Authorities looking for missing Mount Airy man

Authorities looking for missing Mount Airy man

The search for a missing Mount Airy man concluded on Sunday, when the man was located in Cana, Virginia.According to a press release from the N.C. Cen...

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


Carroll hires new superintendent

Carroll hires new superintendent

Dr. Shirley Ann Perry was recently named as the new superintendent of the Carroll County, Virginia, school system. She replaces Dr. Strader Blankenshi...

June 26th, 2017 |  


Mayberry Days makes top-20 event list

Mayberry Days makes top-20 event list

A regional tourism organization officially has recognized what “Andy Griffith Show” fans already know: Mayberry Days is a great event.Moun...

June 26th, 2017 |  


Carroll hikes tax rate 1.5 cents

Carroll hikes tax rate 1.5 cents

Carroll County, Virginia, residents will see real estate tax rates increase beginning July 1, though the board members say the tax rate hike is “...

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


Hiker raising funds for veterans

Hiker raising funds for veterans

ELKIN — Growing up, Kasie Taylor, known as Moxie among the Appalachian Trail community, wasn’t a hiker.Three years ago all that changed.On...

June 26th, 2017 |  


County schools thank bus drivers

County schools thank bus drivers

DOBSON — When schools have let out, and every student has been safely transported home, what do you do next?If you’re the Surry County Sch...

June 25th, 2017 |  


VFW Honor Guard gets new transportation

VFW Honor Guard gets new transportation

The air conditioning works, which already lands the Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guard’s new ride ahead of what it was using to get around.Rec...

June 24th, 2017 updated: June 27th, 2017. |  


‘Lofty goals’ to lofty offers

‘Lofty goals’ to lofty offers

One North Surry High School graduate settled on a full scholarship to Duke University after being accepted to multiple Ivy League schools.“He fe...

June 24th, 2017 |  


Students help shelter in a big way

Students help shelter in a big way

North Surry High School students have made a big difference in the lives of children housed at the Shepherd’s House, according to the homeless s...

June 24th, 2017 |  


Dobson water, sewer rates go up

Dobson water, sewer rates go up

DOBSON — Dobson’s property tax rate will remain the same, while water and sewer customers will see slight increases to those rates.Thursda...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


Man jailed in rock-throwing incidents

Man jailed in rock-throwing incidents

A Mount Airy man has been charged with 15 offenses, including eight felonies, stemming from break-ins and property damage at various locations where h...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


Preparations brewing for new Starbucks

Preparations brewing for new Starbucks

The building has been constructed and the logos installed for the new Starbucks in Mount Airy, but it will still be awhile before the coffeehouse actu...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


Hayden has opposition for local seat

Hayden has opposition for local seat

Virginia voters in Patrick County’s Dan River District will have a choice in this year’s election for a seat on the county board of superv...

June 22nd, 2017 |  


Seldom Scene to take the stage Friday in Mount Airy

Seldom Scene to take the stage Friday in Mount Airy

The Blue Ridge and Beyond series welcomes The Seldom Scene to the Historic Earle Theater on Friday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m.The Seldom Scene, with a body...

June 22nd, 2017 |  


Future airport project shot down

Future airport project shot down

DOBSON — County commissioners refused to support a future project which would expand the general aviation area at the Mount Airy-Surry County Ai...

June 21st, 2017 |  


Rock-throwing incidents plague businesses

Rock-throwing incidents plague businesses

While it resembles the handiwork of Ernest T. Bass from “The Andy Griffith Show,” a recent rock-throwing and break-in spree is no laughing...

June 21st, 2017 |  


Man shot in alleged domestic dispute

Man shot in alleged domestic dispute

DOBSON — A man is hospitalized and a woman jailed after an alleged domestic dispute escalated to gunshots.On Tuesday evening, Surry County Sheri...

June 21st, 2017 updated: June 21st, 2017. |  


Late local educator tapped for Whittling Wall

Late local educator tapped for Whittling Wall

A longtime local educator and leader of Surry County’s African-American community has been chosen as one of eight local citizens who’ll be...

June 21st, 2017 |  


City’s taking of TDA money protested

City’s taking of TDA money protested

Although Mount Airy’s budget for the upcoming 2017-2018 fiscal year has been approved, some lingering issues persist — including local tou...

June 20th, 2017 |  


New county budget passes 3-2

New county budget passes 3-2

DOBSON — County commissioners narrowly passed a budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.“Three beats two every time,” said Commissioner V...

June 19th, 2017 |  


Tribes preserve culture, aid veterans

Tribes preserve culture, aid veterans

The sound of drum beats, accompanied by Native American dancers in full native regalia and engaging in tribal chants, could be considered unusual in M...

June 19th, 2017 |  


Failure IS an option, North grads told

Failure IS an option, North grads told

Members of North Surry High School’s graduating class totaling 206 students walked onto a stage to receive diplomas Saturday morning and then st...

June 17th, 2017 |  


SC seniors urged to make good choices

SC seniors urged to make good choices

DOBSON — Finding success in life can be like crossing a perilous sea in a open boat. It’s easy to get lost or thrown overboard and difficu...

June 16th, 2017 |  


Yokeley chastises fellow board members

Yokeley chastises fellow board members

During recent Mount Airy budget discussions, Commissioner Steve Yokeley seemed uncharacteristically quiet, offering few comments throughout the proces...

June 16th, 2017 |  


Rust and Dust Show planned at Horne Creek

Rust and Dust Show planned at Horne Creek

PINNACLE — Those interested in old farm tractors and equipment are invited to Horne Creek Living Historical Farm Saturday for its first Rust and...

