More charges for mom in fatal fire

An Elkin woman who was previously charged with involuntary manslaughter after a house fire killed her son has now been charged with insurance fraud.Ma...

April 5th, 2018 |  


O’Dell: Campaign memo a ‘misunderstanding’

O’Dell: Campaign memo a ‘misunderstanding’

Surry County Clerk of Court Teresa O’Dell recently met with her staff to outline what they could, and could not do, to campaign on her behalf.Sh...

April 4th, 2018 |  


Playhouse paving to cost more

Playhouse paving to cost more

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will tackle an array of topics during a meeting Thursday afternoon, including a playhouse parking project and pu...

April 4th, 2018 |  


Pittman Street fire displaces three

Pittman Street fire displaces three

A fire ruled accidental in nature occurred Monday night in Mount Airy, causing damages to the structure and its contents and displacing its residents,...

April 3rd, 2018 |  


Gary Tilley sworn in as commissioner

Gary Tilley sworn in as commissioner

DOBSON — Gary Carson Tilley was sworn in as Central District commissioner Monday night.The Surry County Board of Commissioners appointed Tilley ...

April 2nd, 2018 updated: April 3rd, 2018. |  


Legal issue slows mall progress

Legal issue slows mall progress

Two months after its scheduled shutdown date, Mayberry Mall in Mount Airy remains open — but progress to upgrade the condition of the building, ...

April 2nd, 2018 |  


Traphill’s Presley Barker, 13, plays the Grand Ole Opry with Ricky Skaggs

Traphill’s Presley Barker, 13, plays the Grand Ole Opry with Ricky Skaggs

From the bright lights of the Grand Ole Opry, to the new stage at Elkin’s historic Reeves Theater in the southern most portions of Surry County,...

April 2nd, 2018 |  


April spotlights challenges to children

April spotlights challenges to children

DOBSON — The Children’s Center is urging action on behalf of children and two statewide child advocacy organizations release information a...

April 2nd, 2018 |  


Annual concert series to kick-off

Annual concert series to kick-off

The 14th Annual Surry Arts Council Summer Series at the Blackmon Amphitheatre kicks off soon, with The Attractions Band taking to the stage on Friday,...

April 1st, 2018 |  


Chicken and/or the egg at Veterans Park

Chicken and/or the egg at Veterans Park

The age-old question as to which came first, the chicken or the egg, was laid to rest in Veterans Park on Saturday when eggs were hunted, tossed and t...

March 31st, 2018 updated: March 31st, 2018. |  


Relay for Life kicks off with help from Oz

Relay for Life kicks off with help from Oz

Relay for Life of Surry County was officially kicked off Thursday evening with team members, team leaders and special guests direct from the Land of O...

March 31st, 2018 updated: March 31st, 2018. |  


Cornelison named new Elkin manager

Cornelison named new Elkin manager

A local resident and former town employee will be returning to work in Elkin as the town manager effective May 7, after the Elkin Board of Commissione...

March 30th, 2018 |  


U.S. 601 plan draws mixed reviews

U.S. 601 plan draws mixed reviews

After getting a preliminary peek Thursday at proposed traffic changes for a busy stretch of U.S. 601 in Mount Airy, some local residents applauded the...

March 29th, 2018 |  


City snags elusive water-sewer funding

City snags elusive water-sewer funding

The third time is the charm; persistence pays off; if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.All those sayings could apply to Mount AiryR...

March 29th, 2018 |  


Pinwheel garden planted at courthouse

Pinwheel garden planted at courthouse

The front lawn of the Surry County Courthouse got upgraded to a Pinwheel Garden on Thursday in anticipation of Child Abuse Prevention Month.April was ...

March 29th, 2018 |  


Library puts on a ‘Peep show’

Library puts on a ‘Peep show’

“It’s a ‘Peep Show,’” said assistant librarian Angela Llewellyn.She directed attention to the 16 art installations on di...

March 29th, 2018 |  


‘Color run’ to aid local charity

‘Color run’ to aid local charity

A local charitable organization, the Helping Hands Foundation of Surry, will be supported by some helping feet next week when the organization holds i...

March 28th, 2018 |  


Street meeting planned Thursday

Street meeting planned Thursday

Big changes are coming down the pike for U.S. 601 in Mount Airy.A public meeting planned Thursday will give the public a chance to learn about —...

March 28th, 2018 |  


Local fears fueled state denial of Barter deal

Local fears fueled state denial of Barter deal

The two members of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners who voted against a city agreement with Barter Theatre say a state rejection of it reflected ...

March 27th, 2018 updated: March 27th, 2018. |  


State commission kills Barter Theatre plan

The curtain may have closed on Barter Theatre’s expansion to the former Spencer’s property in Mount Airy.Multiple media outlets reported M...

March 26th, 2018 updated: April 3rd, 2018. |  


Spring snow brings damage, power outages

Spring snow brings damage, power outages

The wet spring snow falling Saturday evening left thousands without electricity with city crews scrambling to clean up dozens of trees fallen onto roa...

March 26th, 2018 |  


Upcoming fiddlers convention a unique event

Upcoming fiddlers convention a unique event

DOBSON — When the Surry Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is staged on April 6-7 in Dobson, a tradition will be continued in a unique way.Of course, ...

March 26th, 2018 |  


Dobson crash claims two lives

DOBSON — A two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Zephyr Road and Willow Oak Lane on Friday night resulted in the deaths of two people, ac...

March 26th, 2018 |  


Mount Airy network propels career

Mount Airy network propels career

The agenda of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Excellence in Business Awards at Cross Creek Country Club took a turn on Thursda...

March 25th, 2018 |  


Hundreds weather snow to hunt eggs

Hundreds weather snow to hunt eggs

Some things just have a way of defying the weather, and the Mount Airy Easter egg hunt proved Saturday that it is one of them.Despite light snow filli...

March 24th, 2018 |  


City cleanup campaign starts Monday

City cleanup campaign starts Monday

For Mount Airy residents wanting to get rid of an old refrigerator that no longer works or maybe a couch which has outlived its usefulness, a solution...

March 24th, 2018 |  


State funding a mixed bag for schools

State funding a mixed bag for schools

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Surry County Schools could get five new teachers funded by the state for the lowest grades, but then the district could lose fu...

March 23rd, 2018 |  


Mayberry Food Truck Fest returns

Mayberry Food Truck Fest returns

If it’s March, and it’s cold and rainy, and possibly snowy, then it’s time for the semi-annual Mayberry Food Truck Fest.At the event...

March 23rd, 2018 |  


Special ed teacher honored posthumously

Special ed teacher honored posthumously

Bob Planer of Mount Airy was a retired special education teacher with the city schools and a founding member of the Arc of Surry County who died in De...

March 23rd, 2018 |  


Chamber awards break new ground

Chamber awards break new ground

“What once was a luncheon is now a dinner,” said Adam Martin, board chair of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce at the organizatio...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


Nester Hosiery announces promotion, new sock line

Nester Hosiery announces promotion, new sock line

A Mount Airy company credited with helping to keep the local sock industry alive with “21st-century” innovations has announced a leadershi...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


Board alters agenda policy at Yokeley’s urging

Board alters agenda policy at Yokeley’s urging

Up to now, there has been no official policy on choosing agenda items for Mount Airy council meetings, but that’s changed in the wake of a recen...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


Firefighters awarded for lifesaving efforts

Firefighters awarded for lifesaving efforts

A scene at City Hall in which lifesaving efforts were awarded — ones resulting in eight people surviving medical emergencies in 2017 — wou...

March 21st, 2018 |  


City Easter egg hunt ready to roll

City Easter egg hunt ready to roll

Local kids are invited to grab their baskets and hop on over to Westwood Park Saturday for a fifth-annual Easter egg hunt hosted by Mount Airy Parks a...

