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City to demolish rundown houses

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Mount Airy officials are posed to order the demolition of four houses in the city limits which have been ruled unfit for human habitation.Proposals to have the structures torn down, at a total estimated cost of $39,150, will be considered by the city board of commissioners during a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.The structures are located at 145 Orchard St., 923 Carroll St., 719 Worth St. and 506 Kyle St.City documents regarding the proposed demolitions state that the owners of the dilapidated properties have been given “a reasonable opportunity” to bring the dwellings up to standards of the city’s Minimum Housing Code. But they have failed to comply, prompting the city government to raze the structures.


Ohio taking interest in Mayberry

Welcome to Surry County, Buckeyes.Yes, that’s right…Ohio. This state had the most visitors to the area (behind North Carolina of course), and Virginia, according to Jessica Roberts, director of tourism and marketing for the greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.According to tracking from the Mount Airy Visitor’s Center, 6,874 visitors were greeted in the month of June, and 7,883 visitors in July stopped by the center. Of that...

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Members told Rotary is “we” not “me”

Mount Airy Rotary speaker Dale Draughn opened his member profile talk by telling his fellow club members Rotary is not so much about any one “me,” and is all about “we.”Rotary President Van Lankford and Speaker Program Coordinator Candace Sammons told members Draughn’s talk was another way for club members to get to know one another. Sammons said that while he is a relatively new member to the group, he is actively involved.

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Police briefs

• A traffic stop late Sunday led to a Mount Airy man being served with an outstanding felony warrant for possession of stolen property, according to city police department reports. Tommy Dean McMillian Jr., 21, of 171 Pottery Trail, was arrested on West Lebanon Street near Hickory Street after the traffic stop triggered by no taillights, during which McMillian was encountered as a passenger.

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Board okays courthouse repairs

DOBSON — Interested contractors may soon be bidding on a half-million-dollar construction project on the historic Dobson courthouse.Following a brief update on needed repairs to the courthouse, the Surry County Board of Commissioners gave the nod to funding four needed improvements to the building.County Facilities Director Don Mitchell told the board during the meeting that his department had been in the process of having the courthouse assessed by Pilot Mountain-...

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Board to gov’t: Enforce the law

It didn’t take long for the feelings about the current immigration crisis to be known Monday night.Following a presentation to the board by Commissioner Larry Phillips on the issue, board Chair Eddie Harris summed up the sentiment concisely.“The United States government is complicit in human trafficking,” he said.Phillips brought the issue before the board following an Aug. 4 phone call that included representatives from the White House, Heal...

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Variety of plants shown on walk

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A medicinal herb hike Saturday at Pilot Mountain State Park was more of a meditation on a decline of naturalists in forests than a dissertation on knowledge once the domain of a select few local persons before modern medicine was accessible.“Plants have a lot of uses, with a plant sometimes being used in different ways for different results. Back then one person was relied on in communities to have an accumulated knowledge to use them correctly. If you ...

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Propane storage facility planned

An industrial park in Mount Airy is getting a new tenant — a propane storage and distribution facility to be developed by an existing local company.Hall Propane and its parent firm, Twin County Energy Inc. based in Walnut Cove, have bought a site in Piedmont Triad West Corporate Park for the new operation.It will include the erection of two 30,000-gallon propane tanks and other facilities on a site of about 1.2 acres.“They’re fairly large tan...

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Lady Cards sweep Elkin in opener

ELKIN — The Lady Cardinals opened the volleyball season with a 3-0 sweep of Elkin Monday.East Surry dominated the second set, but played sloppy in the first and third frames, said head coach Caleb Gilley.The Cards won 25-17 in the first set, but most of the Lady Elks’ points were given to them by the Cards, he said.Among the mistakes were eight bad serves and some unforced errors on swings.In the second set, East played much better with ...

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SC looks to be tenacious

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles lost two key pieces, but think the volleyball team can improve overall as a group this season.Two of the top players in the league, Cassidy Joyner and Kendra Johnson, have moved on to college, but several younger players who were on the roster last year have grown and improved.Helping with that growth are a couple of new assistants.Head coach Carrie Hutchens and top assistant Camarra Kidd will have more time for varsity this seas...

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Eagles top Bears in opener 3-0

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles showed their killer instinct in finishing off close games to beat Mount Airy Monday 3-0.The Lady Bears played well in each game, but Surry Central put the sets away with runs of 8-0, 5-0 and 7-1.In the first set, the Eagles were up just 3-2 before going on a 9-2 run with several points coming on Emma White’s serve.After a timeout from Bear coach Chuck Morris, the Bears rebounded and kept it even all the way to 17-10....

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Bears host volley games

Mount Airy hosted a five-hour volleyball practice as teams gear up for the start of the season next week.The Lady Bears held three scrimmages simultaneously throughout Friday afternoon: two side-by-side in the main gym and one in the old junior high gym next door.The visiting teams were North Surry, Davie, Glenn, North Stokes and Wilkes Central.Each school faced the other five opponents in a 25-minute contest. Rather than keep score, the teams simply played un...

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Hospital slashes chaplain position

A hospital chaplain can provide invaluable religious and emotional support to patients and families facing medical crises, but Northern Hospital of Surry County has eliminated its full-time chaplain position and will rely on volunteers instead.“I think there’s been some economic changes in health care over the summer,” Terri L. Engle, the former chaplain, said of the monetary considerations that caused her position to recently be cut.“I’m no...

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A long, long ride

Consider a million miles.It equates to 40 trips around the world or two trips to the moon and back.Frequent flyers would be excited to collect the miles two Dobson postal workers were recognized for Thursday morning, but that would require decades.“This is a big deal,” said Dobson Postmaster Mike Rosenhaur. “These are big awards.”Dobson letter carriers Terry Cook and Tim Caudle were honored with two of the highest honors best...

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Bears’ big plans

The Mount Airy volleyball team is looking for big things in Year Two.The Lady Bears welcomed a new coach last season. Chuck Morris, a long-time official and J.O. coach, installed an almost a completely different defensive scheme as well as some new wrinkles to the offense.Without a lot of practice time before the season began, the results were expectedly bad in August. The Bears dropped their first eight matches.Then came a match against similarly winless Walk...

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A family affair

Coach Kelly Holder of Mount Airy would prefer to treat all of his players equally.Considering his son Logan is the Granite Bears’ starting quarterback, that’s easier said than done.Logan enters his second full season as the signal-caller for the Bears, who kick off the season Friday night at Starmount.Kelly admits balancing the father-son, coach-quarterback relationship is tough.“We don’t butt heads because of him making mist...

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‘Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods’ cruise-in had Main Street hopping

This Hot Rod Roadster featured at the Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods cruise-in Saturday night in downtown Mount Airy is a work in progress for Tony Transon. He said the car was found in a shed with the back chopped off. Transon said after a few more “tweaks” the automobile will be “ready to ride.” Downtown Business Association President Phil Marsh estimated more than 200 cars were involved with the event.

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The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts:• Brittni Vickers and Aaron Asher Vickers. Granted August 12.• Christopher Lowe and Gennifer Lowe. Granted August 12.• Charles R. Hayes Jr., and Donna C. Hayes. Granted August 12.• William John Watkins Jr., and Pamela Kay Watkins. Granted August 12.• Santana Coalson Vernon and John Eric Vernon. Granted August 12.• Tr...

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