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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 Coordinator Barbara Valente as she munched on a pre-ride breakfast. “(Nazaroff’s wife) Kaete had seen a story about a boy in Georgia who had had a tree limb fall on his head, causing a traumatic brain injury.


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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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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