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Cawley fears ‘firestorm’ over blighted area plan

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A Mount Airy councilman is concerned that the preliminary identification of a blighted area in the city will cause “anger” among citizens, although it’s still at the proposal stage.“I don’t know if anybody feels the way I do, but I think it’s going to create a firestorm,” Commissioner Jon Cawley said of the draft proposal for an “urban redevelopment area” in town.Even though the draft — which includes former property of Spencer’s Inc. and other nearby sites — is just being suggested at this point, Cawley believes the public might feel blindsided by the blighted designation. “None of these owners have been identified,” he said of the properties involved.

 

East Surry JROTC hosts Military Appreciation Night

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry’s United States Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will host the annual Military Appreciation Night Sept. 5 as the event moves back this year to the school which debuted the observance locally.According to First Sargent Ronald Montgomery, the event will return to its roots with a straightforward focus on veterans and the accomplishments of local JROTC units.In addition to bringing the celebration back to its roots, the gro...

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Eagles edge Cards 1-0

DOBSON — Surry Central welcomed the return of all-conference players Uriel Secundino and Jose Avalos on Thursday night, as the Golden Eagles beat East Surry 1-0 in nonconference soccer for their first victory of the season.The Eagles overwhelmed the Cardinals with a 16-4 edge in shots. After a scoreless first half, Avalos had a goal off an assist from Arturo Lopez three minutes into the second that just got past Andrew Rogers.After ties against West Iredell and Mou...

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Mount Airy soccer ties Thomasville

Mount Airy saw a two-goal lead slip away in a 4-4 tie against Thomasville on Thursday night at Shelton Stadium.The Bears (2-0-2) had a 3-1 lead at halftime on two goals from Christian Cabrera and another from Robert Brown. In the second half, Cabrera was fouled and got hurt on the play. Hunter Clawson scored off a free kick.Mount Airy later committed a foul in the box and Thomasville scored on a penalty kick. The Bulldogs got the tying goal with about six minutes left....

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Three at home in Week 2

Mount Airy and Thomasville have played some classics in the last several years.The two teams rich in football tradition will meet again Friday night when the Bulldogs make the trip to Shelton Stadium for the Granite Bears’ home opener.It will be the sixth straight season Mount Airy and Thomasville played in a nonconference game. They will not play during the regular season next year with Winston-Salem Prep announcing it will join conference play in 2015.

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Hounds outlast Bears 3-0

Mount Airy challenged early, but North Surry pulled away to take all three sets in Thursday’s volleyball rivalry.Each team was missing a middle hitter as North’s Mikaela Johnson and Mount Airy’s Katie Hicks watched from the bench.In the first set, the Lady Bears pulled out to a 7-2 lead before the Lady Greyhounds clawed back to 8-7.Mount Airy refused to give up the lead at that point and pushed ahead to 16-11.North got the ball bac...

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Lady Bears crush Forbush Falcons

The Lady Bears crushed Forbush in tennis 9-0 with a perfect 72-0 in singles.Mount Airy’s girls won every singles match 6-0, 6-0 over the visiting Lady Falcons. Then they swept doubles by a combined 24-3.Since a season-opening loss to Bishop McGuinness, the Bears have won four straight matches. In those four matches, Mount Airy has won by a combined 35-1 score.In this one, top seed Bree Hughes beat Alisha Baity.Second seed Bailey Jackson improv...

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Lady Cards stay perfect with 3-0 win

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry volleyball remains perfect after whipping Bishop McGuinness in three sets.The Lady Cards won by a combined 75-32 over the Lady Villains.“It’s a conference win and Bishop’s a pretty good team; I’m pleased,” said head coach Caleb Gilley.“We played well for the most part,” he said. “I didn’t think we hit the ball well except for Kacie (Markle). Defensively and serving, I thoug...

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East tennis falls to Bishop 9-0

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Bishop McGuinness swept East Surry 9-0 in tennis Thursday afternoon.The Lady Cardinals have played some good tennis this season, but the Lady Villains look like the team to beat this year in 1A.Coach David Kidd said he knew the match would be tough when he saw how many of last year’s players returned. Only Mount Airy’s three consecutive championships have kept Bishop from getting a title of its own.Still, the Cards didn’...

