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Courts

  • Jones found guilty of murder

    READ ABOUT DAY ONE OF THE TRIAL HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, 36, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison by a jury of his peers in Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday evening.

    Jones was charged in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33. She was missing for about a month last spring, before her body was found in a creek by a roadside in Grayson County.

  • Jones Murder Trial: DAY TWO

    READ ABOUT DAY ONE OF THE JONES TRIAL HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — The first-degree murder trial of Matthew Steven Jones, 36, continued in Grayson County Circuit Court on Thursday, with the prosecution calling more witnesses.

    Jones is charged in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33. She was missing for about a month last spring, before her body was found by a roadside.

  • Jones Murder Trial: DAY ONE

    INDEPENDENCE — April 15, 2013, was the last time Desia Rae George of Fries was seen alive.

    What happened to her remains a mystery, but testimony at the murder trial of her boyfriend, Matthew Steven Jones, 36, shed light on his activities that day.

    Witnesses testified on Wednesday that the defendant spent April 15 buying crack cocaine, arguing with George over money and telling her children that she had left home before packing them up and sending them to their grandparents.

  • Matt Jones murder trial begins

    INDEPENDENCE — April 15, 2013, was the last time Desia Rae George of Fries was seen alive.

    What happened to her remains a mystery, but testimony at the murder trial of her boyfriend, Matthew Steven Jones, 36, shed light on his activities that day.

    Witnesses testified on Wednesday that the defendant spent April 15 buying crack cocaine, arguing with George over money and telling her children that she had left home before packing them up and sending them to their grandparents.

  • Public record for 11/19/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 15-21 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • 12 charged after indictments unsealed

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Twelve suspects have been arrested in Grayson County after sealed grand jury indictments were recently opened.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met Oct. 24 and returned the indictments.

  • Public record for 11/12/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 1-14 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 11/5/14 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 June in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Board says 'academy' owner misled students

    The Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has recommended revocation of a cosmetology license belonging to Peggy Marie Haynes, after learning that her salon and cosmetology school in Cana, I Style Salon and Academy, was not properly licensed.

    During an informal fact-finding conference on Aug. 11, the board reviewed statements and evidence that was gathered after several students attempted to complete Haynes’s cosmetology program, only to be denied access to the exam that is required by the board for students to obtain their cosmetology license.

  • Woman to serve 4 months for indecent liberties

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman will serve four months in prison for taking indecent liberties with a 15-year-old child while serving as the child’s custodian.

    Tammy Renee Stuckert, 37, of Hillsville, was originally charged with rape and attempted sodomy after the incident in question took place at her residence at Laurel Ridge Apartments on June 21.

    Stuckert turned herself in to the police three days later, and admitted that she’d had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male that she was babysitting at her apartment.