Mappa ride heading into sunset

Mappa ride heading into sunset

An annual ride that has raised thousands of dollars for various charitable causes in recent years is headed to its last roundup.The Philip Mappa Memor...

August 13th, 2017 |  


U.S. 601 stretch to become ‘superstreet’

U.S. 601 stretch to become ‘superstreet’

All summer long, survey crews have occupied the Rockford Street area in Mount Airy, where temporary orange signs have appeared and disappeared while c...

August 13th, 2017 |  


New maps could push out incumbent

New maps could push out incumbent

RALEIGH — The plans to redraw legislative districts in the state will likely affect Surry County, according to one of the two legislators who re...

August 12th, 2017 |  


Reopening of Pine Street delayed

Reopening of Pine Street delayed

Weather and other construction issues have prompted the prolonged closure of a heavily used route in Mount Airy, but a N.C. Department of Transportati...

August 11th, 2017 |  


Rotary helping Back-To-School Jam

Rotary helping Back-To-School Jam

Area residents will have an opportunity to help out under-privileged children who will soon be back in school.On Aug. 19 the Mount Airy Rotary Club wi...

August 11th, 2017 |  


Fire Department manpower issue heats up

Fire Department manpower issue heats up

Just as the Mount Airy Police Department is returning to full strength, the city fire department is experiencing personnel shortages that are sparking...

August 10th, 2017 |  


Spencer’s project meeting credit deadline

Spencer’s project meeting credit deadline

City officials are on pace to complete an important step in reinventing the former Spencer’s Inc. site downtown.One of the major items on the to...

August 10th, 2017 |  


Hearing set for Mount Airy rezoning issue

Hearing set for Mount Airy rezoning issue

A residential structure on North Main Street in Mount Airy will be transformed into a contractor’s office — if city officials approve a re...

August 9th, 2017 |  


Cruise-in still draws a crowd

Cruise-in still draws a crowd

PILOT MOUNTAIN — There just seems to be something about summer afternoons and classic cars — the sound of a rumbling muscle car engine and...

August 9th, 2017 |  


Drainage problem plagues barber shop

Drainage problem plagues barber shop

City public works crews have undertaken a project aimed at correcting drainage problems long plaguing a local business.A solution has been pursued by ...

August 8th, 2017 |  


Lawnmower racing gains momentum

Lawnmower racing gains momentum

Most riding lawnmowers can mow grass at speeds up to 6 mph, but the ones operated by members of Rebels and Rednecks aren’t your average John Dee...

August 8th, 2017 |  


City debating how to fill vacancies

City debating how to fill vacancies

Ever wanted to serve on a commission or advisory board dealing with recreation, historic preservation or other key issues in Mount Airy?If so, increas...

August 8th, 2017 |  


Man jailed after suicide threats

Man jailed after suicide threats

A Mount Airy man whom police encountered after he twice allegedly threatened suicide remains jailed under a $51,000 secured bond on felony weapons cha...

August 8th, 2017 |  


Police reports

• A Mount Airy man is facing a felony drug charge as the result of a recent traffic stop, according to city police department reports. After bei...

August 7th, 2017 |  


JEB Stuart Art Show open for entries

JEB Stuart Art Show open for entries

CRITZ, VA —Adult artists in Surry and Stokes Counties in North Carolina as well as Patrick, Carrol, Henry, Floyd, and Franklin counties in Virgi...

August 7th, 2017 |  


Bannertown students travel to Honduras

Bannertown students travel to Honduras

BANNERTOWN — A group of young church-goers toted news of God’s love nearly 1,600 miles to Central America.Bannertown Baptist Church Studen...

August 6th, 2017 |  


10k marks 10th Rocks and Runs

10k marks 10th Rocks and Runs

The United Fund of Surry’s annual fundraising campaign kicked off in impressive fashion on Saturday.Saturday morning 237 runners, one more than ...

