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Today's News

  • CCHS wins appeal in latest VHSL makeover
  • Defense could question Nofsinger's mental status

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — The defense in Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr.’s federal child pornography case is considering seeking an evaluation for mental competence to stand trial, according to a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

    Nofsinger faces state charges of the capital murder of Anastasia Alley, 21 months old, and the first-degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, on March 10 in Galax. They were found dead in their home.

  • Fiddlers' registration stabilizing, with more than 1,500 signed up

    The registration numbers are in for next week’s 81st Old Fiddlers Convention, showing slightly lower numbers overall but nothing shocking, according to members of the Galax Moose Lodge #2212, which has sponsored the event since the beginning.

    Contestants had until July 15 to register, except for Youth Night, in which contestants register at the event.

    “The registration was good as far as I’m concerned,” said Tom Jones of the Moose. “Most held their own and some increased.”

  • Advocate for transgender rights to speak to school board

    INDEPENDENCE ― Transgender rights activist Kristin Plenger will speak at the Grayson County School Board meeting Aug. 8, to address recent changes the board made to the school system’s policy regarding restroom use.

  • Group forms to meet seniors' needs

    INDEPENDENCE — A group seeking to identify and meet the needs of senior citizens in Grayson County has recently formed, with the help of the county administration.

  • Thousands expected for annual fiddlers’ convention

    Staff Reports

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this weekend. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 81st Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 13, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up.

  • Nofsinger trial moved at defense's request

    ABINGDON — The federal trial and and a pretrial conference for Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. were granted a continuance by Judge Pamela Sargent in federal court on Thursday morning.

    Nofsinger is charged with eight federal counts of producing child pornography and is also facing state charges of the capital murder of Anastasia Alley, 21 months, and the first degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28. State proceedings will continue after the federal case is complete.

  • Public record for 8/3/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

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  • Police warn merchants of 'quick-change' scams

    Staff Report

    Quick-change, or change raising, is a common short con that involves an offer to change an amount of money with someone, while at the same time taking change or bills back and forth to confuse the person as to how much money is actually being changed.

    The Abingdon Police Department warned merchants in Southwest Virginia about the con in a news release.