http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Testimony reveals more about Anders shooting http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/testimony-reveals-more-about-anders-shooting <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/anders_randy_lee_2.jpg" alt="At his trial, Randy Lee Anders said he never intended to shoot officers when brandishing a weapon. Anders was shot four times by deputies arresting him on a fugitive warrant." title="At his trial, Randy Lee Anders said he never intended to shoot officers when brandishing a weapon. Anders was shot four times by deputies arresting him on a fugitive warrant." align="left" hspace="6" width="51" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Testimony at Randy Lee Anders&rsquo; trial on July 24-25 revealed more about the night that Grayson County deputies confronted the wanted fugitive.</p> <p> The incident ended with deputies shooting Anders four times.</p> <p> Following the trial, Anders, 33, was convicted of five charges &mdash; including felony assault on two police officers &mdash; and sentenced to five years in prison.</p> <p> He will be formally sentenced in September.</p> Historic 1908 Courthouse gets makeover http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/historic-1908-courthouse-gets-makeover <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1908courthousepainting1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; For the first time in 20 years, the exterior white trim on the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence is being completely repainted.</p> <p> Phillip Osborne of Hemlock Construction has begun the job using two different kinds of lifts to reach the highest points on the building more than 50 feet above ground.</p> Fiddlers will flock to Galax this weekend http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/fiddlers-will-flock-galax-weekend <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/felts_park_fiddlers_by_john_nunn.jpg" alt="This photo shows what Felts Park will look like by Sunday afternoon, after more than 1,000 campers move in." title="This photo shows what Felts Park will look like by Sunday afternoon, after more than 1,000 campers move in." align="left" hspace="6" width="314" height="85" /><p> Galax&rsquo;s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin&rsquo; fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 79th Annual Old Fiddlers&rsquo; Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 9.</p> <p> Most of the convention&rsquo;s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.</p> Friends pitch in for memorial http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/friends-pitch-memorial <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0797.jpg" alt="Tammy Akers, Jamie’s mother (kneeling, left) joins the group in celebrating Jamie’s life. " title="Tammy Akers, Jamie’s mother (kneeling, left) joins the group in celebrating Jamie’s life. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> In 2006, Gazette reporter Christopher Brooke snapped a photo of 15-year-old Jamie Lineberry of Hillsville, airborne on his skateboard.</p> <p> There, his friends and family say, was his favorite place to be &mdash; in the air, with his trusty board beneath him.</p> <p> That same photo is just one of the ways his loved ones now keep him immortalized in their hearts.</p> Multiple wrecks cause backup on I-77 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/multiple-wrecks-cause-backup-i-77 <p> FANCY GAP - Virginia State Police responded to a series of four accidents that occurred within two-tenths of a mile on Interstate 77 early Friday.<br /> According to First Sgt. Mike Musser, the string of incidents began at 5 a.m. in the southbound lane at mile marker 2.8. A flatbed tractor trailer carrying aluminum framing for solar panels was traveling southbound when rain caused a passenger car in front of the tractor to hydroplane.<br /> Anders to serve 5 years for deputy assault http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/anders-serve-5-years-deputy-assault <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/anders_randy_lee_0.jpg" alt="Randy Lee Anders was shot after pulling a gun on deputies and resisting arrest when they came to take him into custody on a fugitive warrant." title="Randy Lee Anders was shot after pulling a gun on deputies and resisting arrest when they came to take him into custody on a fugitive warrant." align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Randy Lee Anders was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison after a two-day jury trial last week in Grayson County Circuit Court.</p> <p> Anders, 33, faced two charges of assaulting police officers during an incident in April 2013 that resulted in Grayson deputies shooting him four times. Officers said that he pulled a gun on them and resisted arrest.</p> <p> After an unsuccessful attempt a plea agreement earlier this year, a jury trial was set for July 24-25 in Independence.</p> Galax/Carroll Relay for Life raises $87,000 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/galaxcarroll-relay-life-raises-87000 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1278.jpg" alt="A total of 28 teams raised money for the American Cancer Society through the Galax-Carroll walk." title="A total of 28 teams raised money for the American Cancer Society through the Galax-Carroll walk." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; More than 250 people gathered at Carroll County High School last Friday and Saturday for the annual Galax-Carroll County Relay for Life benefit walk for the American Cancer Society.</p> <p> According to the Relay for Life web page, this year&rsquo;s event included 259 participants and 28 teams. On Monday, Judy Beasley, a coordinator for the walk, confirmed that more than $87,000 was raised this year.</p> Grayson grand jury indicts 20 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/grayson-grand-jury-indicts-20-1 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grayson_county_courthouse_3.jpg" alt="A total of 32 formal charges were issued last week, ranging from drugs and forgery to assault of an emergency services worker." title="A total of 32 formal charges were issued last week, ranging from drugs and forgery to assault of an emergency services worker." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on 32 charges on July 25.</p> <p> Carolyn Brittney Caviness led the list with six indictments, three for forgery and three for uttering a forged document.</p> <p> Other indictments included:</p> <p> &bull; Timothy Eric Clontz &ndash; possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).</p> <p> &bull; Kenneth Neil Carico &ndash; driving after being found to be an habitual offender.</p> <p> &bull; Donny Lee Moore &ndash; possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.</p>