John Peters

Position: Regional Editor
E-Mail Address: jpeters@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-719-1931


About John Peters

John Peters, Editor, has worked at the Mount Airy News for four years. He recently took on the additional duties of Regional Editor for Civitas Media and, while he greatly enjoys editing and working with his staff, he still counts among his favorite parts of the job finding that gem of a story in unusual places, or talking with people who can tell him what local life was like 30 or 50 (or more) years ago. He and his wife have five children and an always-changing number of assorted other creatures.

Latest Stories by John Peters

Thank you to Melva Houston, and a plea to others

Today marks the end of an era, of sorts. For 18 years local resident and internationally renown jazz artist Melva Houston has headed up the annual Mount Airy community Thanksgiving meal. In recent years, between 400 and 500 individuals have walked through the doors at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall on North Main Street to take part in th

Jones Intermediate School Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduates Thursday morning drew from John Meyer's song “Waiting on the World to Change” as they sang and spoke about how changing the world starts by changing yourself.
“We are a community of leaders,” said student Morgan Hiatt. “For the past 10 weeks we

DARE graduates changing the world

Jones Intermediate School Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduates Thursday morning drew from John Meyer's song “Waiting on the World to Change” as they sang and spoke about how changing the world starts by changing yourself. “We are a community of leaders,” said student Morgan Hiatt. “For the past 10 weeks we

Community Thanksgiving service is Sunday

Flat Rock Pentecostal Holiness Church and its pastor, Dr. David Sparks, will host a special multi-denominational Thanksgiving Worship Service on Sunday beginning at 5:55 p.m. The service is in cooperation with the Mount Airy Ministerial Association. Members of all denominations are invited to attend, and Rev. Richard Loman, pastor of Mount Airy W

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Destany Nicole Conner, age 26, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony larceny of firearms, possess firearm by felon, assault on government official, resist officer, shoplifting a

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Destany Nicole Conner, age 26, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony larceny of firearms, possess firearm by felon, assault on government official, resist officer, shoplifting a

To the Editor, I wish to thank you for the excellent reporting provided throughout the 2014 Veteran's Day event. And a five-star special thanks to Mr. Tom Joyce for his excellent reporting of this very special day before, during, and after the ceremony and parade. All the praise and accolades should go to people like Don Isaacs, district commande

DOBSON — Beth Macy, author of “Factory Man,” will be highlighted in a book reading and discussion on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on Surry Community College's campus.
Macy is the author of the Lukas Prize-winning “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Off

'Factory Man' author Beth Macy featured at SCC

DOBSON — Beth Macy, author of “Factory Man,” will be highlighted in a book reading and discussion on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on Surry Community College's campus. Macy is the author of the Lukas Prize-winning “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Off

Agnes Vernon

Mrs. Agnes Frances Taylor Vernon age 92 of Mount Airy, NC widow of Mr. Ulice Monroe “Bill” Vernon passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Willowbrook Healthcare Center in Yadkinville. She was born February 7, 1922 in Surry County, to the late Walter and Lelar Blanche Ball Taylor. She was a homemaker and was a member of Fellowship

Edward Beck

Mr. Edward Gray Beck age 48 of 384 Charles Beck Lane, Ararat, NC husband of Mrs. Gail Tate Beck passed away Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home. He was born July 10, 1966 in Forsyth County to the late Charles Edward and Barbara Meredith Beck. He was the owner and operator of Gray Beck Septic Tank and Grading - Loggin

Thanks to those who honored veterans

Nearly two weeks ago we were lamenting the fact that no one in our community was taking a leadership role to ensure local veterans would be honored on Veteran's Day. What a difference a couple of weeks make. On Tuesday the annual Veterans Day ceremony that seemed in peril not too long ago was held, with local speakers and politicians lauding the

A day to honor those who have served

Today marks another observance of Veteran's Day, a day when we honor those among us who have served our nation through time in the military. In Mount Airy there will be a parade through the downtown section of the city, along with a ceremony at the city's memorial beginning at 11 a.m. All weekend there have been similar events, in schools, at loc

