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Shoals Elementary earns national honor

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PINNACLE — Shoals Elementary School was officially named a National Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday afternoon via the U.S. Department of Education’s USTREAM channel to faculty and staff assembled in the school media center.U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Shoals was one of 337 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 and is one of five schools earning the honor in North Carolina. The award is based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

 

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• Violations of larceny and possession of stolen property were issued late Tuesday night against Justin Michael Kenney, 27, of 137 W. Church St., according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Kenney was encountered on Franklin Street near South Street during a larceny investigation and allegedly found in possession of stolen property, which was not identified, nor was its owner. He is scheduled to be in Surry District Court on Oct. 22.• A white Dodge Neon owned by ...

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Board to vote on electric service for annexed areas

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will consider a measure that affects electrical service provided to areas that are annexed, during a meeting today.That item to be addressed during a council session beginning at 2 p.m. in the Municipal Building does not mirror any eminent annexation plans, according to City Attorney Hugh Campbell.An ordinance to be considered by the city board is a result of a N.C. Court of Appeals decision, as explained by Campbell. The measure is ...

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Central ties Forbush

DOBSON — Surry Central had a 2-1 lead with 1:30 left when Forbush tied Wednesday’s game on a penalty kick. The Eagles and Falcons finished with a 2-2 tie in a Western Piedmont 2A Conference match.The Golden Eagles fell to 7-1-5 overall, 1-0-2 WPC.In the last 15 seasons, Central has only beaten Forbush twice. The Eagles looked poised to make it three on Wednesday.Coach Blake Roth of Central said both teams had a few chances in overtime, but neither ...

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Bears move up to No. 3 in AP poll

Undefeated Mount Airy moved up to No. 3 in this week’s Class 1A football poll released by The Associated Press. The Granite Bears trail Wallace-Rose Hill and James Kenan.Robbinsville and Princeton are tied for fourth. Plymouth, West Montgomery, Murphy, Swain County and Walkertown round out the top 10.Mount Airy improved to 6-0 after posting a 24-13 victory at West Stokes on Friday night. Senior running back Shay Wilson moved over 1,000 yards rushing for the season ...

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Cards outlast Eagles in tennis

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry and Surry Central’s tennis match came down to No. 3 doubles, with the Lady Cardinals winning 5-4 on Senior Day.Allie Hawks and Klaudia Tucker trailed Hope Henson and Stephanie Boone 8-7 in the No. 3 doubles match before winning three straight points to clinch the match for East, which improved to 11-4 on the year.It was the second time this season the Cards and Eagles came down to the last doubles match. East took the first meeting...

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Bears top Elkin

Mount Airy scored six minutes apart early in the second half to end host Elkin’s three-game win streak, 2-1, Wednesday night.“We’re just a second-half-team,” Mount Airy Head Coach Will Hurley said. “Wish we could play two halves like the second half.”“They took advantage of their opportunities,” Elkin Coach Heath Foster said.Elkin took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of the first half, when Said Islas sent Erick Ch...

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Lady Greyhounds fall 5-4 to South Stokes

North Surry lost at No. 3 doubles to South Stokes to decide one conference match with the Sauras, then lost 5-4 in the second match on Wednesday evening.In a match that was postponed twice because of darkness and then rain, Cassidy Willard and Emily Harrison lost to Kristen Denny and Jenny Smith 7-3 at No. 3 doubles. With that victory, South won the first match 5-4.In the second match, the Hounds and Sauras were tied going into doubles. But South would take two of three....

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Lowgap facility to host haunted house

LOWGAP — Haunted houses staged this time of year usually provide thrills, and maybe some laughs, but one starting this week in Lowgap also will scare up support for a community institution.A series of haunted house events — for which the theme is “Contagion” — gets under way Friday at Lowgap Community Center and will continue each Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 1. The final week of the series includes three days covering the Halloween period, O...

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Correction

In a Wednesday story regarding an audit report for Commissioner Paul Johnson, it was incorrectly reported that Johnson did not attend a Council of Governments Ethics Training meeting in Winston-Salem, for which he received a travel reimbursement. Johnson in fact did attend that meeting.

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The results are in

DOBSON — A comprehensive audit conducted by the county after becoming suspicious of Commissioner Paul Johnson’s expense reimbursement has revealed alleged widespread improprieties that could have cost county taxpayers thousands over the past several years.A copy of the audit, comprised of three four-inch binders stuffed with documentation, was obtained by The Mount Airy News and close scrutiny reveals Johnson may have received $9,167.78 since 2011 for what County Attorn...

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Let them eat cake

Mary Jo White has a lot on her plate. Though she is a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, active church member, handbell player, Alzheimer’s research advocate, line dancer, social dancer, music lover and retired teacher’s assistant; Mary Jo is perhaps best known as “the cake lady.”Before she retired from her 28-year career as a teacher’s assistant at Franklin Elementary School, White would bake a chocolate cake with chocolate icing in an ol...

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SCC hosts wine symposium

DOBSON — Internationally renowned experts in viticulture and enology will be featured during the Third Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium scheduled for Nov. 5-6 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the campus of Surry Community College.

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Documentary debuts at Rotary

Mount Airy Rotarians got the first look at a locally-produced documentary Tuesday, as the worldwide premier of “Kickstarting the Future While Preserving the Past,” was screened.The premier occurred during the group’s weekly meeting at Cross Creek Country Club.According to Carol Burke, who appears in the video about preserving the historic Satterfield House located in the Sandy Level community, it was only fitting that the documentary debut in Surry Coun...

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Depot Street residents want action on repairs

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Residents of Depot Street in Pilot Mountain filled the Town Hall meeting room to tell commissioners in no uncertain terms they want to see action on fixing their street and the barricade gone. The sentiments were aired during the public address portion of the commissioners’ regular meeting Monday night.“I am here on behalf of the residents of this town and in particular, those with concerns on Depot Street,” said Pilot resident Lydia Lovell....

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Lady Cards win NW match

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Madison Moore of East Surry took home medalist honors and the Lady Cardinals won a Northwest 1A Conference golf match on Tuesday afternoon at Pilot Knob Park.Moore fired a round of 40 for the Cardinals. Haley Hagwood of Mount Airy finished second with a round of 48. East had a team score of 145. Mount Airy was second with a 170. North Stokes (175) was third and Walkertown (179) finished fourth.Other individual scores posted by the Cardinals were Ka...

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East Surry beats Atkins

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry took a three-goal lead and went on to defeat Atkins 3-1 in a Northwest 1A Conference soccer match on Tuesday night.The Cardinals have won four in a row and six of their last seven matches to improve to 6-5-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play.Andrew Kozlow had a nice pass from about midfield to Trace Simmons, who scored in the 19th minute for the first goal of the evening.Just before halftime, the Cards struck again. Caleb Low...

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Lady Eagles take down Sauras 3-1

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles picked up a conference win over South Stokes a day after falling to Starmount.Surry Central won 3-1 and looked even better than it did in a five-set win over Mount Airy Saturday in the Rivals United tournament.It was a nice way to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to perennial powerhouse Starmount.The Lady Rams started off slow this season, but have gone 8-1 in its past nine matches, including a sweep of North Surry, the last time the ...

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