Tom Joyce

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

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'Video showcase' eyed for city

A month after rejecting the idea of a New York communications company producing a “video showcase” program for Mount Airy, city officials are poised to award the job to a local provider this week. During an Aug. 7 meeting, the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners wanted no part of a plan in which CGI Communications Inc. of Rochester, N.Y.

H&W official clarifies sale

Although the sale of H&W Trucking Co. has been reported by local and state media outlets, a company official said Monday that the transaction doesn't involve a lock, stock and barrel situation. Gary Harold explained that certain assets of H&W will remain in the hands of the family owned company that has been in place since the 1960s. What

Many times when firemen show up at a home, it's to battle a blaze — but their canvassing of a city neighborhood this coming week will be strictly preventative in nature.
Mount Airy firefighters plan to visit residences in a section of Worth Street on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as part of an ongoing, voluntary campaign to ensure h

Firemen to check detectors in homes

Many times when firemen show up at a home, it's to battle a blaze — but their canvassing of a city neighborhood this coming week will be strictly preventative in nature. Mount Airy firefighters plan to visit residences in a section of Worth Street on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as part of an ongoing, voluntary campaign to ensure h

Police briefs

• Assorted grocery and food items were stolen at Sheetz on U.S. 601 last Monday, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. No dollar figure was listed for the loss. • A wooden patio table, black in color and valued at $30, was discovered missing Tuesday at the residence of Leah Taylor Hauser on Arlington Street. The unsecured

Andy and Opie won't actually be there, but the thrill of going to the old fishing hole to catch a big one awaits participants of a gathering next weekend in Mount Airy.
The annual Andy-Opie “Take Me Fishing” event will be held Saturday at the Tumbling Rock Reservoir at the city's Westwood Park on Galax Trail.
Not only is admission fre

Kids invited to 'Take Me Fishing' event

Andy and Opie won't actually be there, but the thrill of going to the old fishing hole to catch a big one awaits participants of a gathering next weekend in Mount Airy. The annual Andy-Opie “Take Me Fishing” event will be held Saturday at the Tumbling Rock Reservoir at the city's Westwood Park on Galax Trail. Not only is admission fre

Mount Airy woman arrested on 10 felonies

STUART, Va. — A Mount Airy woman was being held in the Patrick County Jail Thursday on 10 felony charges stemming from alleged check-related crimes at an Ararat-area business. Christie Diane Glass, 35, of 292 Duck Hollow Lane, is accused of five counts of uttering (or passing) a forged check and five counts of obtaining money by false preten

Work on a blighted-area plan encompassing areas near downtown Mount Airy is just beginning, but members of a redevelopment group see a need to engage the public now — especially affected property owners.
“I think it's important to get the public involved as much as possible,” city Redevelopment Commission Chairman Steve Yokeley s

Meeting set on blighted-area effort

Work on a blighted-area plan encompassing areas near downtown Mount Airy is just beginning, but members of a redevelopment group see a need to engage the public now — especially affected property owners. “I think it's important to get the public involved as much as possible,” city Redevelopment Commission Chairman Steve Yokeley s

MAFD awarded for safety efforts

The Mount Airy Fire Department has been named a recipient of the national Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire-prevention efforts. It was given by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in recognition of accomplishments during 2013. The Mount Airy Fire Department is one of only 143 fire depart

The annual Surry County Agricultural Fair opens today, with expectations running as high as a Ferris wheel.
“It's shaping up real well,” fair Co-Chair Katherine Thorpe said Tuesday as crews set up rides and exhibits were being received for the event now in its 67th year. Gates open today at 3:30 p.m. for general fair-goers, with a Seni

Surry County fair begins today

The annual Surry County Agricultural Fair opens today, with expectations running as high as a Ferris wheel. “It's shaping up real well,” fair Co-Chair Katherine Thorpe said Tuesday as crews set up rides and exhibits were being received for the event now in its 67th year. Gates open today at 3:30 p.m. for general fair-goers, with a Seni

Police briefs

• A Mount Airy man was jailed Tuesday after allegedly taking $318 worth of merchandise at Walmart and then refusing to cooperate with law enforcement officers, according to city police department reports. Matthew Howard Gordon, 21, of 870 E. Pine St., was encountered during a larceny in progress at the store, which led to an investigation tha

A new mini-park in downtown Mount Airy not only has a name now, but a date for when it will be available for the public to enjoy.
The name Carlos Jones Blue Ridge Park was approved by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners at a meeting last week, in honor of a local young man who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II. That name also pays h

