JROTC hosts military ball

JROTC hosts military ball

PILOT MOUNTAIN — On Saturday evening, 100 Junior ROTC cadets gathered with their dates and families for a military ball at the First United Meth...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Hotel pullout possibility raised for Spencer’s

Hotel pullout possibility raised for Spencer’s

As Mount Airy officials continue to ponder a proposed Barter Theatre expansion locally, a related concern has been raised by a developer planning a ho...

February 20th, 2018 |  


Black History Month event planned Thursday

Black History Month event planned Thursday

Black History Month can be a time to reflect on both the struggles of the past and progress that has been made, while also looking toward the future &...

February 20th, 2018 |  


Surry County Commissioner Buck Golding retires

Surry County Commissioner Buck Golding retires

DOBSON — Three seats are up for grabs this fall for the Surry County Board of Commissioners, but the first change started Monday night when a lo...

February 20th, 2018 updated: February 20th, 2018. |  


Two dead in CC Camp Road accident

Two dead in CC Camp Road accident

Two men, one from Elkin and one from North Wilkesboro, were killed Monday evening when the vehicle they were in crashed into a tractor-trailer near El...

February 19th, 2018 updated: February 20th, 2018. |  


Free pantry aims to help SCC students

Free pantry aims to help SCC students

The Little Free Pantry of Surry Community College is a small space that some hope will make a big impact to alleviate food insecurity for students on ...

February 19th, 2018 |  


Museum seeks to enhance ‘hands-on’ education

Museum seeks to enhance ‘hands-on’ education

What’s taught in the classroom from textbooks is important, but students often achieve an even-better understanding of history or other subjects...

February 18th, 2018 |  


MAHS welcomes in ‘Year of the Dog’

MAHS welcomes in ‘Year of the Dog’

A Chinese New Year celebration Friday wrapped up a busy week for a group of foreign students visiting Mount Airy.Mount Airy High School welcomed in &#...

February 17th, 2018 |  


‘Very good’ year eyed for local economy

‘Very good’ year eyed for local economy

DOBSON — In a county that has lost thousands of textile and other jobs in recent years, a rosy economic forecast is not always issued. But that ...

February 17th, 2018 |  


First week of filing sees 21 candidates

First week of filing sees 21 candidates

During the first week of the filing period for 2018 elected offices, 26 candidates officially threw their hats in the ring.Filing began Monday and wil...

February 16th, 2018 updated: February 16th, 2018. |  


City board delays Barter decision

City board delays Barter decision

Mount Airy officials took no action Thursday night on a proposed contract between the city government and the Barter Foundation to bring an expansion ...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Rotary, Interact fill 1,000 backpacks

Rotary, Interact fill 1,000 backpacks

Mount Airy Middle School was a hive of activity Thursday afternoon as the school’s Interact Club teamed up with other groups to load 1,000 backp...

February 15th, 2018 |  


Doctor helps set example for donors

Doctor helps set example for donors

As a longtime blood donor, Dr. Mark Appler of Mount Airy sees firsthand the need for giving due to his work — but says that even without such ex...

February 15th, 2018 |  


Alexander leaving city for school post

Alexander leaving city for school post

A long-time Mount Airy official will be leaving her post next month to accept a newly created job with the city school system.Catrina Alexander, direc...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Special Olympics takes the plunge

Special Olympics takes the plunge

Next week patrons of Surry County Special Olympics will offer their support to the organization by jumping into almost-freezing cold water, as they ha...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Hints for Valentine procrastinators

Hints for Valentine procrastinators

If procrastination, winter blahs or just life in general has brought you to the sad state of Valentine’s Day morning with nothing to show for yo...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Mardi Gras brings some changes

Mardi Gras brings some changes

At the annual Mardi Gras party held at Holy Angels Catholic Church on the Friday before Fat Tuesday, a few changes from past years were in evidence.Th...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Spending priorities divide commissioners

Spending priorities divide commissioners

Monday’s meeting of the Pilot Mountain town commissioners was a bit more contentious than usual as commissioners disagreed on how best to spend ...

February 13th, 2018 |  


Concerns grow over Barter Theatre costs

Concerns grow over Barter Theatre costs

As more financial information emerges about a Barter Theatre project in Mount Airy, the total price tag potentially facing city taxpayers is reaching ...

February 13th, 2018 |  


County honors retired EMS officer

County honors retired EMS officer

DOBSON — A longtime paramedic was honored last week for his service to the county.William “Skip” Komraus served Surry County EMS for...

February 13th, 2018 |  


Barter plan creates drama for SAC

Barter plan creates drama for SAC

When one thinks about attending stage plays in Mount Airy, a bluegrass or beach music concert, unique movie screenings, comedy shows and other enterta...

February 11th, 2018 |  


History talk highlights local general

History talk highlights local general

Henry Wolfe Butner might be the most famous military figure local residents have never heard of, a longtime Surry County historian suggested at a prog...

February 10th, 2018 |  


Tough new housing rules sought in city

Tough new housing rules sought in city

New, and tougher, regulations designed to deal more effectively with rundown or dangerous structures have been unveiled for Mount Airy, but some offic...

February 10th, 2018 |  


Shelter’s Tailgate Fundraider scores

Shelter’s Tailgate Fundraider scores

While most people were gearing up for the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Shepherd’s House was holding its 14th-annual fundraiser at Cross Creek Count...

February 9th, 2018 |  


Surry WWI general is museum talk topic

Surry WWI general is museum talk topic

One hundred years ago, what was then known as The Great War was raging in Europe — but many area residents might be unaware of the key role a Su...

February 9th, 2018 |  


Board wants more Barter details

Board wants more Barter details

Mount Airy elected leaders want more financial information about the proposed construction of a Barter Theatre in town – and they want it fast.A...

February 8th, 2018 |  


Black history celebration concert is Saturday

Black history celebration concert is Saturday

The Surry Arts Council’s 27th-annual free Black History Month Celebration will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. It bri...

February 8th, 2018 |  


Local Mardi Gras party returns

Local Mardi Gras party returns

A few days before carnival season reaches a crescendo of merriment in New Orleans, Rio and Venice, the celebration will hit its peak in Mount Airy on ...

February 7th, 2018 |  


77 volunteers pack 10,000 meals

77 volunteers pack 10,000 meals

The dining room of Cross Creek Country Club became the site of an impromptu food-processing plant on Tuesday as Rotarians and students packed 10,000 m...

February 7th, 2018 |  


Arts Ball features Band of Oz

Arts Ball features Band of Oz

One of the Surry Arts Council’s biggest fund raisers of the year — the annual Arts Ball — is just around the corner.The annual event...

February 7th, 2018 |  


Dessert as metaphor for love

Dessert as metaphor for love

From the late 1950s until March 7, 2004, the world was divided between those people who dined at La Côte Basque, and those who did not.Regular di...

February 7th, 2018 |  


Scouts holding food drive Saturday

Scouts holding food drive Saturday

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from area troops and packs were out in their respective neighborhoods Saturday as the first step in this year’s annual...

February 7th, 2018 |  


City food, beverage tax is off table

City food, beverage tax is off table

A proposed food and beverage tax for Mount Airy has been taken off the menu — at least for the foreseeable future.The idea of imposing a tax on ...

February 7th, 2018 |  


Is class bias behind housing concerns?

Is class bias behind housing concerns?

Ongoing complaints regarding minimum housing regulations in Mount Airy, especially involving rental properties, could result in new tactics including ...

February 6th, 2018 |  


Walk honors memory of fallen officers

Walk honors memory of fallen officers

A group of family members, town officials and local residents withstood below freezing temperatures to gather in the parking lot of Tlaquepaque Restau...

February 6th, 2018 |  


New map guides visitors on local ‘wine trail’

New map guides visitors on local ‘wine trail’

DOBSON — Most people are aware that this area boasts an array of wineries, but those facilities can be hard to locate for visitors — who n...

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


Library has ‘Bring Child to Library Day’

Library has ‘Bring Child to Library Day’

At Saturday’s annual Bring your Child to the Library event, 13 young performers entertained an audience of more than 50 family, friends and well...

February 5th, 2018 |  


Dobson Elementary holds blood drive

Dobson Elementary holds blood drive

The Dobson Elementary Student Council recently sponsored a blood drive, working with the American Red Cross to set up and operate the event. “We...

February 5th, 2018 |  


Concert honors WPAQ’s 70 years

Concert honors WPAQ’s 70 years

Some wore their dancing shoes, some waited hours in the cold, at least one brought his own musical spoons, but they all came prepared to have a good t...

February 3rd, 2018 |  


Birthday party for Confederate general

Birthday party for Confederate general

A long-dead Confederate officer received a birthday bash Saturday.J.E.B. Stuart was born Feb. 3, 1833, rose to the rank of captain as a cavalry office...

February 3rd, 2018 |  


L.H. Jones hosts Black History movie

L.H. Jones hosts Black History movie

In recognition of Black History Month, “Marshall,” the first film in a month-long series is screened Saturday at L.H. Jones Family Resourc...

February 3rd, 2018 |  


SAC introduces Gertie the Groundhog

SAC introduces Gertie the Groundhog

There’s a new groundhog in town, and her name is Gertie.The Surry Arts Council Groundhog, Gertie, joined better-known weather forecasters of the...

February 3rd, 2018 |  


NFL playoffs special for North Surry grad

NFL playoffs special for North Surry grad

One of the big stories surrounding the National Football League playoffs, which will culminate with the Super Bowl Sunday night, was the success of th...

February 2nd, 2018 |  


Local developers launch PlayStation game

Local developers launch PlayStation game

Two local game developers jumped into the fray of virtual reality on Tuesday when they released “Cold Iron,” a new game for Sony Playstati...

February 2nd, 2018 |  


Barter Theatre plan draws mixed reviews

Barter Theatre plan draws mixed reviews

More than 100 people attended an informational meeting Thursday night on plans to build a branch of the Barter Theatre in Mount Airy, which ended with...

February 1st, 2018 |  


Scenic co-owner buys Collins Chevrolet

Scenic co-owner buys Collins Chevrolet

Two longtime auto dealerships in Mount Airy, one specializing in Ford products and the other Chevrolet, are now under the same ownership due to an exp...

February 1st, 2018 updated: February 1st, 2018. |  


Free concert celebrates WPAQ’s 70th year

Free concert celebrates WPAQ’s 70th year

Local radio station WPAQ 740 AM will mark its 70th anniversary with a free concert Saturday at the Historic Earle Theatre & Old Time Music Heritag...

February 1st, 2018 |  


J.E.B. Stuart birthday event planned Saturday

J.E.B. Stuart birthday event planned Saturday

Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart died young, at age 31, being mortally wounded in May 1864 near Richmond while serving as a Confederate cavalry commander.But t...

February 1st, 2018 |  


First glimpse at architectural survey

First glimpse at architectural survey

Dan Pezzoni of Landmark Preservation Associates of Lexington, Virginia, visited the city to give an overview of an upcoming architectural survey.Membe...

February 1st, 2018 |  


Pilot Mountain police reports

Pilot Mountain police reports

The following reports were filed by the Pilot Mountain Police Department in recent weeks:• A citation was issued to Kailey Taylor, Westfield, on...

January 31st, 2018 |