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Runnin’ and rocking’, downtown style

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Are you a part of the fittest company in town?Now you can prove it, and at the same time help out a worthy cause in the community.Preparation is under way for the kick-off event that will start the United Fund of Surry’s annual fundraising season.This year, for the first time, organizers of Downtown Rocks and Runs 5K are challenging companies in the area to participate in a Corporate Fitness Challenge.“Take the corporate fitness challenge and prove that your employees are the fittest and fastest in the county,” urged organizer and United Fund Executive Director Beth Pequeno.This year’s seventh annual event is set for August 16, and for the first time will feature a morning run.

 

Solar project at old landfill falls through

The plug has been pulled on plans for a solar farm at the former Mount Airy landfill on City View Drive.This is due to the developer for the project being unable to secure funding for it, according to Jeff Boyles, public services director for Mount Airy.The reason for that is linked to the depth of the floodplain at the site located in the vicinity of the Ararat River, where the city landfill operated until being closed about 30 years ago.That depth is listed ...

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Northern Hospital names new emergency department director

Karen R. Hagen as been named the Emergency Department Director at Northern Hospital of Surry County.Hagen will manage all operations for the department, according to hospital officials. She joins comes to Northern from Indianapolis, Indiana, and recently served as nurse manager over a 26-bed emergency department. She has been an emergency department or trauma center nurse since 1999.Hagen received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and is certifi...

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DOT official: Traffic to be flowing by end of year

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Contractors and state DOT officials pledged to business owners Thursday night that a bridge would be open to traffic by the end of the 2014 calendar year, after the N.C. 268 bridge over U.S. 52 was demolished a month ago to make way for a new bridge.In a follow-up meeting to an initial gathering of business members and county and town officials last week, Mike Pettyjohn, division engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 11, which ...

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Dobson awards park contract

DOBSON — After more than a year in the planning stages, the town of Dobson has set an August 4 groundbreaking ceremony for Dobson Square Park.The groundbreaking, which will get under way at 10 a.m., will herald the kickoff of construction, coming on the heels of the town accepting a $1,324,500 contract with Mount Airy-based Simcon Company.The contract was approved unanimously on a motion by Commissioner John Lawson with a second by Commissioner Todd Dockery....

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A building may be lost, but church’s place in community remains

On Thursday, an important part of our community was destroyed.Early in the afternoon, as storms were rolling into the area, officials say a lightning strike set the Ararat Missionary Baptist Church building on Jones School Road ablaze. Firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes and, at first, had hoped to be able to bring the blaze under control, though significant damage was evident even as the firefighters.Unfortunately, the flames had crept into so many nooks an...

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Police briefs

• A Taylor Street man who was encountered by police investigating a larceny from a vehicle on that street Sunday was discovered to have outstanding warrants against him for three felony charges, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Violations including obtaining property by false pretense, possession of a stolen vehicle and altering a title had been issued last Friday by Surry County authorities for John Christopher Yarbrough, 28, of 323 Taylor St. He was jailed under a $1...

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Fire destroys century-old church

A lightning bolt struck the historic Ararat Missionary Baptist Church at 211 Jones School Road Thursday afternoon, starting a blaze that destroyed the more than 100-year-old church.Bystanders at the structure fire, which is located near the L.H. Jones Auditorium, said the lightning appeared to have directly hit the building’s steeple, followed by a thunderclap which shook the Family Resource Center. Some of the first members of the congregation arriving at the scene said choi...

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Ignition-switch suit filed over fatal wreck

A West Virginia man whose wife and unborn child died in a 2006 traffic crash in Mount Airy is suing General Motors, claiming that a faulty ignition switch in her car was responsible.The May 2, 2006 death of Keisha Dawn Vest, 26, of Princeton, W.Va., is still vividly recalled locally due to circumstances regarding Vest being on a cell phone at the time.“She was talking on the cell phone with her mother,” Surry Emergency Services Director John Shelton recalled ...

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Fire strikes historic church in Mount Airy

Firefighters are still on the scene of a blaze that has destroyed the more than 100-year-old Ararat Missionary Baptist Church building on Jones School Road this afternoon.There were no injuries reported.Mount Airy Police Department Detective Brad Quesinberry said the fire was the result of a confirmed lightening strike to the structure. Units on the scene include the Mount Airy Fire Department, Four Way and Franklin Volunteer Fire Departments, Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Su...

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Alleged sexual assault reported at hospital

An alleged sexual assault of a patient at Northern Hospital of Surry County is under investigation by the Mount Airy Police Department.The case arose in late June, involving a male patient described as being in his early to mid-30s. That individual allegedly was assaulted sexually by a person listed in police department documents as “a care taker” at the hospital.Those documents state that the NHSC employee, also male, was put on administrative leave from the...

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Police Briefs

• An iPhone 4s valued at $300 was discovered missing Monday at the Colonial Care senior housing facility on Snowhill Drive, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. The phone, white in color and owned by Angel Nichole Pareoez of Belton Road — an employee there — was stolen after being left unattended.• David Thomas Bullin II, 18, of 344 Cave Road, Dobson, is facing offenses including shoplifting and carrying a concealed weapon stemming from an inci...

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Official sheds light on Project Glow snub

DOBSON — Despite indications Surry County would allocate its share of funding to extend natural gas to Westwood Industrial Park, “Project Glow” got left in the dark during a meeting this week.However, it wasn’t a case of not wanting to participate financially in an effort with Mount Airy to construct the gas line to benefit existing companies and help lure others to the city-owned park, a county official says. The matter that involves meeting half of a $95,0...

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To the Editor,A couple of months ago my husband and I had the privilege of visiting the lovely city of Mount Airy and meeting a TV legend, Ms. Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou of the Andy Griffith Show).As a child growing up, the Andy Griffith Show was watched in our household every day, and that tradition has continued to this day throughout our family. Five generations have watched those beloved townspeople of Mayberry, now including our children and grandchildren.

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I was reading The Mount Airy News on Friday July 18 and saw the article “General Assembly Cutting School Bus Drivers.”How and why do we as North Carolinian’s keep allowing this government to keep throwing crap at us?They have cut teachers pay and now they are going after the teacher assistants and bus driver. Children are now going to have longer routes on the buses, then get home and do homework that they may not understand due to the lack of teacher&#...

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To the Editor,Responsiveness.Constituents expect this from their elected officials. Even if the politician disagrees, there is an expectation of responsiveness to citizens’ concerns, if only a respectful reply.I read today about the meeting of local business owners in Pilot Mountain, who are losing their livelihoods, because of the seemingly nonchalant pace with which the 268 bridge is being reconstructed. Who can they turn to do something about it?...

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PAC swimmers compete at state championship

CARY — Four swimmers represented the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) this past weekend in the North Carolina 14-and-Under Age Group Long Course Championships held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Sydney Beck, Julie Hicks, Mikki Nunn and Avery Tucker each obtained qualifying times to compete in the three day championship meet.“After 20 plus years of coaching I am amazed that I can still be surprised by awesome performances,” PAC coach Leah Tunstall said. &...

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NFL player buys local property, reaches new deal

An NFL football player with local ties has signed a new contract with the Houston Texans.Tyson Clabo, the former Atlanta Falcon and Miami Dolphin, has reportedly received a two-year deal from the Texans, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.Brenda Ramsey reported this week that she has sold a farmhouse and parcel of land out on N.C. 103 to Clabo where he intends to build a new home. Ramsey is the operator of Brenda’s Kountry Kitchen on the corner of East Pine Stre...

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