June 16th, 2017 |  


Rig overturns causing spill, other wrecks

Rig overturns causing spill, other wrecks

A truck loaded with coal overturned Friday on U.S. 52 south of Mount Airy, causing a diesel spill and three other accidents among vehicles traveling b...

June 16th, 2017 |  


City cruise-ins kicking off Saturday

City cruise-ins kicking off Saturday

Owners of vintage, muscle and other unique cars and trucks are shining ‘em up to show ‘em off Saturday in downtown Mount Airy when an annu...

June 16th, 2017 |  


Eagle Carports annexation, rezoning OK’d

Eagle Carports annexation, rezoning OK’d

Annexation and rezoning requests were approved by city officials Thursday night which will lead to Eagle Carports Inc. building a new manufacturing fa...

June 15th, 2017 |  


Pow Wow set to begin Friday in Mount Airy

Pow Wow set to begin Friday in Mount Airy

The Fourth Annual Veterans Pow Wow is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Park, featuring Native American dance, drums, and crafts.T...

June 15th, 2017 |  


Eagle Carports eyeing new facility

A public hearing is scheduled tonight in Mount Airy regarding plans by a local company to build a manufacturing facility that ultimately could include...

June 15th, 2017 |  


Area road closed due to hump

Area road closed due to hump

A road used by Virginia residents to reach Mount Airy has been closed indefinitely due to an “unusual” situation in which a hump has appea...

June 14th, 2017 |  


School funding hot topic for county

School funding hot topic for county

DOBSON — Local schools might not be losing funding after all.During a Board of Commissioners budget workshop Tuesday night, three of the five co...

June 14th, 2017 |  


Hayden announces re-election bid

Hayden announces re-election bid

It’s campaign season in Virginia, which includes plans by a member of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors to seek re-election as its represe...

June 14th, 2017 |  


Budget spares medical-response, police cuts

Budget spares medical-response, police cuts

Although they were rescued in final negotiations, public safety resources in Mount Airy — including a highly regarded fire department medical pr...

June 13th, 2017 |  


Art and Nature Festival a success

Art and Nature Festival a success

Visitors to the Andy Griffith Playhouse and Museum got an extra treat on Saturday.The museum and the Earle Theatre played host to an Art and Nature Fe...

June 13th, 2017 |  


Contractor pulls out of Market St. project

Contractor pulls out of Market St. project

After committing up to $300,000 for a streetscape project in downtown Mount Airy, city officials have learned that a local company tapped for the job ...

June 12th, 2017 |  


City police announce drug arrests

City police announce drug arrests

The Mount Airy Police Department has announced the arrests of four men on felony drug charges, resulting from two separate incidents in which search w...

June 12th, 2017 |  


A ‘bomb diggity’ day to celebrate

A ‘bomb diggity’ day to celebrate

A senior class which earned more than $1 million in scholarship offers walked across a stage at Mount Airy High School to receive their diplomas Satur...

June 10th, 2017 |  


Surry County Master Gardeners educate tour patrons

Surry County Master Gardeners educate tour patrons

While a tour of some of Mount Airy’s best-kept gardens may have been beautiful, it was also educational for some.“It’s a whole new b...

June 10th, 2017 |  


Students walk on last day of school

Students walk on last day of school

Students at B.H. Tharrington Primary School completed a school year and a seven-week program which encourages physical fitness on Friday.The day marke...

June 9th, 2017 |  


Hopes high for pie-eating contest

Hopes high for pie-eating contest

A local business owner has high hopes for an annual fundraiser to benefit a local homeless shelter.Angela Shur, owner of Miss Angel’s Heavenly P...

June 9th, 2017 |  


‘Hysteria’ reigns at ECA awards night

‘Hysteria’ reigns at ECA awards night

“Who done it?” was the big question on June 1, when Surry County Extension and Community Association (ECA) members gathered to celebrate t...

June 7th, 2017 |  


Hidden magic on Main Street

Hidden magic on Main Street

Prim and proper in the front, magical and fantastical in the back, Joanne Cheatham and Bill di Pretoro’s garden on North Main Street is the equi...

June 7th, 2017 updated: June 7th, 2017. |  


Yesterday’s killer is today’s superhero

Yesterday’s killer is today’s superhero

It’s not often a substance goes through as total an image makeover as coconut oil has done in the past few decades.It has gone from stone-cold k...

June 7th, 2017 |  


Graham retiring county schools

Graham retiring county schools

DOBSON — Longtime educator Charles Graham II is retiring at the end of the month as associate superintendent of Surry County Schools.At Monday&#...

June 6th, 2017 |  


Art, nature festival on tap Saturday downtown

The Surry Arts Council and the Mount Airy Photography Club are joining together to provide free art and nature experiences for all ages this weekend. ...

June 6th, 2017 updated: June 7th, 2017. |  


Garden whispers of moonlight and secrets

Garden whispers of moonlight and secrets

Bill and Judy Barham built and moved into their house in 1990 but the landscape design took a little longer to come together.Bill Barham made a number...

June 6th, 2017 |  


NAACP ‘still viable,’ banquet speaker says

NAACP ‘still viable,’ banquet speaker says

The Rev. Alvin Carlisle sounded a bit like Mark Twain in making the case that the NAACP is still a worthwhile organization, offering a response simila...

June 5th, 2017 |  


Dogs and deer and voles, oh my

Dogs and deer and voles, oh my

Dean Simmons is not willing to admit that he is the primary landscape designer at the home his family has lived in since it was built in 1980, but he ...

June 4th, 2017 |  


City commits $300,000 to streetscape

City commits $300,000 to streetscape

After months of discussion, Mount Airy officials have decided to spend up to $300,000 on a controversial streetscape plan — but similar to the r...

June 4th, 2017 |