Fire kills 2 seniors in Lowgap trailer

Fire kills 2 seniors in Lowgap trailer

LOWGAP — An overnight mobile home fire has claimed the lives of two elderly Lowgap residents.The fire occurred just off N.C. 89 at 125 Pea Tree ...

October 24th, 2017 |  


Museum event morphs and masks

Museum event morphs and masks

“It’s not a costume party,” Matt Edwards, executive director of Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, was quick to point out as he ...

October 24th, 2017 |  


Aldi grocery store coming here

Aldi grocery store coming here

The site of a long-closed cafeteria will get new life while Mount Airy gains a discount grocery store operated by the Aldi chain based in Germany, und...

October 22nd, 2017 |  


Runners evade zombies for charity

Runners evade zombies for charity

Running 3.1 miles can be difficult enough, but having to dodge the “walking dead” adds another dimension to that feat as participants in t...

October 22nd, 2017 |  


Cruise-in scares up crowds, cars

Cruise-in scares up crowds, cars

What a difference one week made in downtown Mount Airy, which on Saturday, Oct. 14, was filled with the sights and sounds of the Autumn Leaves Festiva...

October 21st, 2017 |  


‘Storage Wars’: Police probe thefts from units

‘Storage Wars’: Police probe thefts from units

For people with possessions for which they have no room at home, locking the property away in a storage unit is an appealing alternative — unles...

October 21st, 2017 |  


ShadowGrass kicks off music series

ShadowGrass kicks off music series

The popular Blue Ridge and Beyond concert series kicks off for another year tonight, featuring both homegrown talent and internationally recognized mu...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Cruise-in to have Halloween theme

Cruise-in to have Halloween theme

Downtown Mount Airy will host its final cruise-in of the season Saturday when ghoulish sights likely will be submitted for the public’s approval...

October 20th, 2017 |  


90 years on a ‘Sorry piece of land’

90 years on a ‘Sorry piece of land’

CANA, Va. — “This is the sorriest piece of ground I ever saw. You could never make a living here,” said W.C. Hill about the two acre...

October 19th, 2017 |  


ARC grant to help fund utility work

ARC grant to help fund utility work

An area of central Mount Airy that is home to key industrial and business operations will benefit from a major utility project to be partially funded ...

October 18th, 2017 |  


Annual cornshucking is Saturday

Annual cornshucking is Saturday

The 26th Annual Cornshucking Frolic is slated for Saturday at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm’s.From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. farm related crafts an...

October 18th, 2017 |  


Graham Field lease up for city vote

Graham Field lease up for city vote

After making a strong play for the county government to transfer its ownership of an athletic field in Mount Airy to the city, municipal officials now...

October 18th, 2017 |  


Solutions surface for 601 snarl

Solutions surface for 601 snarl

It’s said that nothing is certain but death and taxes — but steadily increasing traffic on the U.S. 601 (Rockford Street) business corrido...

October 17th, 2017 |  


Police reports

• A 16-speed bicycle valued at $170 was discovered missing from a local residence last Wednesday, according to Mount Airy Police Department repo...

October 16th, 2017 |  


City election early voting starts Thursday

City election early voting starts Thursday

DOBSON — Citizens of Mount Airy who want to get a head start on the 2017 municipal election can begin casting ballots Thursday in Dobson.That...

October 16th, 2017 |  


Local church holding fall festival

Local church holding fall festival

Mount Airy Wesleyan Church will be holding a community fall festival scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. Activities include a pumpkin patch, face p...

October 16th, 2017 |  


Streets filled with Autumn Leaves

Streets filled with Autumn Leaves

Surpassing the Hollywood epics of old with their casts of mere thousands, the 51st Autumn Leaves Festival is well on its way to boasting a cast of hun...

October 14th, 2017 updated: October 15th, 2017. |  


Autumn Leaves Festival: All about the beverage

Autumn Leaves Festival: All about the beverage

Nothing says Autumn Leaves Festival like an eye-catching beverage.For Autumn 2017, the accessory of choice for the most stylish festival-goers is a re...

October 14th, 2017 |  


Festival security comes into question

Festival security comes into question

Just as author Mark Twain once complained about rumors of his death being greatly exaggerated, the same goes for rumors that security is lacking for t...

October 13th, 2017 |  


Festival opens to fanfare, gray skies

Festival opens to fanfare, gray skies

Despite soggy conditions, the 51st Autumn Leaves Festival opened Friday to great fanfare, but a diminished crowd with a great many prime seats sportin...

October 13th, 2017 updated: October 13th, 2017. |  


‘Village’ recognized for feeding kids

‘Village’ recognized for feeding kids

It takes a village to raise a child and the same could be said for feeding kids, based on a program in Mount Airy which has achieved special recogniti...

October 13th, 2017 |  


Police reports

• A Mount Airy man was arrested early Thursday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, according to city police department reports. Eric Da...

October 12th, 2017 |  


Annual run to aid schools, recreation

Annual run to aid schools, recreation

The Autumn Leaves Festival won’t be the only “game” in town Saturday morning, when the 5K on the Greenway also will be held.While so...

October 12th, 2017 |  


Sparks heading national military group

Sparks heading national military group

Many people know Dr. David Sparks as the pastor of Flat Rock Pentecostal Holiness Church, a post he’s held since 1994, but Sparks also is a vete...

October 12th, 2017 |  


Cruisin’ even when it rains

Cruisin’ even when it rains

With fall well underway, with festivals and fairs popping up seemingly everywhere, downtown Pilot Mountain bid a festive farewell to summer on Saturda...