March 21st, 2018 |  


Unexpected winter storm strikes Surry County

Unexpected winter storm strikes Surry County

Unexpected snow and freezing rain made Surry County roadways slick Tuesday evening, with several wrecks reported around the area. The storm also close...

March 21st, 2018 updated: March 21st, 2018. |  


Hearing set for contoversial rezoning

Hearing set for contoversial rezoning

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A standing room crowd of concerned citizens turned out for Monday’s rescheduled town board meeting here, but the only act...

March 20th, 2018 |  


Commissioner criticizes city audit firm

Commissioner criticizes city audit firm

Usually, awarding the city audit contract is routine business for Mount Airy officials, but that process has encountered turbulence with one commissio...

March 20th, 2018 |  


City, county talk Spencer’s project help

City, county talk Spencer’s project help

MOUNTAIN PARK — Mount Airy officials came before the county Board of Commissioners looking for help with the Barter Theatre project. They got pa...

March 20th, 2018 |  


Gary Tilley picked for county seat

Gary Tilley picked for county seat

MOUNTAIN PARK — Dr. Gary Tilley is the county’s choice to replace Buck Golding on the Surry County Board of Commissioners.Golding retired ...

March 19th, 2018 |  


Police reports

A disturbance at a city restaurant during the weekend led to the arrest of a woman on charges including assault, according to Mount Airy Police Depart...

March 19th, 2018 |  


East Surry team wins Quiz Bowl

East Surry team wins Quiz Bowl

Teams from regional high schools faced questions about pop culture, current events and a wide range of academic subjects in Saturday’s 2018 Quiz...

March 19th, 2018 |  


County to name new commissioner Monday

County to name new commissioner Monday

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners is expected to name a new member at Monday’s meeting in Mountain Park.A month ago, Commis...

March 17th, 2018 |  


Rain doesn’t stop kids, Easter Bunny

Rain doesn’t stop kids, Easter Bunny

DOBSON — Neither rain nor sleet nor cold nor threat of rain could stop more than 500 people from turning out for Surry County Parks and Recreati...

March 17th, 2018 |  


Barter costs balloon for financial adviser

Barter costs balloon for financial adviser

Exactly two weeks after approving a $50,000 allocation for a financial adviser to help them develop a local Barter Theatre branch, Mount Airy official...

March 17th, 2018 |  


Shooting suspect behind bars

Shooting suspect behind bars

An allegedly violent offender is behind bars as the result of a multiple-agency manhunt in the Flat Rock community on Friday morning.The arrest of Tim...

March 16th, 2018 |  


Meals on Wheels to have fifth run

Meals on Wheels to have fifth run

DOBSON — The fifth-annual YVEDDI Meals on Wheels 5k/10k run promises some dramatic flourishes from top sponsors, The Dragon Slayers, and an appe...

March 15th, 2018 |  


Board pulls plug on statue lights

Board pulls plug on statue lights

Citing concerns about escalating expenses, the majority of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night not to spend $13,000 on lights f...

March 15th, 2018 |  


Collins arrested after Dobson chase

Collins arrested after Dobson chase

DOBSON — A Dobson police officer chased down a suspect wanted on more than 100 felony warrants in this region.Todd Emerson Collins, 37, of 317 R...

March 15th, 2018 |  


Elkin mother charged in fire that killed her son

Elkin mother charged in fire that killed her son

An Elkin woman has been charged in the January house fire that claimed the life of her 13-year-old son.Maria Deneane Kidd has been charged with involu...

March 14th, 2018 updated: March 14th, 2018. |  


Local doctor disciplined for drug use

Local doctor disciplined for drug use

A Mount Airy physician with a history of substance-abuse disorder, who admitted to improperly using a drug last year, will be allowed to keep practici...

March 14th, 2018 |