100 Years Young

100 Years Young

A lot has changed in the past century.World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the rise of Communis...

February 15th, 2018 |  


Pilot Mountain’s Board of Commissioners appoint a Main Street Committee

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Monday morning Board of Commissioners met to form a committee to finalize the Main Street Program application.Pilot Mountain of...

May 4th, 2017 |  


Revitalizing downtown an ongoing effort

Revitalizing downtown an ongoing effort

Downtown has been the focus for revitalization efforts for the City of Mount Airy for many years, with quite a few developments taking places over the...

May 1st, 2017 |  


Pilot Mountain spilled 15,000 gallons of raw sewage into Tom’s Creek

PILOT MOUNTAIN —Tuesday morning an estimated 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into Tom’s Creek in Pilot Mountain.The pump st...

April 28th, 2017 |  


Town facing big sewer repair bill

Town facing big sewer repair bill

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A sewer line on Lola Lane was deemed by town officials to be in need of emergency repair, which is likely to cost the town near...

April 14th, 2017 |  


Residents of Pilot Mountain can expect to see an increase in their water bill

Residents of Pilot Mountain can expect to see an increase in their water bill

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Residents of Pilot Mountain will see their water and sewer bills rise by an average of 7 percent, mostly to pay for the cost of...

April 12th, 2017 |  


Pilot Mountain’s 36th Mayfest Festival is in the works

Pilot Mountain’s 36th Mayfest Festival is in the works

PILOT MOUNTAIN - The Pilot Mountain Civic Club has begun planning this year’s Mayfest festival and is accepting vendor applications.The three-da...

March 12th, 2017 |  


State Superintendent Mark Johnson visits Surry County Schools

State Superintendent Mark Johnson visits Surry County Schools

Surry County Schools impressed the state superintendent during a visit Friday.Mark Johnson had been eager to visit the district since winning his elec...

March 12th, 2017 |  


Pilot to demolish home on Howard Street

Pilot to demolish home on Howard Street

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The town of Pilot Mountain will spend $9,800 to demolish a property on Howard Street.According to officials, Pilot has been try...

February 15th, 2017 updated: February 16th, 2017. |  


Pilot event an alternative for singles

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated by couples and often overlooked by those not in a relationship.Ideally, one participates in a date night...

February 10th, 2017 |  


Boy Scouts opening to transgender youth

Boy Scouts of America will now accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application.P...

February 5th, 2017 |  


Depot Street Stream project underway

Depot Street Stream project underway

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A stream restoration and greenway project are in the works for Depot Street and downtown.After the last Pilot Mountain Board of...

February 2nd, 2017 |  


Prescribed burn set at Pilot Mountain

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Passers-by at Pilot Mountain State Park shouldn’t necessarily be alarmed if they see fire on the mountain Wednesday, Feb....

January 31st, 2017 |  


CDC: widespread flu in North Carolina

CDC: widespread flu in North Carolina

Flu-related deaths are rising in North Carolina, according to a statement issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services earlier this wee...

January 14th, 2017 |  


Several churches to host a watch-night service on New Year’s Eve

Several local churches are offering a safe, family-friendly alternative for ringing in the New Year tonight.It’s what they call a New Year’...

December 30th, 2016 |  


Pilot Christmas Lights coming to a end

Pilot Christmas Lights coming to a end

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A local holiday attraction, put on by one family and drawing hundreds to the area each year, is coming to a “sad close.&#...

December 28th, 2016 |  


Author visits local schools

Author visits local schools

A nationally known author made three stops in Surry County Schools in the past week to visit students.North Carolina author Barbara O’Connor vis...

December 20th, 2016 |  


Tickets available for the tour of homes

Tickets available for the tour of homes

PILOT MOUNTAIN — First United Methodist Church is looking to fund community outreach meals with the return of an old Christmas tradition —...

November 30th, 2016 |  


Camping a popular activity at Kerr Scott

Camping a popular activity at Kerr Scott

Editor’s Note: This is another in a continuing series of stories called “Find Your Park,” where we will highlight local, state and f...

October 24th, 2016 |  


Center showcases music of the mountains

Center showcases music of the mountains

Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series of stories called “Find Your Park,” where we will highlight local, state and fede...

October 17th, 2016 |  


Michael James draws the schools

Michael James draws the schools

Michael James graduated from the Architecture School at Clemson University in 1993 but soon found that his real passion lay in drawing buildings rathe...

October 12th, 2016 |  


Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series of stories called “Find Your Park,” where we will highlight local, state and fede...

September 26th, 2016 |  


New River Trail State Park offers outdoor paradise in Virginia

New River Trail State Park offers outdoor paradise in Virginia

Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series of stories called “Find Your Park,” where we will highlight local, state and fede...

September 19th, 2016 |  


Trees talk at Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest

Trees talk at Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest

Editor’s Note: This is another in a continuing series of stories called “Find Your Park,” where we will highlight local, state and f...

August 27th, 2016 |  


Once a ‘poor farm,’ now a park

Once a ‘poor farm,’ now a park

Editor’s Note: This is another in a continuing series of stories called “Find Your Park,” where we will highlight local, state and f...

August 23rd, 2016 |  


Riverside, Westwood parks are ever-evolving

Riverside, Westwood parks are ever-evolving

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a continuing series of stories called “Find Your Park,” where we will highlight local, state and...

August 22nd, 2016 |  


Andrew Mills shines through turbulent 14 months

Andrew Mills shines through turbulent 14 months

The previous year, 2014, was a rough one for the Mills family.Patriarch Bryan suffered a relapse with cancer, then his younger son Jacob was diagnosed...

December 27th, 2015 |  


Local entities feed those in need this Thanksgiving holiday by offering free meals.

Local entities feed those in need this Thanksgiving holiday by offering free meals.

In the season of giving thanks, several charitable organizations are preparing to help the less fortunate with holiday feasts.Over the past 21 years, ...

November 11th, 2015 |  


School Lunch Menus for Surry County, Mount Airy City and Patrick County schools.

School Lunch Menus for Surry County, Mount Airy City and Patrick County schools.

B.H. Tharrington Primary and J.J. Jones Intermediate SchoolsThursday — Lasagna w/ Garlic Toast OrPork Chop SandwichRomaine Salad w/ TomatoesGree...

November 10th, 2015 |  


Mount Airy City Schools held their annual community night at Mount Airy High School.

Mount Airy City Schools held their annual community night at Mount Airy High School.

Students, parents and Mount Airy school officials turned out for a chance to mingle and — in the case of the students and school officials ̵...

November 5th, 2015 |  


Holiday job outlook

Holiday job outlook

Recently, Wal-Mart said it would be hiring 2.0000 seasonal workers for their North Carolina stores to meet expected holiday demand — though the ...

November 2nd, 2015 |  


Jennie Lowry, local musician, business owner and active community member.

Jennie Lowry, local musician, business owner and active community member.

Jennie Lowry is a woman who wears many different titles: mom, business owner, community volunteer and radio DJ.Lowry was born in Mount Airy and into t...

November 1st, 2015 |  


Trick-or-treaters abound in Dobson Square Park during Halloween Spooktacular

Trick-or-treaters abound in Dobson Square Park during Halloween Spooktacular

DOBSON — The Town of Dobson’s first Halloween Spooktacular event brought hundreds of families to enjoy games and trick-or-treating Saturda...

October 31st, 2015 |  


Mount Airy’s downtown Trick-or-Treating sees the largest crowd yet

Mount Airy’s downtown Trick-or-Treating sees the largest crowd yet

Trick-or-Treating on Main Street in Mount Airy was bigger than ever, according to local business owners.Thousands of children lined the sidewalks of M...

October 31st, 2015 |  


Pilot students trick or treat

Pilot students trick or treat

Pilot Elementary School Kindergarten students visit downtown businesses and Trick or Treat, Friday morning. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .ne...

