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Tom Joyce

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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.

The Surry County Historical Society has extended its deadline for reservations for the Spring Dinner Meeting until May 1. The meeting is slated for May 7 at the Edwards-Franklin House on 4132 Haystack Road in Mount Airy. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The program is titled “Traditional Musicians of Surry County” and will pre

Historical society meeting reservation deadline extended

The Surry County Historical Society has extended its deadline for reservations for the Spring Dinner Meeting until May 1. The meeting is slated for May 7 at the Edwards-Franklin House on 4132 Haystack Road in Mount Airy. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The program is titled “Traditional Musicians of Surry County” and will pre

Waste spill occurs in city

A recent wastewater spill in Mount Airy that resulted in nearly 20,000 gallons reaching the Ararat River has been found to have caused no long-term environmental damage, officials say. Municipal personnel became aware of the spill last Tuesday, which came from a sewer outfall line located between Arlington Street and South Andy Griffith Parkway (U

The Mount Airy Downtown Business Association is busy making preparations for Mayberry Farm Fest 2015, scheduled for mid-May in Downtown Mount Airy.
A celebration of farming and agricultural traditions, Mayberry Farm Fest will feature live traditional music and dancing, exhibits of classic farm vehicles and equipment, children's activities, demonst

Mayberry Farm Fest brings the country to the city on May 16

The Mount Airy Downtown Business Association is busy making preparations for Mayberry Farm Fest 2015, scheduled for mid-May in Downtown Mount Airy. A celebration of farming and agricultural traditions, Mayberry Farm Fest will feature live traditional music and dancing, exhibits of classic farm vehicles and equipment, children's activities, demonst

Police reports

• Two people have been arrested in Mount Airy and held under large bonds on various felony charges, according to city police department reports. Zachary Neil Cochran, 19, of Hillsville, Virginia, and Ginger Annette McGee, 30, who is listed as homeless, were encountered by officers during a suspicious-person/suspicious-vehicle investigation la

A Lexington woman has been charged with driving while impaired and other violations in the wake of a two-car collision on Riverside Drive near Mount Airy Sunday which seriously injured both motorists.
“This was very, very close to being a tragedy,” Trooper Robert Boyes of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Monday of the accident linked to ex

DWI, other charges filed in wreck

A Lexington woman has been charged with driving while impaired and other violations in the wake of a two-car collision on Riverside Drive near Mount Airy Sunday which seriously injured both motorists. “This was very, very close to being a tragedy,” Trooper Robert Boyes of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Monday of the accident linked to ex

The cause of a Thursday night apartment fire in Mount Airy which displaced 35 residents has been ruled accidental.
“It was an electrical malfunction in a basement area,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said of the blaze at a small apartment complex at 1007 S. Main St., just south of the Hamburg Street intersection.
The incident caused

Electrical issue cause of apartment fire

The cause of a Thursday night apartment fire in Mount Airy which displaced 35 residents has been ruled accidental. “It was an electrical malfunction in a basement area,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said of the blaze at a small apartment complex at 1007 S. Main St., just south of the Hamburg Street intersection. The incident caused

Homes along a well-traveled Mount Airy street should be a little safer after a campaign this week to check smoke alarms and provide the lifesaving devices to those in need.
“We'll just be going door to door partnering with the American Red Cross and checking smoke detectors,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter explained Friday of the effo

Effort this week will target smoke detectors

Homes along a well-traveled Mount Airy street should be a little safer after a campaign this week to check smoke alarms and provide the lifesaving devices to those in need. “We'll just be going door to door partnering with the American Red Cross and checking smoke detectors,” city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter explained Friday of the effo

City board punts pesky hearing process

Public hearings held in Mount Airy on certain rezoning issues no longer will resemble court trials due to a decision to quash a “quasi-judicial” process. That procedure was utilized about five times in the past year by the city board of commissioners after being introduced as a requirement for conditional-use rezoning requests. One sub

Police reports

• A series of incidents was reported this week in which a debit card stolen from a local man was used for unauthorized transactions, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Police were told Monday that the card of Curtis Ackers Clark of Coltrain Lane was presented at Circle K on North Main Street, Food Lion on West Lebanon Street a

Mount Airy Parks and Recreation was breaking new ground with an Earth Day event, but it made up for lost time in an impressive way thanks to the enthusiasm of about 60 local children who participated.
Earth Day was first observed in 1970 and is now celebrated every April 22 in nearly 200 countries to demonstrate their collective support for enviro

Kids celebrate Earth Day in big way

Mount Airy Parks and Recreation was breaking new ground with an Earth Day event, but it made up for lost time in an impressive way thanks to the enthusiasm of about 60 local children who participated. Earth Day was first observed in 1970 and is now celebrated every April 22 in nearly 200 countries to demonstrate their collective support for enviro