August 5th, 2017 |  


Sewage backups threaten area

Sewage backups threaten area

Sewage lines are a necessity no one likes to talk about which usually are out of sight and out of mind — until problems occur underground that b...

August 4th, 2017 |  


Zoning may be Carroll’s only way to regulate cell towers

Some form of zoning appears to be the only option the Carroll County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors has if it attempts to regulate cell towers in the...

August 4th, 2017 |  


Stoplight removal sought downtown

Stoplight removal sought downtown

Traffic patterns in downtown Mount Airy could be in store for major changes, based on a request to the city board of commissioners Thursday night.Two ...

August 4th, 2017 |  


Foxx pays visit to city park

Foxx pays visit to city park

Congress hasn’t exactly been a fun place recently with debates over health care and other issues, so Thursday seemed a perfect time for Rep. Vir...

August 3rd, 2017 |  


Authorities bust Pilot pub

Authorities bust Pilot pub

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Authorities brought down a “criminal enterprise” on Wednesday in Pilot Mountain.Pilot Mountain Police Chief Darryl ...

August 3rd, 2017 updated: August 3rd, 2017. |  


Carroll County road chase turns deadly

Carroll County road chase turns deadly

An Ararat, Virginia, man was killed during a chase Tuesday afternoon while he was attempting to elude a Carroll County, Virginia deputy, according to ...

August 3rd, 2017 updated: August 3rd, 2017. |  


Stand-off ends in shooting death

Stand-off ends in shooting death

State law enforcement officials fatally shot a man after an hours-long hostage situation on Tuesday.The shooting concluded a tense, day long stand-off...

August 2nd, 2017 |  


Night Out proves popular again

Night Out proves popular again

DOBSON — Visitors and residents packed Dobson Square Park for the town’s third consecutive National Night Out event.According to Dobson Po...

August 2nd, 2017 |  


Folks stampede to livestock sale

Folks stampede to livestock sale

If streets, stores, parks or other local venues seemed a little devoid of people Tuesday, it might have been because everybody and his brother (and th...

August 2nd, 2017 |  


Big, bad greens; arugula out of control

Big, bad greens; arugula out of control

Within minutes of tomatoes beginning to ripen in the garden, all of the leaf lettuces and salad greens shrivel up and die in a hot, muggy conspiracy o...

August 2nd, 2017 |  


Five join city police ranks

Five join city police ranks

After struggling with ongoing vacancies for about three years, the Mount Airy Police Department is nearly back at full strength — thanks to the ...

August 1st, 2017 |  


Standoff ends deadly on Red Brush Road

Standoff ends deadly on Red Brush Road

An 11-hour standoff ended in a shooting death on Red Brush Road Tuesday afternoon.The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation reported that around 3 p.m. T...

August 1st, 2017 updated: August 1st, 2017. |  


Bannertown Baptist breaks ground

Bannertown Baptist breaks ground

BANNERTOWN — Sometimes God works in ways that are mysterious, but He always has a plan.That was the message Pastor Mickey Cogdill gave his congr...

August 1st, 2017 |  


Rocks and Runs adds 10k in tenth year

Rocks and Runs adds 10k in tenth year

For the 10th year, a running event will kick off the United Fund of Surry’s annual fundraising efforts.On Saturday, the United Fund will host th...

July 31st, 2017 |  


Nursing students conclude studies

Nursing students conclude studies

Surry Community College Nurse Aide students recently marked the completion of their coursework at the college, making them ready to take the next step...

July 31st, 2017 |  


Siamese Twins provide Thais that bind

Siamese Twins provide Thais that bind

Relations with Russia are a little shaky right now, and don’t even talk about North Korea and Iran — but judging by a gathering in Mount A...

July 30th, 2017 |  


Sinkhole surfaces in street

Sinkhole surfaces in street

Motorists are accustomed to encountering rough pavement from time to time, but a situation that surfaced in Mount Airy Saturday could be described as ...

