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Wendy Byerly Wood

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: wbyerly-wood@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-835-1513


About Wendy Byerly Wood

Wendy Byerly Wood has been with the company since February 2001. She started out as a reporter at The Mount Airy News, and has since worked as editor at The Stokes News and the Weekly Independent and associated editor at Mount Airy. For some time she has served as editor of The Pilot, a position she retains, and in October 2013 she became content manager for The Elkin Tribune and The Yadkin Ripple. She lives in Pilot Mountain with her husband, Johnnie III, and their son, Jackson Kourtland "Kourt" who is 4.

Latest Stories by Wendy Byerly Wood

Emergency responders work on the scene of a wreck in front of State Employees' Credit Union on CC Camp Road Friday around 4 p.m. after at least two vehicles collided, causing the black Toyota Tacoma to roll over. At least one patient had to be freed from the wreckage by Elkin Rescue Squad's jaws of life. Patients were transported to Hugh Chatham Me

Truck rolls in wreck

Emergency responders work on the scene of a wreck in front of State Employees' Credit Union on CC Camp Road Friday around 4 p.m. after at least two vehicles collided, causing the black Toyota Tacoma to roll over. At least one patient had to be freed from the wreckage by Elkin Rescue Squad's jaws of life. Patients were transported to Hugh Chatham Me

BOONVILLE — The Elkin girls won its first track and field conference title in more than 14 years Tuesday at Starmount. The Elkin boys finished third with Ashe boys taking the first place title.
“We knew going in we had a chance, but it came down to us winning by half a point,” said Elkin coach Scott Wood of the girls team. “

Elkin girls take conference track title

BOONVILLE — The Elkin girls won its first track and field conference title in more than 14 years Tuesday at Starmount. The Elkin boys finished third with Ashe boys taking the first place title. “We knew going in we had a chance, but it came down to us winning by half a point,” said Elkin coach Scott Wood of the girls team. “

Nationally, 74 to 80 percent of child car seat restraints are improperly being used, whether through the device not being installed correctly or the child not being buckled in correctly, according to instructors of a class this week in Elkin.
Eighteen people from across North Carolina gathered at the Elkin Rescue Squad this week to get their natio

Public officials learning to strap kids in properly

Nationally, 74 to 80 percent of child car seat restraints are improperly being used, whether through the device not being installed correctly or the child not being buckled in correctly, according to instructors of a class this week in Elkin. Eighteen people from across North Carolina gathered at the Elkin Rescue Squad this week to get their natio

Church calendar

May 1• 7 p.m., The Boys from Enon will be in concert at Charity Baptist Church, 1500 Charity Church Road, Boonville. A love offering will be received. For more information, call 336-367-7939 or 336-367-7456. May 2• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace Full Gospel Church, 3719 Messick Road, Jonesville, will host its second annual Spring Fling. Ther

In basketball being 5'10 can be a hindrance to some players, but not for one Elkin senior who signed to play next year with a North Carolina Division 3 team.
Walker said following the signing of his letter of intent Thursday, after his freshman year when he scored points in the low to mid-teens for the entire season, he was determined to better hi

Walker signs with William Peace University

In basketball being 5'10 can be a hindrance to some players, but not for one Elkin senior who signed to play next year with a North Carolina Division 3 team. Walker said following the signing of his letter of intent Thursday, after his freshman year when he scored points in the low to mid-teens for the entire season, he was determined to better hi

Grants available for nonprofit organizations serving the Elkin area

Nonprofit organizations serving the Tri-Counties area are eligible for funding from the Elkin Funds of The Winston-Salem Foundation. Now in its 30th year of operation, the Elkin Funds consist of three component trusts established by Richard T. Chatham, Lucy Hanes Chatham, and the citizens of Elkin to benefit the community. More than $961,500 has be

Community Calendar

May 1• 10 to 11 a.m., FAFSA Friday is hosted by the Educational Opportunity Center and will be held in EOC Career Resources Lab, A-Building, Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. For more information, call Heather Collins at 336-386-3328. • 10:15 a.m., 2 & 3 year olds Pre-school Story Hour will be “Quack! Quack!&#

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Ruritans and members of the community gathered on Earth Day last Wednesday to work on tilling and planting the produce that will be donated from Charlie's Garden to the Pilot Mountain Outreach Center.
The garden was started two years ago as a community garden in memory of the late Charlie Sutphin, who was an active Pilot Mou

Charlie's Garden up and running

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Ruritans and members of the community gathered on Earth Day last Wednesday to work on tilling and planting the produce that will be donated from Charlie's Garden to the Pilot Mountain Outreach Center. The garden was started two years ago as a community garden in memory of the late Charlie Sutphin, who was an active Pilot Mou

