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Today's News

  • Attorney, police react to immigration policy changes

    President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed Jan. 27, to suspend the travel of immigrants, refugees or any citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries into the U.S. for 90 days caused a massive uproar, as protestors and attorneys flocked to international American airports to stand witness to immigrants being turned away or detained.

    Locally, an immigration lawyer wonders about the constitutionality of the order and police are wondering if they will be drafted to enforce immigration law.

  • Murder suspect among grand jury indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on four charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday, stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred last March.

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis was indicted on charges of murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (subsequent offense).

  • Judge asked to seal Nofsinger report

    ABINGDON — The attorney for double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. has filed to have his client’s federal pre-sentencing report sealed, as it could affect the outcome of his pending state trial.

    Nofsinger, 36, of Galax, pleaded guilty in August 2016 to three of eight federal charges of producing child pornography, in a case that resulted from the investigation of his alleged role in the deaths of a mother and daughter in the city last year.

  • State park attendance on the rise

    Nearly a quarter-million more people visited the New River Trail State Park in 2016 than the previous year, and visitation at Grayson Highlands State Park was up by nearly 32,000 people last year.

    Virginia’s state parks set record attendance in 2016, with more than 10 million visitors, a 12 percent increase over 2015.

    Virginia State Parks, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, hosted more than 1 million overnight visitors in cabins and campgrounds in 2016, an increase of nearly 3 percent over 2015.

  • Public record for 2/1/17

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in June of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Car hits wall, flips over on Hebron Road

    Staff Report

    A Galax man escaped injury Jan. 26 when his car overturned on Hebron Road near Galax.

    According to Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Phillips, a Hyundai, driven by Donald Fields, was traveling north on Hebron Road about 11:45 a.m. when he ran off the right side of the highway, struck a rock wall and overturned, ending up in a yard on the southbound side or the highway.

    Fields was charged with reckless driving.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

  • Cavaliers win two on Hall of Fame night

    HILLSVILLE –– It was a special night at Carroll County High School last Friday. Besides a pair of varsity games against Christiansburg, it was also induction night for five new members to the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame.

    One of the inductees was Marc Motley, the girls’ head coach. He proved one reason for his induction when his team scored a resounding 70-36 victory over the Blue Demons in a River Ridge District game.

  • Readers Hotline 1/30/17

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  • Firefighting Friends

    Members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department visited Mrs. Isom’s class at Galax Elementary School on Jan. 26 for a fire safety talk.

    Students learned about smoke alarms and exactly what to do if their smoke alarm goes off inside their home. Students were instructed to “get out and stay out” if the alarm goes off.

    “When they get out of the house, go to your family meeting spot, which may be the mailbox, a big tree in the yard, the swing set, or whatever works for their family,” said Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

  • Local legislators' bills advance in Assembly

    Staff Reports

    Local legislators have been busy this past month in their support of numerous bills as they make their way through the Virginia General Assembly.

    Bills introduced this year by representatives of the Twin Counties cover a wide range of topics, from local issues such as the impending closure of the Southwest Virginia Training Center to statewide issues involving animal rights, guns and traffic laws.