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Tom Joyce

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Heavy rainfall Sunday led to a number of roads being closed due to flooding in Surry County — but public safety officials were worried Monday that the worst might be yet to come.
“We had surface flooding,” Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said Monday of what resulted the day before. “We had about 25 eve

Heavy rain causes road closings

Heavy rainfall Sunday led to a number of roads being closed due to flooding in Surry County — but public safety officials were worried Monday that the worst might be yet to come. “We had surface flooding,” Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said Monday of what resulted the day before. “We had about 25 eve

The identity of the driver of a compact car involved in a Friday afternoon bus crash has been released by officials.
Johnny Hiatt, 50, of Patton Way in Mount Airy, was driving a Mitsubishi Mirage when the vehicle allegedly crossed the center line of a four-lane roadway, crashing into a Mount Airy City Schools bus shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, accor

Driver's name released in bus crash

The identity of the driver of a compact car involved in a Friday afternoon bus crash has been released by officials. Johnny Hiatt, 50, of Patton Way in Mount Airy, was driving a Mitsubishi Mirage when the vehicle allegedly crossed the center line of a four-lane roadway, crashing into a Mount Airy City Schools bus shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, accor

After a lengthy, bureaucratic-minded quasi-judicial hearing process failed to produce a solution to a rezoning dispute in Mount Airy, the issue was resolved by “common sense.”
This was achieved Thursday night after a city board of commissioners meeting was recessed for about 15 minutes to allow individuals on both sides of the dispute

Sticky zoning issue solved 'man to man'

After a lengthy, bureaucratic-minded quasi-judicial hearing process failed to produce a solution to a rezoning dispute in Mount Airy, the issue was resolved by “common sense.” This was achieved Thursday night after a city board of commissioners meeting was recessed for about 15 minutes to allow individuals on both sides of the dispute

The driver of a compact car was transported to a Winston-Salem hospital Friday afternoon after a collision with a school bus in Mount Airy.
The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at 518 N. Renfro St. in an area between the North Main Street split and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet shopping center.
A Mitsubishi Mirage that was northbound on Renfro

Several hurt in bus crash

The driver of a compact car was transported to a Winston-Salem hospital Friday afternoon after a collision with a school bus in Mount Airy. The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at 518 N. Renfro St. in an area between the North Main Street split and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet shopping center. A Mitsubishi Mirage that was northbound on Renfro

Affected Mount Airy voters apparently are OK with a proposal that could involve closing two precincts in the northern area of the city as a cost-saving measure.
That's based on the reaction gleaned during a “floating” meeting this week at Grace Moravian Church to explain the changes under consideration.
“Overall it was very favo

City voters seem OK with precinct closings

Affected Mount Airy voters apparently are OK with a proposal that could involve closing two precincts in the northern area of the city as a cost-saving measure. That's based on the reaction gleaned during a “floating” meeting this week at Grace Moravian Church to explain the changes under consideration. “Overall it was very favo

Board OKs outdoor dining downtown

Downtown Mount Airy's face soon will have a different look due to the city board of commissioners unanimously approving ordinance changes Thursday night to permit outdoor dining. “The hope is that we can start May 1,” city planner Andy Goodall said concerning when customers can expect to see bistro-type seating on North Main and other

Five public hearings on city agenda tonight

Five public hearings are on tap for a meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners today, including one on a proposal to permit outdoor dining in the downtown area. Also during the 7 p.m. meeting, public input will be sought on a plan to change the “quasi-judicial” hearing process for certain rezoning requests, with one such hearin

This Saturday, artists and craftspeople will demonstrate their skills throughout downtown Mount Airy for the Spring Art Walk, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organizers appear pleased with the response to previous walks, with a new student-driven component, “Chalk of the Town,” planned Saturday.
“I'm thrilled at the growth I've seen in t

Annual downtown art walk and “Chalk of the Town” slated Saturday

This Saturday, artists and craftspeople will demonstrate their skills throughout downtown Mount Airy for the Spring Art Walk, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers appear pleased with the response to previous walks, with a new student-driven component, “Chalk of the Town,” planned Saturday. “I'm thrilled at the growth I've seen in t

Police reports

• The investigation of a suspicious-person call on London Lane this week led to the arrests of three people on various charges, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. After the Monday night incident, which included Emily Nicole Blevins, 31, of 561 Towe Road, Pilot Mountain, being taken into custody on an order for arrest on a prob

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: MEADOWS TOWNSHIP: Michael E. Sizemore

The bad news is that one of every 58 children in North Carolina could be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The good news is that the community is rallying to help, including an April 25 walk in Mount Airy.
“This is the fourth one,” Bridget Soots, who is chairing the event, said of the Autism Walk of Surry, to be held at Riversid

Annual autism walk set for April 25

The bad news is that one of every 58 children in North Carolina could be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The good news is that the community is rallying to help, including an April 25 walk in Mount Airy. “This is the fourth one,” Bridget Soots, who is chairing the event, said of the Autism Walk of Surry, to be held at Riversid

Baseball usually is thought of as a simple, straightforward game that is, after all, America's pastime.
However, a complex undercurrent of politics, social agendas and manipulation was at play among the teams that flourished in Mount Airy and other textile towns during the 1930s and 1940s, according to a baseball historian who spoke here Saturday.

