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 |  


Mayberry Days becomes ‘Jeopardy!’ clue

Mayberry Days becomes ‘Jeopardy!’ clue

One never knows what questions might pop up on “Jeopardy!” — and earlier this week local viewers were surprised to hear Mount Airy a...

January 31st, 2018 |  


Officials to address city housing issue

Officials to address city housing issue

Drug and other concerns swirling around a house in Mount Airy will be addressed during a meeting of the city council Thursday afternoon.The site in qu...

January 31st, 2018 |  


March of Dimes walk gets Signature Sponsor

March of Dimes walk gets Signature Sponsor

DOBSON — Carolina Carports signed on as a signature sponsor for the March of Dimes’ “Mount Airy March for Babies” walk for the...

January 30th, 2018 |  


Family searches yield results

Family searches yield results

A massive search was waged this past weekend in which members of multiple families were sought.It didn’t involve rescue crews scouring the count...

January 29th, 2018 |  


Elkin faculty, students remember student lost in weekend house fire

Elkin faculty, students remember student lost in weekend house fire

ELKIN — Students in Elkin City Schools mourned one of their own upon returning to class Monday, following a fatal house fire that took the life ...

January 29th, 2018 updated: January 29th, 2018. |  


Homeless numbers sought

Homeless numbers sought

The Shepherd’s House will be among several agencies attempting this week to get a more definitive answer to just how widespread homelessness is ...

January 28th, 2018 |  


Medical equipment loan closet to fill void

Medical equipment loan closet to fill void

It makes an already bad situation worse: someone falls on the ice and breaks a leg, for example, and suddenly is in need of crutches or a wheelchair t...

January 28th, 2018 |  


Barter Theatre may expand to Mount Airy

Barter Theatre may expand to Mount Airy

Mount Airy officials are poised to raise the curtain on a deal for Virginia’s famed Barter Theatre to expand to “Mayberry.”“We...

January 28th, 2018 |  


One dead in Elkin-area fire

One dead in Elkin-area fire

ELKIN — A house fire in the Elkin area late Saturday afternoon has claimed the life of a youth, according to a Surry County emergency services o...

January 27th, 2018 |  


Diversity, perspective highlighted

Diversity, perspective highlighted

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce rolled out a new strategic plan at the organization’s annual meeting Thursday.The chamber packed the ...

January 26th, 2018 |  


Dobson drug raid nabs 6 suspects

Dobson drug raid nabs 6 suspects

DOBSON — A raid in Dobson Thursday netted six arrests, with meth, marijuana and prescription drugs seized.The Surry County Sheriff’s Offic...

January 26th, 2018 |  


City man among two charged in robbery

City man among two charged in robbery

Two Surry County men — one from Mount Airy and one from Ararat — are facing charges following an armed robbery at an Elkin business early ...

January 26th, 2018 |  


City budget process criticized

City budget process criticized

The city of Mount Airy has received a “clean” audit report, but the process that led to this is less than tidy, a local citizen charges.Pa...

January 25th, 2018 |  


Bob Moody is chamber ’Citizen of Year’

Bob Moody is chamber ’Citizen of Year’

Bob Moody has been selected as the 2017 Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year from a pool of 15 nominees.The award is presented each Janu...

January 25th, 2018 |  


Scouts tackle park, greenway projects

Scouts tackle park, greenway projects

Becoming an Eagle Scout requires demonstrating leadership while spearheading a project to benefit the community, and four such efforts by local youths...

January 24th, 2018 |  


Museum to host ‘ancestor fair’ Saturday

Museum to host ‘ancestor fair’ Saturday

Though its name has changed, an annual event on Saturday at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History has the same goal: helping individuals and families ...

January 24th, 2018 |  


Spreading kindness in school

Spreading kindness in school

Mount Airy City Schools students were in for a surprise Monday — a Kindness Tunnel made up of faculty and staff members to greet children when t...

January 24th, 2018 |  


Changes to downtown being planned

Changes to downtown being planned

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Pilot town board met Monday with planners from Benchmark Design, the company that has been retained to provide an updated s...

January 23rd, 2018 |  


Town board receives strong audit

Town board receives strong audit

Pilot Mountain’s Board of Commissioners worked through their regular monthly meeting in possibly record time on Jan. 16 — less than 35 min...

January 23rd, 2018 |  


City paying $100,000 more for Spencer’s lawyer

City paying $100,000 more for Spencer’s lawyer

Legal costs continue to grow surrounding efforts by the city of Mount Airy to redevelop former the Spencer’s industrial property downtown.After ...

January 23rd, 2018 |