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Today's News

  • Twin turn four

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned four on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon.

  • Public record for 6/28/17 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 December of 2016 in the Grayson General District Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • CCMS teacher participates in national program

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Heather Lucas, a teacher at Carroll County Middle School, was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 19-23.

    Lucas teaches 6th grade U.S. History at CCMS in Hillsville.

    Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

  • Readers Hotline 6/26/17

    Let’s move on

  • Home offers option for those leaving training center

    On King Arthur Court in Galax, one home is proving to be, if not Camelot, then at least a pleasant and safe dwelling.

    Purchased by the Mount Rogers Community Services Board, the home “is part of the move for some care from training centers to residential, home-based type care,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who along with Mayor C.M. Mitchell and City Council Member Sharon Plichta recently took a tour of the facility.

  • Suspects wanted for larceny, fraud

    Staff Report

    Three suspects are wanted by the Galax Police Department for larceny, credit card fraud and destruction of property.

    According to a report shared on social media by the department, on June 20 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a vehicle parked at Mountain View Park in Galax was entered by breaking the driver’s window.

    A purse was stolen from the vehicle and credit cards from the purse were used at the Galax Walmart at 12:15 p.m. and an attempt to use a credit card was made at GameStop of Galax at 12:31 p.m.

  • Budget, zoning, special events on Independence agenda

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council recently approved its governmental and utility budgets for fiscal year 2017-18.

    This year’s governmental budget totals approximately $1.6 million and the utility budget total is approximately $2.3 million. There is no tax or water/sewer increase in the budget. Real estate taxes will remain at 14 cents per $100.

    The budget was approved by a unanimous vote during council’s June meeting.

    The council held a public hearing for the budget in May, but no one signed up to speak.

  • At last, Virginia addresses backlog of untested rape kits

    More than 3,000 rape kits — some up to 25 years old — are finally being tested in Virginia in an effort to determine if any of the cases can be solved even at so late a date.

    Attorney General Mark Herring announced earlier this month that a $2 million federal grant will pay for testing nearly 1,250 kits that were collected from 2014 to 2016, but were never sent to a lab for analysis.

  • Galax homicide suspect in custody

    Staff Report

    A Roanoke woman is charged with first-degree murder after police found a a man stabbed to death at The Galax Motel on the night of June 22.

    At 10:27 p.m. last Thursday, members of the Galax Police Department responded to a report of an individual having been stabbed at the motel on East Stuart Drive, according to a report from Chief Rick Clark.

  • Nofsinger waives hearing on murder charges

    Staff Report

    Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger of Galax has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on all charges, and his case will go directly to a grand jury.

    Nofsinger, 37, appeared in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on June 22.

    He is charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa A. Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her infant daughter, Anastasia L. Alley, 21 months. The killings were reported on March 19, 2016, and Nofsinger was arrested on May 17, 2016, by members of the Galax Police Department.