Early College graduates largest class yet

Early College graduates largest class yet

DOBSON — Surry Early College celebrated the largest graduating class yet of its eight commencements Friday evening in the gym of Surry Community...

May 18th, 2018 |  


Heavy rain floods streets

Heavy rain floods streets

Heavy rains and clogged storm drains caused some flooding of local streets on Friday.“All three rivers are up,” said John Shelton, Surry E...

May 18th, 2018 updated: May 18th, 2018. |  


May proclaimed Preservation Month

May proclaimed Preservation Month

May was declared to be National Historic Preservation Month in a proclamation signed by Mayor David Rowe and read by city planner Ben Barcroft at a ce...

May 18th, 2018 |  


City, Shepherd’s House to explore land offer

City, Shepherd’s House to explore land offer

With a roomful of people watching, the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners took action Thursday night aimed at providing city property for an expansion ...

May 17th, 2018 |  


Man charged in April shooting of city woman

Man charged in April shooting of city woman

A felony assault charge has been filed against a Mount Airy man stemming from a late-April shooting of a local woman who showed up at a Virginia hospi...

May 17th, 2018 |  


Man charged with murdering brother

Man charged with murdering brother

A Surry County man, Carl Rodney Lee Hickson Jr., is being held without bond on a murder charge stemming from the stabbing of his brother Wednesday.The...

May 17th, 2018 updated: May 17th, 2018. |  


Gov. Cooper honors late local man

Gov. Cooper honors late local man

The former manager of the N.C. Welcome Center on Interstate 77 in Surry County has been honored posthumously by Gov. Roy Cooper.Cooper bestowed upon t...

May 17th, 2018 |  


Police reports

• Two Mount Airy residents were served with criminal summonses Tuesday on felony charges filed in Elkin, according to city police department rep...

May 16th, 2018 |  


Security funds sought for museum, high school

Security funds sought for museum, high school

On the surface, a museum and high school athletic fields don’t appear to be major crime areas, but that hasn’t stopped city funding from b...

May 16th, 2018 |  


Mayberry Farm Fest a growing event

Mayberry Farm Fest a growing event

The public has an opportunity to experience farm life this weekend — without even having to leave the streets of Mount Airy.This will occur thro...

May 16th, 2018 |  


A two buck lunch is within your grasp

A two buck lunch is within your grasp

Seven bucks seems to be the going rate for an entry level lunch at most of the Mount Airy eateries. There are a couple or three where lunch will set y...

May 16th, 2018 |  


Mayfest offers hot time in Pilot Mountain

Mayfest offers hot time in Pilot Mountain

As has often been the case, the weather seemed to tell the story the 37th annual Mayfest celebration held in Pilot Mountain over the weekend.Stormy we...

May 15th, 2018 |  


City land eyed for homeless shelter

City land eyed for homeless shelter

A possible alternative has emerged regarding an expansion of Mount Airy’s only homeless shelter — other than at its existing site, for whi...

May 15th, 2018 |  


Library serves Mother’s Day tea party

Library serves Mother’s Day tea party

A few dozen ladies turned out for a Mother’s Day tea at the Mount Airy Public Library on Saturday, sporting their finest frills and furbelows. A...

May 15th, 2018 updated: May 15th, 2018. |  


Service salutes sacrifices of police

Service salutes sacrifices of police

Mount Airy police officers Henry Dow Kennedy and Clinton Monroe Boggs both died tragically many years ago, but they have not been forgotten — in...

May 14th, 2018 |  


Disc golf tourney finally beats weather

Disc golf tourney finally beats weather

“The third time is the charm,” said Polly Long, as a disc golf tournament that had been snowed out twice finally got underway Saturday in ...

May 14th, 2018 |  


Arts council to start dance program

Arts council to start dance program

Beginning in September, Surry Arts Council will offer a variety of dance classes for ages 2 and older.“I am so excited for this,” said She...

May 14th, 2018 |  


Police memorial program set for Monday

Police memorial program set for Monday

Two fallen police officers in Mount Airy will be remembered during a program scheduled Monday in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Week.It inv...

May 12th, 2018 |  


Junior historians take top awards

Junior historians take top awards

RALEIGH — Surry County historians took top honors in Raleigh recently, continuing a several-year-long winning streak.The Jesse Franklin Pioneers...

May 12th, 2018 |  


Local students not getting holiday

Surry County Schools and Mount Airy City Schools are not planning to be among the North Carolina school systems that will be closing on Wednesday, whe...

May 12th, 2018 |  


Thirteen steps to the office

Thirteen steps to the office

Former WXII news anchor and current writer of fiction, Cameron Kent, gave a one-session master class to Mount Airy’s Plaid Cloth Literary Societ...

May 11th, 2018 |  


Smith stepping down from Dobson post

Smith stepping down from Dobson post

DOBSON — Town Manager Josh Smith is leaving Dobson to accept an assistant city manager’s job in Concord.Smith announced his coming departu...

May 11th, 2018 updated: May 11th, 2018. |  


March for Babies comes to Veterans Park

March for Babies comes to Veterans Park

The local edition of this year’s March for Babies, March of Dimes biggest annual fundraising event, will be Saturday at Veterans Park in Mount A...

May 11th, 2018 |  


Multi-faceted author to speak at NAACP event

Multi-faceted author to speak at NAACP event

An author whose credentials also have included serving as a “tough-love urban principal” will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming e...

May 10th, 2018 |  


City adds lobbyist to ‘payroll’

City adds lobbyist to ‘payroll’

The city of Mount Airy recently appropriated $105,000 to hire a financial adviser and an attorney to provide extra legal services, and most recently h...

May 10th, 2018 |  


Surry Arts camps set, scholarships available

The Surry Arts Council will be offering need-based scholarships for all of the organization’s upcoming camps with funds from the Kester Sink Sch...

May 10th, 2018 |  


Yokefellow going postal for food

Yokefellow going postal for food

The idea of going postal can have a negative connotation, but for purposes of a drive this week officials of a local food bank are relying on it to he...

May 9th, 2018 |  


Cruise in series begins

Cruise in series begins

The first of the 2018 Hot Nights and Hot Cars cruise-ins got under way Saturday in Pilot Mountain, with classic and specialty cars lining the streets....

May 9th, 2018 |  


Steve Hiatt wins GOP race for sheriff

Steve Hiatt wins GOP race for sheriff

Mount Airy native Steve Hiatt has won the Republican primary for Surry County sheriff in a four-man race.Hiatt, 54, is a graduate of Mount Airy High S...

May 8th, 2018 |  


Clerk’s race ousts incumbent

Clerk’s race ousts incumbent

Newcomers to electoral politics prevailed in both Republican and Democratic party primaries in the hotly contested race for Surry County clerk of cour...

May 8th, 2018 |  


Incumbents ousted

Incumbents ousted

Political newcomer Mark A. Marion and second-time commissioner candidate Bill Goins were the big winners in Tuesday night’s GOP primary for two ...

May 8th, 2018 updated: May 9th, 2018. |  


Stevens, Ballard win legislative primaries

Stevens, Ballard win legislative primaries

One incumbent state legislator representing Surry County will advance to the general election in November, while another has lost her re-election bid,...

May 8th, 2018 |  


The streets of downtown Pilot Mountain will close to weekend traffic on Friday morning at 11 a.m. but should soon fill with festive residents and visi...

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


Kidsfest a free-for-all of fun

Kidsfest a free-for-all of fun

Riverside Park is a busy place on a normal day, with its new playground, a skateboard park, a greenway and other facilities — but fun was taken ...

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


Senators Randleman, Ballard going head to head

Senators Randleman, Ballard going head to head

Because of redistricting, two incumbent Republican state senators are squaring off against each other for a reconfigured District 45 seat, which inclu...

May 7th, 2018 |  


Poindexter challenging Stevens in House

Poindexter challenging Stevens in House

Incumbent state Rep. Sarah Stevens is seeking re-election in House District 90, being challenged in the Republican primary by Allen Poindexter.As a re...

May 7th, 2018 |  


SCC’s Dixon honored with state award

SCC’s Dixon honored with state award

DOBSON — The North Carolina Community College System announced Surry Community College’s Lead Welding Instructor Michael Dixon of Yadkinvi...

May 7th, 2018 |  


Local volunteers follow their ‘HEaRT’

Local volunteers follow their ‘HEaRT’

A partnership between three Rotary organizations on two continents is nearing completion.The project, Healthcare Education and Rapid Transportation (H...

May 6th, 2018 |  


Two seek Dem nod for clerk

Two seek Dem nod for clerk

Both Democrats and Republicans have a choice of candidates in the primary election for Surry County Clerk of Court on Tuesday. Incumbent Teresa O̵...

May 6th, 2018 |  


Two seek GOP nomination

Two seek GOP nomination

Both Democrats and Republicans have a choice of candidates in the primary election for Surry County Clerk of Court on Tuesday. Incumbent Teresa O̵...

May 6th, 2018 |  


Budbreak pours out good times

Budbreak pours out good times

No rain was pouring in downtown Mount Airy Saturday afternoon as forecasters had predicted — which led to plenty of beer and wine flowing into g...

May 5th, 2018 |  


Four square off in sheriff’s primary

Four square off in sheriff’s primary

In this format, all four candidates were asked for the same background information. The first three questions are also the same, with an additional qu...

May 5th, 2018 |  


Two seeking Mount Airy board seat

Two seeking Mount Airy board seat

There are two candidates squaring off for the Republican nomination for the Mount Airy District seat on the Surry County Board of Commissioners: Bill ...

May 5th, 2018 |  


Land sale OK’d for industrial project

Land sale OK’d for industrial project

An industrial project that includes construction of new facilities and significant job creation is not an everyday occurrence in Surry County, but loc...

May 5th, 2018 |  


Four squaring off for Central District seat

Four squaring off for Central District seat

There are four candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the Central District seat on the Surry County Board of Commissioners: Tony Childs, M...

May 5th, 2018 |  


CBS to cover Siamese Twins events

CBS to cover Siamese Twins events

Descendants of Eng and Chang Bunker will gather here for a reunion this summer, and in the meantime a group is now on a trip to the twins’ nativ...

May 4th, 2018 |  


Students attend UN, tackle goals at home

Students attend UN, tackle goals at home

Students at Mount Airy High School have been devoting themselves to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals for 2030 for several months, both at the o...

May 4th, 2018 |  


Kids to commune with nature at event

Kids to commune with nature at event

News flash: Research is proving that it is actually possible to have an enjoyable time which doesn’t involve a computer, television set or other...

May 4th, 2018 |  


Homeless shelter rezoning denied

Homeless shelter rezoning denied

In an unexpected move, Mount Airy officials voted Thursday afternoon to deny a rezoning request that would have allowed a major expansion of the city&...

May 3rd, 2018 |  


Kicking and punching at Senior Center

Kicking and punching at Senior Center

Sometimes, exercise can have unexpected benefits.“The very first time I did tai chi, I couldn’t believe how much easier it was to deal wit...

May 3rd, 2018 |