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Interstates project inches closer

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Mount Airy and Surry County officials met Tuesday morning to hammer out lingering details on a joint agreement to extend city sewer lines along the N.C. 89 corridor to the Interstate 77/74 area.The long-awaited project with a price tag of around $5 million will aid a cluster of businesses and promote development in the Interstates District, while also serving locations in between — including Gentry Middle School, North Surry High and residences.It has been plagued by various delays, and while Tuesday’s meeting seemingly paves the way for the city-county agreement to be finalized, an air of uncertainty persisted among elected officials and concerned citizens in attendance.

 

Survey says?

DOBSON — Results of a recent survey prove one thing: Surry County residents love their parks.As part of the process of developing a master plan to guide the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, Director Daniel White said he has spent the past several months seeking input from the public about how they use the county’s parks.“We have been working on this for a while,” he said. “We sent out a survey in every tax bill that went out i...

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Mount Airy High All Classes Reunion announced

Technology has proved to be more of a uniting force for those organizing the Mount Airy High School All Classes Reunion.Organizer Cleve Folger said the event has been scheduled for Oct. 18 at Old North State Winery from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Even with newfangled networking, the reunion’s core remains classmates sharing memories.Folger, who said he had organized reunions in previous years decided to take a high tech approach this year and used the “You Know Y...

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Event to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Their mission is simple. To provide clean, safe housing for those in need.Now, the Greater Mount Airy Area Habitat for Humanity is asking for your help in raising much-needed money to continue its mission.A pig-picking fundraiser is set for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Elks Club, according to Executive Director Neal Cothren.He said that while the pig-picking is designed to raise money, it is also a chance to get the word out about the Habitat for Humanity missio...

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Rams top Eagles for first volleyball win

DOBSON — Starmount withstood a comeback attempt by Surry Central to secure its first volleyball win of the season, beating the Eagles 3-1 on Tuesday night.The Rams won 25-18, 25-9, 20-25, 25-14 to improve to 1-2.Central lost outside hitter Kelsey Taylor in the first game to a high ankle sprain.“Your team has to rally on and off the court. We had to put girls in different spots,” Central coach Carrie Hutchens said. “The girls did great i...

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Surry Central tennis tops East Wilkes

RONDA — Surry Central’s girls tennis team improved to 3-0 with an 8-1 win against East Wilkes on Monday.Marlee Wilmoth and Stephanie Boone each went to third-set tiebreakers to win at No. 1 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Sommer Chilton, Mallory Wilmoth and Olivia Fowler also won in singles. Hope Henson won her first set but lost the second and the tiebreaker at No. 5 singles.Marlee Wilmoth and Chilton teamed up for a win at No. 1 doubles. Mallory Wilmoth an...

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Lady Bears blank Wolfpack

Mount Airy crushed Walkertown in a very fast tennis match Tuesday afternoon.The Lady Bears won every game in both singles and doubles over the Lady Wolfpack, which pushes the Bears record to 2-1, all in Northwest Conference play.All six singles matches went 6-0, 6-0, and the doubles matches were 8-0.At the top spot, Bailey Jackson beat Lindsay Young as Bree Hughes rested a sore back.Carley VanHoy beat Caryn Fletcher. Jai Daniels beat Alana Plowden....

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Bears get 1st tie with SC

Mount Airy had a school first on Tuesday, tying Surry Central in soccer.Since the two schools introduced soccer several years ago, the Golden Eagles have had the Granite Bears’ number. The Eagles had won every single match until Tuesday when the Bears went up 1-0 in the first half before finishing in a 1-1 tie.“I know the guys were really excited about that first tie,” said Bears coach Will Hurley. “It truly was a team effort.”The...

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Lady Bears honor Bouma with win

Mount Airy swept Walkertown 3-0 in volleyball on an emotional night.The Lady Bears dedicated the match to junior Taylor Bouma, who is battling cancer, then they downed the Lady Wolfpack 25-10, 25-8 and 25-12.This was the Northwest Conference opener for the Bears who improved to 3-2, 1-0, going into Thursday’s rivalry match with North Surry.Walkertown is young and still building their program, noted coach Chuck Morris. That allowed the Bears to rotate fre...

