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Tom Joyce

Position: Staff Reporter
E-Mail Address: tjoyce@civitasmedia.com

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A proposal to allow golf carts on certain streets in Mount Airy has stalled out before it even got rolling.The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday night against a motion to launch the process of drafting a proposed ordinance regulating cart use and allowing the public to weigh in on the matter.“I can't vote for it,” Com

Golf cart plan hits roadblock

A proposal to allow golf carts on certain streets in Mount Airy has stalled out before it even got rolling.The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday night against a motion to launch the process of drafting a proposed ordinance regulating cart use and allowing the public to weigh in on the matter.“I can't vote for it,” Com

Two issues that arose this week in Mount Airy have only an indirect relationship to each other, but when combined point to a single undeniable conclusion:
For such a small town, Mount Airy has some of the most inconsiderate, impatient and downright dangerous drivers you'll find anywhere — who fly (literally) into the face of that Mayberry my

Note to local drivers: You're in Mayberry

Two issues that arose this week in Mount Airy have only an indirect relationship to each other, but when combined point to a single undeniable conclusion: For such a small town, Mount Airy has some of the most inconsiderate, impatient and downright dangerous drivers you'll find anywhere — who fly (literally) into the face of that Mayberry my

Mount Airy residents would see no increase in property taxes or water and sewer rates under a proposed city budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year which was unveiled during a council meeting Thursday night.
To help keep the tax rate at the present 48 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, and still meet pressing needs, the spending plan presented by

No city tax hike proposed

Mount Airy residents would see no increase in property taxes or water and sewer rates under a proposed city budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year which was unveiled during a council meeting Thursday night. To help keep the tax rate at the present 48 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, and still meet pressing needs, the spending plan presented by

Police reports

• Ashley Renee McConkey, 31, of 145 Champion Lane, was cited for larceny Monday at Walmart, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports, which provided no further details regarding the alleged offense. McConkey is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on June 10. • Harry Smith Phillips, 65, of 347 Price St., was served with

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

Old Pine State plant being revamped

A renovation project has been announced for the former Pine State Knitwear site in Mount Airy, which local officials say will provide a “great addition” of space needed for economic-development purposes. The effort by Bray Properties LLC, owner of the former sweater-manufacturing plant located at the intersection of Fredrick Street and

City to address dangerous intersection

Long-awaited safety improvements to a dangerous Mount Airy intersection could get the green light today from the city board of commissioners. During a meeting at 7 p.m., the board is expected to approve an agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) to address pedestrian safety issues at the well-traveled junction of Renfro and Pine

A local World War II veteran who led the rescue of future President John F. Kennedy and later participated in the D-Day invasion will be the special guest speaker for Mount Airy's annual Memorial Day event.
The public is invited to the remembrance service that is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Mount Airy War Memorial on the corner of

City announces Memorial Day event

A local World War II veteran who led the rescue of future President John F. Kennedy and later participated in the D-Day invasion will be the special guest speaker for Mount Airy's annual Memorial Day event. The public is invited to the remembrance service that is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Mount Airy War Memorial on the corner of

Golf carts proposed for local streets

Bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, the usual vehicular traffic, one's legs — and even skateboards — are among the conveyances people use to negotiate Mount Airy streets, which could be joined by golf carts. The city board of commissioners is scheduled to discuss a proposal during a meeting Thursday night to permit the operation of golf c

No tax hike in city budget?

