$1.4 million needed for school capital

$1.4 million needed for school capital

DOBSON — Surry County Schools will need about $1.4 million for special projects in the upcoming fiscal year, according to school officials.Dr. T...

April 7th, 2017 |  


7th Annual Bizfest event a success

7th Annual Bizfest event a success

MOUNT AIRY — The seventh-annual Bizfest went off with out a hitch Thursday, according to organizers.On Thursday, 44 business vendors set up in t...

April 7th, 2017 |  


City stalls intersection improvements

City stalls intersection improvements

Possible improvements to what has been described as a confusing intersection in Mount Airy came to a screeching halt Thursday afternoon.The Mount Airy...

April 7th, 2017 |  


Rep. Foxx to visit city

Rep. Foxx to visit city

Fifth District Rep. Virginia Foxx, who serves Surry County in Congress, is scheduled to visit Mount Airy next Thursday — but that will be limite...

April 7th, 2017 |  


County to buy former grocery store

County to buy former grocery store

DOBSON — Surry County will shell out $1.5 million for a property adjacent to the Surry County Government Center.Following a closed session at Mo...

April 6th, 2017 |  


Opposition raised to new apartments

A Jamestown firm that already has successfully developed one Mount Airy apartment complex and is in the process of launching another has encountered s...

April 6th, 2017 |  


Market Street hits snag

Market Street hits snag

History is not being kind to the city of Mount Airy concerning plans for a major upgrade in a key section of its downtown area.This involves the disco...

April 5th, 2017 |  


Lowry named Main Street Champion

Lowry named Main Street Champion

A local resident and business owner was recently honored for her work in Mount Airy’s downtown area.In March Jennie Lowry, owner of Olde Mill Mu...

April 5th, 2017 |  


City to discuss water project

City to discuss water project

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners could discuss an issue Thursday involving the unusual mix of a water-extension project and a baseball field, aft...

April 5th, 2017 |  


Pork shoulder, not just for BBQ anymore

Pork shoulder, not just for BBQ anymore

Pork shoulder has got to be the broke carnivore’s best friend. Yes, it’s got a lot of connective tissue, it’s kind of stringy and ca...

April 5th, 2017 |  


County may force sewer hookup for some

County may force sewer hookup for some

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners may be poised to force some residents to hook on to a new sanitary sewer system, after a public...

April 4th, 2017 |  


Creed opts against seeking sheriff’s post

Creed opts against seeking sheriff’s post

Less than a week after saying he wanted to be sheriff, Mike Creed has decided against a bid for the office for undisclosed reasons.That was the word M...

April 3rd, 2017 updated: April 4th, 2017. |  


Police are on the search for two suspects after an armed robbery of the Pilot Mountain Circle K store

Police are on the search for two suspects after an armed robbery of the Pilot Mountain Circle K store

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Pilot Mountain Police are still on the look-out for the two men responsible for an armed robbery at a convenience store last we...

April 3rd, 2017 updated: April 3rd, 2017. |  


New blood boosting old-time music

New blood boosting old-time music

DOBSON — It’s Saturday afternoon outside Surry Central High School, and the familiar sounds of a 100-year-old song drift through the Dobso...

April 1st, 2017 |  


Hundreds seek free dental care

Hundreds seek free dental care

Never have so many seemed so anxious to go to the dentist.A visit that most folks avoid — especially when painful procedures are involved —...

April 1st, 2017 updated: April 1st, 2017. |  


Two declare for 2018 sheriff race

Two declare for 2018 sheriff race

DOBSON — A few Republicans are already jockeying for position in the 2018 race for Surry County Sheriff.Though there are others said to be consi...

April 1st, 2017 |  


Three Surry Early College students to compete in international science fair

Three Surry Early College students to compete in international science fair

DOBSON — Three Surry Early College students will test their science projects against a world of challengers.In May, Early College students Jessi...

