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Camp Invention program planned for summer

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The Mount Airy Board of Education received news Tuesday the system will offer “Camp Invention” to students from throughout the area this summer.Jones Intermediate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Coach Patty Burgess gave the board a brief overview of the program which will be held at Mount Airy Middle School June 23-27 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The program will be provided at cost, through a $205 per student fee. Burgess said it is being held for rising first through sixth graders. She said discussion is also under way to provide scholarships for the summer school although no formal decisions have been made.


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DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners is moving forward with a plan to go after delinquent accounts with the county’s emergency services department, and the effort could be extended to money owed to the county in other departments.During Monday’s meeting, the board is set to hear an update on plans that include garnishment of wages, attachment of things like income taxes and bank accounts and liens in an effort to fill a financial gap left by the state ...

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TDA cutting check for basketball tourament

The Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority (MATDA) will issue a $2,000 check for the National Travel Ball Association State Championship, which will be held in Mount Airy from May 9 through May 11, with more than 100 teams in town for the tournament.“It’s going to be a huge weekend for our hotels, with many already booked up, Director of Tourism and Marketing for the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center Jessica Icenhour Roberts announced at the board ...

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Early College Senior’s Project Prom benefits classmates

DOBSON — Surry Early College High School of Design student Jamie Hernandez is combining fashion with compassion for her senior project.Hernandez explained Project Prom began with her designing a prom dress. The idea struck her to use her skills and style savvy to give donated prom dresses a second chance.The upcoming prom will be the second one for her, so she was acquainted with expenses involved in a time when some county teens are supplementing family’s in...

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Concerns raised about cell towers in city

Cell phones have become a way of life, but there is concern this could lead to Mount Airy’s landscape becoming saturated with telecommunications towers.“I just don’t want to see us overpowered with it,” Commissioner Shirley Brinkley said Thursday night during a city council meeting when a proposal for lessening the regulations for cell tower placements in town was aired.Mount Airy officials were told that with increasing use of cell phones, there ...

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Brandy Simmons and Brent Carter wed

Brandy Leigh Simmons, of Winston-Salem, and Brent Alden Carter, of Oak Ridge, were married at 6 p.m. on March 21, 2014, at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in Colfax. Nate Kingsbury officiated.The bride’s parents are Jeannie Mathis Simmons from Mount Airy and the late Michael Franklin Simmons. Her grandparents are Pauline Freeman Mathis and Lonnie Leigh Mathis, Margaret Sumpter Simmons and the late Gideon Franklin Simmons.She graduated from East Surry High School and fr...

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Jamie Thierolf and Zachary Dease get married

Jamie Lynne Thierolf, of Lebanon, Pa., and Zachary Christian Dease, of Mayodan, got married on Dec. 7, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. The Right Rev. Hopeton Clennon officiated.The bride’s parents are the Rev. Richard J. Thierolf and Pamela J. Thierolf of Lititz, Pa.,The bride earned a bachelor’s in Spanish and elementary education from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. She works as a second-grade teacher for the Gui...

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Laura Lentz and Brandon Needham to wed

Clay and Janice Lentz of Clemmons announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Carmel Lentz of Clemmons, to Brandon William Needham of Advance.The bride-elect’s grandparent is Frances Lentz.The groom-elect’s parents are Bill and Ginger Needham of Advance. His grandparents are Bill and Jane Needham of Mount Airy, and Warren and Ann Needham of Oak Ridge.The bride-elect graduated from West Forsyth High School in 2002, UNC-Wilmington in 2006, and S...

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Bishop coach to assist with USA basketball

KERNERSVILLE — Bishop McGuinness basketball coach Brian Robinson will return to the bench this summer with USA basketball.Robinson, who has made the Lady Villains an annual contender for the 1A state title, helped coach the USA under-16 girls basketball team last year. The USA team won gold in the 2013 FIBA America’s Tournament in Cancun, Mexico.This time, he will be working with the under-17 team at the World Championships in the Czech Republic.Su...

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Lady Cards top Wildcats 13-8

KING — East Surry overcame a slow start to down West Stokes 13-8 Thursday night.The Lady Cardinals scored seven runs in the top of the third on the way to a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats.West Stokes pitcher Abigail Worley started off strong with six quick strikeouts in the first two innings. West batted around and rose to an early five-run lead in the bottom of the second with solid singles from Leah Smith, Taylor McKinney, Morgan Manley and Cassie Palmer....

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Nanny Brooks

Mrs. Naomi “Nanny” Ruth Brooks Hawks, 88, of Lowgap passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehab in Advance where she had lived for the past two years. She was born in Surry County on January 23, 1926 to the late William Calvin and Dora Bolt Brooks. Mrs. Hawks was retired from Bassett Furniture Company and was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Louise Hodges Jenkins of Advance; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchi...

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Jeffrey Hodges

Mr. Jeffrey Don Hodges, 53 of Claudville, VA passed away at his home Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born in Surry County to Harley Hughes and Maxine Coe Hodges. Mr. Hodges worked at Proctor-Silex for 22 years prior to working at the waste treatment plant. He was a member of Central View Baptist Church in Dobson. Left to cherish his memories in addition to his parents are his wife, Jean McCann Hodges of the home; two daughters, Magan Hodges of Pilot Mountain and Katelin Hodges of Raleigh; a st...

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Justice Martin to speak at Lincoln Day dinner

Justice Mark Martin of the North Carolina Supreme Court will be the keynote speaker at the Surry County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner. The event will be held at Cross Creek Country Club on Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m.Justice Martin is the Senior Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Prior to his judicial service, Martin served as legal counsel to Gov. James G. Martin (no relation), practiced law at the McNair Law Firm in Raleigh and clerked for United State Dis...

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Fowler commits to play baseball at Lenoir-Rhyne

DOBSON — Cole Fowler of Surry Central has committed to play baseball at Lenoir-Rhyne University next season.The senior catcher signed a letter of intent at the school on Wednesday afternoon. Fowler received a partial scholarship.Fowler had received attention from Greensboro College and a few other schools, but Lenoir-Rhyne proved to be the best fit.“I really liked the coach, Tom Fleenor. The campus was really nice, and I liked the field,” Fow...

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City adopts recycling logo, slogan

Given that a picture can be worth 1,000 words, Mount Airy now has an image — and a slogan — to illustrate the city’s curbside recycling program and promote its use by the public.This has resulted from an initiative announced in January by a city recycling advisory group formed to increase participation in the program that began in January 2012.That initiative involved enlisting art students of Mount Airy Cit...

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United Fund of Surry plans next campaign

On Thursday afternoon, the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church was full of individuals who work to improve the lives of those in the community on a daily basis. The occasion was the United Fund of Surry Agency Luncheon, a wrap-up for the previous campaign season, which reached 90 percent of its $515,000 goal.While bringing in that much money for local human service agencies is something to celebrate, falling short of the goal does have reprecussions ...

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A crisis on the horizon

Surry County is getting older, and officials aren’t ready for it, according to one senior care administrator.The issue? People are living longer and funding to cover the additional elderly population is dwindling, according to Bob Cleveland, aging program planner for the Piedmont Triad Regional Council’s Area Agency on Aging.

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Jimmy Lawson

Dobson — Mr. Jimmy Wayne Lawson, age 65, of Dobson, NC passed away on Thursday evening April 17, 2014 at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. He was born in Surry Co. on August 18, 1948 to the late Escar Claven Lawson and the late Ruth Price Childress Lawson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Lawson. He was a Truck Driver for Sexton’s Trucking and also worked as a carpenter for Hutchens-Lawson Construction. He was a Veteran having...

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