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Hill named new Northern Hospital CEO

Northern Hospital of Surry County has a new CEO. Or at least it will come October.The hospital’s board of trustees voted to appoint Ned Hill as the hospital’s new president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 6. Hospital officials said Hill brings to the post 13 years of experience in the health care industry, including chief executive and operating positions at several community hospitals throughout the country.His appointment brings to an end the ho...

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Couple found with stolen Budget Rental truck

A local couple has been charged with possessing a stolen box truck that Mount Airy police say they were using as a makeshift home.“We know that they were living in the back of the truck,” Capt. Alan Freeman said of Timothy Scott Dougherty, 49, and his wife, Laurie Ellen Dougherty, 57.They each have been charged with the felonious possession of the stolen vehicle owned by Budget Truck Rental in Virginia, Beach, Va., which is valued at $39,000.Laurie...

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No teaching positions lost in City schools

Although school systems across the state have reportedly cut thousands of teacher assistant jobs as a result of state education budget cuts, Mount Airy City Schools opened the school year this week with no teaching or teaching assistant positions eliminated.Superintendent Dr. Greg Little state funds amounted to around $14.86 per child for textbooks. Little noted this comes at a time when most books cost more than $60, which means the district has to be creative in seeking funding f...

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JOLO Winery & Vineyard wins four awards

PILOT MOUNTAIN — JOLO Winery & Vineyards recently won four medals in the French Broad Vigneron category from the Asheville Food and Wine Festival.Awards received by the winery were 2013 Grey Ghost - Gold; 2013 Chardonnay - Bronze; 2013 JOLO Pink - Bronze and 2013 JOLO Pink Lot 2 - Bronze.This marked the Asheville Wine & Food Festival’s sixth year and it offered several events in downtown Asheville. Approximately 60 wines were entered into the competition....

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Admittance process continues for special needs student

Millennium Charter Academy officials and a local parent who wants her daughter, a special needs student requiring a service animal, mainstreamed in the school, continue to work towards finalizing an Independent Educational Plan for the child following a Tuesday meeting at the school.Rebecca Lovette, whose daughter Bridget, is a kindergarten student, wants her daughter to attend the school along with her two older sisters, who are already students at Millennium. She gathered materia...

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Cards spike Wildcats to stay unbeaten

KING — East Surry’s volleyball team outlasted West Stokes in a thrilling first game, then breezed past the Wildcats the rest of the way in a 3-0 sweep on Tuesday.With the win, the Cardinals won 28-26, 25-14, 25-15 and improved to 5-0 on the season.“The first set, West Stokes played really well. Defensively they kept a lot of balls alive. We had a lot of hitting and serving errors the first set. We gave them 14 points,” said East coach Caleb Gilley...

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Lady Bears top Hounds in tennis

Mount Airy knocked off rival North Surry 9-0 in tennis Wednesday.The Lady Bears won all six singles matches in straight sets. The Lady Greyhounds fought tough in doubles and hung around in the eight-game pro sets before losing each.“The players have responded well since losing to Bishop McGuinness,” noted Bear coach Rodney Pell. “They have dropped only one set in the last three contests.”That improves the Bears to 3-1 on the season, 2-1...

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Bears top East Wilkes 6-3

RONDA — Fresh off a tough 1-1 tie with Surry Central, the Granite Bears beat East Wilkes 6-3 in soccer.Mount Airy improved to 3-0-1 with the win.Luke Needham scored two goals, and one goal each came from Christian Cabrera, Jeremy Chappell, Hunter Clawson and Gentry Williamson.There were three other times the Bears appeared to have scored, but the officials called violations that wiped out the goals, explained coach Will Hurley.With this match ...

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Rogers leads Lady Sauras to win

South Stokes’ Nicole Rogers shot a 41 to lead South Stokes to a team win at Cross Creek Country Club.Rogers, the only player to break 50, teamed with Cheyenne Tomlinson (55) and Rachel Brown (60) for a team score of 156, six strokes better than Ashe County and eight better than East Surry.Ashe was led by Sarah Hardin’s 51, Savannah Brooks’ 55 and Olivia Barr’s 56.East Surry’s top three performers were Whitney Cox (52), Laken Brown...

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