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Courts

  • Public record for 5/15/13 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 Dec. 10-21, 2012, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Howard awaiting murder trial in N.C.

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Nearly a year after Sonny Lee Howard was arrested in Galax with his wife’s body in the back of his truck, the North Carolina man is still awaiting trial for first-degree murder.
    Howard, 43, was stopped by Galax police in the city on May 23, 2012, after Wake County, N.C., authorities issued an alert that Howard was a suspect in the death of his wife, Sherry Lee Howard, 50.
    According to a search warrant, Howard told the Galax officers that he had killed his wife.

  • Program saves prisoners' lives, county's money

    INDEPENDENCE – Three years ago, Grayson County took the chance on a new alternative sentencing program that very few localities had tried. Today, the Day Report Center has provided the county a net savings of $149,000 and rising.
    Supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard remembers when a representative from Giles County came and spoke to Grayson officials about a Day Report Program, designed to keep non-violent offenders out of jail and help rehabilitate them into productive citizens.

  • Reid pleads guilty in officer assault

    HILLSVILLE — A 52-year-old Floyd County man indicted for attempted capital murder of a Carroll deputy pleaded guilty to two felony assault and battery charges in circuit court Monday.

  • Public record for 5/8/13 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 in December of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 20

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on a variety of charges on April 26, including forgery, larceny, abduction, child abuse and drug possession.
    Jeffery Alan Brannock was charged with one count of statutory burglary, grand larceny, forgery, uttering a forged document and obtaining money by fraud. Specifically, he was charged with breaking and entering the home or property of Mary Brannock with the intent to commit larceny. He allegedly stole jewelry valued at more than $200 from Mary Brannock and Rachel Williams.

  • Charges against police chief dismissed

    BLAND — A charge of using profane language over a public airway was dismissed against Independence Police Chief James Wagoner on Wednesday following a short hearing in Bland County General District Court.
    Wagoner was charged March 15 with allegedly communicating a threat and using profanity to Investigator Doug Carner of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Carner testified that on March 14, he was traveling on Interstate 77 in Bland County when he received a cell phone call from Wagoner.

  • Public record for 5/1/13 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 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    George Yancey Edmondson, 22, Galax, and Joyelle Faith Combs, 22, Fries.

  • Public record for 4/24/13 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 in November of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Three women plead guilty in stolen lottery tickets case

    HILLSVILLE — A 2009 case involving embezzlement of Lottery tickets from Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle moved closer to resolution with pleas from the three accused women on April 15.
    Amy Carrico Roberts of Galax, Holly Dawn Kelly Jennings of Fancy Gap and Carolyn Kaye Lane of Fancy Gap had each been brought up in two rounds of indictments in Carroll County Circuit Court in the incident, according to court records.
    (An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.)
    In the latest from June 2012, each woman faced charges of: