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If organizers of Saturday’s display at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm had one message for the public it would be simple: At the turn of the 20th century, things were tough all over.“A lot of times when you talk to someone about turn of the century farm life in the region, they probably will get a picture in their heads of a man plowing a field with a horse-drawn plow,” said Lisa Turney, site manager for the farm. “They might not think about how hard the women and children worked on the farm.”Saturday, the farm showcased an exhibit entitled “Common Threads: 150 years of North Carolina Quilts” designed to highlight the craftsmanship of turn of the century women.


TV station to re-broadcast debate

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A televised debate between the Republican congressional candidates for the district covering Surry County, scheduled to be shown live on a cable channel Friday night, will be re-aired on a regular broadcast channel tonight.“I just got word,” 6th District GOP Chairman AJ Daoud said Friday while en route to Raleigh for the debate scheduled later in the day between Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker. They are involved in a runoff election to become the ...

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Celebrating the ‘new’ historic Edwards-Franklin House

LOWGAP — What was old is new, in a manner of speaking as the Surry County Historical Society announced it will hold an open house this weekend to showcase the historic Edwards-Franklin House’s fresh, “new” look.According to Society spokesperson Dr. Annette Ayers, the open house will be held at 4132 Haystack Road and is set for today and Sunday, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.“We want the public, the whole communit...

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New study finds no difference in helmet brands

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin reports that its new study showed no difference in the rate of concussions based on what helmet brand is used.The university recently completed the first large-scale, prospective study in a field-based sports setting to examine if the rate of concussion is affected by the protective equipment that is worn by high school football players.Not only did the brand not make a difference in the rate of concussions, there also wa...

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NOCSAE releases helmet safety findings

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Football helmets’ ability to protect against concussions has become “exaggerated,” according to a national safety committee.After extensive study of various models of helmets, the results released this week are that no helmet is effective at stopping concussions and that all helmet brands have similar occurrences of brain bruising.The N.C. High School Athletic Association released a report from the National Operating Committe...

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Supporting our veterans

DOBSON —A sudden afternoon rain storm had organizers of the first annual Surry County Veterans Appreciation Night a little worried.“It certainly dampened things a little bit, but hey, at least it will be a cool night,” said organizer and county Veterans Services Officer Mike Scott.All the worry was for nothing, as it turned out.Shortly before the Rockin’ Rollercoasters took the stage at 6 p.m., the skies brightened and sun shone down on...

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Rest of counterfeit ring arrested

Three more members of a counterfeiting ring that allegedly struck Mount Airy nearly two weeks ago have been apprehended, according to a city detective.Their arrests occurred in Ware County, Ga., on Tuesday, Sgt. Brad Quesinberry said.This brings to five the total number of those implicated in a scheme that involved the circulation of bogus $100 bills in Mount Airy and other jurisdictions, with one of the suspects still at lar...

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Marijuana, teacher raises, and gubernatorial leadership

While the supposed short session of the General Assembly, which should have ended long ago, continues on because of a budget impasse, we’ve seen most of the legislature’s work for the year well enough to comment on a few items.It was good to see Surry County’s delegation to Raleigh vote for a limited, defined use of marijuana for specific medical conditions while maintaining their overall stand against legalizing the drug.Rep. Sarah Stevens, of Mount Ai...

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Early voting ends Saturday for primary

DOBSON — Early voting for a congressional second primary ends Saturday in Dobson, where a county elections official is pleased with the turnout so far.As of 3 p.m. Thursday, 102 people had cast one-stop absentee ballots at the Surry Board of Elections, choosing between Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker, Republican candidates in a runoff for the Sixth District seat now held by Rep. Howard Coble.“For a second primary, especially one that does not have a local rac...

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Atkins seeking re-election in Dobson

DOBSON — A second candidate filed Thursday afternoon for the Dobson Board of Commissioners.Incumbent J. Wayne Atkins is seeking another four-year term on the town board. In filing, he joined a fellow commissioner on the path to possible re-election, John D. Lawson, who filed on Monday.“I just want to stay involved — if the citizens of the town want me,” Atkins, 70, said of his desire to continue serving.“We’ve got a lot of t...

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To help a child

It all began with a tug at a mother’s heart strings.If you ask Dave Nazaroff, the 900-mile bicycle ride he’s completing this week is no big deal, but then again, Nazaroff is a 10-time Ironman.Nazaroff and a three-person “pit crew” were in Mount Airy briefly this week as part of a New York-to-Georgia ride to help a needy child as part of his charity, Ride To Give.“Ride To Give started simply enough,” said Senior Program Coord...

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Reeves takes on head coach football position at North Stokes

Mitch Reeves was recently named North Stokes new head football coach and will take the reins of a program that didn’t win a game last season.“I care about North Stokes and I want to see our football program experience success. I know a lot of hard work lies ahead, but with the help of other coaches, the support from our administration, and the dedication of our players, I believe we can build a reputable program,” Reeves said.Reeves is replacing two-yea...

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East Surry football players cheer for their teammates during the tire tug-of-war during West Stokes’ weightlifting challenge. For more coverage of the event, see the Saturday edition of The News.

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North’s Hayley Tickle joins SCC softball team

DOBSON — North Surry’s Hayley Tickle has chosen Surry Community College to play softball next year.Tickle says she plans to play one year at SCC before transferring to another school for her major.The Lady Greyhounds’ softball team has made a drastic turnaround over the past two years, and players are starting to reap the benefits of that success.Molly Martin signed with N.C. State last year, and fellow 2014 senior Bailey Culler is headed to ...

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City pursuing takeover of postal lot

A large parking lot beside the Mount Airy Post Office has been barricaded for months, but city officials could be closing in on a deal that would allow it to reopen through a rental agreement.In January, concrete posts and yellow tape went up along South Main Street at the entrance of the lot, which in the past has been used heavily by both postal patrons and the general public — especially during festivals and the peak touris...

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Berger, Walker to debate on TV

PILOT MOUNTAIN — With a key congressional runoff election now less than a week away, a televised debate is scheduled Friday night between the two Republican candidates involved, Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker.“This will be the only debate for the Sixth District,” said A.J. Daoud, a Pilot Mountain businessman who is the Republican Party chairman for that district, which covers Surry and all or parts of nine other counties. The winner of Tuesday’s Berger-Walk...

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Cracker Barrel ‘interested’ in Mount Airy

Good news could be on the way for local fans of Cracker Barrel, which is eyeing Mount Airy as the possible location for a new restaurant.Rumors have swirled for months about such a move, which a spokesman for the restaurant chain lent credence to on Wednesday.“We are interested and considering the market there in Mount Airy,” said Jim Keller, corporate communications manager for Cracker ...

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‘It’s a homecoming’

The Blackmon Ampitheatre will come alive Friday as friends, family and fellow musicians gather to celebrate the legacy of renowned Mount Airy musician Jimmy Lowry.And perhaps help support a college-bound student or two in the process.The seventh installment of the Jimmy Lowry Tribute Concert is set to get under way at 7:30 p.m., and promises to provide a full evening of music and entertainment for all music lovers.Once again this year, Beach Music Hall of Fame...

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