July 29th, 2017 |  


U.S. 601 to be 4-laned from city to Dobson

U.S. 601 to be 4-laned from city to Dobson

For motorists who’ve ever been frustrated by the two-lane main road between Mount Airy and Dobson — a roughly 10-mile stretch where traffi...

July 29th, 2017 |  


Dobson to hold Night Out

Dobson to hold Night Out

DOBSON — A historically well attended event is back for its third consecutive year.On Tuesday, the town of Dobson and the Dobson Police Departme...

July 29th, 2017 |  


Chamber hosts job fair

Chamber hosts job fair

A job fair hosted by the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce brought nearly 40 prospective employers under the same roof on Thursday.Chamber presid...

July 29th, 2017 |  


Woman charged as murder accessory

Woman charged as murder accessory

DOBSON — A woman who was accompanying Surry County murder suspect Matthew Ray Lawson when he was arrested in South Carolina has been identified,...

July 28th, 2017 |  


Dobson eyes new fire truck

Dobson eyes new fire truck

DOBSON — The town didn’t have to look far for its newest piece of fire-fighting equipment.On Thursday evening the Dobson Board of Commissi...

July 28th, 2017 |  


Mount Airy native Glenn Goad, owner of Glenn’s Restaurant in Jonesville and founder of John Boy’s, retiring after 60 years

Mount Airy native Glenn Goad, owner of Glenn’s Restaurant in Jonesville and founder of John Boy’s, retiring after 60 years

JONESVILLE — This Saturday will end 60 years of restaurant life for one Jonesville man who opened his first dining establishment in Mount Airy a...

July 27th, 2017 |  


Murder suspect arrested

Murder suspect arrested

DOBSON — The suspect in an arson and homicide investigation has been apprehended, and the victim in the alleged crime has been identified.Surry ...

July 27th, 2017 updated: July 27th, 2017. |  


Budbreak funds flowing to charities

Budbreak funds flowing to charities

Along with the commercial exposure it brought to the area wine and craft brewery industries, the Budbreak event is paying off for local non-profit and...

July 27th, 2017 |  


Thai ambassador to visit city

Thai ambassador to visit city

It’s not every day that a foreign ambassador visits Mount Airy, but such an occasion will come Saturday.Pisan Manawapat, Thailand’s ambass...

July 26th, 2017 |  


Local artist featured in July Jam

Local artist featured in July Jam

Mountain Valley Hospice is hosting its first July Jam on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., which will include several artists with local ties.Pilot Mou...

July 26th, 2017 |  


‘Oklahoma!’ opens Saturday at Andy Griffith Playhouse

‘Oklahoma!’ opens Saturday at Andy Griffith Playhouse

The Surry Arts Council will be presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic “Oklahoma!” at the Andy Griffith Playhouse July 29, 30, ...

July 26th, 2017 |  


Tomatoes, an avalanche of flavor

Tomatoes, an avalanche of flavor

By now, hopefully everyone has gotten the obligatory first tomato sandwich of the season behind them. And it goes without saying, that tomato sandwich...

July 26th, 2017 updated: July 26th, 2017. |  


City buying land on Market Street

City buying land on Market Street

When Mount Airy officials voted last week to spend nearly $300,000 to upgrade a downtown street, that wasn’t the end of the story.They also late...

July 25th, 2017 |  


Murder charge filed in fire probe

Murder charge filed in fire probe

DOBSON — A warrant for a first-degree murder charge has been issued in an investigation stemming from the death of a Mount Airy man whose body w...

July 25th, 2017 updated: July 25th, 2017. |  


Fire sparks homicide probe

Fire sparks homicide probe

A case in which a man’s body was found Monday in a burned house at 109 Starr Memory Trail just outside the Mount Airy city limits has triggered ...

July 24th, 2017 updated: July 24th, 2017. |  


Extension volunteers honored

Extension volunteers honored

DOBSON — Surry County Extension gathered recently together and celebrated Extension volunteers and how they are making what organizers call R...

July 23rd, 2017 |