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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.

 

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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Interim CEO leaves NHSC after three days

It was anticipated that a new interim chief executive officer for Northern Hospital of Surry County would be here only a brief time — but his exit came much faster than expected.After starting work in the post Monday, E. Timothy Cook had an abrupt departure after only three days on the job, which the chairman of the hospital’s governing board blamed on Cook not being “a good fit.”There were reports that the brief relationship ended with Cook being...

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Former PM police chief dies

DOBSON — A former chief of police in the town of Pilot Mountain has died.Oscar Marvin Hutchens died on April 15 at the Twelve Oaks Assisted Living Center. He was 87.Hutchens served as a police officer in Pilot Mountain before being named the town’s interim chief of police in March 1965, when he filled a vacancy left by the death of Sid Patton.He served as acting chief of police until April 1965, when he was appointed chief, a position he held until...

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Annual SCC Health Fair broadens it focus

DOBSON — Surry Community’s third annual health fair broadened its scope Tuesday. The changes were fueled by the college’s focus on student services and sense of community as it observes its 50th anniversary.“The direction we went this year really is part of our school’s renewed emphasis on student services,” said SCC Coordinator of Health, Wellness and Development Anne Marie Hardy. “For lack of a better word, I wanted to make the fair repre...

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Board hears budget update

DOBSON —True to his word, Dobson Town Manager Josh Smith told the town’s board of commissioners that he doesn’t feel a tax increase is necessary during this year’s budget season.The announcement came as the board met Wednesday night for its regularly-scheduled meeting in town hall.“As of now, I’m not planning on proposing any tax increase,” he said prior to the meeting, noting the town has not raised taxes in years. “I thin...

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Hospital names interim CEO

Northern Hospital of Surry County announced Friday that...

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