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Rock company aiding fossil excavation

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All too often, history falls victim to the wrecking ball or natural resources are destroyed in the name of progress, but a Mount Airy company is aiding work at a “world-famous” fossil site.Ararat Rock Products is cooperating with an excavation team from Virginia Museum of Natural History on a project to remove scientifically valuable fossils as much as 250 million years old from a quarry the company recently acquired near Eden. The excavation is being funded by the National Geographic Society.

 

Annual show to highlight history of farming

PINNACLE — Saturday will be a time of reminiscing for some and learning about history for others as the Rock House Ruritan Club hosts its 16th annual antique tractor, auto, farm equipment and engine show.The day’s activities will kick off at 8 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. when cow patty bingo will take place, according to Don Bennett, treasurer for the Ruritans.“At 9:30, we are going to have a tractor parade and hay ride for anyone who wants to ride o...

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Zone Health Award honors to be discussed at School Board meeting

DOBSON — Pilot Mountain Elementary and Rockford Elementary schools are set to be recognized at the county Board of Education’s August 4 regular meeting for receiving the Zone Health Award. The meeting agenda indicates it will begin with a closed session at 5 p.m. and is set to meet in open session at 6 p.m.The schools have each received $1,000 for reaching a high standard of excellence in student wellness and obesity prevention. The funds have been tentatively earmarked...

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A night of wine and dancing

STATE ROAD — With summer in full swing and the heat of the day keeping many inside in the comfort of air conditioning, organizers of this year’s second annual Vine and Dine Gala thought, “why not host an event to get people outside and mingling?”“This is a chance to give people an elegant event to attend during high summer,” said Louis Jeroslow, president of the sponsoring Surry Wineries Group. “This time of the year it’s hot in the d...

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Surry drug case to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court

DOBSON — A drug case that originated in Surry County will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, which Sheriff Graham Atkinson says is a first for the county and will set the tone for search procedures nationwide.Local convictions have played a role in establishing case law in the N.C. Supreme Court and the state Court of Appeals. “But it’s the first I know of to make it to a hearing of the U.S. Supreme Court,” Atkinson, a local law enforcement veteran of more ...

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Volunteers are critical to museum success

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History Guest Services Manager Nancy Davis regards volunteers as critical to the success of the institution. Without local individuals stepping forward, there will be gaps in the big picture about community history the facility seeks to showcase daily.Davis explained the museum uses volunteers to help the staff complete many tasks, including the receptionist desk where guests are greeted and phones are answered. Volunteers also assist with tours of sch...

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‘A historic moment for Dobson’

DOBSON — While many could see it as simply a way for dignitaries to get together and ceremoniously throw a shovelful of dirt in the air, officials with the town of Dobson say Monday’s groundbreaking for Dobson Square Park trumpets an entirely new chapter in the town’s history.The groundbreaking is set for 10 a.m., at the park site located at the intersection of South Crutchfield and West Atkins streets.The 2.5-acre park is planned for the intersection o...

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Business incubator eyed for Surry

Operating a business and being their own boss is a dream for some people, but it takes more than a vision — resources such as office space and copying equipment also can be needed along with advice.Finding ways to meet such needs is the idea behind an effort now under way by the Surry County Economic Development Partnership (EDP), which could lead to the establishment of a business incubator locally.Its purpose would be to assist start-up enterprises that often fac...

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Newcomer to SAC stage headlines ‘Annie’

A relative newcomer will get to teach everyone “The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life” as the Surry Arts Council’s production of “Annie” opens Saturday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.The role of Annie will be played by 11-year-old Madison Lawson, in her first performance with the Surry Arts Players. In fact, she said has never even seen Annie and would not have known about auditions if she had not been visiting Fl...

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Park rental request nixed

Officials hosting this year’s Vintage Triumph Register have withdrawn a request to use Pilot Mountain State Park for a “hill climbing” event after outcry from environmental groups were reported in the media.The issue began about a year ago when Shelton Vineyards owners Ed and Charlie Shelton approached park officials for permission to close down the winding 2.5 mile entrance to Pilot Knob to allow members of the Vintage Triumph Register car club to hold the event....

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Woman marks 100th birthday with exercise class

Ernestine Chappell of Mount Airy will celebrate her 100th birthday Friday, and believes exercise is one of the reasons she has reached the century mark.“It’s meant a whole lot,” she said Tuesday during a party held at Reeves Community Center in preparation for that milestone being achieved later in the week.“If I wasn’t doing that exercising all these years,” Ernestine added, “I wouldn’t be here today.”Appr...

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Exhibit offers glimpse of Americana

A new exhibit at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History has one goal in mind: To bring back memories of a simpler time.Entitled “Main Street Memories,” the exhibit hearkens to a time when Main Street was the center of community life, according to museum Director Matt Edwards.“There was a time when Main Street was the heart and soul of every small town in America,” he said. “It was the central business district, a gathering point for peopl...

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Keeping hotel’s memory alive

Some longtime local residents might think the old Blue Ridge Hotel has come back to life at the corner of North Main and West Oak streets in downtown Mount Airy. But the brick structure pictured is actually a gazebo, which features a turret reminiscent of one on the historic hotel formerly occupying the same site. The gazebo is part of a mini-park that will include benches, landscaping and other features designed to provide a pleasant spot for downtown visitors to congregate. The facility is ...

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Police briefs

• A Mount Airy man has been charged with two violations, one a felony, stemming from a recent break-in of a neighbor’s vehicle, according to city police department reports. John Christopher Yarbrough, 28, of 323 Taylor St., is accused of felonious breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny. The case relates to an incident on July 20, when Allison Rachel Knights, also of Taylor Street, witnessed a known suspect enter her vehicle and remove an undisclosed sum of money.

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Private use of park may not be in the public’s best interest

There seems to be a brewing controversy over a piece of state legislation introduced at the General Assembly by Mount Airy Rep. Sarah Stevens, which would allow state officials to rent out Pilot Mountain State Park to a group of car enthusiasts in September.

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Surry Central volleyball player Kristin Key, right, helps Lela Shinault with her hand positioning on sets during the Lady Eagles’ summer camp this week.Madison Goins and Michaela Stone, behind, practice their serves Tuesday afternoon.Eagle head coach Carrie Hutchens gives serving tips to the girls at Tuesday’s camp session.

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Raycom Sports CEO addresses Mount Airy Rotary Club

Ken Haines covered a wide range of topics, from the close call in Raycom Sports’ first Atlantic Coast Conference telecast to watching television revenue transform college football into a multi-billion dollar industry.Haines, president and CEO of Raycom Sports, spoke at the Mount Airy Rotary Club’s meeting on Tuesday at Cross Creek Country Club.“It’s a big money game,” Haines said.The ACC and ESPN have a television rights deal thro...

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Bears’ Mitch Kessler wins Yokley, McGee awards

Mount Airy tennis player Mitch Kessler has received the Charlotte Weatherly Yokley Memorial Award.He follows in the footsteps of his brother Matt who received the award two years ago.The honor is named after the Mount Airy tennis player who died in an accident 23 years ago.“This award has nothing to do with how great a player you are,” said Pam Yokley Greenwood, Charlotte’s mother.The player is selected for displaying “the lo...

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