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‘It’s a homecoming’

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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 Artist and Mount Airy native Steve Jarrell of the Sons of the Beach will be on hand to perform. Other guests include John Rees, Mount Airy native and former Donna Fargo band member. Rees has also performed with numerous Nashville, Tennessee recording artists.


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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East’s Brim commits to play baseball at SCC

PILOT MOUNTAIN — When the time came for Seth Brim to make a decision on his college baseball destination, the choice was easy.The senior hurler and first baseman from East Surry committed to play at Surry Community College next season, selecting the Knights over Division II schools Brevard and Mars Hill.For Brim, the decision boiled down to two main issues.“It came down to playing time and money issues. I felt like Surry was where I needed to be,&#...

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Posie Dawson

Mr. Posie Maynard Dawson, 72 of Mount Airy passed away at his home Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was born in Carroll County, VA on March 14, 1942 to the late Winfred Nelson and Nellie Clementine Tate Dawson. He is survived by three brothers, Jack, Doug and Elmer Dawson. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Crooked Oak Moravian Church in Cana, VA. There will be no formal visitation. Moody Funeral Home will be assisting the Dawson Family. Online condolences may be...

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Johnny King

Mr. Johnny Lee Childress, 49, of King, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Universal Health Care in King. He was born in Surry County on June 23, 1965 to Linda Jean McCormick Poff and to Billy Gray Childress. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Linda and Ronnie Poff of Mount Airy; his father Billy Gray Childress of Mount Airy; a brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Mavis Childress of Ararat, VA; a stepbrother, Chris Poff of Mount Airy. Mr. Childress was preceded in death by a sister,...

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Annie Pratt

Mrs. Annie Lorine Gordon Pratt, age 90, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Funeral will be Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Friendly Chapel Church. The family will receive friends Sunday, at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service. Howell-Nelson Funeral Service.

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J.W. Weldon

J. W. Welden, 94, of Mount Airy, N.C. passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014. He was born October 5, 1919, in Haralson County, Georgia, to the late Andrew and Mattie Weldon. He was a World War II veteran and served in the Army in the South Pacific where he received a Purple Heart. While in service, he met and married Marian Wilkins and began his career raising animals and various crops. He loved working in the outdoors, traveling, and sharing with people along the way. He was a member of Tally Ho ...

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Runelle Cagle

Mrs. Runelle Payne Evans Cagle, 86 of Mount Airy passed away at Forsyth Medical Center Tuesday, July 8, 2014. She was born in Carroll County, VA to the late Columbus H. “Lum” and Annetta Westmoreland Payne. Mrs. Cagle retired from Mount Airy City Schools and was a dedicated member of Epworth United Methodist Church for over 70 years. During those years, she served extensively as a Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, was a member and officer of the Women’s Circle Meeting, mem...

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East Surry 12U wins District 2 title

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The girls keep getting older, but the results remain the same.A group of softball all-stars from the East Surry Little League has won its district for the third straight year.The East Surry all-stars beat Rowan County for the district title in the 11-12 age group.The core of the team (with the exception of two players) won the 10U district title last year.Maggie Holt and Madison Upchurch weren’t with the same group last ...

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Dr. Crane ends 36-year dental career

Dr. John Crane has seen his share of fillings and crowns in 36 years as a Mount Airy dentist, but has decided to hang up his drill.Crane retired in late June, citing an ongoing problem with one of his fingers that affected the ability to continue practicing.The veteran dentist, whose office is at 304 E. Independence Blvd., was informed last summer by an orthopedic surgeon that the index finger of his right hand — which Crane called his “drill” hand R...

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Mount Airy Habitat begins work on two homes

Concrete slabs are poured and the walls are up on the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity’s 42nd and 43rd homes in Surry County as the organization welcomes more volunteers to the first Saturday of the builds this weekend.Construction Manager Greg Russo said the sites on Galloway Street in Mount Airy were more conducive to “stick built” construction as the group switches gears from its recent partnership with Surry Community College and the Surry County School...

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County expands soccer program with middle school girls teams

The Surry County Board of Education voted Monday night at its regular meeting to expand its soccer offerings with girls’ teams in its four middle schools. The meeting was held at Meadowview Middle School with the board also approving a new activity bus and bleacher renovations to Central Middle School.County Athletic Director Tom Hemmings told the board previously, soccer at the middle school level had been offered through co-ed teams. He said the county athletic improvement ...

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Former Rockette offering dance workshops

Former Radio City Rockette Alana Niehoff will offer precision dance workshops at the Surry Arts Council in a series of workshops this month.The weekend of July 12 and 13, she will offer two separate workshops. The first is on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is for ages 8-12 at a cost of $40. On Sunday from 2-6 p.m. she will conduct the same workshop for youth age 13 and older at a cost of $50.Rockettes to Broadway lets participants experience what it is li...

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Police briefs

• A false-pretense case has been reported to the Mount Airy Police Department involving an unknown individual depositing and debiting money from a checking account at Surrey Bank & Trust on North Renfro Street. Police records show four occasions in which undisclosed credits were made to the account of Christopher Ray Beers, a resident of Rogers Road, with money then debited from that account. No loss figure was given for the crimes discovered on July 1, in which the bank is listed as th...

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Cars, music, food and fun

DOBSON — Organizers say everything is in place for what they hope could become an annual event in Surry County — the county’s first Veteran’s Appreciation Night.The event, which organizers say will feature something for everyone, is set to kick off Friday at 5 p.m. at Fisher River Park in Dobson as members of Thunder Road Cruisers bring their classic cars for the crowd to enjoy.Veterans Services Director Mike Scott said the event is a chance for t...

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Spinning a yarn

They don’t know what the topic will be but organizers say one thing is for sure: It will be fun for the entire family.The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History has set the second of three summer storytelling events for Saturday at 2 p.m., according to museum Director Matt Edwards.“This is a program we started last year to kind of break up the museum’s History Talks program with something that may be more universal in appeal,” Edwards said. “...

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Siding with food

Man does not live by bread alone.Nor does he just live by meat or fruit or veggies.No sirree.He has to have sides to really round out a “well-balanced” meal.Especially during the summertime, what is a picnic without some potato salad, or cole slaw, or some mac ‘n’ cheese, and the like?Not complete, most would venture to say.No way complete, whatsoever.

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