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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

Memorial Day fun? Remember what the purpose of the holiday

We're right in the middle of the traditional three-day Memorial Day weekend. The weather's turning hot, the summer lies just around the corner, and socially we've come to view this as the beginning of the hot, summer and vacation season that continues from now until Labor Day. That's one reason Memorial Day weekend is often punctuated with picnics

Chamber taps new president

Five months after the The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and its long-time president, Betty Ann Collins, parted ways, the chamber has hired her replacement. The board voted on May 15 to offer the position to Warren R. “Randy” Collins, although chamber officials did not release the information until shortly before 5 p.m. on Frid

Booksmarts

Following is a list of titles recently received at the Mt. Airy Public Library that are available for checkout: Deceived by Laura S. Wharton, fiction At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen, fiction The Sound of Glass by Karen White, fiction Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman, fiction The Bone Tree by Greg Iles, fiction The Enemy Inside by Steve Mar

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Heather Renee Moser, a white female, 27 years of age, who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for 30 counts felony obtain property by false pretense;
• Heather Kathleen Bosze, a white female, 20, wh

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Heather Renee Moser, a white female, 27 years of age, who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for 30 counts felony obtain property by false pretense; • Heather Kathleen Bosze, a white female, 20, wh

County courting trouble?

To the Editor, On May 19, a story was published regarding prayer at county board of commissioners meetings. I must say, I am quite worried that our county is heading down a dangerous legal path. With the County Attorney Ed Woltz expressing his legal opinion that the county's method of prayer being unconstitutional, I think that this is not someth

You said it…

Your Said It is a new periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we've received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mtairynews.com, on articles we've published. Regarding a story by Andy Winemiller on the county board of commissioners' decision to continue opening the meetings with prayer, with the board members rota

Lowe's of Mount Airy partnered with the Mount Airy News in a reader contest and Spencer Flinchum of Pilot Mountain was the winner of the $1,000 shopping spree at Lowe's of Mount Airy. Here, Flinchum is presented the $1,000 gift cards on his 75th birthday. Shown, from left, are Ferris Simpson, circulation director at the Mount Airy News, Flinchum an

And the winner is…

Lowe's of Mount Airy partnered with the Mount Airy News in a reader contest and Spencer Flinchum of Pilot Mountain was the winner of the $1,000 shopping spree at Lowe's of Mount Airy. Here, Flinchum is presented the $1,000 gift cards on his 75th birthday. Shown, from left, are Ferris Simpson, circulation director at the Mount Airy News, Flinchum an

PFC Tyler M. Clark completed School of Infantry training at Camp Geiger, Jacksonville on April 23. He successfully finished eight weeks of training specializing in infantry, reconnaissance, light armored reconnaissance and assault amphibian entry-level and advanced MOS training, and basic combat skills.
Tyler, the son of Gene and Becky Clark, is p

Military News

PFC Tyler M. Clark completed School of Infantry training at Camp Geiger, Jacksonville on April 23. He successfully finished eight weeks of training specializing in infantry, reconnaissance, light armored reconnaissance and assault amphibian entry-level and advanced MOS training, and basic combat skills. Tyler, the son of Gene and Becky Clark, is p

Last week the Surry County Board of Commissioners tread into a sticky little situation — that of prayers used to open the Board of Commissioners meetings.
The discussion was prompted by County Attorney Ed Woltz sharing with the board his concern that the prayers, as they are conducted, in his opinion clearly violate the U.S. Constitution as

Commissioners face sticky situation on prayers

Last week the Surry County Board of Commissioners tread into a sticky little situation — that of prayers used to open the Board of Commissioners meetings. The discussion was prompted by County Attorney Ed Woltz sharing with the board his concern that the prayers, as they are conducted, in his opinion clearly violate the U.S. Constitution as

Mayberry Music Academy held its first Spring Showcase of student achievement on May 12 at 7 p.m. In attendance were 13 of the academy's 25 students ranging in ages from 5 to 16 performing piano and vocal selections.
There were more than 50 guests in attendance filling the studio recital hall. Teachers Martha Cogdill and Kelsey Killon said they wer