It won't be known for sure until Thursday night, but there are early indications that Mount Airy residents might escape the next fiscal year without a threatened property tax increase. “I actually feel pretty sure” about the prospect of no tax hike, Dean Brown, the senior member of the city board of commissioners said Tuesday about Mou

Police reports

• A common-law robbery was reported Sunday in Mount Airy, according to city police department reports. It involved a known suspect taking an undisclosed sum of cash and a bottle of cologne from Lindsey Kay Joyce of East Pine Street. That person is said to have assaulted the victim by pushing her and striking her in the chest before fleeing th

A weekend fire of undetermined origin in Mount Airy destroyed a building that formerly housed the Satterfield's bar at 839 Forrest Drive.
“You could see the flames and smoke from miles away,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said of the incident that was reported at 11:20 p.m. Saturday. “We even had to deploy the aerial truck ther

Fire destroys former bar

A weekend fire of undetermined origin in Mount Airy destroyed a building that formerly housed the Satterfield's bar at 839 Forrest Drive. “You could see the flames and smoke from miles away,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said of the incident that was reported at 11:20 p.m. Saturday. “We even had to deploy the aerial truck ther

Peter Raymer, left, athletics program supervisor for Mount Airy Parks and Recreation, is shown with Commissioner Steve Yokeley, also interim mayor, at a recent city council meeting during which Raymer was recognized for receiving the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) designation. The CPRP program is administered through the Nationa

Raymer achieves CPRP status

Peter Raymer, left, athletics program supervisor for Mount Airy Parks and Recreation, is shown with Commissioner Steve Yokeley, also interim mayor, at a recent city council meeting during which Raymer was recognized for receiving the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) designation. The CPRP program is administered through the Nationa

More-extensive precinct changes eyed

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Elections is scheduled to vote today on a series of precinct changes under which about 11,000 citizens would cast ballots at new locations in the future. The changes being eyed include those previously reported when a precinct-realignment plan was first announced earlier this spring, as well as additional o

Westfield News

John Wright celebrated his 93rd birthday May 8. He is the last living child of Henry and Fannie Wright of Westfield. John was honored with a birthday celebration at his daughter's home, Gloria Wakefield, May 9. John's son, the Rev. Wayne Wright, and daughter, Lisa Wright, were there to help with their father's celebration. Grandchildren, great-gran

A vote this past week to designate a so-called blighted area in Mount Airy, which city officials are seeking to revitalize, wasn't the open-and-shut decision it initially appeared to be.
During a meeting of the Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission on Wednesday, the seven-member group voted to approve the property boundaries for the blighted area. T

Cawley opposes 'blighted' tag

A vote this past week to designate a so-called blighted area in Mount Airy, which city officials are seeking to revitalize, wasn't the open-and-shut decision it initially appeared to be. During a meeting of the Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission on Wednesday, the seven-member group voted to approve the property boundaries for the blighted area. T

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

DOBSON — Among those gathered at a busy street corner in the Surry County seat Friday morning was Beverly Gibson, whose father was gunned down in 1966 while working at the Pilot Mountain police station.
“I feel like my dad was stripped away from me,” said Gibson, who was only 6 years old when Officer James Thomas was killed after

Dobson service honors slain officers

DOBSON — Among those gathered at a busy street corner in the Surry County seat Friday morning was Beverly Gibson, whose father was gunned down in 1966 while working at the Pilot Mountain police station. “I feel like my dad was stripped away from me,” said Gibson, who was only 6 years old when Officer James Thomas was killed after

If I worked as a human resources manager (what we once called personnel director) for an organization where employees handled money or other valuables, it would be nice to know if a job applicant had a tendency toward theft.
The same would be true of positions requiring people to operate a vehicle in the course of their duties. I certainly wouldn'

Ban bad behavior, but not 'The Box'

If I worked as a human resources manager (what we once called personnel director) for an organization where employees handled money or other valuables, it would be nice to know if a job applicant had a tendency toward theft. The same would be true of positions requiring people to operate a vehicle in the course of their duties. I certainly wouldn'

The Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission took what was described as the most important action so far in its brief history Wednesday when it approved the boundaries for a blighted area.
“It's critical,” said Steve Yokeley, a city councilman who chairs the commission formed last year to revitalize the former Spencer's Inc. industrial prop

Group OKs 'blighted' area boundary

The Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission took what was described as the most important action so far in its brief history Wednesday when it approved the boundaries for a blighted area. “It's critical,” said Steve Yokeley, a city councilman who chairs the commission formed last year to revitalize the former Spencer's Inc. industrial prop





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