Melinda Collins Cox recently joined Realty World — Yadkin Valley, a Mount Airy based real estate firm, as a real estate broker licensed in North Carolina.
As a new Realty World broker, She will be representing buyers and sellers with their specific real estate needs. She is a member of the national, state and local board of Realtors and has

Cox joins Realty World

Melinda Collins Cox recently joined Realty World — Yadkin Valley, a Mount Airy based real estate firm, as a real estate broker licensed in North Carolina. As a new Realty World broker, She will be representing buyers and sellers with their specific real estate needs. She is a member of the national, state and local board of Realtors and has

Smoking ban makes sense

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will consider what might be called a controversial move today — banning tobacco use on all city property, including parks and greenways. While smokers and other tobacco users might take issue with the move, we believe it's the right thing to do for at least three reasons. First, the obvious health reaso

With two of the largest precincts yet to report, the Surry County Clerk of Superior Court race was still too close to call.
Shortly before 9 p.m., with 27 of Surry County's 29 precincts reporting, Incumbent Becky Brendle was locked in a tussle with challenger Teresa O'Dell.
O'Dell had taken the lead, with 9,200, or 50.52 percent of the vote, over

Clerk's race still razer-thin

With two of the largest precincts yet to report, the Surry County Clerk of Superior Court race was still too close to call. Shortly before 9 p.m., with 27 of Surry County's 29 precincts reporting, Incumbent Becky Brendle was locked in a tussle with challenger Teresa O'Dell. O'Dell had taken the lead, with 9,200, or 50.52 percent of the vote, over

With a bevy of local and statewide races on today's ballot, there were few local races holding any suspense with about a third of the county's 29 precincts reporting shortly after 8:30 p.m.
The one exception is the Surry County clerk of superior court race, where incumbent Becky Brendle was locked in a tussle with challenger Teresa O'Dell.
Brendl

Clerk's race a tight one

With a bevy of local and statewide races on today's ballot, there were few local races holding any suspense with about a third of the county's 29 precincts reporting shortly after 8:30 p.m. The one exception is the Surry County clerk of superior court race, where incumbent Becky Brendle was locked in a tussle with challenger Teresa O'Dell. Brendl

If tonight's preliminary results hold up, Surry County has a new clerk of Superior Court.
With the final of 29 precincts coming in around 9:45 p.m., it appears challenger Teresa O'Dell has snatched the office from incumbent Becky Brendle. O'Dell recorded 9,502 votes, for 50.42 percent of the vote, to Brendle's 9,343, or 49.58 percent. The results

Clerk's race still razer-thin

If tonight's preliminary results hold up, Surry County has a new clerk of Superior Court. With the final of 29 precincts coming in around 9:45 p.m., it appears challenger Teresa O'Dell has snatched the office from incumbent Becky Brendle. O'Dell recorded 9,502 votes, for 50.42 percent of the vote, to Brendle's 9,343, or 49.58 percent. The results

BOONVILLE — A State Road resident and teacher at Starmount Middle School was arrested on charges pertaining to pornographic materials that allegedly were sent to a minor.
Elizabeth Lorraine Brown, 25, of State Road, at Starmount Middle School, was arrested and charged with nine counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor under the ag

Starmount Middle teacher charged

BOONVILLE — A State Road resident and teacher at Starmount Middle School was arrested on charges pertaining to pornographic materials that allegedly were sent to a minor. Elizabeth Lorraine Brown, 25, of State Road, at Starmount Middle School, was arrested and charged with nine counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor under the ag

Public records

LAND TRANSFERS In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for property be stated on the deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 valuation or fraction is thereof affixed to each deed. The Stokes County Register of Deeds recorded the following deeds: BEAVER ISLAND TOWNSHIP: Betty Jo Bulli

Veterans deserve better than to be forgotten

The good folks of Mount Airy and Surry County should be ashamed. As many no doubt know, Nov. 11 is Veteran's Day, a day set aside to honor the sacrifices of those men and women who have served the United States in the nation's armed services. Today is Nov. 2, just nine days from the observance, and as of today there is no organized service or com





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