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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

Public Records

LAND TRANSFERSIn 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:Joel Eugene James, Jr.

Internet marketing subject of seminar

Web designer Boomer Sassmann will be leading the seminar Bridging the Digital Divide: Understanding Internet Marketing in 2015 on Tuesday, May 12. Sponsored by the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and the Surry Small Business Center, the course will outline best practices of Internet marketing and how social media can play a role in that mar

Food Lion recently presented the staff at St. Paul's School in Cana, Va., and the staff at Meadowview Middle School in Mount Airy, cakes bearing the words “Thanks for all you do” in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. Pictured here are, from left, Leesa Ayers of St. Paul's, Food Lion's Nikki Easter, St. Paul's Movita Utt, Food Lio

Food Lion honors teachers

Food Lion recently presented the staff at St. Paul's School in Cana, Va., and the staff at Meadowview Middle School in Mount Airy, cakes bearing the words “Thanks for all you do” in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. Pictured here are, from left, Leesa Ayers of St. Paul's, Food Lion's Nikki Easter, St. Paul's Movita Utt, Food Lio

Day of Prayer activities planned Thursday

This year's 64th annual National Day of Prayer local ceremony will be observed on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. on the front lawn of the Mount Airy Municipal Building. The Mount Airy Ministerial Association and residents of Surry County will join millions of people from an estimated 40,000 similar gatherings around the United States to celebrate the even

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Travis Donald Thompson, a white male, 47, who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for carry concealed weapon, two counts possess schedule II controlled substance, two counts larceny and use/possess drug pa

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Travis Donald Thompson, a white male, 47, who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for carry concealed weapon, two counts possess schedule II controlled substance, two counts larceny and use/possess drug pa

Mount Airy Vision Center recently celebrated the retirement of Robin Atkins, who has served with the company for 17 years. They held the retirement dinner at Old North State Winery. Pictured here are, from left, Gale Saunders, Ashley Leonard, Jane Sutphin, Atkins, Dr. Chris Owens, Elecia Gammons, Christa Stanley and Lisa Arnder.

Atkins retires from Mount Airy Vision

Mount Airy Vision Center recently celebrated the retirement of Robin Atkins, who has served with the company for 17 years. They held the retirement dinner at Old North State Winery. Pictured here are, from left, Gale Saunders, Ashley Leonard, Jane Sutphin, Atkins, Dr. Chris Owens, Elecia Gammons, Christa Stanley and Lisa Arnder.

Part of NC 89 to be closed for roadwork

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will shut down a portion of N.C. 89 in Surry County for nearly two weeks beginning Wednesday, May 27 as crews work there to remove what the department considers a “dangerous” curve between Lowgap and the Virginia state line. Workers will be removing the curve and constructing connections

Nathan DiBagno has been named publisher of The Mount Airy News.
​“I am honored to serve with such a talented group of newspaper professionals,” DiBagno said. “I will make sure to listen to our customers and readers. We will do our best to bring them a product they love and enjoy.”
DiBagno was appointed to the post af

Dibagno named News publisher

Nathan DiBagno has been named publisher of The Mount Airy News. ​“I am honored to serve with such a talented group of newspaper professionals,” DiBagno said. “I will make sure to listen to our customers and readers. We will do our best to bring them a product they love and enjoy.” DiBagno was appointed to the post af

PART is not a business

To the Editor, A letter to the editor by Larry Stone was published (Mount Airy News, April 23), regarding a possible tax that would contribute revenue to the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART). His assertions and assumptions are completely wrong. He takes a sensationalist approach to the issue. His comment regarding the fact th

Bobby Montgomery, unit director for Bojangles' in Dobson, has been ranked among the 16 finalists for the Bojangles' ShowBo Awards.
He was chosen as one of the top 16 managers from more than 250 company-owned restaurants. Montgomery has worked with Bojangles' for more than 15 years and is now in the running to be crowned one of Bojangles' top resta

Bojangles' manager recognized

Bobby Montgomery, unit director for Bojangles' in Dobson, has been ranked among the 16 finalists for the Bojangles' ShowBo Awards. He was chosen as one of the top 16 managers from more than 250 company-owned restaurants. Montgomery has worked with Bojangles' for more than 15 years and is now in the running to be crowned one of Bojangles' top resta

Time to move ahead on sewer project

Monday night the Surry County Board of Commissioners will consider, perhaps for the final time, whether to proceed with the so-called interstates sewer line. The project is slated to extend sewer service along Highway 89 to the interchange of interstates 77 and 74, a move touted by some as a potential boon to economic development in that corridor.

The right vote on quasi-judicial hearings

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners recently took a significant step toward making local government more responsive to the needs of city residents. The board changed the city code to do away with the ridiculous practice of holding a quasi-judicial hearing for certain rezoning and conditional use requests. Under the quasi-judicial requirements,

Public Records

LAND TRANSFERSIn 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:Joel Eugene James, Jr.

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• James Robert Brintle, a white male, age 19, who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony obtain property by false pretense, possess schedule II controlled substance, use/possess drug paraphernalia an

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • James Robert Brintle, a white male, age 19, who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony obtain property by false pretense, possess schedule II controlled substance, use/possess drug paraphernalia an

Stevens, Randleman have chance to make true change

In 2009, shortly after Mount Airy attorney Sarah Stevens was first seated in the North Carolina House of Representatives, she made what we considered an interesting proposal regarding the upcoming state budget process. Rather than keep the present budget intact, just adding here and snipping there to make the expenses fit the available revenue, sh

Book Smarts

Following is a list of titles recently received at the Mt. Airy Public Library that are available for checkout: The Liar by Nora Roberts, fiction Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline, fiction Just You Wait by Jane Tesh, fiction Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Clarie Mitchell, fiction A Touch of Stardust by Kate Scott, fiction Rain on the Dead

Author holds book signing in Pilot

Author Larry C. York of Pinnacle will be holding a book signing Saturday at The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar, at 215 East Main Street in Pilot Mountain from 1 to 3 p.m. He'll be signing copies of his latest novel, “The Baron of Nantes,” the story of Tommy Smyth, the senior class valedictorian who is accused of murder the day aft

Surrey Bancorp reports slight earnings growth

Surrey Bancorp the, which trades under the pink sheet symbol SRYB and is the holding company for Surrey Bank & Trust last week reported earnings for the first quarter of 2015 were up slightly over the same period a year ago. For the quarter ended March 31, net income totaled $728,434 or 17 cents per common share, compared with $676,400 or 16 c

No way on PART tax request

To the Editor, I am writing this letter concerning PARTs request to tax the people of Surry County to subsidize their business. My family has run a business in Surry County for 30 years and not once in that 30 years has a county commissioner set foot in our business to ask if we needed anything to expand our business. As a matter of fact 10 years

Hutson earns Enrolled Agent status

Mary E. Hutson, of the full-service accounting and tax service firm TransACTions LLC, has achieved the status of Enrolled Agent. Enrolled Agents are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Enrolled Agents, who receive their designation from the





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