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Second Walmart school supplies drive successful

United Fund of Surry Executive Director Beth Pequeno reports an annual school supplies drive through Walmart in Mount Airy has amassed “a pickup truck full” of items to benefit needy city and county students.She explained this is the second year for the effort, which is a partnership between Walmart, United Fund and United Way USA. Pequeno said United Was serves as the liaison between Walmart’s corporate office with the United Fund helping get supplies where they ...

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Rezoning OK’d for veterinary hospital

A rezoning decision by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will allow a veterinary hospital to expand, including an increased capacity for larger animals.“It’s good to see a local business running out of room,” Commissioner Jim Armbrister said regarding last week’s unanimous vote affecting Animal Medical Services on West Lebanon Street.Dr. Clark Fincher, the owner of the operation launched 20 years ago, asked to have the zoning for an .57-acre p...

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Police briefs

• The larceny of a motor vehicle was discovered Sunday at Colonial Care on Snowhill Drive, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. The case involves a scooter valued at $400 being taken from that location along with a Capital One credit/debit card, both owned by Colonial Care employee Teresa Lynn Thomas of Cleo Cain Road, Pilot Mountain. The scooter is yellow and contains the letters SSM in white.• William Chad Hawks, 31, of 702 Blackjack Road, Stuart, Va., w...

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They gently sway in the breeze against the Mount Airy skyline, flashing catchy slogans and colorful designs to promote some festival or other upcoming event. But the overhead street banners erected downtown aren’t always safe.When improper materials are used and subjected to adverse weather conditions such as high winds, they pose a threat to the public by falling down on unsuspecting pedestrians or motorists, city officials say.“I’ve seen this happen,&...

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City retirement group has new focus

The retirement committee is dead — long live the retirement committee, could describe recent action by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to continue efforts aimed at luring older persons here.Board members voted unanimously during a meeting Thursday night to dissolve a group known as the Retirement Community Designation Committee which was formed in 2012, and to create the Relocation/Retirement Committee in its place.And though he ultimately voted in favor of t...

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Cards’ O-line sparkles in opener

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Coach David Diamont of East Surry was concerned about how quickly the Cardinals’ new-look offensive line would come together this season.He liked what he saw in the season opener Friday night.East rushed 43 times for 218 yards and quarterback Tyler Smith threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-3 victory against Surry Central.

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Cards, Cats finish in 2-2 tie

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry jumped out to a 2-0 lead on West Stokes, but wound up in a 2-2 tie.The Cardinals had several opportunities in both halves, but those near misses allowed the Wildcats to hang around and eventually tie the game.The Cards scored first on a quick play. Andrew Kozlow threw the ball in from the right sideline near the 30-yard line. A teammate lifted a pass diagonally across the field, and Brody Gentry slammed the pass into the net from the far...

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Seahawks part ways with Dobson

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks waived safety Michael Dobson on Monday, one of eight cuts by the Seahawks as NFL teams have to reduce their 90-man rosters to 75 by Tuesday.Dobson, a Mount Airy native and East Carolina standout, was signed Aug. 6 and had one tackle in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. NFL rosters must be cut to 53 players by Saturday.Eligible players can be signed to practice squads beginning Aug. 31. Last week, the NFL expanded the si...

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North soccer wins to improve to 3-0

Senior Hector Zuvieta scored two goals and North Surry pulled away from East Wilkes in the second half to win 5-1 in nonconference soccer action on Monday night.With the victory, the Greyhounds improved to 3-0.Junior Alfredo Vazquez got North on the scoreboard with a goal off a corner kick in the 23rd minute to make it 1-0. For Vazquez, it was his third goal in three games this season. The Cardinals (0-3) scored the equalizer on a break-away goal with just under a minute...

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