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 |  


Jones clashes with citizen on budget

Jones clashes with citizen on budget

During the late-spring budget season, local government officials debate spending and property taxes — but fiscal emotion already is running high...

March 17th, 2017 |  


DA says drug fight requires team effort

DA says drug fight requires team effort

Surry County District Attorney Ricky Bowman seemed pleased to speak to a group assembled for a meeting of Project Lazarus-Surry about the county’...

March 17th, 2017 |  


New Beal scholarship to aid police

New Beal scholarship to aid police

It’s not every day someone has a scholarship named for him or her, and David Beal was understandably surprised upon learning that a $7,000 one i...

March 17th, 2017 updated: March 17th, 2017. |  


City board split on intersection issue

City board split on intersection issue

Mount Airy officials have agreed to hold a public hearing on possible improvements to a “confusing” intersection in town, but not all of t...

March 16th, 2017 |  


Millennium holds science expo

Millennium holds science expo

Some might feel they need to flock to urban areas for a career in the field of science, but at an event at Millennium Charter Academy, students learne...

March 16th, 2017 |  


City to tackle ‘tricky’ intersection

City to tackle ‘tricky’ intersection

Mount Airy officials are on a collision course with a busy local intersection they describe with such words as “complicated” and “tr...

March 15th, 2017 |  


Walter Leonard, third-generation owner of Mount Airy’s Leonard’s Jewelers, dies at age 87

Walter Leonard, third-generation owner of Mount Airy’s Leonard’s Jewelers, dies at age 87

A long-time downtown business owner died on Tuesday, and there is uncertainty regarding whether operations at the establishment will continue.Walter L...

March 15th, 2017 updated: March 15th, 2017. |  


Local banker testifies in Congress

Local banker testifies in Congress

First Mr. Smith went to Washington and later Mr. Trump, and more recently Mr. Ashby made an appearance in the nation’s capital.That was Ted Ashb...

March 15th, 2017 |  


Bates family ‘Mayberry’ show airs Thursday

Bates family ‘Mayberry’ show airs Thursday

“Mayberry” will find itself back in the national television spotlight Thursday night when a new episode of a reality show will be shown.Mo...

March 14th, 2017 |  


Long-time Mount Airy retailer Main Oak Emporium closing

Long-time Mount Airy retailer Main Oak Emporium closing

A long-standing downtown retailer will soon close its doors and is offering some deals as part of its close-out sale.Burke Robertson announced Tuesday...

March 14th, 2017 |  


Dental office to provide free services

Dental office to provide free services

Free services will be provided at a Mount Airy dental office on April Fools’ Day— which is no joke.During the April 1 event at the office ...

March 14th, 2017 |  


Underground line costs exceed half-million

Underground line costs exceed half-million

Going underground can be challenging for everyone from cave explorers to coal miners, and it also represents a costly proposition in downtown Mount Ai...

March 13th, 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 13th, 2017 |  


Students show off living wax museum

Students show off living wax museum

History came alive at B.H. Tharrington Primary School on Wednesday, when second-graders portrayed prominent individuals from history.Kelly Johnson, wh...

March 13th, 2017 |  


Market Street makeover hits snags

Market Street makeover hits snags

Market Street in downtown Mount Airy is a historic location targeted for a major transformation to address appearance improvements and rough pavement ...

March 12th, 2017 |  


Pilot Mountain’s 36th Mayfest Festival is in the works

Pilot Mountain’s 36th Mayfest Festival is in the works

PILOT MOUNTAIN - The Pilot Mountain Civic Club has begun planning this year’s Mayfest festival and is accepting vendor applications.The three-da...

March 12th, 2017 |  


State Superintendent Mark Johnson visits Surry County Schools

State Superintendent Mark Johnson visits Surry County Schools

Surry County Schools impressed the state superintendent during a visit Friday.Mark Johnson had been eager to visit the district since winning his elec...

March 12th, 2017 |  


Hounds meet their match

Hounds meet their match

RALEIGH — Northside–Jacksonville’s versatility in being able to score on a wide range of shots was the key factor in denying North S...

March 11th, 2017 updated: March 12th, 2017. |  


Boykin stops Lady Hounds one win short

Boykin stops Lady Hounds one win short

RALEIGH — Led by Duke University-bound Mikayla Boykin, the Lady Dark Horses of Clinton High School used strong offensive play down the stretch a...

March 11th, 2017 |  


Lady Bears take gold, Hounds the silvers

Lady Bears take gold, Hounds the silvers

A memorable season of high school basketball ended Saturday in Surry County, as the Mount Airy girls and both North Surry teams contested their respec...

March 11th, 2017 |  


Lady Bears blitz to title

Lady Bears blitz to title

CHAPEL HILL — “If your going to beat me, beat me like that… The better team won tonight. A tribute to their defense and us not takin...

March 11th, 2017 updated: March 12th, 2017. |  


Mount Airy girls claim state title

Mount Airy girls claim state title

The Mount Airy High School girls basketball team will be bringing home the state trophy today.The Bears routed Pamilco 66-40 to claim the team’s...

March 11th, 2017 updated: March 11th, 2017. |  


Police pay hotly debated at retreat

Police pay hotly debated at retreat

Mount Airy officials, including a retired police lieutenant, made a case Friday afternoon for raising law enforcement pay in the city during a debate ...