April 1st, 2017 |  


Greater ‘branding’ of city urged

Greater ‘branding’ of city urged

As hard as it might be to imagine, the day could come when Mount Airy must depend on something other than “Mayberry” for the bulk of its t...

March 31st, 2017 |  


BizFest set for Thursday

BizFest set for Thursday

Getting firsthand information about different businesses in Surry County normally might require hours of driving around and legwork, but next week the...

March 31st, 2017 |  


An event that combines 8,000 plastic eggs with the patter of hundreds of tiny feet in pursuit of the goodies contained therein will unfold on April 8 ...

March 30th, 2017 |  


Human remains found in woods just south of Mount Airy

Human remains found in woods just south of Mount Airy

Human remains were discovered Wednesday evening at a secluded site just south of Mount Airy city limits.Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said memb...

March 30th, 2017 updated: March 30th, 2017. |  


Town officials pitch budget requests

Town officials pitch budget requests

DOBSON — Vehicles and infrastructure improvements were atop the lists of items for which the town’s department heads will request funds.At...

March 29th, 2017 |  


Creed to seek sheriff appointment

Creed to seek sheriff appointment

DOBSON — Another employee at the Surry County Sheriff’s Office is tossing his hat in the ring for the top job.On Wednesday Mike Creed, who...

March 29th, 2017 updated: March 29th, 2017. |  


One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns

One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns

Not every pastry comes with a rhyme all its own but chant “Half for you and half for me, between us two shall good will be,” as you tear a...

March 29th, 2017 |  


Quarter-sized hail hits area

Quarter-sized hail hits area

Officials on Tuesday were monitoring the aftermath of a storm that caused a hail of a time Monday night across this area.A strong weather system lumbe...

March 28th, 2017 |  


Youth compete at Tommy Jarrell Festival in Mount Airy

Youth compete at Tommy Jarrell Festival in Mount Airy

The legacy of Tommy Jarrell lives on in the Mount Airy area and the world.That was no more evident than when a group of young musicians showed they ar...

March 28th, 2017 |  


Egg workshop a hit at museum

Egg workshop a hit at museum

A dozen people turned out on Saturday to learn a piece of Ukrainian heritage, and they left with a festive Easter decoration.On Saturday afternoon the...

March 28th, 2017 |  


Food trucks draw thousands downtown

Food trucks draw thousands downtown

Thousands flocked to Main Street in Mount Airy to get a little taste of a wide selection of foods and drinks on Sunday.Mount Airy Downtown Inc. hosted...

March 27th, 2017 |  


Robbery suspects caught after pursuit

Robbery suspects caught after pursuit

Two armed robbery suspects were in custody Monday after a Sunday night pursuit that originated in Mount Airy and ended in Carroll County, Virginia, wi...

March 27th, 2017 |  


N.C. Rep. Sarah Stevens speaks at the Mount Airy Public Library

N.C. Rep. Sarah Stevens speaks at the Mount Airy Public Library

A lawmaker from Surry County said she supports an increase in funding supporting the operations of libraries throughout the state.“We tightened ...

March 26th, 2017 |  


Local man wins lottery jackpot

A local man’s $1 investment in a lottery ticket has led to him winning a nearly $500,000 jackpot.Francisco Ponce-Estrada of Mount Airy beat odds...

March 25th, 2017 |  


Saturday blaze a training mission for fire fighters

Saturday blaze a training mission for fire fighters

Mount Airy Fire Department personnel and officials from the surrounding area spent their Saturday battling a blaze.A plume of smoke could be seen from...

March 25th, 2017 updated: March 25th, 2017. |  


JustSave store in Pilot Mountain to close by April 29

JustSave store in Pilot Mountain to close by April 29

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Town officials were surprised to learn that a local grocery store will be closing.Lowe’s Foods announced Wednesday that t...

