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John Peters

Position: Regional Editor
E-Mail Address: jpeters@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-719-1931


About John Peters

John Peters, Editor, has worked at the Mount Airy News for four years. He recently took on the additional duties of Regional Editor for Civitas Media and, while he greatly enjoys editing and working with his staff, he still counts among his favorite parts of the job finding that gem of a story in unusual places, or talking with people who can tell him what local life was like 30 or 50 (or more) years ago. He and his wife have five children and an always-changing number of assorted other creatures.

Latest Stories by John Peters

You said it…

Your Said It is a new periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we've received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mtairynews.com, on articles we've published. Regarding a story by Andy Winemiller on the county board of commissioners' decision to continue opening the meetings with prayer, with the board members rota

Mayberry Music Academy held its first Spring Showcase of student achievement on May 12 at 7 p.m. In attendance were 13 of the academy's 25 students ranging in ages from 5 to 16 performing piano and vocal selections.
There were more than 50 guests in attendance filling the studio recital hall. Teachers Martha Cogdill and Kelsey Killon said they wer

Mayberry Music Academy holds recital

Mayberry Music Academy held its first Spring Showcase of student achievement on May 12 at 7 p.m. In attendance were 13 of the academy's 25 students ranging in ages from 5 to 16 performing piano and vocal selections. There were more than 50 guests in attendance filling the studio recital hall. Teachers Martha Cogdill and Kelsey Killon said they wer

Incentive requirements should be enforced

Monday night the Surry County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider a request from CK Technologies to amend an economic development agreement the firm has with the county. That pact goes back to 2005, when the company received a loan as part of a financial incentive package that allowed for the company to receive forgiveness of a 6-perce

Your said it…

Your Said It is a new periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we've received on Facebook and on our website, mtairynews.com, on articles we've published. Regarding a story by Tom Joyce on the city's decision to tear down a a vacant home on 145 Orchard St., we received the following comments on Facebook: Michael Ladd: It a

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals:
• Stephanie Lynn Hiatt, 39, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony possess/distribute meth precursor, two counts possess schedule II controlled substance and use/possess drug parap

Most Wanted

The Surry County Community Corrections office is seeking information on the whereabouts of the following individuals: • Stephanie Lynn Hiatt, 39, a white female who is wanted on probation violations and is on probation for felony possess/distribute meth precursor, two counts possess schedule II controlled substance and use/possess drug parap

Yesterday was a big day in Mount Airy.
Well, maybe Friday evening and yesterday combined, with the annual tractor parade and Farmfest. These events might not have the glamour some of the other regular downtown gatherings possess, but to me there's always been something special about farmers, a particular allure I've felt to farming and working the

Farming is a special calling

Yesterday was a big day in Mount Airy. Well, maybe Friday evening and yesterday combined, with the annual tractor parade and Farmfest. These events might not have the glamour some of the other regular downtown gatherings possess, but to me there's always been something special about farmers, a particular allure I've felt to farming and working the

Time to eliminate the ETJ

On Thursday night the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city subdivision and zoning ordinance to make it easier for property owners to transfer land to family members. This has come about because of a request by a local woman owning property who simply wanted to deed a parcel to h

The Catalinas will be playing at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the Will Jones Band, will be performing at the same venue on Saturday beginning at 7:30 p,m. Both shows are part of the Surry Arts Council Summer Concert Series. Admission is $11 per person, or free admission for those younger than age 12 and for those

The Catalinas, Will Jones Band to perform

The Catalinas will be playing at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the Will Jones Band, will be performing at the same venue on Saturday beginning at 7:30 p,m. Both shows are part of the Surry Arts Council Summer Concert Series. Admission is $11 per person, or free admission for those younger than age 12 and for those

Health Department Inspections

Health Department Inspections is a weekly listing of inspections conducted in Surry County establishments by North Carolina health officials. The listing includes restaurants, schools, day care facilities, adult care and other facilities. The listings give the health inspector score, if applicable, along with the text of their findings in their wor

