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Courts

  • Grayson grand jury opens sealed charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Lansing, N.C., man has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on five charges.

    The indictments against Jamie Matthew Eldreth, 35, were among the sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury that met July 24 and recently unsealed.

    Eldreth was indicted for eluding police, disregarding stop; reckless driving; driving on a suspended license; failure to display proper tag; and defective equipment.

    Other indictments unsealed were:

  • Public record for 8/26/15 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.
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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 17, 2014 – Jan. 6, 2015, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Public record for 8/19/15 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.
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    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Harper murder trial set for February

    INDEPENDENCE — A trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of Feb. 8, 2016. The jury trial is expected to span the entire week.

    Harper’s trial will follow the three-day murder trial of Chad Allen Reeves, who was found not guilty of the same charge earlier this year.

  • Public record for 8/12/15 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 of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Prosecutor probes school finances

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught on Friday confirmed that he has been consulted “regarding allegations involving the Grayson County School system,” specifically financial records and accounting.

    Vaught said in a statement sent to local newspapers that an investigation is underway.

  • Public record for 8/5/15 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 1-16, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Sparta, N.C., man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday on charges involving child pornography.

    Harrison Leland Edwards, 24, was indicted for soliciting a child through use of a communications system and soliciting or production child pornography.

  • Public record for 7/29/15 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in November of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Murder trial date won't be set until August

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial date for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will not be set until August, according to the Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Harper is the second suspect to face a jury trial for Billings’ homicide; a crime that took place in Grayson County nearly 13 years ago. Billings, 18, was found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    Harper was scheduled to have his trial date set on Friday. However, the scheduling was continued until Aug. 6, according to the court.