McCrory’s community college plan right on the money

Gov. Pat McCrory has often been the target of ridicule and criticism since taking office, much of it of his own doing.At the same time, it is important to recognize when the governor is doing good for the state, and a proposal he made last week regarding community college funding is one of those instances.McCrory said he wants the state legislature to allow those colleges to keep money they have saved and “repurpose” that money to train more students in high-...

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Saturday a day to honor two people

On Saturday the community will have an opportunity to honor two people at one event.At 2 p.m. the documentary “Broadcast — A Man and His Dream” will be shown at the Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy.The film, which is nearly an hour long, is a look at the late Ralph Epperson, founder and long-time owner of WPAQ, and his lifelong pursuit of a dream to support and preserve the blue grass and old time mountain music that came from area musicians —...

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City, MAD proposals prompt questions, suspicion

Big changes seem to be afoot in downtown Mount Airy.First, after meeting multiple times in closed-door sessions to discuss the idea, the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners went public last month with its consideration of creating a Redevelopment Commission.Now it appears that the city is considering a Mount Airy Downtown Inc. request for a rather sizable expansion of its Municipal Service District (MSD), which could result in higher taxes for a number of downtown property...

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City, county make strides on Interstates project

After months of posturing, of some Surry County officials seemingly intent upon forcing Mount Airy to accept the money-losing Flat Rock/Bannertown water and sewer system in exchange for the county’s cooperation on the much anticipated Interstates Sewer Project, both the city and county commissioners met Wednesday night to discuss the two projects.And everyone made nice.In fact, Surry County Board of Commissioner Chairman Eddie Harris said the county would not attem...

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Redevelopment commission a bad idea for Mount Airy

Tonight is when the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is likely to take up the issue of whether to create a redevelopment commission for the downtown area of the city.The commission, if created and appointed, will have fairly sweeping powers, able to proclaim a property or area blighted, able even to take property through the process of eminent domain, as well as apply for grants and loan money in certain circumstances.

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