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First Posted: 6/26/2009

To the Dobson town officials, who Thursday passed a budget with no tax or utility rate increases.
In a time when the economy is unstable, the elected officials held off on increasing taxes and rates and understood that town residents are having a hard time paying bills of their own at times and an additional burden from the town could be the final straw for some citizens.
To the numerous businesses who were honored by the state Department of Labor this week.
These businesses and public entities go above and beyond to ensure their employees are safe on the job, which in turn helps the state by keeping workers compensation insurance rates low for everyone.
To the Surry Arts Council, for continuing to hold free and affordable programs to keep the areas youth interested in the arts.
Thursday night, participants in the Arts Alive! two-week program at the arts council celebrated its completion with a parade and festival, showing off to parents and the public the things they learned.
To the coaches and players at the countys high schools who are volunteering time out of their summer vacations to help younger kids learn the essentials of their respective sport and make them better athletes overall.
To the Boy Scout leaders and Raven Knob leaders who are spending their summer teaching Boy Scouts of all ages to be responsible citizens and good leaders.

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