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City still wrestling with postal lot dilemma

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With Mount Airy’s “festival season” approaching and thousands of visitors expected to strain parking resources, a large lot beside the city post office could help alleviate that — if only it were open.Despite vigorous attempts to negotiate with officials of the U.S. Postal Service — which owns the site — the lot remains closed, as it has been since January, because the space needs repairs and is deemed unsafe by the USPS. Familiar yellow tape that is part of a barricade there is a constant reminder of parking spaces aplenty which are near, yet so far away.


Surry County fair to open soon

With September here, the annual Surry County Agricultural Fair can’t be far away — with organizers promising a bigger and better event this year.That will include a change in the provider of midway rides and attractions. Dreamland Amusements will fill that role when the local fair — now in its 67th year — begins on Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 14 at Veterans Memorial Park on West Lebanon Street in Mount Airy.“Actually, I think it’s ...

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“Race Car Friday Night on Main” slated for Pilot Mountain

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Hot Nights and Hot Cars Cruise In organizers are planning on giving local enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a pit stop of their own during a racing theme night slated for Friday night.Spokesman Jerry Venable said “Race Car Friday Night on Main” in Pilot Mountain will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will be a closed show where the cars on display will be parked on the street for the public to view.

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MACC holds tournament

Mount Airy Country Club recently held its Member/Guest Tournament.Here are the results of the divisions.Championship Flight Score1. Ryan A. Atkins 68-64=132Kevin Atkins2. Scottie Payne 66-71=137Kerry Cooke3. Donnie Marion 68-70=138Gary Moore4. Travis Sizemore 68-70=138Matt Renegar5. Dan Spainhour 68-73=141Travis HallFirst Flight Score1. Bo M...

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Local runner Bryant secures third place

LAUREL SPRINGS — Local runner Jason Bryant finished third in the Sixth-Annual Continental Divide Trail Race here.The challenging course winds around the area of the Eastern Continental Divide.“The course provides runners with a mixture of challenges as the terrain is constantly changing,” said Jason’s wife Alison Bryant who was the race coordinator with her husband. “From the start on top of the mountain, runners are continually descending t...

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SC soccer ties 2-2 with Vikings

DOBSON — Surry Central finished 2-2 with North Forsyth, the third tie in four games for the soccer team.The visiting Vikings scored first, but the Golden Eagles scored once in each half to take the lead 2-1. The Eagles held that lead for about 15 minutes before North Forsyth tied it with 18 minutes left. Neither team could break through the rest of the way.Central played to a 2-2 tie with West Iredell, 1-1 tie with Mount Airy and now this one, noted head coach Blak...

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Rivals United for a good cause

The four local high schools are teaming up for a cancer awareness event at Mount Airy this month.The four volleyball teams will take part in the Rivals United tournament Sept. 27 to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.The Lady Bears recently dedicated a match to classmate Taylor Bouma who is battling Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.Rivals United will provide proceeds to the Northwest N.C. division of the Susan G. Komen organization.Mount Ai...

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SC defense holds the line

DOBSON — The Golden Eagles downed East Wilkes Friday thanks to some big plays from the defense.Surry Central had a couple of nice defensive stands on first downs in the red zone. East Wilkes came away with zero points on those two drives.With Central winning by 10 points at 30-20, a touchdown on each of those two drives could have given the Cardinals a victory.On one of those drives, the Eagles had the ball deep in their own territory. Kirk Needham threw...

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VOCE rehearsal set Sept. 8

Music lovers in the area can rest easy as one of the area’s best-known vocal ensembles is set to kick off its concert season, organizers announced recently.Board member Mark Gillespie says VOCE will be having its first rehearsal of the season on Sept. 8, starting at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Dobson.Gillespie said the first rehearsal is open to anyone who would like to participate.“We welcome anyone who wants to come and try out, whethe...

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SCC celebrates large number of HSE grads

DOBSON — Surry Community College honored a record-breaking number of HSE graduates during the 25th annual High School Equivalency Graduation on August 24 in the SCC Gymnasium.(HSE), formerly known as General Educational Development or GED, Sunday, Aug. 24, in the SCC Gymnasium, Dobson.“The 2014 HSE graduating class was the largest in the college’s history with 249 graduates completing the HSE in 2013-2014. Forty were honor graduates,” said Directo...

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Property transfers

In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for a parcel be stated on its deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 in value, or fraction thereof, is affixed to each deed.• Cynthia B. and Randy G. Moore, of Pinnacle, to Casy Tucker of Ararat. 10 acres in Eldora. $64.• The estate of Glenda McxCraw Emerson, to Randy Griffith of Dobson. 1 acre in Dobson. $91.• Virginia Gilbert of Pilot Moun...

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Board to feds: Stop it

The Surry County Board of Commissioners is expected to pass strongly-worded resolutions Tuesday night urging the federal government, and several Central American governments, to enforce their immigration laws.The issue, which yielded terse discussion during the board’s August 18 meeting, came to light following a conference call attended by Commissioner Larry Phillips featuring representatives from the White House, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security.Ph...

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Former camp for troubled youths up for sale

LOWGAP — Arriving at the fabled Lost Colony area on Roanoke Island in the late 1500s probably provided the same feeling people get today when visiting the site of Camp E-Mun-Talee at Lowgap.When visitors make their way up the winding gravel road leading to the former facility for troubled youths, they will find an array of buildings scattered over the hillside — a welcoming presence that one would associate with a thriving getaway destination.Only no one is t...

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MCA receives Salvatori award for teaching excellence

Millennium Charter Academy (MCA) received Hillsdale College’s Henry Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching Thursday night during its annual curriculum night. According to Director of Charter School Development at Hillsdale Phillip Kilgore, the Michigan college’s recognition provides $25,000 for the school to use to support teaching.

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Learn how to build violins from scratch

DOBSON — Surry Community College is offering Violin-Making I/Luthier starting in the fall at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy.Two class sessions will be offered on Wednesdays, Sept. 10 through Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Award-winning craftsman Joe Thrift is the instructor for the class.This class is offered to the student willing to commit one year of work toward making a violin from scratch. All skill levels are we...

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Effort planned to restore historic school

WESTFIELD — Remembrance will be the theme for the Ridge Westfield School reunion next weekend as former students recall its past, but they’re also looking to the future and a campaign to preserve the old campus.“We just don’t want this to go down,” Lizzie Penn James of Pinnacle, one of those students, said of the need to improve the facility that served African-American children. The former school sits al...

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Holiday to affect sanitation schedule

Mount Airy sanitation personnel will still be “laboring” on Labor Day to an extent, but the holiday will bring some changes in pickup operations.This will include no yard waste collection on Monday, a day when there are no regular residential garbage collections except for that material. The next day for yard waste to be picked up is Sept. 8.Also, the industrial trash route normally run on Monday is to be collected on Tuesday instead.The regular sc...

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The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts:• Richard Wayne Jones II, and Susan Y. Jones. Granted August 28.• Christopher M. Nelson and Cherish N. Nelson. Granted August 28.• Melinda Leonard and Kevin Olen Leonard. Granted August 26.• Alison Reeves Johnson and Wallace Allen Johnson Jr. Granted August 26.• Damon Chappell and Alicia Marie Chappell. Granted August 26.&...

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