March 11th, 2017 |  


Surry County Schools approves $400k repair projects

Surry County Schools approves $400k repair projects

Surry County Schools will spend more than $400,000 on repair projects over the coming months.The Board of Education approved several bids this week fo...

March 10th, 2017 |  


Surry County Schools need 17 more teachers to satisfy state law

Surry County Schools need 17 more teachers to satisfy state law

Unless a new house bill is passed, Surry County Schools will have to take drastic measures to meet new state guidelines on class size.A law passed las...

March 10th, 2017 |  


Carroll deputy killed in crash

Carroll deputy killed in crash

HILLSVILLE, Va. — A Carroll County deputy sheriff was killed in a crash late Thursday night in Hillsville.According to the Virginia State Police...

March 10th, 2017 updated: March 10th, 2017. |  


EDP: Space still hampering new industry

EDP: Space still hampering new industry

It’s a new year, but a persistent problem remains as far as local economic development is concerned: a lack of available buildings and space to ...

March 9th, 2017 |  


State super coming on Friday

State super coming on Friday

The new state superintendent of public instruction is coming to Surry County Friday to check out two schools.Attorney Mark Johnson edged three-term in...

March 9th, 2017 |  


City police force gains two officers

City police force gains two officers

Slowly but surely, the Mount Airy Police Department is getting back to full strength, with two more officers joining the force Wednesday afternoon.Kev...

March 8th, 2017 |  


RCC to host senior health fair Friday

RCC to host senior health fair Friday

An annual senior health and wellness fair is scheduled Friday at Reeves Community Center in Mount Airy from 9 a.m. until noon.The event, now in its ni...

March 8th, 2017 |  


Horne Creek announces Arbor Day effort

Horne Creek announces Arbor Day effort

PINNACLE — Arbor Day is not the most high-profile of holidays, but that isn’t keeping a state historic site in Pinnacle from observing the...

March 8th, 2017 updated: March 8th, 2017. |  


Ex-chief urges higher police pay

Ex-chief urges higher police pay

With Mount Airy officials set to gather later this week for a two-day planning session on budget and other priorities, a retired police chief hopes th...

March 8th, 2017 updated: March 8th, 2017. |  


Not-Quite-Spring has become a season

Not-Quite-Spring has become a season

There comes a time every year when it’s looking, smelling and feeling a lot like spring and yet a quick glance at the calendar will tell you tha...

March 8th, 2017 |  


Fire breaks out on Slate Road

Fire breaks out on Slate Road

FLAT ROCK — Four Way Volunteer Fire Department officials responded to a fire on Slate Road Tuesday afternoon.At about 3 p.m. on Tuesday the depa...

March 7th, 2017 |  


Quiz Bowl coming up this month

Quiz Bowl coming up this month

The annual Northwestern Regional Library Quiz Bowl is just around the corner.The event, which will pit ten teams from area high schools against one an...

March 7th, 2017 |  


Former Elkin Mayor Dr. Jim Harrell dies

Former Elkin Mayor Dr. Jim Harrell dies

Former Elkin town commissioner and mayor Dr. Jim Harrell Sr. died Monday morning. He was 94.A graduate of Elkin High School, Harrell joined the U.S. N...

March 7th, 2017 updated: March 7th, 2017. |  


Surry County board opts for further study on Mount Airy request for Graham Field

DOBSON — County commissioners opted not to act on a request from the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to transfer ownership of a baseball field...

March 6th, 2017 |  


Surry Community College’s President Dr. Shockley honored and celebrated

Surry Community College’s President Dr. Shockley honored and celebrated

DOBSON - The president of Surry Community College on Thursday was celebrated after having been named the 2017 President of the Year by the N.C. State ...

March 6th, 2017 |  


Spencer’s project behind schedule

Spencer’s project behind schedule

Efforts to revamp the Spencer’s Inc. complex in Mount Airy for new uses are running behind, officials say.However, a push is on to get the proje...

March 6th, 2017 |  


County mulling new revaluation schedule

County mulling new revaluation schedule

STATE ROAD — County commissioners could change the county’s cycle for revaluation of property, a measure which could benefit the taxpayer,...

March 6th, 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 4th, 2017 |  


Mount Airy Museum of Regional History gives blacksmith lessons

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History gives blacksmith lessons

There’s not a blacksmith on every corner or in every town anymore, but it is an art that’s not necessarily dead.On Saturday, the Mount Air...

March 4th, 2017 |  


Three arrested in crack bust

Three arrested in crack bust

DOBSON — On Thursday officials from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office raided an alleged drug house in Dobson, resulting in three arrests a...

March 4th, 2017 |  


NC Chief Justice Mark Martin visits Surry County

NC Chief Justice Mark Martin visits Surry County

DOBSON — What do you call more than 50 lawyers and other legal professionals gathered in a room?That is not the opening line of a joke, but was ...

March 3rd, 2017 |  


County board mulls use for historic courthouse

County board mulls use for historic courthouse

STATE ROAD — Some county offices, including the board room used for county commissioners, could end up being relocated to the historic courthous...

March 3rd, 2017 |  


Warm February could be bad for crops

Warm February could be bad for crops

The warm days in February felt like a blessing to many walking around town without a jacket, but it could come at a price.Local agricultural experts w...

March 2nd, 2017 |  


Yokeley votes against RCC project

Yokeley votes against RCC project

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners voted Thursday afternoon to allocate $428,000 for parking lot and drainage improvements at Reeves Community Cent...

March 2nd, 2017 |