October 31st, 2015 |  


Are North Carolina teachers leaving for better pay in other states?

The narrative is a familiar one: North Carolina doesn’t pay its teachers enough, so they are leaving the state in droves, for better pay and ben...

October 27th, 2015 updated: October 28th, 2015. |  


Halloween events on tap

Halloween events on tap

Mount Airy and surrounding areas will be hosting events for all ages throughout the Halloween weekend.“Fall is in the air and we are excited for...

October 26th, 2015 |  


Surry County Schools Board of Education visits Gentry Middle School

Surry County Schools Board of Education visits Gentry Middle School

Students at Gentry Middle School saw some new faces in the lunch line recently.Members of the county school board visited the middle school and even s...

October 22nd, 2015 |  


The Second Annual Fiddle Crawl Auction will be held Fridayat Old North State Winery

The Second Annual Fiddle Crawl Auction will be held Fridayat Old North State Winery

Mount Airy Downtown Inc. will present the Second Annual Public Art Fiddle Crawl Auction and Concert Friday at Old North State Winery. Tickets are on s...

October 21st, 2015 |  


Milennium Charter Academy hosts a mayoral debate for students

Milennium Charter Academy hosts a mayoral debate for students

Millennium Charter Academy hosted a mayoral debate for its students in grades six through ten Tuesday morning with the two candidates running for the ...

October 20th, 2015 |  


Jim Frye donates $20 million to Mount Airy and Richmond, Va., agencies

Jim Frye donates $20 million to Mount Airy and Richmond, Va., agencies

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History has received a $30,000 endowment and could receive more thanks to the generosity of a Granite City native.Ji...

October 15th, 2015 |  


Shoals Elementary Students prepare for the annual PTO fundraiser by making barn quilts to be auctioned off

Shoals Elementary Students prepare for the annual PTO fundraiser by making barn quilts to be auctioned off

Shoals Elementary School will be holding its annual Fall Folly on Friday, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., featuring some artwork by its students.Pupils t...

October 14th, 2015 |  


MACS visits Raleigh, meets governor

MACS visits Raleigh, meets governor

Some Mount Airy School system teachers and students recently received a bit of a surprise when they had the opportunity to meet Gov. Pat McCroy during...

October 11th, 2015 |  


In honor of National Principals months, Surry County Schools recognized their principals.

In honor of National Principals months, Surry County Schools recognized their principals.

DOBSON — Surry County Schools celebrated the principals in their school system for National Principals Month during a meeting at Surry Community...

October 11th, 2015 |  


Surry Early College was recognized by State Superintendent, June Atkinson for 100 percent graduation rate.

Surry Early College was recognized by State Superintendent, June Atkinson for 100 percent graduation rate.

The Surry Early College High School of Design was among 60 high schools statewide recently recognized by State Superintendent June Atkinson for having...

October 9th, 2015 |  


Franklin students celebrate Relay for Life

Franklin students celebrate Relay for Life

Despite the event being rescheduled because of bad weather, Franklin Elementary students celebrated their fundraising efforts for Relay For Life.Fourt...

October 6th, 2015 |  


County schools unveil plan

County schools unveil plan

PILOT MOUNTAIN — “Lighting Pathways to Global Success” is the theme of the Surry County Schools’ (SCS) 2015-2018 strategic pla...

October 5th, 2015 |  


Beulah School reunion a success

Beulah School reunion a success

Laughter, joy and fellowship filled the walls of Beulah School once again for the school’s eighth annual reunion.Graduates travelled to attend t...

October 4th, 2015 |  


County dodges a bullet

County dodges a bullet

Despite forecasts that had local officials fearful, Surry County escaped major flooding and storm damage, according to John Shelton, emergency service...

October 3rd, 2015 |  


Sonker festival on tap for Saturday

Sonker festival on tap for Saturday

Anyone hankering for that Surry County specialty — sonkers (of all flavors) — will be in luck this weekend. That’s because Surry Cou...

September 29th, 2015 |