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By Wendy Wood

September 28, 2013

To the Pink Heals Tour and Mount Airy Fire Engineer Brad Harrell for making a stop in Mount Airy to surprise and show support for area cancer survivors and patients. The tour travels through the United States surprising those fighting cancer with a parade of pink fire trucks and emergency vehicles being operated by firefighters in pink turnout gear.

Harrell joined this year’s tour for 18 days, making Mount Airy one of the tour’s stops in North Carolina.


To the organizers and volunteers who make Mayberry Days possible for the Surry Arts Council. Each year thousands of people flock to Mount Airy — Andy Griffith’s hometown and the inspiration for the fictional town of Mayberry — to be part of the small-town atmosphere, to live the memories they have of the show and to meet and greet with the stars of the show.

This always is an event fans look forward to, and it brings good tourism to Mount Airy and the surrounding area.


To those who helped make the Casino Royale fundraiser for the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History a success. The museum is an incredible asset for the city and county and rivals any larger museums that are similar.


To the Mount Airy Fire Department which was honored recently with a Life Safety Achievement Award from the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.

The award recognizes departments for fire-prevention accomplishments, and in this case, for having no fire deaths in 2012 or the past 20 years in conjunction with the department’s public education programs.