http://www.independencedeclaration.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Murder suspect waives preliminary hearing http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/murder-suspect-waives-preliminary-hearing <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/richard_nofsinger_6.jpg" alt="Richard Nofsinger" title="Richard Nofsinger" align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><p> <em>Staff Report</em></p> <p> 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.</p> <p> Nofsinger appeared in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday.</p> <p> He is charged with the murders of Alyssa A. Kenny and her infant daughter, Anastasia L. Alley, which were reported on March 19, 2016. Nofsinger was arrested on May 17, 2016, by members of the Galax Police Department.</p> Shepley named new county administrator http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/shepley-named-new-county-administrator <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shepley_signs_with_grayson.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson Board of Supervisors announced June 21 that William L. &ldquo;Bill&rdquo; Shepley has been selected to serve as the new county administrator, following a selection process that has taken several months.</p> <p> Beginning July 10, Shepley will fill the seat left vacant by Jonathan Sweet in January.</p> <p> His background is in healthcare administration, and Shepley has most recently worked as an executive consultant to hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the nation.</p> Federal investigation of meth trafficking leads to 24 arrests http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/federal-investigation-meth-trafficking-leads-24-arrests <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/operation_rolling_thunder.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> ABINGDON &ndash; Federal agents and officers from local and state law enforcement were in the Twin Counties and the Mount Airy, N.C., area last Tuesday as part of Operation Rolling Thunder, a joint investigation that resulted in 24 individuals being charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.<br /> Agents were seen throughout the area last Tuesday, traveling in unmarked vehicles and some wearing tactical gear.<br /> Weevils enlisted to control aggressive weeds http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/weevils-enlisted-control-aggressive-weeds <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/weevils.jpg" alt="Weevils devouring a stubborn patch of the Mile-a-Minute weed " title="Weevils devouring a stubborn patch of the Mile-a-Minute weed " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently relocated hundreds of tiny&nbsp;weevils to a site in Grayson County, where an aggressive form of weed known as the &ldquo;Mile-a-Minute&rdquo; weed has been spotted.<br /> According to a news release from the VDACS, the &ldquo;Mile-a-Minute&rdquo; (MAM) weed is an extremely aggressive, barbed weed that quickly covers and chokes out other plants, shrubs and even trees as it grows. The pest&rsquo;s name comes from its very rapid growth of up to six inches per day.<br /> Former band director pleads guilty to disorderly conduct http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/former-band-director-pleads-guilty-disorderly-conduct <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'">INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Donald R. Munsey Jr., a former band director for the Grayson County School system, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct in Grayson County General District Court on Monday. </span></p> Circuit Court Clerk receives positive audit http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/circuit-court-clerk-receives-positive-audit <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/susan_herrington.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk&rsquo;s office recently received positive results from a completed audit of the county&rsquo;s court system, which confirm that no deficiencies were found in the system from the January 2016 through March 31.<br /> Hon. Susan M. Herrington, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Grayson County, recently shared two pieces of correspondence regarding the completion of the audit with the Declaration.<br /> Fourteen suspects face drug charges in May http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/fourteen-suspects-face-drug-charges-may <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2017-06-19_at_5.14.24_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="158" height="85" /><p> The Grayson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office charged 14 individuals with drug-related offenses during the month of May.</p> <p> <strong>Charges include:</strong></p> AARP recognizes Grayson as age-friendly community http://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/aarp-recognizes-grayson-age-friendly-community <img src="http://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gcsac_age-friendly_certification.jpg" alt="GCSAC Age-Friendly Certification - The Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee receives their membership certification at the Governor’s Conference on Aging" title="GCSAC Age-Friendly Certification - The Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee receives their membership certification at the Governor’s Conference on Aging" align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), recently approved Grayson County&rsquo;s application to join the national non-profit&rsquo;s Age-Friendly Communities network. The approval, which was announced earlier this year, was recognized during this year&rsquo;s Governor&rsquo;s Conference on Aging.<br /> Sandy Troth of the Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee gave the Grayson County Board of Supervisors a report on the conference during their June meeting.<br />