City makes recreation appointments


By Tom Joyce - [email protected]



Members of the Surry County Special Olympics softball team gather after receiving certificates of recognition from the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners and Mayor David Rowe last week. The team was honored for capturing the bronze medal at the 2016 Special Olympics North America Softball championship by defeating a Canadian squad. Pictured, front row from left, are Sam Chamberlain, Joy Coffman, Kira Penn, chaperone Lindsey Earley, coach Frances Earley; back row, coach Lance Earley, Lucas Coffman, Josh Davis, Levi Earley, Calvin Dutton and coach Averil “Bubba” McCoy.


Two local residents have been approved for terms on the Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Commission, including one new appointee and an existing member who was reappointed.

Araceli Hernandez is the new member. She and her husband have five children and are involved in multiple programs that the city parks and recreation division offers, according to biographical information provided in conjunction with the appointment. Hernandez also serves on a parent advisory committee for Mount Airy City Schools.

She is replacing Marie Wood, who elected not to seek reappointment to the Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Commission, an advisory group to the city council which makes recommendations on local programs and facilities.

Karen Eberdt was reappointed to the recreation commission. Eberdt is associated with the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center and also serves as coordinator of Project Lazarus-Surry, an organization that combats the abuse and misuse of prescription medication.

Both she and Hernandez were approved for three-year terms that will expire on March 7, 2020.

This occurred during a meeting of the city Board of Commissioners last week.

Rezoning Ok’d for vet

Also during that meeting, the commissioners voted 5-0 to rezone property owned by a local veterinarian on Reeves Drive off U.S. 601.

Dr. Mark Hauser of Surry Animal Hospital at 926 Reeves Drive had applied to have the zoning for a neighboring site at 920 Reeves Drive changed from R-6 (General Residential) to B-2 (General Business). This was granted by the commissioners with little discussion.

City Planning Director Andy Goodall has said that Hauser might expand the parking area from his existing veterinary building, if he someday puts on an addition that would eliminate part of the present parking lot.

However, there are no firm plans at present for the rezoned property, Goodall has said.

A single-family dwelling now occupies the site in question, but is targeted for demolition.

No one spoke in opposition to the zoning change during a public hearing earlier in the meeting.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

Members of the Surry County Special Olympics softball team gather after receiving certificates of recognition from the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners and Mayor David Rowe last week. The team was honored for capturing the bronze medal at the 2016 Special Olympics North America Softball championship by defeating a Canadian squad. Pictured, front row from left, are Sam Chamberlain, Joy Coffman, Kira Penn, chaperone Lindsey Earley, coach Frances Earley; back row, coach Lance Earley, Lucas Coffman, Josh Davis, Levi Earley, Calvin Dutton and coach Averil “Bubba” McCoy.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Team-this.jpgMembers of the Surry County Special Olympics softball team gather after receiving certificates of recognition from the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners and Mayor David Rowe last week. The team was honored for capturing the bronze medal at the 2016 Special Olympics North America Softball championship by defeating a Canadian squad. Pictured, front row from left, are Sam Chamberlain, Joy Coffman, Kira Penn, chaperone Lindsey Earley, coach Frances Earley; back row, coach Lance Earley, Lucas Coffman, Josh Davis, Levi Earley, Calvin Dutton and coach Averil “Bubba” McCoy.

By Tom Joyce

[email protected]

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