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Today's News

  • Veterans' memorial dedicated in Galax

    With veterans of several wars and all military branches on hand, the stirring music of the 282nd Army Band out of Fort Jackson, S.C., flowered wreaths, proudly flying flags, heartfelt prayers and tears held just in check, the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial next to the Galax Public Library was dedicated last Sunday afternoon.

    The crowd was especially large given the overcast, wet weather.

    Frank Plichta, Vietnam veteran and Commander of the American Legion Post #245 in Galax, led the ceremony, which lasted about half an hour.

  • Federal child abuse charges could go to trial before homicide

    Staff Reports

    New federal child sexual abuse charges against double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. mean that the Galax man potentially faces two trials — in U.S. District Court for the abuse charges and in Carroll County Circuit Court for the killings of a mother and her infant daughter.

    Sources close to the case say it could be quite a while before either case go to trial, but prosecution for the federal charges could take place before the suspect goes to court on the state murder charges.

  • Grand jury indicts prisoners

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Several prisoners serving sentences in state prisons across Virginia have been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    The incidents occurred when the prisoners were held at River North Correctional Center in Independence. Some are now at other prisons.

    The grand jury met April 22 and several indictments were sealed until arrests could be made. An indictment is a formal charge, not a determination of guilt.

  • State police handled 18 accidents over holiday weekend

    The Virginia State Police had a relatively safe and quiet Memorial Day holiday weekend, both in the Twin Counties and throughout the state. In our area, only one accident resulted in minor injuries and overall, state traffic fatality numbers were down.

    According to First Sgt. Michael Musser with the state police office in Galax, the Twin County area saw 18 total accidents from Friday through Monday evening. One of those accidents resulted in minor injuries. “Traffic was heavy as usual for Memorial Day and, fortunately, we had no major accidents,” Musser said.

  • State initiative will map broadband access

    Staff Report

    Virginia has launched a new statewide initiative to better understand which areas have the largest gaps in broadband coverage.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the initiative at a ceremony to sign House Bill 912, which makes it easier to put telecommunications infrastructure in the rights-of-way for state-maintained roads.

    The new initiative, RUOnlineVA, provides a platform for Virginia residents and businesses to notify the Commonwealth whether they have access to broadband internet connections.

  • Hutchens, Patton win conference titles

    INDEPENDENCE –– Noah Hutchens and William Patton rolled through the Conference 39 singles and doubles tennis tournament last week, with Hutchens claiming the singles championship and teaming up with Patton to pick up the doubles crown at the Grayson County High School courts.

  • Cunningham, Wyatt win region titles for Grayson Co.

    RADFORD –– Grayson County’s Mary Beth Cunningham and Emma Wyatt each won a region championship and qualified for state in two events at the Region 2A West track and field championships last Wednesday at Cupp Stadium on the campus of Radford University.

    Wyatt ran a winning time of 2 minutes, 29.82 seconds and held off Abi Belshan of Floyd County by less than four seconds to win the region title in the 800 meters, and followed that with a third-place showing in the 1600 meters, running a 5:57.37.

  • Carroll County softball run comes to end

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County had the bases loaded with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night but the final batter struck out as Fauquier held on to beat the Cavaliers 2-1 in the semifinals of the Region 4A West softball tournament at CCHS.

  • Devils top Statesmen for baseball berth; softball falls to Highlanders in 8

    TAZEWELL –– After his go-ahead RBI single propelled Grayson County to a spot in next week’s state tournament, Eric Hawks was almost speechless.

    “It’s awesome. That’s the only word to describe it,” Hawks said.

    The Blue Devils leftfielder broke up a 3-3 tie with a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning as Grayson County went on to top Randolph-Henry 7-5 in a 2A West semifinal on Wednesday afternoon in Tazewell.

  • Tide wins the main one

    RINER –– Looking at Galax’s softball confrontations with Auburn this year as a single plate appearance, the Maroon Tide was down to its final strike. Galax kicked the ball around the park in a 5-1 loss at home. Strike one but no harm done. The Tide put up a fight a few weeks later but took a 1-0 loss at Auburn. Strike two but still alive. One more miss – a postseason loss – would ring up Galax for good. 

    Wednesday though, the Maroon Tide won the at bat.