Power was at play with mill-town baseball

Baseball usually is thought of as a simple, straightforward game that is, after all, America's pastime. However, a complex undercurrent of politics, social agendas and manipulation was at play among the teams that flourished in Mount Airy and other textile towns during the 1930s and 1940s, according to a baseball historian who spoke here Saturday.

DOBSON — Although Shelton Vineyards was the setting, an event there Saturday billed as the Spring Fling really wasn't all about the wine.With other outdoor gatherings such as Pilot Mountain's Mayfest and the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy still weeks or months away, the fourth-annual Spring Fling provided a preview — in its own un

Spring gets into swing with fling

DOBSON — Although Shelton Vineyards was the setting, an event there Saturday billed as the Spring Fling really wasn't all about the wine.With other outdoor gatherings such as Pilot Mountain's Mayfest and the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy still weeks or months away, the fourth-annual Spring Fling provided a preview — in its own un

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Northwest Regional Library's 2015 photography exhibition awards reception was held on April 7 at Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain, which is the first stop for the traveling exhibit.
The ninth annual exhibit contains 197 entries. “The first year we had 25 to 30 entries, so we are very pleased with

Photography reception held at library

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Northwest Regional Library's 2015 photography exhibition awards reception was held on April 7 at Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain, which is the first stop for the traveling exhibit. The ninth annual exhibit contains 197 entries. “The first year we had 25 to 30 entries, so we are very pleased with

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Northwest Regional Library's 2015 photography exhibition awards reception was held on April 7 at Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain, which is the first stop for the traveling exhibit.
The ninth annual exhibit contains 197 entries. “The first year we had 25 to 30 entries, so we are very pleased with

Photography reception held at library

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Northwest Regional Library's 2015 photography exhibition awards reception was held on April 7 at Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain, which is the first stop for the traveling exhibit. The ninth annual exhibit contains 197 entries. “The first year we had 25 to 30 entries, so we are very pleased with

Similar to many people encountering it for the first time, Isaac Simone, now 8, was terrified of water, his mom Charlotte recalls.
“He used to be afraid to jump in,” she said Thursday while seated beside the indoor pool at Reeves Community Center in Mount Airy.
As she spoke, Isaac was making quite a splash while confidently skimming a

Veteran swim teacher still making splash

Similar to many people encountering it for the first time, Isaac Simone, now 8, was terrified of water, his mom Charlotte recalls. “He used to be afraid to jump in,” she said Thursday while seated beside the indoor pool at Reeves Community Center in Mount Airy. As she spoke, Isaac was making quite a splash while confidently skimming a

Library art contest winners announced

The Northwestern Regional Library system recently held an awards reception for the Show Us Your Best photography contest and also hosted a photography workshop at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain. The winning entries will remain at the library in Pilot Mountain until the end of April before embarking on a tour where they wil

The Mount Airy Police Department is looking for a few good men — or women — to fill out its ranks.
There are seven vacancies among sworn officers on the force, Police Chief Dale Watson said Thursday during a quarterly meeting of the city Public Safety Committee, made up of commissioners Dean Brown and Jon Cawley.
That's out of a total

Police department trying to fill vacanicies

The Mount Airy Police Department is looking for a few good men — or women — to fill out its ranks. There are seven vacancies among sworn officers on the force, Police Chief Dale Watson said Thursday during a quarterly meeting of the city Public Safety Committee, made up of commissioners Dean Brown and Jon Cawley. That's out of a total

Police reports

• A visit to his parole officer Wednesday led to the discovery that a Pilot Mountain man was wanted in Mount Airy on charges of breaking and entering of a coin machine and larceny, according to city police department reports. Jeffery O'Ryan Puckett, 22, of 118 Dunaway Lane, is free on a written promise to appear in Surry District Court on tho

As its name suggests, Rockford Street can subject travelers to a rocky ride due to its rough surface, but relief is in store for the heavily used route.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has announced plans for resurfacing the stretch of Rockford Street between U.S. 52 and Graves Street, which many rely on as an entry point into Mount Airy.
T

Rough Rockford Street to be resurfaced

As its name suggests, Rockford Street can subject travelers to a rocky ride due to its rough surface, but relief is in store for the heavily used route. The N.C. Department of Transportation has announced plans for resurfacing the stretch of Rockford Street between U.S. 52 and Graves Street, which many rely on as an entry point into Mount Airy. T





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