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Phillips tapped for state panel

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A member of the Surry County Board of Commissioners has been tapped to chair a committee that will look at how state government can be more effective and efficient.During this month’s North Carolina Association of County Commissioners annual conference, Larry Phillips, who also serves as chair of the group’s economic development task force, was asked to lead the new committee.The meeting was held in Asheville from Aug. 13 through Aug. 17.


Educators of the Year will ‘share their light’

County Educators Of the Year were told “passing the light” is sharing, not taking away their light, at the annual Educators of the Year Breakfast Friday morning at Cross Creek Country Club.County Teacher of the Year Dena Cave and Principal of the Year Sandra Scott used cupcakes and candles to encourage peers.“As Teacher of the Year we have a little bit of pressure on us,” said Cave. “Everyone in your school is looking up to you.”...

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Marquee hoops matchup coming to North Surry

Powerhouse programs Oak Hill Academy and Hargrave Military Academy will face off at Ron King Gymnasium at North Surry High School on October 28.Hargrave assistant coach Lee Martin (a North Surry grad) arranged to have the marquee hoops matchup played at North. Tip-off for the October game is scheduled for 7 p.m.“We’ll have 15-20 Division I players in the gym at once,” Martin said. “I think it’s great we can get it in Surry County. I think Su...

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Lady Bears win on road

ELKIN — The Lady Bears came back from a set down to beat the Lady Elks 3-1 in volleyball Thursday night.Mount Airy got a late start leaving home as the city schools had open house that evening.That got the JV game started about two hours later than usual, then the varsity came after that.In the first set, the home team got the upper hand. Elkin took the set 25-20 and put the pressure on the Bears.Mount Airy responded with three straight wins....

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Mount Airy breaks streak

BOONVILLE — Mount Airy broke a four-game losing streak to Starmount with a 28-17 win Friday night.Both defenses held very well in the first half, but the Bears came out with a vengeance in the third quarter and made two long drives for scores.The Rams stuck around thanks to a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in between Mount Airy’s two scores.Sihem Smith tackled the punter on the Rams’ side of the 50 to give the Bears excellent field po...

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Cards top Eagles in opener

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry’s powerful run game had air support on Friday night.The defense wasn’t bad either.Senior running back Lucas Koons rushed for two touchdowns and senior quarterback threw for two more as the Cardinals soared past Surry Central 29-3 in the season opener for both teams.East (1-0) kept it on the ground for its first scoring drive — with eight running plays for 43 yards capped off by Koons’ 1-yard touchdown r...

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Ground broken for Laurel Hill pavilion

ARARAT, Va. — Laurel Hill, the birthplace of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, is getting a new feature, an activity pavilion that will host lectures, receptions and other special events.The J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust Inc. held a groundbreaking for the facility this week at the site, located in Ararat just across the state line from N.C. 104.In 1992, the trust group bought the Laurel Hill property to preserve and interpret the birthplace of the Confederate caval...

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Board okays rezoning

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners unanimously gave the nod to a proposed rezoning that will clear the way for a new business in the county.While no business was named, County Planner Kim Bates told the board Monday that the rezoning involved creating a new parcel in the county.“This involves two pieces of property located on Highway 601 just this side of the Interstate 74 interchange,” he said. “The property owners are proposing to ...

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New area code planned

In the not to distant future folks making calls locally will have to dial 10 digits to make any phone call, even for calls in the same neighborhood.The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently approved a new area code overlay for the region currently covered by the 336 area code.According to the commission the new area code, 743, will be rolled out in the next two to three years as the number of available numbers starting with 336 begin to run out.

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County Schools debuts new logo at convocation

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The official unveiling of the Surry County Schools new logo at its annual convocation ceremony literally took center stage as Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves told participants “We stand tall and we shine bright.”Reeves was referring to the district’s mission slogan, “Lighting Pathways to Global Success” as well as the paths incorporated into the new district global symbol. He praised the work of Graphic Designer Laura Hardy and ...

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Third Philip Mappa Memorial Ride is slated Saturday

Participants are being sought for the Third Annual Philip Mappa Memorial Ride Saturday. Organizers say all the proceeds from the event will benefit a Mount Airy child diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.Spokesman Michael Willard said the ride is set to begin around 12:30 at Veterans Park. The fee for participation is $10 and registration is slated to begin at 10:30. He said volunteers will be at the park throughout the day with the band “Phonic 45” featuring mus...

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‘A chance to change the world’

Mount Airy High School came alive for another year Thursday morning as hundreds of teachers, administrators and elected officials gathered for the school district’s annual convocation ceremony.And the message was clear: It’s all about building relationships with students.Prior to the convocation, Dr. Greg Little, Mount Airy School superintendent, said he was looking forward to the upcoming year.“I’m incredibly excited about this year,&#...

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City board OKs timber plan 5-0

Paul Bunyan would be proud of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners, which voted unanimously Thursday night to launch a logging project at Westwood Industrial Park.The 5-0 decision capped off more than a year of debate among city officials, most recently centering on how much of a forested 102-acre tract at the park should be disturbed and other details such as buffer distances.After about 10 meetings in which the topic was discussed with no clear resolution reached, a b...

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Police briefs

• A retired local dentist has become the victim of identity theft, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Police were told Wednesday that an unknown suspect had used the Social Security number of John Crane of Robin Road to file income taxes. The crime was discovered on Tuesday and originated from an unspecified business on South South Street, records show. Typically, perpetrators in such cases use a stolen or misappropriated Social Security number to file a fraudulent retur...

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Granite Bears 2014 Schedule

Date Site OpponentAug 22 Away StarmountAug 29 Home ThomasvilleSept. 5 Home Carroll County (Va.)Sept. 12 Away North SurrySept. 19 Home # Surry CentralSept. 26 Away West StokesOct. 3 OpenOct. 10 Away * Bishop McGuinnessOct. 17 Away * AtkinsOct. 24 Home * WalkertownOct. 31 Away * North StokesNov. 7 ...

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Mount Airy Soccer

Date Site Opponent TimeAug. 18 Home Starmount 6:00Aug. 19 Home East Wilkes 6:00Aug. 21 Home Surry Central 7:00Aug. 26 Away Surry Central 7:00Aug Away East Wilkes 6:00Aug. 27 Home Thomasville 7:00Sept. 2 Away Thomasville 7:00Sept. 3 Away North Wilkes 7:00Sept. 4 Home North Surry 6:00Sept. 8 Hom...

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Mount Airy Golf

Date Site OpponentsAug. 26 Cross Creek North Surry, Surry Central,East Surry, Elkin, South StokesSept. 2 Cedarbrook ElkinSept. 16 Pilot Knob Park East SurrySept. 30 Pilot Knob Park East SurryOct. 13 Cross Creek NW TournamentOct. 20 Cross Creek Regional TournamentOct. 27-28 TBA State Tournament

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Mount Airy Volleyball

Date Site Opponent TimeAug.18 Away Surry Central 6:15Aug. 21 Away Elkin 6:15Aug. 23 Home Trimatch— Alleghany vs Mount Airy 10 a.m.— Alleghany vs West Stokes noon— Mount Airy vs West Stokes 2:00Aug. 26 Home * Walkertown 6:15Aug. 28 Away North Surry 6:15Sept. 3 Away AlleghanySept. 4 Home * Atkins 6:15Sept. 9...

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