March 23rd, 2017 updated: March 23rd, 2017. |  


Chamber presents 8 ‘overdue’ awards

Chamber presents 8 ‘overdue’ awards

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce honored eight local businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals Thursday afternoon during its annu...

March 23rd, 2017 |  


Well-traveled author to speak here

Well-traveled author to speak here

A man who relied on the old-fashioned community barn-raising concept to help farmers around the world is scheduled to make an appearance in Mount Airy...

March 23rd, 2017 updated: March 24th, 2017. |  


Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson thanks Democratic Party as officials prepare to select his replacement

Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson thanks Democratic Party as officials prepare to select his replacement

DOBSON — As the Surry County Democratic Party prepares for its annual convention, the party members also have another issue to focus on — ...

March 23rd, 2017 |  


Nursing student serves in Dominican Republic

Nursing student serves in Dominican Republic

A nursing student from Surry County recently spent a week providing medical services in the Dominican Republic, which allowed her to aid patients in d...

March 23rd, 2017 |  


Dobson set to annex Herrera Vineyards

DOBSON — The town of Dobson is looking to annex Herrera Vineyards, with a public hearing on the matter scheduled in April.“This resolution...

March 22nd, 2017 |  


School board to fire Central official

School board to fire Central official

Surry County Schools will terminate an assistant principal from Surry Central following his arrest last month on drug-related charges.Benny Lee Balile...

March 22nd, 2017 |  


Surry Fiddlers Convention tuning up

Surry Fiddlers Convention tuning up

DOBSON — The location of the Surry Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is different this year, but organizers say its goal remains the same: to preserv...

March 21st, 2017 |  


City board debates rules on benches

City board debates rules on benches

A simple request to place a granite bench in downtown Mount Airy in memory of a longtime business owner there has triggered a debate on who should and...

March 21st, 2017 |  


Surry County Board accepts Sheriff Graham Atkinson’s resignation

Surry County Board accepts Sheriff Graham Atkinson’s resignation

ELKIN — After a decade in office, Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson will be missed by the members of the Surry County Board of Commissioners....

March 21st, 2017 |  


Surry County Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide near Mount Airy

Surry County Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide near Mount Airy

BANNERTOWN — Officials are investigating an apparent homicide in the Mount Airy area.According to a statement from the Surry County Sheriff̵...

March 21st, 2017 |  


Beulah Methodist, Irish for a day

Beulah Methodist, Irish for a day

“Not one person brined for days and days,” said Carol Forwood of the corned beef served at Beulah United Methodist Church’s St. Patr...

March 21st, 2017 updated: March 21st, 2017. |  


Surry Central victors in Quiz Bowl

Surry Central victors in Quiz Bowl

Ten teams clashed, and one walked away victorious in an annual Quiz Bowl held in Mount Airy.The 10 teams included all five traditional high schools in...

March 21st, 2017 |  


Surry County Commissioners urge change to Article 43 sales tax

Surry County Commissioners urge change to Article 43 sales tax

ELKIN — Surry County Commissioners went all in with their support of proposed sales tax legislation which could create revenue for school capita...

March 20th, 2017 |  


City deploys funds for Honor Guard bus

City deploys funds for Honor Guard bus

As former service personnel who now attend military funerals, local Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard members are accustomed to deploying when need...

March 20th, 2017 |  


Surry County residents caught in Patrick County drug snare

Surry County residents caught in Patrick County drug snare

STUART, Va. — A round of indictments in Patrick County has led to drug charges against 100 people, including several Mount Airy-area residents w...

March 20th, 2017 |  


Former janitor set to become a super

Former janitor set to become a super

It’s a rags-to-riches story. Cleaning rags, that is.A former school custodian recently completed training that will allow him to move up to assi...

March 18th, 2017 |  


Surry Central victors in Quiz Bowl

Surry Central victors in Quiz Bowl

Ten teams clashed, and one walked away victorious in an annual Quiz Bowl held in Mount Airy.The 10 teams included all five traditional high schools in...

March 18th, 2017 |