Volunteer fire chiefs petition Surry County commissioners

Volunteer fire chiefs petition Surry County commissioners

Part 1 of 2 DOBSON — Twelve different volunteer fire departments came before the county Board of Commissioners Tuesday, and 10 of them are seeki...

April 25th, 2018 |  


County schools honor volunteers

County schools honor volunteers

DOBSON — A local resident who has given more than 400 hours of service to Pilot Mountain Elementary School was recognized Tuesday as the Surry C...

April 25th, 2018 |  


United Fund exceeds $475,000 goal

United Fund exceeds $475,000 goal

Businesses have come and gone and workers have weathered numerous changes impacting the local economic landscape over the years, but one constant has ...

April 25th, 2018 |  


Handicap-access plan pitched for playhouse

A project to pave the Andy Griffith Playhouse parking lot is being expanded to also include improvements to make the site more accessible for handicap...

April 25th, 2018 |  


History Day winners

History Day winners

DOBSON — A number of students from Surry County and elsewhere in this region of North Carolina are heading to a statewide National History Day c...

April 24th, 2018 |  


Fairytale Festival debuts at library

Fairytale Festival debuts at library

Mount Airy Library is kicking off Children’s Book Week, April 30–May 4, with a Fairytale Festival Saturday on the lawn between Main Street...

April 24th, 2018 |  


Fishing event is revamped, expanded

Fishing event is revamped, expanded

An area child advocacy agency is at the center of change as it debuts a new name and takes over and expands a beloved annual event.Surry SCAN (Stop Ch...

April 23rd, 2018 |  


Walking down memory lane

Walking down memory lane

While there might still be a few weeks of school left, that hasn’t stopped Mount Airy High School’s seniors from perhaps getting a little ...

April 23rd, 2018 |  


Dobson Plaza adds $15K to county bill

Dobson Plaza adds $15K to county bill

DOBSON — Unexpected complications at a future government center have bumped renovation costs another $15,000, county officials have learned.That...

April 22nd, 2018 |  


Dobson ‘transformed’ by Spring Folly

Dobson ‘transformed’ by Spring Folly

DOBSON — As the Surry County seat, Dobson is visited by average citizens on weekdays for court sessions and to pay taxes, while others might wor...

April 22nd, 2018 |  


Autism walk raises funds, awareness

Autism walk raises funds, awareness

The numbers are staggering, including one of every 59 children born having some form of autism — but fortunately, efforts to combat the problem ...

April 21st, 2018 |  


Local runners complete Boston Marathon

Local runners complete Boston Marathon

Four local runners competed in the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon on Monday in the worst weather conditions in the history of the race.Of the 45...

April 21st, 2018 |  


Board haggles over ‘continuing’ Barter costs

Board haggles over ‘continuing’ Barter costs

A Barter Theatre expansion in Mount Airy hasn’t gotten off the ground, or even been approved by state regulators, but plenty of drama is surroun...

April 20th, 2018 |  


Co-op loan for fire truck questioned

Co-op loan for fire truck questioned

DOBSON — An anonymous letter circulating in the area is criticizing a Dobson-based electrical supplier for giving money to Mount Airy for a new ...

April 20th, 2018 |  


Homeless shelter expansion supported

Homeless shelter expansion supported

No opposition was voiced Thursday night for proposed rezoning that would allow an expansion of an entity in Mount Airy which serves the growing homele...

April 19th, 2018 |  


‘Not a church play’ at Dobson church

‘Not a church play’ at Dobson church

DOBSON — Salem Baptist Church will present expanded encore performances this weekend of a play that enjoyed a successful run there last year....

April 19th, 2018 |  


Dobson hosts 7th Spring Folly

Dobson hosts 7th Spring Folly

DOBSON — Dobson is gearing up for its Seventh-Annual Spring Folly scheduled for Friday and Saturday.“The weather is looking wonderful,R...

April 19th, 2018 |  


City schools plan 2018-19 budget

City schools plan 2018-19 budget

Mount Airy City Schools is seeking an extra $57,000 in annual funding from the county as well as a big increase in capital outlay.At Tuesday’s r...

April 18th, 2018 |  


Scouts place time capsule downtown

Scouts place time capsule downtown

It’s not every day that a time capsule is placed, and Mount Airy made the most of such an occasion during a downtown ceremony.About 80 people cr...

April 18th, 2018 |  


Senior health fair to highlight drug issue

Senior health fair to highlight drug issue

A health fair Friday in Mount Airy will be geared toward older local residents, while also focusing on a problem plaguing society as a whole: the abus...

April 18th, 2018 |  


Gym talk dominates board meeting

Gym talk dominates board meeting

ELKIN — Putting in a new gym and renovating another will cost Surry County more than $9 million.The county Board of Commissioners already had gi...

April 17th, 2018 |  


Photo contest winners named

Photo contest winners named

The lower level of the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain was filled with talented photographers, families and friends last week as a...

April 17th, 2018 |  


Hearings at hand on homeless shelter, codes

Hearings at hand on homeless shelter, codes

Two public hearings are scheduled Thursday night in Mount Airy, both related to housing but in entirely different ways.While one issue concerns those ...

April 17th, 2018 |  


Thousands expected for autism walk

Thousands expected for autism walk

At a time when a child is diagnosed with autism on average every 20 minutes, local residents aren’t taking this lying down but preparing to hit ...

April 17th, 2018 |  


Early voting begins Thursday

Early voting begins Thursday

DOBSON — Surry County residents wanting to get an early start in making their choices for the May 8 primary election can do so beginning Thursda...

