DOBSON — Thanks to the generosity of the community, Sheriff Graham Atkinson says organizers are close to their goal of being able to provide food and Christmas gifts to more than 500 needy children in the area.The effort is part of the annual Sheriff’s Christmas Fund, which has been under way for about two decades. Since its inception, it has been spearheaded by Atkinson, who witnessed the need first-hand during his time as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in the county school system.That realization led him to coordinate the Christmas Fund, where donations are collected from businesses and individuals in the county, food boxes are packed by officers and county residents, and gifts are purchased and delivered.
DOBSON — The Surry County Health and Nutrition Center has started an investigation into an active case of tuberculosis at a Dobson business, but officials say the public has little to worry about at this point.The investigation was initiated after a worker at Wayne Farms LLC., was diagnosed with active tuberculosis, according to Maggie Simmons, a spokesman for the health department.“On Nov. 14, (the health department) was notified by the Guilford County Healt...
Everyone seems to want to have a photo of little Johnny with Santa, but what about Fido?“A lot of people consider their family pets part of the family, and many may want to have a photo of pets with Santa during the holiday season, so this is the perfect opportunity to come out and get a picture of your dog or cat with St. Nick,” said Jane Taylor of Mayberry4Paws.For the first time this year, Mayberry4Paws, a local animal advocacy non-profit that works toward...
Surry Community College’s Creating Successful Learners (CSL) participants who helped stuff food bags for the Friends Feeding Friends program at Lowes Foods Tuesday can be distilled into one single concept.“Their heart only beats in one direction,” said CSL Teacher Angie Lievsay. “That’s love. It’s an honor to work with these kids. They only know how to give.”Similar sentiments were expressed by Lowes Perishable Department Co-mana...
Area firefighters from units including the Mount Airy, Four Way and Bannertown Fire Departments answered a call before 5 p.m. Tuesday to a structure fire at 1618 South Main Street in Mount Airy.Little more than an hour later, while they were still at the scene, a second structure fire occured on Nelson Hill Road.All four members of the family at South Main Street escaped the blaze safely. Although there were no injuries reported at the Nelson Hill Road fire, additional d...
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DOBSON — Everything changes, everything stays the same.With little discussion and no challengers for the seats, the Surry County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to keep its leadership the same next year.The board voted to re-elect Commissioner Eddie Harris to serve as chairman in 2014 on a motion by Commissioner R.F. “Buck” Golding and with a second and motion to close the nominations by Commissioner Paul Johnson.Shortly thereafter, ...
DOBSON —Amy Knopf was named as The Surry County Schools Teacher of Excellence for Exceptional Children at the regular meeting of the board Monday night.“She is a superb teacher at East Surry High School and stands out as a leader in the school,” said Director of Communications, Instructional Media, and Teacher Quality Sonia Dickerson. “She is the perfect liaison between school and community because she knows the business owners and makes sure she matches the...
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