Downtown park to open soon

A new mini-park in downtown Mount Airy not only has a name now, but a date for when it will be available for the public to enjoy. The name Carlos Jones Blue Ridge Park was approved by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners at a meeting last week, in honor of a local young man who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II. That name also pays h

A start-up technology company has opened in downtown Mount Airy, which its owner and a local economic-development official hope will lead to similar businesses being launched here.
Cenique USA, LLC began operations last Tuesday in a suite of offices at 125 Oak St., the former Painted Palace location across from Trio Restaurant & Bar.
The loca

High-tech start-up company opens here

A start-up technology company has opened in downtown Mount Airy, which its owner and a local economic-development official hope will lead to similar businesses being launched here. Cenique USA, LLC began operations last Tuesday in a suite of offices at 125 Oak St., the former Painted Palace location across from Trio Restaurant & Bar. The loca

Police briefs

• A Mount Airy man and his girlfriend were arrested at a local Rent-A-Center on felony charges after a false-pretense investigation, according to city police department reports. Donald Ray Hayslip, 31, of 695 Allred Mill Road, was taken into custody Saturday at the South Andy Griffith Parkway business on two counts of obtaining property by fa

Mount Airy officials approved their part of a city-county agreement to extend sewer service to the Interstates District Thursday afternoon, but rejected last-minute changes sought by Surry leaders.
The city's action, including the providing of $1 million toward the expansion's roughly $5 million cost, also will be rescinded if the work is not sent

City flushes county request in sewer vote

Mount Airy officials approved their part of a city-county agreement to extend sewer service to the Interstates District Thursday afternoon, but rejected last-minute changes sought by Surry leaders. The city's action, including the providing of $1 million toward the expansion's roughly $5 million cost, also will be rescinded if the work is not sent

Police briefs

• A break-in and larceny was discovered Tuesday at Mount Airy Elks Lodge, according to city police department reports. Someone used a spare key to enter the lodge building on Elks Drive and gained access to a room that led to the theft of a cash register and liquor cabinet lock — valued altogether at $420 — along with an undisclos

Term limits eyed for redevelopment group

Presidential term limits are in place to prevent any one leader from becoming too powerful, and members of a new redevelopment group in Mount Airy are facing similar limitations. The city board of commissions is scheduled to consider a measure during a meeting today at 2 p.m. at the Municipal Building which would impose term limits on the Mount Ai

Police briefs

• A case of property damage involving a truck was reported last Wednesday at Mayberry Mall, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. An unknown suspect or suspects used some type of item to cause $1,500 in damage to the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup of Jacob Bradley Hooker, a resident of Johnson Road. • A larceny was discov

With Mount Airy's “festival season” approaching and thousands of visitors expected to strain parking resources, a large lot beside the city post office could help alleviate that — if only it were open.
Despite vigorous attempts to negotiate with officials of the U.S. Postal Service — which owns the site — the lot rema

City still wrestling with postal lot dilemma

With Mount Airy's “festival season” approaching and thousands of visitors expected to strain parking resources, a large lot beside the city post office could help alleviate that — if only it were open. Despite vigorous attempts to negotiate with officials of the U.S. Postal Service — which owns the site — the lot rema

With September here, the annual Surry County Agricultural Fair can't be far away — with organizers promising a bigger and better event this year.
That will include a change in the provider of midway rides and attractions. Dreamland Amusements will fill that role when the local fair — now in its 67th year — begins on Sept. 10 and

Surry County fair to open soon

With September here, the annual Surry County Agricultural Fair can't be far away — with organizers promising a bigger and better event this year. That will include a change in the provider of midway rides and attractions. Dreamland Amusements will fill that role when the local fair — now in its 67th year — begins on Sept. 10 and

WESTFIELD — Remembrance will be the theme for the Ridge Westfield School reunion next weekend as former students recall its past, but they're also looking to the future and a campaign to preserve the old campus.“We just don't want this to go down,” Lizzie Penn James of Pinnacle, one of those students, said of the need to improve t

Effort planned to restore historic school

WESTFIELD — Remembrance will be the theme for the Ridge Westfield School reunion next weekend as former students recall its past, but they're also looking to the future and a campaign to preserve the old campus.“We just don't want this to go down,” Lizzie Penn James of Pinnacle, one of those students, said of the need to improve t




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