April 16th, 2018 |  


Llamas a hit at Canine Carnival

Llamas a hit at Canine Carnival

Millennium Charter Academy’s Junior Humane Society held a Canine Carnival on Saturday, which apparently was a hit — except for the high wi...

April 16th, 2018 |  


Meet the volunteers

Meet the volunteers

Editor’s Note: A handful of the Northern Hospital of Surry County volunteers are profiled here.Mary Alice Payne“I love volunteering,”...

April 15th, 2018 |  


Celebrating volunteers

Celebrating volunteers

Four years ago, when Tina Beasley accepted the job as coordinator of the Volunteer Program at Northern Hospital of Surry County, little did she know t...

April 15th, 2018 |  


Barter appeal still waiting in wings

Barter appeal still waiting in wings

Plans are still up in the air for a return visit to Raleigh by Mount Airy officials seeking to make another pitch for the Barter Theatre project, but ...

April 15th, 2018 |  


NAUW honors ‘Phenomenal Women’

NAUW honors ‘Phenomenal Women’

“Phenomenal Women” were honored on Saturday at a fundraising luncheon hosted by Surry County’s branch of the National Association of...

April 14th, 2018 |  


City hosts State Quiz Bowl for first time

City hosts State Quiz Bowl for first time

The annual North Carolina State Public Library Quiz Bowl was held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse for the first time on Saturday. Davidson County’...

April 14th, 2018 |  


Special Olympics marks 40 years

Special Olympics marks 40 years

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Special Olympics Surry County marked its 40th anniversary on Friday at East Surry High School with 268 competitors along with a...

April 13th, 2018 |  


City wins finance award for 24th year

City wins finance award for 24th year

Pro basketball’s Philadelphia 76ers are on a 16-game winning streak, but the city of Mount Airy’s streak stands at 24.That’s the num...

April 13th, 2018 |  


Businesses network, collaborate at annual BizFest

Businesses network, collaborate at annual BizFest

BizFest exhibitors from businesses and nonprofits across Surry County attend a seminar on collaboration at The Liberty in Elkin Thursday afternoon.Ama...

April 12th, 2018 |  


Storm debris ‘taxing’ city crews

Storm debris ‘taxing’ city crews

Recent weather events have taken a severe toll on trees and shrubs in this area, and also haven’t been kind to local cleanup crews dealing with ...

April 12th, 2018 |  


Library’s spring book sale returns

Library’s spring book sale returns

The Mount Airy Public Library’s spring used book sale has returned this week after an absence of a few years. The sale began on Wednesday with a...

April 12th, 2018 |  


Mount Airy Police Reports

• Three people have been arrested on drug and other violations after vehicle and foot pursuits, according to Mount Airy Police Department report...

April 10th, 2018 |  


Judge candidates offer their wisdom

Judge candidates offer their wisdom

Six candidates for judgeships gave folks a preview of the upcoming races during Saturday’s Republican Party candidate forum.Unlike the other rac...

April 10th, 2018 |  


BizFest returns for 7th outing Thursday

BizFest returns for 7th outing Thursday

ELKIN — The seventh-annual BizFest will be held at The Liberty in Elkin on Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.The event alternates between Mount Airy a...

April 10th, 2018 |  


Town board meets without fanfare

Town board meets without fanfare

Pilot Mountain’s regularly scheduled town board meeting was devoid of fireworks Monday evening.Unlike the public hearing and special meeting hel...

April 10th, 2018 updated: April 10th, 2018. |  


Ramblers win band honors at convention

Ramblers win band honors at convention

DOBSON — The Slate Mountain Ramblers, a local group, won top honors in band competition during the Surry Old-Time Fiddlers Convention.A total of...

April 10th, 2018 |  


Court clerk candidates square off

Court clerk candidates square off

The Republican primary race for the clerk of court seat boils down to heavy experience versus a fresh perspective.Incumbent Teresa O’Dell began ...

April 10th, 2018 |  


Sheriff race takes shape at forum

Sheriff race takes shape at forum

Drugs, school safety and funding priorities were some of the topics raised during Saturday’s political forum.The four Republican challengers to ...

April 9th, 2018 |  


College hosts Construction Awareness Day Thursday

College hosts Construction Awareness Day Thursday

Surry community college is highlighting careers in construction technology, electrical systems technology, and air conditioning, heating, and refriger...

April 9th, 2018 |  


Surry convention an old-time Mecca

Surry convention an old-time Mecca

DOBSON — They came from different places Saturday, all drawn to the same spot in Dobson to share their common appreciation for music known as &#...

April 8th, 2018 |  


12-year-old run-away found safe

12-year-old run-away found safe

Surry County authorities have found a boy who had run away from the Children’s Home of Surry County, though few additional details are forthcomi...

April 8th, 2018 updated: April 8th, 2018. |  


County board candidates tackle issues

County board candidates tackle issues

The pros and cons of paying volunteer firefighters, economic-development incentives and the possible pitfalls of grant funding were debated Saturday b...

April 7th, 2018 |  


Illegals dominate forum discussion

Illegals dominate forum discussion

Issues surrounding illegal immigration were hot topics at a political forum Saturday afternoon showcasing seven Republican candidates for state and fe...

April 7th, 2018 |  


Museum opens traveling exhibit

Museum opens traveling exhibit

The new exhibit opens today to run through Sept. 3 at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.“A Forest Journey” was created by the Fran...

April 7th, 2018 |  


Pilot board rejects rezoning request

Pilot board rejects rezoning request

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Town officials shot down a request for rezoning from a developer looking to bring 48 apartments to the outskirts of the town.A ...

April 6th, 2018 updated: April 6th, 2018. |