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Roll out the red carpet and bring on the velvet ropes, things are about to get shaken, not stirred.For the fourth year in a row, Cross Creek Country Club will undergo a transformation into a Monte Carlo-style casino as county residents gather for this year’s Casino Royale fundraiser for the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.The event gets under way at 6:30 p.m., Friday.According to museum Director Matt Edwards, the casino night has become a popular event for the museum, and a major source of operating capital.“This year is the fourth time we’ve held a casino night, and they’ve been very well-received,” he said. “They’ve turned into our biggest fundraiser of the year.”


Wounded warrior welcomed to new home

ARARAT, Va. — It’s impossible to repay soldiers who make the supreme sacrifice or are severely wounded such as J.B. Kerns, but the community did its best in that regard today when welcoming the triple amputee to his new home.“Now is the chance to actually make this house a home for you,” Chris Cuban of the Gary Sinese Foundation told Kerns during a morning dedication ceremony at its picturesque site on Friends Mission Road, attended by nearly 200 people....

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Second powderpuff game set

Lady Greyhounds will be breaking out the eye black and shoulder pads in preparation for the 2014 North Surry Powderpuff Football Game. This is the second year of the event at North and it is slated for Friday at 7 p.m. at Charles Atkins Stadium. Admission set at $5 per person with elementary students getting in free.The games are being organized by the North Surry Student Council. Junior Andrew Cave, vice president of the council and chairman of the powderpuff games, said he has be...

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• A traffic stop in Mount Airy has led to a local man being served with outstanding warrants for four felony charges, according to city police department reports. After Francis Edward Brown, 51, of 332 Eleanor Ave., was pulled over on Hamburg Street near City View Drive Wednesday, a brief investigation revealed he was wanted on charges of obtaining property by false pretense, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property.The case...

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Eagles pull away from Hounds

DOBSON — Surry Central picked up its first league win, defeating rival North Surry 4-2 Monday evening.Rain showers had passed over the county during the day, but the rain stopped before the teams took the field.North Surry scored first, but wouldn’t score again until the late stages of the second half with the Eagles up by a 4-1 margin.Central coach Blake Roth said he reminded his team to be very aware of all-conference player Hector Zuvieta, but s...

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Lady Bears tennis beats East Wilkes

RONDA — Mount Airy’s tennis team remained unbeaten in nonconference play and improved to 13-2 overall after an 8-1 victory at East Wilkes on Monday.The Lady Bears swept singles and took two out of three doubles matches. The match was decided by the top five seeds (Bree Hughes, Bailey Jackson, Carley VanHoy, Jai Daniels, Elizabeth Marion) in decisive two-set matches. Carly Clark, the No. 6 seed, was up 4-1 in the second set, then 4-3, 5-4 and finished 6-4.In d...

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Hounds cruise

North Surry swept past Alleghany 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 in nonconference volleyball on Monday night at Ron King Gymnasium.The Lady Greyhounds won their sixth straight match and improved to 17-3 overall. North has swept its last five opponents — including 3-0 victories against solid Forbush and East Surry teams.After beating the Falcons last week, North sits in the driver’s seat for the Western Piedmont Conference title with three conference matches left. The Hou...

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Lady Cards claw past West Stokes

PILOT MOUNTAIN — West Stokes fought to the very end in each set, but East Surry still pulled out a 3-0 win Monday.The Lady Cardinals couldn’t shake the Lady Wildcats, who pushed both the second and third frames into extra points.East Surry won the first set by six points at 25-19.Then East edged out West Stokes 26-24 in each of the next two games.West Stokes opened the season with seven straight losses. Then came a surprise upset of Sout...

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Citizens air redevelopment concerns

A new city redevelopment commission held a public meeting Monday night aimed at informing citizens about its goals and giving them a chance to comment — and local residents certainly did their part in the latter regard.On one hand, there was heavy emphasis on the notion that the group is just getting started and has not developed any firm plans concerning its mission of revitalizing a blighted area that includes the former Spencer’s Inc. property downtown.But...

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‘Wounded warrior’ getting keys to new home

ARARAT, Va. — More than three years after a local Marine was severely wounded in Afghanistan, he is getting the keys to a “smart home” that will enable him to enjoy a better quality of life.A dedication ceremony for the house built near the Ararat River for Cpl. J.B. Kerns will be held today at the home site at 3594 Friends Mission Road. The public is invited to the 10 a.m. program, but is urged to arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m.Kerns is the victim of an...

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Surry Central student is Merit scholarship semifinalist

EVANSTON — Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation in Evanston, Illinois recently announced that Surry Central High School student Micah Cozzens has been named as a semifinalist in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.He is one of 16,000 to receive the honor nationwide.“These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 mi...

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Hardy named to Trademark Who’s Who honors

GREENVILLE — Handy Insurance’s Jennie Handy was recognized in Greenville, South Carolina by Trademark Who’s Who for dedication, leadership and excellence in the Insurance Industry, according to the company.Trademark spokesperson Amber Rogers said cited Handy for being “dedicated and passionate” about helping teachers get proper insurance coverage, based on her experience as a teacher. Handy received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood develo...

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Mayberry Days service urges keeping eyes on God

The message stressed at the Mayberry Days Chapel service on Sunday was God’s comforting eyes on everyone carries the obligation for people to return the favor.The Grace Moravian Church Band, directed by Hubert McMillian, opened the service, followed by Michael Hoover performing the songs “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “How Great Thou Art.”Performer Robbie Britt sang “His Eye is On the Sparrow,” which formed the core of devoti...

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The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts:• Shannon M. Broome and James A. Broome. Granted Sept. 25.• Robin Simons Boulding and John Thompson Boulding. Granted Sept. 22.• Jenna E. Ayers and John C. Ayers Jr. Granted Sept. 22.• Travis L. McMillian and Shirley A. McMillian. Granted Sept. 22.• Robert Matthew Graybeal and Christy Denise Graybeal. Granted Sept. 22.R...

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The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Surry County Register of Deeds office:• Christopher Robert Hice, 27, of Lowgap, and Molly Justine Stanley, 22, of Lowgap. Issued September 25.• Matthew Ryan Judd, 23, of Dearborn Heights, MI, and Kayla Alene McCormick, 23, of Cana, Virginia. Issued September 25.• Kenneth Walter Hodges, 30, of Dobson, and Tiffany Nichole Gomez, 25, of Dobson. Issued September 24.• Guiller...

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Arrest reports

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office has reported the following arrests:• On Sept. 25, Jessie Marie Hargis, 24, of Crosswinds Place in Mount Airy, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. She was booked into the Surry County Jail under a $500 secured bond.• On Sept. 25, Anthony Seaton Meeks, 38, of Coolidge Avenue in Mount Airy, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breakin...

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Civil War re-enactors to invade Ararat, Va.

ARARAT, Va. — The sights and sounds of the War Between the States will come alive next weekend during a 24th-annual gathering at Laurel Hill in Ararat, the birthplace of Confederate hero J.E.B. Stuart.This year’s Civil War Encampment and Living History event on Saturday and Sunday will have special significance, due to 2014 being the 150th anniversary of Stuart’s death.In commemoration of that, the Battle of Yellow Tavern — which included Stuart a...

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$400,000 grant awarded for greenway work

The awarding of a $400,000 state grant means that nearly all funding needed for a greenway connector project and related stream restoration in Mount Airy is now in hand, a spokesman for the effort said Friday.“I think we’re just about there,” Charles Anderson, executive director of Pilot View Resource Conservation & Development Inc. said regarding the plan to be highlighted by the linking of the city’s Emily B. Taylor and Ararat River greenways.Pi...

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