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Rotary told recognizing a stroke promptly is critical

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Manager, Stroke-Neuro Services Rayetta Johnson said a stroke occurs every 45 seconds in the United States and only 3.6 percent of those have a chance for a good outcome because it is not identified rapidly enough for treatment.Johnson made her comments Tuesday at the Mount Airy Rotary Club lunch meeting at Cross Creek Country Club.


Freedom School aims to build confidence

One theme for Mount Airy City Schools second year of Freedom School is supporting at risk students’ attitude and teaching them that learning has an impact.This week marks the fifth week of the six-week program, held daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.“More than anything else, Freedom School is to build confidence,” said Coordinator of Student Services Jesse Hiatt. “I don’t know if this has ever been the officially stated mission but I see it as t...

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Nunn Brothers to host 16th annual bluegrass festival

WESTFIELD — For the 16th consecutive year the rolling hills around the Nunn Brothers Music Park will come alive with bluegrass music this weekend.The annual Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival will again be hosted by twin brothers and musicians Alden and Arnold Nunn at their namesake park, located in the rural Woodville community where both grew up.The event will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday with a musicians’ jam session that will be free and open to all....

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Police Briefs

• An iPhone 4s valued at $300 was discovered missing Monday at the Colonial Care senior housing facility on Snowhill Drive, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. The phone, white in color and owned by Angel Nichole Pareoez of Belton Road — an employee there — was stolen after being left unattended.• David Thomas Bullin II, 18, of 344 Cave Road, Dobson, is facing offenses including shoplifting and carrying a concealed weapon stemming from an inci...

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Dance marathon offers $1,000 prize

The dance marathon craze, which emerged during the 1920s and 1930s, will be rekindled during an upcoming event at Mount Airy Elks Lodge which offers a $1,000 prize to the last couple standing.“We want everyone to wear their best poodle skirts, muscle shirts and dancing shoes and plan to dance all night,” Tammy Gravely, the chairman of the Aug. 2 event said in announcing the sock hop and dance marathon....

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No wasting of tea in protest here!!!

Frances Lowe likes half-and-half tea.“Half sweet and half unsweet,” Lowe explained. She’s trying to cut down on sugar. “And, I don’t like lemon in my tea. In water, yes, but not in tea.”The first time Lowe remembers drinking tea she was around 3 years old down in Georgia.“They had a big bucket of iced tea for breakfast,” she remembered. “That’s the first time I remember drinking tea.”...

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Park plans top Dobson agenda

DOBSON — Thursday night’s board of commissioners meeting in the town of Dobson is about one thing: Clearing the few remaining hurdles to construction on the planned Dobson Square Park.“This meeting is about getting ready for construction to start,” Town Manager Josh Smith said Tuesday morning. “That’s going to be the theme.”During the meeting, the town’s board is expected to approve a $858,400 contract with Mount Airy-based...

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Airport project on schedule

HOLLY SPRINGS — Officials with the Mount Airy/Surry County Airport say work is progressing on schedule on a project they believe will ultimately stimulate economic development in the area.Both Airport Authority member Nolan Kirkman and Authority Chairman John Springthorpe have reported that surveying work, tree removal and erosion control efforts have begun on the project that is designed to extend the airport’s runway.In order to do that, a one-mile portion ...

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Surry North 13U All-Stars compete in Southeast Regional

The state champion Surry County Cal Ripken 12U Surry North All-Stars open play today at the 2014 Babe Ruth Southeast Regional Tournament in Lewisburg, Tennessee.Surry North begins pool play against Mount Pleasant (South Carolina) at 11:30 a.m. There are 12 teams competing at the regional, split into two divisions (American and National). Participating are teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.Surry North will play five pool ...

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Mount Airy soccer and football player Mitchell Brown receives two awards at the N.C. Coaches Association 48th-Annual All-Star Banquet held Sunday. Brown received a plaque for being named as a player on the West Men’s Soccer Team and for being an academic all-star as well. He stands with Bears head coach Will Hurley, left, and assistant coach Holden Hurley, right. For all-star game details, see tomorrow’s edition of The News.

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Police warn of UPS, Microsoft scams

While many people are busy with lawn and gardening chores, scam artists are focused on trying to separate local residents from their money — as evidenced by a flurry on Monday.The latest fraudulent flavor of the month evokes the United Parcel Service name, coming on the heels of another involving callers pretending to represent Microsoft.“We actually had five calls yesterday for the UPS scam,” Capt. Alan Freeman of the Mount Airy Police Department said ...

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Hitting ‘enter’ to pull the trigger

DOBSON — Want to apply for a gun permit in your underwear? Soon, that will be an option.The Surry County Board of Commissioners gave a nod Monday night to a proposal proffered by Sheriff Graham Atkinson that will allow county residents to apply for gun permits online.“We’ve been looking at it for several months, and there are several companies who do it,” Atkinson said. “What we want to do as a matter of convenience for the public is to try ...

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Board punts on courthouse contract

DOBSON — After some discussion on the matter, the Surry County Board of Commissioners decided to take a “wait and see” approach and get more information before taking any action on a plan to provide much-needed improvements to the historic Dobson courthouse.County Facilities Director Don Mitchell told the board during the meeting that his department had been in the process of having the courthouse assessed by Pilot Mountain-based Brite Engineering.

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Availability fee a good solution for city

Last week the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners again took on the question of mandatory water and sewer hook-ups for city residents.Actually, that question was answered years ago when the city made hooking up to the utilities mandatory. The specific question that’s been plaguing the city in recent years has been a number of residents in the Hollyview Forest, Sandy Level, Cross Creek and Laurel Court communities who have refused the city’s mandate to hook onto the system...

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A new look, thanks to you

A new look, thanks to youThe Mount Airy News today is launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Mount Airy News is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveil...

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Scholarship Day not a one-shot deal at SCC

DOBSON — Staffers at the Surry Community College Educational Opportunity Center want students and potential students to know they will be there beyond Monday’s Scholarship Application Day on SCC’s Dobson campus.“You never know when an event is held for a first time, but we had someone in line at 8 a.m. ready for us to help them,” said Coordinator of Career Opportunities and Workforce Advancement Erica Smith. “The official start was 9 a.m. and tur...

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City stalls redevelopment expense

Mount Airy officials have delayed spending as much as $110,000 for an outside entity to help a new redevelopment commission get organized.When tabling action on that expenditure during a meeting Thursday night, the city board of commissioners decided to let members of the fledgling group study proposals submitted by three organizations vying to provide advisory assistance. They will make a recommendation concerning that selection at an upcoming commissioners meeting.

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Johnson perfect in East-West All-Star Game

GREENSBORO — For Malaya Johnson, it was the perfect ending to a sparkling high school basketball career.The North Surry center didn’t miss from the floor and scored 12 points on Monday night in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game on Monday night at Greensboro Coliseum.The West defeated the East 82-68.It didn’t take long for the recent graduate to get in the scorebook. Johnson scored four of the first six points for the West A...

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