Authorities right to target gambling businesses

Last week local law enforcement raided three suspected Internet gambling establishments, which followed a similar raid on another suspected Internet gambling business on April 2. What's been surprising to us is the amount of criticism which has been directed at both the Surry County Sheriff's Office and the Mount Airy Police Department for their a

Two local writers will be holding book-signings this week, one in town with the release of her latest novel, while the other will be in Danbury where he will be signing copies of his stage production.
On Saturday, novelist Laura S. Wharton will be signing copies of her newest novel, “Deceived: A Sam McClellan Tale,” and on Sunday playw

Two local writers will be holding book-signings this week, one in town with the release of her latest novel, while the other will be in Danbury where he will be signing copies of his stage production. On Saturday, novelist Laura S. Wharton will be signing copies of her newest novel, “Deceived: A Sam McClellan Tale,” and on Sunday playw

Public Records

LAND TRANSFERSIn recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for property be stated on the deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 valuation or fraction is thereof affixed to each deed.The Stokes County Register of Deeds recorded the following deeds:BEAVER ISLAND TOWNSHIP:Joel Eugene James, Jr.

'Stoneman's Raid' author to speak in Rockford

Chris J. Hartley will be the featured speaker at the annual Rockford Memorial Day Service, slated for Saturday at 3 p.m. at Rockford Methodist Church in Historic Village of Rockford. Hartley is the author of “Stoneman's Raid, 1865.” The book won the 2011 Willie Parker Peace Prize from the N.C. Society of Historians and was named a fina

Military News

Air Force Airman Mallory P. Cook graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Cook is the daughter of Michael S. Cook of Elkin and Stacey L. Francis of Upland, Ind. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core value

RALEIGH – Julia Southern, a student at Millennium Charter Academy, recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives.
She is the daughter of Tim and Debra Southern of Mount Airy and was sponsored by Rep. Sarah Stevens, Republican, Mount Airy.
Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) appoints the pages and introdu

Local teen serves as House page

RALEIGH – Julia Southern, a student at Millennium Charter Academy, recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the daughter of Tim and Debra Southern of Mount Airy and was sponsored by Rep. Sarah Stevens, Republican, Mount Airy. Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) appoints the pages and introdu

Photo exhibit displayed at library

The 2015 Show Us Your Best Northwestern Regional Library Traveling Photography Exhibit is on display at the Mount Airy Public Library during the month of May. The contest is sponsored by all member libraries of the Northwestern Regional Library. About 60 photographs by library patrons from throughout Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties a

Beth Minton, of North Wilkesboro, was the winner of the Mount Airy News' Mother's Day Essay Contest.
The contest called for individuals to write an essay of 125 words or less describing some memory they have of their mom, or Mother's Day. Those were posted on The Mount Airy News' Facebook page, with readers able to vote for who they thought should

And the winner is…

Beth Minton, of North Wilkesboro, was the winner of the Mount Airy News' Mother's Day Essay Contest. The contest called for individuals to write an essay of 125 words or less describing some memory they have of their mom, or Mother's Day. Those were posted on The Mount Airy News' Facebook page, with readers able to vote for who they thought should

VOCE concert slated for May 18

VOCE, Surry County's Choral Ensemble, will be performing “Music to Stir Our Hearts” as its final concert of the 2014-2015 season on May 18 at 7 p.m. Fellowship Baptist Church at 922 Banner Street in Mount Airy will be hosting the event. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted. Works by Composers such as Leonar

DWI? State should confiscate car

Recently, a crash occurred on Riverside Drive that sent drivers of both vehicles to the hospital with serious injuries. According to police reports, one vehicle, headed north at what law enforcement said was a high rate of speed, crossed the center line and smashed into a car in the oncoming lane of traffic. According to Trooper Robert Boyes of th

County delays sewer vote one more time

Monday night the Surry County Board of Commissioners once again pushed further down the road a decision on the interstate sewer project. While we think debate around this on-again, off-again project has gone on ridiculously long (nearly two decades, by some accounts), we can't fault the board's reasoning this time. The project, which would extend





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