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Woman marks 100th birthday with exercise class

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Ernestine Chappell of Mount Airy will celebrate her 100th birthday Friday, and believes exercise is one of the reasons she has reached the century mark.“It’s meant a whole lot,” she said Tuesday during a party held at Reeves Community Center in preparation for that milestone being achieved later in the week.“If I wasn’t doing that exercising all these years,” Ernestine added, “I wouldn’t be here today.”Appropriately, Tuesday’s party was held in a workout room at the community center, where the centenarian-to-be regularly participated in Silver Sneakers exercise classes for persons 65 and older before being sidelined by an accident at her home.

 

Exhibit offers glimpse of Americana

A new exhibit at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History has one goal in mind: To bring back memories of a simpler time.Entitled “Main Street Memories,” the exhibit hearkens to a time when Main Street was the center of community life, according to museum Director Matt Edwards.“There was a time when Main Street was the heart and soul of every small town in America,” he said. “It was the central business district, a gathering point for peopl...

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Keeping hotel’s memory alive

Some longtime local residents might think the old Blue Ridge Hotel has come back to life at the corner of North Main and West Oak streets in downtown Mount Airy. But the brick structure pictured is actually a gazebo, which features a turret reminiscent of one on the historic hotel formerly occupying the same site. The gazebo is part of a mini-park that will include benches, landscaping and other features designed to provide a pleasant spot for downtown visitors to congregate. The facility is ...

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Private use of park may not be in the public’s best interest

There seems to be a brewing controversy over a piece of state legislation introduced at the General Assembly by Mount Airy Rep. Sarah Stevens, which would allow state officials to rent out Pilot Mountain State Park to a group of car enthusiasts in September.

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Surry Central volleyball player Kristin Key, right, helps Lela Shinault with her hand positioning on sets during the Lady Eagles’ summer camp this week.Madison Goins and Michaela Stone, behind, practice their serves Tuesday afternoon.Eagle head coach Carrie Hutchens gives serving tips to the girls at Tuesday’s camp session.

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Raycom Sports CEO addresses Mount Airy Rotary Club

Ken Haines covered a wide range of topics, from the close call in Raycom Sports’ first Atlantic Coast Conference telecast to watching television revenue transform college football into a multi-billion dollar industry.Haines, president and CEO of Raycom Sports, spoke at the Mount Airy Rotary Club’s meeting on Tuesday at Cross Creek Country Club.“It’s a big money game,” Haines said.The ACC and ESPN have a television rights deal thro...

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Bears’ Mitch Kessler wins Yokley, McGee awards

Mount Airy tennis player Mitch Kessler has received the Charlotte Weatherly Yokley Memorial Award.He follows in the footsteps of his brother Matt who received the award two years ago.The honor is named after the Mount Airy tennis player who died in an accident 23 years ago.“This award has nothing to do with how great a player you are,” said Pam Yokley Greenwood, Charlotte’s mother.The player is selected for displaying “the lo...

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Stroke prevention, recovery discussion offers facts and hope

The first such Stroke Awareness and Recovery Discussion at the Jones Family Resource Center Monday night sought to provide a little more than just the facts.Center Director Brack Llewellyn said the event, which had more than 35 persons in attendance, also had a goal of giving a little hope to stroke victims and caregivers.

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Wright for the job — Part One

It was brazen and bold.It was confident and assured.It was accurate and precise.That’s how it started.That’s how Deborah Wright starting cooking at Brenda’s Kountry Kitchen five years ago.“She’s an excellent cook,” said Brenda Ramsey. But five years ago, she didn’t know anything about Wright.All Ramsey knew is that she was down a cook at her restaurant and she needed one immediately....

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Sparger Road bridge reopens to traffic

A section of Sparger Road just off N.C. 89 west of Mount Airy has been reopened to traffic after being closed more than four months so a bridge there could be replaced.Monday afternoon’s reopening by the N.C. Department of Transportation spelled good news for motorists inconvenienced by the closure. They have been forced to use detours that were seven to eight miles out of the way for some.“I know there’s a lot of people who travel that road,” sai...

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‘A precedent-setting permit’

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A local businessman’s bid to shut down Pilot Mountain State Park for a day in September has raised concerns among park officials and drawn the ire of one state environmental group, who says it sets a precedent for making public parks private rental spaces for those who can afford it.The issue began about a year ago when Shelton Vineyards owners Ed and Charlie Shelton approached park officials for permission to close down the winding 2.5 mile entrance to...

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School board filing deadline is Friday

DOBSON — Local residents who might have an ambition in life of serving on the Mount Airy Board of Education have only three more days to act on that desire.The filing deadline for the 2014 city school board election is noon on Friday in Dobson.In all, three seats are at stake, with two incumbents filing so far for new four-year terms.Ben Cooke is seeking re-election to his District “B” school board post covering the Mount Airy No. 2 and 3 pre...

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New group starts work on Spencer’s plan

Although a new redevelopment commission is just getting started — holding its first meeting Monday — members have some definite goals regarding their work, which apparently includes a limited dependency on consultants.An initial challenge for the group, charged with identifying blighted areas and devising plans to make them economically viable, was to review proposals from three entities proposing to help launch the redeve...

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New marker honors Eng, Chang Bunker

The efforts of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources recently led a new historical marker re-dedication honoring the lives of the original Siamese Twins, Eng and Chang Bunker.The informal ceremony was held after 3 p.m. Saturday at the Old White Plains Baptist Church, following the 25th annual reunion of the Bunker family’s descendants. The historic church was built on land donated by the twins, who also attended services there.

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Raycom Sports CEO to speak at Rotary

A well-known figure in the sports world will be the speaker at today’s meeting of the Mount Airy Rotary Club.Officials with the club say Ken Haines, president and CEO of Raycom Sports, is set to speak during the meeting, which gets under way at noon at Cross Creek Country Club.Haines joined Raycom Sports during its founding, and since 1982 has been involved in all facets of the company’s operation, specializing in product acquisition and contract negotiations...

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A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program

Changing North Carolina’s Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most of the proposals under consideration is the principle of “integrated health care.” Integrated health care, or “whole person care,” refers to a system that offers coordinated physical and mental/behavioral health care. It generally results in improved health outcomes.

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Wreck leaves one critical

PINNACLE — A single vehicle accident in the county Sunday evening has sent two to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, one in critical condition, according to county emergency services workers.Emergency Services Director John Shelton said the accident occurred just after 7 p.m., at the intersection of Pinnacle Motel Road and Ayers Road.Shelton said the vehicle, which he described as a “later model Ford pickup,” left the road, striking a tree.The veh...

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Smithsonian traveling exhibit focuses on sports

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will host the traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” beginning this February.The traveling exhibit is a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide. It marks the beginning of a year-long tour throughout North Carolina. The exhibit will be at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History from Feb. 28 to A...

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