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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.


Lady Cards top Wildcats 13-8

KING — East Surry overcame a slow start to down West Stokes 13-8 Thursday night.The Lady Cardinals scored seven runs in the top of the third on the way to a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats.West Stokes pitcher Abigail Worley started off strong with six quick strikeouts in the first two innings. West batted around and rose to an early five-run lead in the bottom of the second with solid singles from Leah Smith, Taylor McKinney, Morgan Manley and Cassie Palmer....

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Nanny Brooks

Mrs. Naomi “Nanny” Ruth Brooks Hawks, 88, of Lowgap passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehab in Advance where she had lived for the past two years. She was born in Surry County on January 23, 1926 to the late William Calvin and Dora Bolt Brooks. Mrs. Hawks was retired from Bassett Furniture Company and was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Louise Hodges Jenkins of Advance; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchi...

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Jeffrey Hodges

Mr. Jeffrey Don Hodges, 53 of Claudville, VA passed away at his home Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born in Surry County to Harley Hughes and Maxine Coe Hodges. Mr. Hodges worked at Proctor-Silex for 22 years prior to working at the waste treatment plant. He was a member of Central View Baptist Church in Dobson. Left to cherish his memories in addition to his parents are his wife, Jean McCann Hodges of the home; two daughters, Magan Hodges of Pilot Mountain and Katelin Hodges of Raleigh; a st...

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Justice Martin to speak at Lincoln Day dinner

Justice Mark Martin of the North Carolina Supreme Court will be the keynote speaker at the Surry County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner. The event will be held at Cross Creek Country Club on Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m.Justice Martin is the Senior Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Prior to his judicial service, Martin served as legal counsel to Gov. James G. Martin (no relation), practiced law at the McNair Law Firm in Raleigh and clerked for United State Dis...

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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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Jimmy Lawson

Dobson — Mr. Jimmy Wayne Lawson, age 65, of Dobson, NC passed away on Thursday evening April 17, 2014 at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. He was born in Surry Co. on August 18, 1948 to the late Escar Claven Lawson and the late Ruth Price Childress Lawson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Lawson. He was a Truck Driver for Sexton’s Trucking and also worked as a carpenter for Hutchens-Lawson Construction. He was a Veteran having...

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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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