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Group explores Spencer’s property

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They could easily have been mistaken for coal miners or cave explorers — being issued dust masks and flashlights before beginning a 90-minute trek into the deep, dark catacombs.Instead, members of the recently formed Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission were involved, and they weren’t heading underground but into the former Spencer’s Inc. manufacturing facilities on Willow Street downtown.For about 80 years, the Spencer’s complex was a hub of activity as generations of local textile workers turned out apparel for just as many generations of infants.


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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Mount Airy Alumni slate 2nd annual awards

The Mount Airy Alumni Association (MAAA) is seeking nominations for another round of awards for its Granite Bear graduates.In the fall of 2013, the association kicked off the newly organized group by honoring outstanding alumni and educational leaders from the Mount Airy City Schools. The group’s mission is to “…remember, reconnect and recognize our alumni and staff of the Mount Airy City Schools (MACS).”“We are in our second year and it is ...

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Visitors spending up 3.4 percent from last year

The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development has announced domestic visitors to Surry County spent $110.66 in 2013, an increase of 3.4 percent from 2012.“Tourism generates substantial economic benefits in Mount Airy and Surry County as visitors come and stay overnight in our lodging facilities, shop while they are visiting, buy gas and leave a positive effect on several industries in the county,” said Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and Vis...

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Police briefs

• Two women from Pilot Mountain were charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods after an incident at Walmart Sunday, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. They were identified as Penny Michelle Childress, 35, of 146 Toyland Trail, and Leslie Ann McMillian, 29, of 350 Community Building Drive. Childress allegedly concealed Castrol Oil and left the store without paying, but no property was specified in relation to McMillian. Both women are scheduled to appear in Surr...

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Local cooks showcase their own local burger specialties

The key to a good food is freshness, said Todd Hiatt, owner of the Chase and Charli Mount Airy restaurant.In addition, he puts some of his burgers on Kaiser rolls to make them even tastier and distinctive.But one of his claims to fame —“No one else does it,” Hiatt said. — is the Skirt Burger that his executive chef, Bill Werner, serves customers.“If you love cheese,” Hiatt said, “you’ll love this burger.”...

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Interstates project inches closer

Mount Airy and Surry County officials met Tuesday morning to hammer out lingering details on a joint agreement to extend city sewer lines along the N.C. 89 corridor to the Interstate 77/74 area.The long-awaited project with a price tag of around $5 million will aid a cluster of businesses and promote development in the Interstates District, while also serving locations in between — including Gentry Middle School, North Surry High and residences.It has been plagued ...

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Survey says?

DOBSON — Results of a recent survey prove one thing: Surry County residents love their parks.As part of the process of developing a master plan to guide the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, Director Daniel White said he has spent the past several months seeking input from the public about how they use the county’s parks.“We have been working on this for a while,” he said. “We sent out a survey in every tax bill that went out i...

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Mount Airy High All Classes Reunion announced

Technology has proved to be more of a uniting force for those organizing the Mount Airy High School All Classes Reunion.Organizer Cleve Folger said the event has been scheduled for Oct. 18 at Old North State Winery from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Even with newfangled networking, the reunion’s core remains classmates sharing memories.Folger, who said he had organized reunions in previous years decided to take a high tech approach this year and used the “You Know Y...

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Event to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Their mission is simple. To provide clean, safe housing for those in need.Now, the Greater Mount Airy Area Habitat for Humanity is asking for your help in raising much-needed money to continue its mission.A pig-picking fundraiser is set for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Elks Club, according to Executive Director Neal Cothren.He said that while the pig-picking is designed to raise money, it is also a chance to get the word out about the Habitat for Humanity missio...

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Rams top Eagles for first volleyball win

DOBSON — Starmount withstood a comeback attempt by Surry Central to secure its first volleyball win of the season, beating the Eagles 3-1 on Tuesday night.The Rams won 25-18, 25-9, 20-25, 25-14 to improve to 1-2.Central lost outside hitter Kelsey Taylor in the first game to a high ankle sprain.“Your team has to rally on and off the court. We had to put girls in different spots,” Central coach Carrie Hutchens said. “The girls did great i...

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Surry Central tennis tops East Wilkes

RONDA — Surry Central’s girls tennis team improved to 3-0 with an 8-1 win against East Wilkes on Monday.Marlee Wilmoth and Stephanie Boone each went to third-set tiebreakers to win at No. 1 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Sommer Chilton, Mallory Wilmoth and Olivia Fowler also won in singles. Hope Henson won her first set but lost the second and the tiebreaker at No. 5 singles.Marlee Wilmoth and Chilton teamed up for a win at No. 1 doubles. Mallory Wilmoth an...

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Lady Bears blank Wolfpack

Mount Airy crushed Walkertown in a very fast tennis match Tuesday afternoon.The Lady Bears won every game in both singles and doubles over the Lady Wolfpack, which pushes the Bears record to 2-1, all in Northwest Conference play.All six singles matches went 6-0, 6-0, and the doubles matches were 8-0.At the top spot, Bailey Jackson beat Lindsay Young as Bree Hughes rested a sore back.Carley VanHoy beat Caryn Fletcher. Jai Daniels beat Alana Plowden....

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Bears get 1st tie with SC

Mount Airy had a school first on Tuesday, tying Surry Central in soccer.Since the two schools introduced soccer several years ago, the Golden Eagles have had the Granite Bears’ number. The Eagles had won every single match until Tuesday when the Bears went up 1-0 in the first half before finishing in a 1-1 tie.“I know the guys were really excited about that first tie,” said Bears coach Will Hurley. “It truly was a team effort.”The...

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Lady Bears honor Bouma with win

Mount Airy swept Walkertown 3-0 in volleyball on an emotional night.The Lady Bears dedicated the match to junior Taylor Bouma, who is battling cancer, then they downed the Lady Wolfpack 25-10, 25-8 and 25-12.This was the Northwest Conference opener for the Bears who improved to 3-2, 1-0, going into Thursday’s rivalry match with North Surry.Walkertown is young and still building their program, noted coach Chuck Morris. That allowed the Bears to rotate fre...

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Second Walmart school supplies drive successful

United Fund of Surry Executive Director Beth Pequeno reports an annual school supplies drive through Walmart in Mount Airy has amassed “a pickup truck full” of items to benefit needy city and county students.She explained this is the second year for the effort, which is a partnership between Walmart, United Fund and United Way USA. Pequeno said United Was serves as the liaison between Walmart’s corporate office with the United Fund helping get supplies where they ...

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Rezoning OK’d for veterinary hospital

A rezoning decision by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will allow a veterinary hospital to expand, including an increased capacity for larger animals.“It’s good to see a local business running out of room,” Commissioner Jim Armbrister said regarding last week’s unanimous vote affecting Animal Medical Services on West Lebanon Street.Dr. Clark Fincher, the owner of the operation launched 20 years ago, asked to have the zoning for an .57-acre p...

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