carolyn Jones, who will turn their seats over to Gary Sumner and Cynthia Grant in July.