October 11th, 2017 |  


Fire claims life of Dobson woman

Fire claims life of Dobson woman

DOBSON — A house fire south of Dobson claimed the life of a 39-year-old woman Wednesday afternoon.John Shelton, Surry County emergency services ...

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


Pumpkin decorating class slated Oct. 18

Pumpkin decorating class slated Oct. 18

The days are growing short, the leaves are turning, the air is cool…well, okay, maybe the air isn’t so cool yet, but it still is that time...

October 11th, 2017 |  


City turns up heat on cooking fires

City turns up heat on cooking fires

Special weeks or days designated for a certain cause sometimes come and go without notice.However, a Mount Airy public safety official is using the oc...

October 11th, 2017 |  


Developer bails out of Spencer’s project

Developer bails out of Spencer’s project

One of three developers seeking to re-use portions of the former Spencer’s industrial property now owned by the city government has withdrawn fr...

October 11th, 2017 |  


College to host wine symposium

College to host wine symposium

DOBSON — The Sixth-Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium will be coming up in less than a month – with authorities from arou...

October 10th, 2017 |  


Autumn Leaves Festival nears

Autumn Leaves Festival nears

Fifty-one years into an annual festival, one might think there’s little to be offered that is new.The folks running the Mount Airy Autumn Leaves...

October 10th, 2017 |  


Hundreds show up to sample sonkers

Hundreds show up to sample sonkers

As with many local gatherings at this time of year, the 38th-annual Surry County Sonker Festival offered great old-time music, fellowship and a chance...

October 9th, 2017 |  


Civil War event targets education

Civil War event targets education

ARARAT, Va. — The blue and gray met once again Saturday on a hillside in Patrick County, where the mission wasn’t to wipe out the enemy bu...

October 8th, 2017 |  


Market Street work delayed; Yokeley miffed

Market Street work delayed; Yokeley miffed

Just when it appeared that a controversial project to rehabilitate a downtown Mount Airy street was getting the green light and never again would be d...

October 7th, 2017 |  


Gunshot wound claims teen’s life

Gunshot wound claims teen’s life

A 17-year-old has died from gunshot wounds he received more than a week ago, and a Mount Airy man has been charged in the death.Devan Skyler Upchurch,...

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


Gunshot wound claims teen, Mount Airy man charged with murder

Gunshot wound claims teen, Mount Airy man charged with murder

A 17-year-old has died from gunshot wounds he received more than a week ago, and a Mount Airy man has been charged in the death.Devan Skyler Upchurch,...

October 7th, 2017 |  


Belk grand re-opening launches ‘refreshed’ Mount Airy store

Belk grand re-opening launches ‘refreshed’ Mount Airy store

A large crowd of shoppers gathered Friday at Belk’s Mount Airy store in Mayberry Mall for the discounts and gift card giveaways advertised in ho...

October 6th, 2017 |  


HB 56, landfill bill, clears veto into law

HB 56, landfill bill, clears veto into law

The General Assembly on Wednesday overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a wide-ranging environmental bill that could have an impact loca...

October 6th, 2017 |  


Local pair survives Vegas attack

Local pair survives Vegas attack

It had all the makings of a dream vacation — a first-ever trip to Las Vegas and three days of sightseeing to places including the Grand Canyon, ...

October 5th, 2017 |  


Action is delayed on Spencer’s option

Action is delayed on Spencer’s option

A request by a local businessman, who is one of three developers holding options to buy portions of the former Spencer’s industrial property in ...

October 5th, 2017 |  


City board to discuss Spencer’s option

City officials are scheduled this afternoon to discuss an option agreement that was entered into between the city and one of three developers seeking ...

October 4th, 2017 |  


Jessica Bortner-Harris competes in Retired Racehorse Project competition

Jessica Bortner-Harris competes in Retired Racehorse Project competition

THURMOND — Whoop Whoop De Do, a retired racehorse residing here, could conceivably surpass his entire career winnings many times over in one wee...

October 4th, 2017 |  


Inmate dies from suicide attempt

Inmate dies from suicide attempt

DOBSON — An inmate who attempted suicide in the Surry County Jail last week has died, authorities reported Wednesday.That person also has been i...

October 4th, 2017 |  


Arts Council nominated for award

Arts Council nominated for award

The Surry Arts Council brings some of the top musical acts in the Southeast to Mount Airy, particularly groups known on the beach music scene.Among th...

October 3rd, 2017 |  


Key dates loom for city election

Key dates loom for city election

DOBSON — Election Day for the 2017 municipal races in Mount Airy is exactly five weeks from today, but some important dates are approaching in t...

October 3rd, 2017 |  


38th annual Sonker Festival is Saturday

38th annual Sonker Festival is Saturday

The Surry Historical Society is doing its bit to ensure the sonker, a delicacy unique to Surry County, is not forgotten. For 38 years and counting, th...

October 2nd, 2017 |  


38th annual Sonker Festival is Saturday

38th annual Sonker Festival is Saturday

The Surry Historical Society is doing its bit to ensure the sonker, a delicacy unique to Surry County, is not forgotten. For 38 years and counting, th...

October 2nd, 2017 |  


Remembering the Mountain Men

Remembering the Mountain Men

On Sept. 26, 1780, 1,000 men from the local Appalachian region marched out from what would eventually became Elkin Municipal Park, taking up arms in t...

October 2nd, 2017 |  


Civil War to come alive next weekend

Civil War to come alive next weekend

ARARAT, Va. — History buffs and others with an interest in the War Between the States will have a field day, two to be exact, next weekend in Ar...

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


Dobson Elementary holds student elections

Dobson Elementary holds student elections

DOBSON — Dobson Elementary School recently held elections for the 2017-2018 year, with students selected for both school-wide positions and clas...

October 1st, 2017 |