Church calendar

April 29• Dayspring Baptist Chapel, 2286 White Dirt Road, Dobson, will hold revival with evangelist Leon Holyfield beginning Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and continuing Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Special music will be provided by the Singing Martins on Sunday, New Vision on Tuesday and Dayspring Baptist Singers at other times. •

WILKESBORO — The Walker Center, on the campus of Wilkes Community College, will present Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Jazz Orchestra on May 8 at 8 p.m. This performance is sponsored by Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, both in Wilkesboro; and VisitWilkesboroNC.com.
Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson along with their fiery hot 17-piece

The Walker Center presents Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Jazz Orchestra on May 8

WILKESBORO — The Walker Center, on the campus of Wilkes Community College, will present Jeremy Davis and The Fabulous Equinox Jazz Orchestra on May 8 at 8 p.m. This performance is sponsored by Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, both in Wilkesboro; and VisitWilkesboroNC.com. Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson along with their fiery hot 17-piece

Local educators attend NCCAT

CULLOWHEE — Two Yadkin County Schools educators, Christine C. Flay of Jonesville Elementary School and Dawn V. Huggins of Starmount Middle School, attended programs held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state's teachers. Increasing teach

MerleFest 2015, presented by Window World, commemorates another banner year

WILKESBORO — MerleFest, presented by Window World, has wrapped up its 28th year. Early estimates show that, from its start on Thursday to its close on Sunday, aggregate participation over the festival's four days exceeded 78,000 participants, an increase from last year's numbers. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is t

Elderly man charged in drug case

STATE ROAD — A 75-year-old State Road man with the street name of “Pops” was arrested by the Surry County Sheriff's Office Friday after selling oxycodone and marijuana to undercover officers. Sheriff Graham Atkinson said citizen complaints lead to an investigation of the illegal sale of pills in the State Road area. Anonymous sou

WILKESBORO — The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement officers are searching for a minimum-custody inmate who escaped Tuesday from a highway mowing and landscaping crew. Inmate John Okdie ran from the crew that was picking up trash along Red Bush Road in Surry County.
Okdie, 58, was serving a sentence for felony breaking and

Search under way for escaped inmate

WILKESBORO — The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement officers are searching for a minimum-custody inmate who escaped Tuesday from a highway mowing and landscaping crew. Inmate John Okdie ran from the crew that was picking up trash along Red Bush Road in Surry County. Okdie, 58, was serving a sentence for felony breaking and

Community Calendar

April 29• 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. Sponsored in the gym by SCC Computer Integrated Machining Club. April 30• 10 a.m., the Lions Club will offer free hearing and vision screenings at Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. The mobile unit will be in th

Castevens inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, La. — Kayla Castevens of Hamptonville was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Castevens is pursuing a degree in animal science at North Carolina A&T State University. Castevens is among about 32,000 students,

KING — Forbush slugged its way past West Stokes Friday night in a 12-3 WPAC matchup.
After coming off a 3-2 loss to North Surry the night before Falcons coach Denny Key said he saw noticeable improvements in his team.
“I think our approach at the plate last night was backwards. Last night we were digging holes for ourselves swinging a

Forbush crushes 'Cats

KING — Forbush slugged its way past West Stokes Friday night in a 12-3 WPAC matchup. After coming off a 3-2 loss to North Surry the night before Falcons coach Denny Key said he saw noticeable improvements in his team. “I think our approach at the plate last night was backwards. Last night we were digging holes for ourselves swinging a

The Lady Falcons defeated West Stokes Tuesday night 11-0 and again on Friday 10-1. Forbush remains undefeated 7-0 in conference play

Lady Falcons defeat West Stokes

The Lady Falcons defeated West Stokes Tuesday night 11-0 and again on Friday 10-1. Forbush remains undefeated 7-0 in conference play

The Board of Directors of the Yadkin Valley United Fund announce that effective May 1 David Steelman will become the organization's executive director.
Board officials said Steelman is superbly qualified for this post and brings energy, vision, and a great capacity to help others.
Steelman, a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachel

Steelman to lead United Fund

The Board of Directors of the Yadkin Valley United Fund announce that effective May 1 David Steelman will become the organization's executive director. Board officials said Steelman is superbly qualified for this post and brings energy, vision, and a great capacity to help others. Steelman, a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachel

WILKESBORO — The Austin Stage was packed for MerleFest 2015's 23rd Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Writers of the following 12 songs were selected from 639 entries and competed on the Austin Stage at MerleFest on Friday.
MerleFest announced the 2015 winners:
• Gospel/Inspirational
1st Place – Robert Holthauser (Poplar

MerleFest announces 2015 CASC winners

WILKESBORO — The Austin Stage was packed for MerleFest 2015's 23rd Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Writers of the following 12 songs were selected from 639 entries and competed on the Austin Stage at MerleFest on Friday. MerleFest announced the 2015 winners: • Gospel/Inspirational 1st Place – Robert Holthauser (Poplar





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