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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.

 

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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Granite Bears host countywide track meet

Surry Central took the boys’ prize and Mount Airy won for the girls in the Surry County Invitational track meet.The four local schools faced off on Good Friday.North Surry led the schools in field scores, thanks to high marks in throwing and jumping events. The Lady Greyhounds had 29 of their 30 teams points in those categories, while the boys had 28 of their 52 points there.However, the Golden Eagles dominated the distance events to build a big lead in ...

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East Surry baseball tops North to improve to 17-0

Scott Meredith pitched a complete game, Cody Ashburn had three hits, and visiting East Surry defeated North Surry 8-1 in nonconference baseball on Friday night.With the win, the Cardinals kept their undefeated record going at 17-0.Meredith allowed one unearned run off six hits, struck out 12 and didn’t walk a batter while going the distance. Nick Wilson took the loss for the Greyhounds.Coming into the game, Meredith had a staggering ERA of 0.70. The six ...

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Lady Hounds score 5 in last at-bat to beat Cards

For five innings, it was a pitcher’s duel between the Lady Greyhounds and Lady Cardinals.Then the offenses exploded.Through five innings, East Surry’s Emily Cummings was outdueling North Surry’s Marlee Bunker 1-0.Then in the top of the sixth, the Cards erupted for eight runs to take a 9-0 lead.The Hounds didn’t give up, scoring five runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh to end the game.

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Helping the community

DOBSON — Organizers say they hope a fund raiser set for next Saturday will raise a little money for a county family sorely in need.The event, a hot dog luncheon, is scheduled for April 26, from 11 a.m., until 2 p.m., at Surry Central High School.“We’re holding it in the courtyard of the school,” said organizer Sammy Wilmoth.The luncheon benefits the Blevins family, who lost their father, Vic Blevins, following a tree-trimming accident i...

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City pickups of unusual trash end Friday

Many shopping days remain until Christmas, but only five more days of a special citywide pickup of unusual trash items — this coming Monday through Friday.The spring cleanup by the Mount Airy sanitation unit has completed the first week of a two-week annual ritual during which residents may dispose of items such as appliances, automobile parts and large furniture pieces.Normally, such materials aren’t accepted by garbage crews.

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Tharrington principal named exceptional children’s director

The Mount Airy Board of Education has announced current Tharrington Primary Principal Lydia Lovell will become the district’s new Exceptional Children’s Director.Lovell moves to the position formerly held by Cindy Perry, who retired earlier this year from the post. Lovell began her administrative career in 1999 and has served as principal at Tharrington for the past six years. According to information provided by the district, Lovell earned her master’s in the Art...

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Tickets available for Administrative Professional Day luncheon

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce still has tickets available for the Administrative Professional Day Luncheon on April 23, 12 p.m. at Cross Creek Country Club. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes lunch, entertainment, and a presentation of the Administrative Professional of the Year award.The Chamber Ambassadors will provide the entertainment for the luncheon, entertainment that will give those in attendance a blast from the past with a “Rockin' Through the D...

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City seeking applicants for redevelopment group

Two weeks after a controversial redevelopment commission was approved by Mount Airy officials, a procedure was unveiled Thursday night for citizens to apply to become members of the group.In all, seven people will serve on the redevelopment commission, which will be charged with identifying blighted areas in town and developing plans to address them.The city board of commissioners OK’d the group’s formation in a split vote on April 3, after several weeks of c...

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North Surry’s boys took first place in Thursday’s track meet at Mount Airy.Winston-Salem Prep took first for the girls, and the Bears finished second for both boys and girls. Walkertown also took part in the four-school meet.North’s Alex Cooke won the girls’ shot put and discus. In fact, her shot put distance of more than 40 feet even beat out the boys. She also finished third and fourth in the triple jump and long jump.Jessica Bevard h...

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ACC stars steal show in Barnstorming game

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Some of the best players in the ACC took center stage in front of a packed house at East Surry High School on Thursday night in the 36th-annual Barnstorming Tour.ACC Player of the Year and NBA prospect T.J. Warren of N.C. State headlined an ACC All-Star lineup that also featured 7-foot Jordan Vandenburg of N.C. State, UNC’s Leslie McDonald, and Duke’s Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston.The ACC team, coached by UNC great Phil Ford, defeate...

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Bears beat Camels in five innings

The Granite Bears won their third game of the week by blanking Atkins 10-0 Thursday.Mount Airy beat Elkin and Bishop McGuinness earlier in the week, then took care of the Camels in five innings to improve to 9-7 overall and 5-4 in the Northwest Conference.The Bears now are in third place behind undefeated East Surry and Walkertown.The Bears were on a four-game winning streak until last week when they played Walkertown twice and East Surry once. They lost all t...

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The Lady Bears win their second-straight game, crushing Atkins 20-5 on Thursday after beating Bishop McGuinness 16-13 earlier this week.

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Kessler takes title, doubles team finishes third

Senior Mitch Kessler finished up his Northwest tennis career with another title.The Mount Airy top seed reached the Final Four of doubles at the state level as both a freshman and sophomore. Then after his brother Matt graduated, Mitch switched to singles and won two straight conference singles titles.In three matches this week, Kessler tore through his opponents by a combined 72-2.Kessler beat East Surry’s Dan Moore 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals Wednesd...

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