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Courts

  • Bond set at $1 million for murder suspect

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Bond for a man charged with murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend has been increased to $1 million.
    Grayson County Chief Deputy David Ashby said Matthew Steven Jones, 36, was indicted Oct. 25 by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury and charged with murder in connection with the death of Desia Rae George.

  • Public record for 11/6/13 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • More charges unsealed by Carroll court

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Circuit Court recently released these unsealed indictments.
    An indictment is not a finding of guilt, merely a formal criminal charge.
    Direct indictments are routinely sealed until the person named can be served with warrants.
    Those named in the unsealed indictments include:
    • Matthew Charles Hall - possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug
    • Donald Robert Burcham - possession of meth
    • Robert Shane Gallimore - possession of meth

  • Public record for 10/30/13 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in June in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Company settles sexual harassment suit

    ROANOKE — Saltville-based Southwest Virginia Community Health System Inc. (SVCHS) will pay $30,000 to settle a Grayson County sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC), the agency recently announced.
    The EEOC’s suit alleged that Karen Ross, a female receptionist at SCVHS’s Troutdale clinic in Grayson, which closed last year, was sexually harassed by a male patient during her employment there.

  • Grayson grand jury charges 11

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 11 people on 31 charges last Friday.
    Richard Otto Alley of Galax was indicted on six counts of forgery and six counts of uttering a forged document. He is accused of writing checks on the account of Brenda and Richard Anders.
    Jackie Ray Long of Independence was indicted on five counts of grand larceny of a firearm and one count of grand larceny. He allegedly took the guns from Brandon McClure.

  • Public record for 10/23/13 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Howard pleads guilty to wife's murder

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina fugitive arrested in Galax last year with his wife’s body in the back of his truck has been found guilty of second-degree murder and is now in prison, according to a representative of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.  
    According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Sonny Howard, 44, was convicted on June 28 of killing his wife, 50-year-old Sherry Howard, after pleading guilty to the crime.

  • Public record for 10/16/13 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 May in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Sandra U. Williams to Debra U. Littreal. 2.339 acres in the Providence District. Gift.

  • Public record for 10/9/13

    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 May in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed: