City, county schools closing early

Staff report

Both Mount Airy City and Surry County Schools will be closing early on Friday as a result of anticipated severe weather from Hurricane Florence.

Surry County will dismiss at 12:30. In the city, Jones Intermediate School and Mount Airy Middle School will dismiss classes at 12:15 p.m., while Tharrington Primary and Mount Airy High School will do so at 12:30 p.m.

Both school systems said the early closures were to allow students and faculty time to get home before weather conditions might become severe.

“While the hurricane is timed to hit Mount Airy on Saturday, it appears as though strong winds will arrive Friday,” city officials said. “It is not safe for our buses to be on the road with the strong winds that are expected.”

City officials said all students would have a lunch period before the dismissal. Surry County said all after school care and all evening events have been cancelled for Friday.

With the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence on the North Carolina coast, and the potential for severe weather across Surry County and the region, a number of other groups have cancelled or postponed planned activities for this weekend. We will keep this list updated with the latest information supplied to us. If you or your organization has an event you’re cancelling or postponing, please send that to editor John Peters at

– The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History’s Fundraiser Harvest for History Gala, scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m., has been postponed. The event is now set to take place on Oct. 20, at Cross Creek Country Club, from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

– The September Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise In scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. There will be no make-up, with the next cruise-in still scheduled for Oct. 20.

– Senior Fun Day, sponsored by Surry Senior Center, at Faith Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 27. The health fair begins at 10 a.m., with music and dancing to start at noon.

– Helping Hands Foundation’s Bingo has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 6.

– The Surry Sunrise Rotary’s Third Annual Flight for Kids pigeon race social, originally set for Friday, and the pigeon race, set for Saturday, have both been postponed a week. The social is now slated for Friday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Old North State Winery, with the race set for Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.

– The Pilot Mountain Pig Out Food Truck Rodeo and Beer Garden set for Saturday in Pilot Mountain has been postponed indefinitely, as well as the movie night planned for that evening. Both have been rescheduled for Nov. 3.

– The National Park Service announced Friday morning that the entire 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway and all associated facilities, with the exception of the Pisgah Inn and Peaks of Otter Lodge, will be closed at 8 p.m. in anticipation of high winds and heavy rains due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence. This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

Access to Pisgah Inn will be via US-276 only. No access via the Parkway from the north will be available.

Access to Peaks of Otter Lodge will be via VA-43 only. No access to Peaks of Otter Lodge via the Parkway from the north will be available.

During this closure, all scheduled ranger programs and special events and uses are cancelled. This includes concerts at Humpback Rocks, Roanoke Mountain and Mabry Mill as well as the Overmountain Victory Celebration at the Museum of NC Minerals.

If you would like to have your postponed or cancelled event listed here, please email Editor John Peters at

Multiple weekend events cancelled

Staff report