Mayberry Music Academy holds recital

Mayberry Music Academy held its first Spring Showcase of student achievement on May 12 at 7 p.m. In attendance were 13 of the academy's 25 students ranging in ages from 5 to 16 performing piano and vocal selections. There were more than 50 guests in attendance filling the studio recital hall. Teachers Martha Cogdill and Kelsey Killon said they wer

Christina Plitt might be considered a study in contrasts.
She's afraid of heights, yet she counts skydiving as her favorite hobby. In her youth she displayed an aptitude toward the rather impersonal fields of science and math, even flirting with the idea of an engineering career, yet she ultimately chose to work in the non-profit and human service

Change, challenge drives new director

Christina Plitt might be considered a study in contrasts. She's afraid of heights, yet she counts skydiving as her favorite hobby. In her youth she displayed an aptitude toward the rather impersonal fields of science and math, even flirting with the idea of an engineering career, yet she ultimately chose to work in the non-profit and human service

Incentive requirements should be enforced

Monday night the Surry County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider a request from CK Technologies to amend an economic development agreement the firm has with the county. That pact goes back to 2005, when the company received a loan as part of a financial incentive package that allowed for the company to receive forgiveness of a 6-perce

Your said it…

Your Said It is a new periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we've received on Facebook and on our website, mtairynews.com, on articles we've published. Regarding a story by Tom Joyce on the city's decision to tear down a a vacant home on 145 Orchard St., we received the following comments on Facebook: Michael Ladd: It a

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Stephanie Lynn Hiatt, 39, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony possess/distribute meth precursor, two counts possess schedule II controlled substance and use/possess drug parap

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Stephanie Lynn Hiatt, 39, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony possess/distribute meth precursor, two counts possess schedule II controlled substance and use/possess drug parap

Yesterday was a big day in Mount Airy.
Well, maybe Friday evening and yesterday combined, with the annual tractor parade and Farmfest. These events might not have the glamour some of the other regular downtown gatherings possess, but to me there's always been something special about farmers, a particular allure I've felt to farming and working the

Farming is a special calling

Yesterday was a big day in Mount Airy. Well, maybe Friday evening and yesterday combined, with the annual tractor parade and Farmfest. These events might not have the glamour some of the other regular downtown gatherings possess, but to me there's always been something special about farmers, a particular allure I've felt to farming and working the

Time to eliminate the ETJ

On Thursday night the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city subdivision and zoning ordinance to make it easier for property owners to transfer land to family members. This has come about because of a request by a local woman owning property who simply wanted to deed a parcel to h

The Catalinas will be playing at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the Will Jones Band, will be performing at the same venue on Saturday beginning at 7:30 p,m. Both shows are part of the Surry Arts Council Summer Concert Series. Admission is $11 per person, or free admission for those younger than age 12 and for those

The Catalinas, Will Jones Band to perform

The Catalinas will be playing at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the Will Jones Band, will be performing at the same venue on Saturday beginning at 7:30 p,m. Both shows are part of the Surry Arts Council Summer Concert Series. Admission is $11 per person, or free admission for those younger than age 12 and for those

Health Department Inspections

Health Department Inspections is a weekly listing of inspections conducted in Surry County establishments by North Carolina health officials. The listing includes restaurants, schools, day care facilities, adult care and other facilities. The listings give the health inspector score, if applicable, along with the text of their findings in their wor

Authorities right to target gambling businesses

Last week local law enforcement raided three suspected Internet gambling establishments, which followed a similar raid on another suspected Internet gambling business on April 2. What's been surprising to us is the amount of criticism which has been directed at both the Surry County Sheriff's Office and the Mount Airy Police Department for their a

Two local writers will be holding book-signings this week, one in town with the release of her latest novel, while the other will be in Danbury where he will be signing copies of his stage production.
On Saturday, novelist Laura S. Wharton will be signing copies of her newest novel, “Deceived: A Sam McClellan Tale,” and on Sunday playw

Two local writers will be holding book-signings this week, one in town with the release of her latest novel, while the other will be in Danbury where he will be signing copies of his stage production. On Saturday, novelist Laura S. Wharton will be signing copies of her newest novel, “Deceived: A Sam McClellan Tale,” and on Sunday playw





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