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Horseback riders railroaded at state park

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Crossing railroad tracks is usually not a big deal for pedestrians, motorists and even horseback riders, but the latter group is now prohibited from doing so at Pilot Mountain State Park.Park officials have announced that railroad tracks at the Yadkin River, where an equestrian trail is located, have become off-limits to horses.Due to an agreement with the railway company involved, the crossing on the northern, or Surry County, side of the river is...

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Board to revisit mandatory water hookups

After not meeting for almost a month, the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will dive back into city business at a meeting Thursday night, with issues including mandatory water hookups on tap.City officials have struggled to achieve compliance among owners of property annexed by Mount Airy in recent years which was required to be connected to the municipal water and sewer systems after a certain period.But at last report, 148 locations were identified in the city limits ...

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More bodacious burgers

Some folks can never get enough of the traditional American dish — the burger.And since this is prime grilling season, this is the time to perfect your grilling and burger-making techniques — plus the time to try out some new and interesting burger recipes.With that end in mind, Carmen Long, extension agent, family and consumer education at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center, has some more burger cooking and safety tips to make your...

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Visitors Center recognized by TripAdvisor

The Mount Airy Visitors Center/Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce has announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

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Mount Airy entrepreneur honored and named premier agency for 2014

Mount Airy resident Tonda Phillips has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.According to the company, the Allstate Premier Agency designation is received by less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. This designation is being presented to Phillips for her “outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of her agency’s work,” the agency said.

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County schools name director of Academic and Digital Learning

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Education has named Lucas Gillispie as the Surry County School System director of academic and digital learning. Gillispie presently serves as district instructional technology coordinator in Pender County Schools.According to School Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves, the 2014-2015 State Board of Education goals and the Surry County Schools strategic plan both include the need to customize and personalize education for students and Gillispie&...

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Walker surprises Berger, takes GOP nomination

A harsh Republican Party fight for a shot at an open North Carolina congressional seat goes to Mark Walker in a bit of a surprise to area Republicans.GOP voters in the district that runs along the Virginia border from Mount Airy to north of Raleigh picked Baptist minister Mark Walker of Greensboro over Phil Berger Jr. of Eden. Berger is the Rockingham County district attorney and son of powerful state Senate leader Phil Berger.Walker won 56 percent of the vote in unoffic...

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Cooke files for District B, Mount Airy Board of Education seat

Mount Airy Board of Education District B Incumbent Ben Cooke filed to run for re-election Tuesday. If re-elected, it would be the second, four-year term for the Mount Airy native.Cooke said he was initially interested in running for the seat because of his wife, Lone’s, participation in the Tharrington Parent Teacher Organization as well as his involvement supporting the Mount Airy High School sports. The two have three children in the system, Hanne (13) and Peter and Martin ...

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Senate rudeness a sign of our times

Last week as members of the North Carolina House of Representatives and State Senate met to discuss the two legislative body’s budget proposals, the senators in that meeting became so outraged they stood and left the meeting.The problem?Members of the House dared have professional educators come in to discuss their concerns regarding the state budget.Imagine that — House members had the gall to turn to professional educators. You know, the people w...

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Couple celebrates 75th wedding anniversary

The scarcity of cards honoring 75th wedding anniversaries is as much a testament to contemporary society as it is a tribute to Mount Airy’s Chris Mayberry Taylor and Carl James Taylor, who celebrated the event with around 100 friends and family Saturday at Central United Methodist Church.

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Dobson to finalize park plans

DOBSON — The town of Dobson has set a special meeting to cross their T’s and dot their I’s on the contract to construct Dobson Square Park.The meeting is set for 2 p.m., Wednesday, and Town Manager Josh Smith said the town’s board of commissioners will consider final alterations to the $858,400 base contract.Mount Airy’s SimCon Company was awarded the contract late last month.The 2.2-acre park is planned for the intersection of So...

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Surry voters making choices today

DOBSON — The turnout in Surry County for today’s second primary to decide the GOP nominee for this area’s congressional seat between Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker could be higher than normal, based on the number of persons voting early.“We ended up with 185 one-stop voters,” Susan Jarrell, director of the county board of elections, said of figures from early voting for the 6th District race, which ran from July 3 to this past Saturday in Dobson....

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Police briefs

• A Mount Airy woman has been charged with embezzlement, a felony, in connection with the theft of money from a local Subway restaurant, according to city police department reports. Ashley Nicole Horton, 28, of 113 Trapper Lane, is accused of taking an undisclosed sum of money from the Subway on South Main Street, a crime that was discovered on July 9. Horton turned herself in a warrant for embezzlement at the police station Friday and was released on a written promise to appear in Surr...

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Dobson mayor seeking re-election

DOBSON — After some initial indecision, Dobson Mayor Ricky Draughn has opted to seek another term and filed for re-election Monday at the Surry County Board of Elections.Prior to the start of the filing period, which began on July 7, Draughn said he had not made a decision about running again for the office he has held for about 13 years. He cited the pressures of the job and small-town politics as factors for not doing so.But after officially tossing his hat into ...

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The time of their lives

DOBSON — Although they’re still wrapping up this year’s event, officials with the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department say they are considering expanding the county’s summer camp program next year.“The annual summer camps are a really good way for county children to enjoy their summers, and we’re hoping next year that we’ll expand the program next year from the current five weeks to six or seven weeks,” said Parks and Recreati...

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Camp Med exposes students to medical field

DOBSON — Surry Community College’s “Camp Med” wraped up its week Friday, offering students an opportunity to talk with health care professionals and tour Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.The three-day camp, which began at Surry Community Wednesday, is designed for students primarily interested in the health field, according to Anne Marie Hardy, SCC Coordinator of Health, Wellness and Development. She said she has been involved with the program since 2006....

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These ain’t your mama’s handbags

What do “Mad Men,” “Batman,” and “Matlock” have in common?They all feature actresses who have donated purses to this year’s Handbags for Hospice auction, set for July 18 at Old North State Winery in Mount Airy. The auction is set for 6 p.m., and music by Rhythm starts at 8.Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, and auction participants are encouraged to stick around for the band.The event is a biannual fund raiser ...

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