Usually a visit from the Environmental Protection Agency is not a good thing — but such an appearance this week at the Spencer's property in Mount Airy turned up few problems, according to a local official.
One focus of the “brownfields” tour involving the EPA on Monday was an old fuel pump and an accompanying storage tank on the

EPA visit highlights few issues at Spencer's

Usually a visit from the Environmental Protection Agency is not a good thing — but such an appearance this week at the Spencer's property in Mount Airy turned up few problems, according to a local official. One focus of the “brownfields” tour involving the EPA on Monday was an old fuel pump and an accompanying storage tank on the

Mount Airy has funded its share of plans in recent years covering such topics as land use, recreation and transportation, but efforts are under way to devise what could be called “the mother of all plans.”
The process to develop a so-called Mount Airy Comprehensive Plan — aimed at combining all previous plans into one — inc

Public input sought on comprehensive plan

Mount Airy has funded its share of plans in recent years covering such topics as land use, recreation and transportation, but efforts are under way to devise what could be called “the mother of all plans.” The process to develop a so-called Mount Airy Comprehensive Plan — aimed at combining all previous plans into one — inc

DOBSON — Local elections personnel got a glimpse Tuesday of what voting might be like in the future when new paper-ballot equipment was demonstrated.
This was made possible through the presence of a “mobile voting precinct” — resembling a recreational vehicle — which is visiting various counties and was parked Tuesday

'Next-generation' voting equipment displayed

DOBSON — Local elections personnel got a glimpse Tuesday of what voting might be like in the future when new paper-ballot equipment was demonstrated. This was made possible through the presence of a “mobile voting precinct” — resembling a recreational vehicle — which is visiting various counties and was parked Tuesday

Heavy rainfall Sunday led to a number of roads being closed due to flooding in Surry County — but public safety officials were worried Monday that the worst might be yet to come.
“We had surface flooding,” Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said Monday of what resulted the day before. “We had about 25 eve

Heavy rain causes road closings

Heavy rainfall Sunday led to a number of roads being closed due to flooding in Surry County — but public safety officials were worried Monday that the worst might be yet to come. “We had surface flooding,” Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said Monday of what resulted the day before. “We had about 25 eve

Police reports

• A Mount Airy woman was jailed under a $6,500 secured bond on multiple offenses Monday after officers answered a trespassing call at Mayberry Mall and found her hiding in Libby Hill Seafood, according to city police reports. Kaylene Elizabeth Jessup, 24, of 1264 E. Pine St., was found to have outstanding charges against her, including a felo

Westfield News

The first ever Hanging Rock Outdoor Festival will be held at the state park May 16. It will highlight outdoor recreational businesses in the county as well as lodging and venues. There will be food. Later that day the Dam River Company will be hosting a variety of water activities including Stand up Paddling demonstrations. There will be a race (mo

The city of Mount Airy is repaying $100,000 in grant money because a project completed nearly a decade ago failed to generate a required number of full-time jobs linked to that funding.
One city official is blaming the recession for the problem that caused one business tied to the utility work involved to close and another to fail to hire a specif

Too few jobs: City must repay grant

The city of Mount Airy is repaying $100,000 in grant money because a project completed nearly a decade ago failed to generate a required number of full-time jobs linked to that funding. One city official is blaming the recession for the problem that caused one business tied to the utility work involved to close and another to fail to hire a specif

The identity of the driver of a compact car involved in a Friday afternoon bus crash has been released by officials.
Johnny Hiatt, 50, of Patton Way in Mount Airy, was driving a Mitsubishi Mirage when the vehicle allegedly crossed the center line of a four-lane roadway, crashing into a Mount Airy City Schools bus shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, accor

Driver's name released in bus crash

The identity of the driver of a compact car involved in a Friday afternoon bus crash has been released by officials. Johnny Hiatt, 50, of Patton Way in Mount Airy, was driving a Mitsubishi Mirage when the vehicle allegedly crossed the center line of a four-lane roadway, crashing into a Mount Airy City Schools bus shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, accor

The driver of a compact car was transported to a Winston-Salem hospital Friday afternoon after a collision with a school bus in Mount Airy.
The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at 518 N. Renfro St. in an area between the North Main Street split and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet shopping center.
A Mitsubishi Mirage that was northbound on Renfro

Several hurt in bus crash

The driver of a compact car was transported to a Winston-Salem hospital Friday afternoon after a collision with a school bus in Mount Airy. The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at 518 N. Renfro St. in an area between the North Main Street split and the Ollie's Bargain Outlet shopping center. A Mitsubishi Mirage that was northbound on Renfro





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