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Ground broken for Laurel Hill pavilion

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ARARAT, Va. — Laurel Hill, the birthplace of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, is getting a new feature, an activity pavilion that will host lectures, receptions and other special events.The J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust Inc. held a groundbreaking for the facility this week at the site, located in Ararat just across the state line from N.C. 104.In 1992, the trust group bought the Laurel Hill property to preserve and interpret the birthplace of the Confederate cavalry general. Over the years, its development has included the placement of interpretive signs illustrating locations of interest from the Stuart family’s years at Laurel Hill as well as Gen. Stuart’s wartime exploits.


Mount Airy breaks streak

BOONVILLE — Mount Airy broke a four-game losing streak to Starmount with a 28-17 win Friday night.Both defenses held very well in the first half, but the Bears came out with a vengeance in the third quarter and made two long drives for scores.The Rams stuck around thanks to a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in between Mount Airy’s two scores.Sihem Smith tackled the punter on the Rams’ side of the 50 to give the Bears excellent field po...

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Cards top Eagles in opener

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry’s powerful run game had air support on Friday night.The defense wasn’t bad either.Senior running back Lucas Koons rushed for two touchdowns and senior quarterback threw for two more as the Cardinals soared past Surry Central 29-3 in the season opener for both teams.East (1-0) kept it on the ground for its first scoring drive — with eight running plays for 43 yards capped off by Koons’ 1-yard touchdown r...

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Board okays rezoning

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners unanimously gave the nod to a proposed rezoning that will clear the way for a new business in the county.While no business was named, County Planner Kim Bates told the board Monday that the rezoning involved creating a new parcel in the county.“This involves two pieces of property located on Highway 601 just this side of the Interstate 74 interchange,” he said. “The property owners are proposing to ...

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New area code planned

In the not to distant future folks making calls locally will have to dial 10 digits to make any phone call, even for calls in the same neighborhood.The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently approved a new area code overlay for the region currently covered by the 336 area code.According to the commission the new area code, 743, will be rolled out in the next two to three years as the number of available numbers starting with 336 begin to run out.

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County Schools debuts new logo at convocation

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The official unveiling of the Surry County Schools new logo at its annual convocation ceremony literally took center stage as Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves told participants “We stand tall and we shine bright.”Reeves was referring to the district’s mission slogan, “Lighting Pathways to Global Success” as well as the paths incorporated into the new district global symbol. He praised the work of Graphic Designer Laura Hardy and ...

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Third Philip Mappa Memorial Ride is slated Saturday

Participants are being sought for the Third Annual Philip Mappa Memorial Ride Saturday. Organizers say all the proceeds from the event will benefit a Mount Airy child diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.Spokesman Michael Willard said the ride is set to begin around 12:30 at Veterans Park. The fee for participation is $10 and registration is slated to begin at 10:30. He said volunteers will be at the park throughout the day with the band “Phonic 45” featuring mus...

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‘A chance to change the world’

Mount Airy High School came alive for another year Thursday morning as hundreds of teachers, administrators and elected officials gathered for the school district’s annual convocation ceremony.And the message was clear: It’s all about building relationships with students.Prior to the convocation, Dr. Greg Little, Mount Airy School superintendent, said he was looking forward to the upcoming year.“I’m incredibly excited about this year,&#...

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City board OKs timber plan 5-0

Paul Bunyan would be proud of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners, which voted unanimously Thursday night to launch a logging project at Westwood Industrial Park.The 5-0 decision capped off more than a year of debate among city officials, most recently centering on how much of a forested 102-acre tract at the park should be disturbed and other details such as buffer distances.After about 10 meetings in which the topic was discussed with no clear resolution reached, a b...

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Police briefs

• A retired local dentist has become the victim of identity theft, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Police were told Wednesday that an unknown suspect had used the Social Security number of John Crane of Robin Road to file income taxes. The crime was discovered on Tuesday and originated from an unspecified business on South South Street, records show. Typically, perpetrators in such cases use a stolen or misappropriated Social Security number to file a fraudulent retur...

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Granite Bears 2014 Schedule

Date Site OpponentAug 22 Away StarmountAug 29 Home ThomasvilleSept. 5 Home Carroll County (Va.)Sept. 12 Away North SurrySept. 19 Home # Surry CentralSept. 26 Away West StokesOct. 3 OpenOct. 10 Away * Bishop McGuinnessOct. 17 Away * AtkinsOct. 24 Home * WalkertownOct. 31 Away * North StokesNov. 7 ...

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Mount Airy Soccer

Date Site Opponent TimeAug. 18 Home Starmount 6:00Aug. 19 Home East Wilkes 6:00Aug. 21 Home Surry Central 7:00Aug. 26 Away Surry Central 7:00Aug Away East Wilkes 6:00Aug. 27 Home Thomasville 7:00Sept. 2 Away Thomasville 7:00Sept. 3 Away North Wilkes 7:00Sept. 4 Home North Surry 6:00Sept. 8 Hom...

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Mount Airy Golf

Date Site OpponentsAug. 26 Cross Creek North Surry, Surry Central,East Surry, Elkin, South StokesSept. 2 Cedarbrook ElkinSept. 16 Pilot Knob Park East SurrySept. 30 Pilot Knob Park East SurryOct. 13 Cross Creek NW TournamentOct. 20 Cross Creek Regional TournamentOct. 27-28 TBA State Tournament

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Mount Airy Volleyball

Date Site Opponent TimeAug.18 Away Surry Central 6:15Aug. 21 Away Elkin 6:15Aug. 23 Home Trimatch— Alleghany vs Mount Airy 10 a.m.— Alleghany vs West Stokes noon— Mount Airy vs West Stokes 2:00Aug. 26 Home * Walkertown 6:15Aug. 28 Away North Surry 6:15Sept. 3 Away AlleghanySept. 4 Home * Atkins 6:15Sept. 9...

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North Surry Cross Country

Date Site EventAug. 21 Yadkin County Park, Yadkinville— WPAC Two Mile ChallengeAug. 28 Yadkin County Park, Yadkinville— Forbush meetSept. 4 Fisher River Park, Dobson— Fisher River InvitationalSept. 20 North Surry— North Surry meetSept. 29 Fisher River Park, Dobson— Fisher River XC RelayOct. 14 Fisher River Park, Dobson— Confere...

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North Surry Soccer

Date Site OpponentAug. 18 Away East WilkesAug. 19 Away West WilkesAug. 20 Home ElkinAug. 25 Home East WilkesAug. 26 Home West WilkesAug. 27 Away ElkinSept. 2 Away East SurrySept. 3 Home WalkertownSept. 4 Away Mount AirySept. 8 Home East SurrySept. 10 Home Mount AirySept. 11 Home Bishop McGuinnessSept. 22 West Stokes HomeSept. 23 Wilkes Centr...

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North Surry Golf

Date Host SiteSept. 3 Forbush Yadkin Country ClubSept. 10 West Stokes Pilot Knob ParkSept. 17 Surry Central Silo RunSept. 24 North Surry Cross CreekOct. 1 South Stokes Hemlock Golf CourseOct. 9 WPAC Tournament Cross CreekOct. 20 2A RegionalsOct. 27-28 2A State Championship

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Greyhounds look to get back on winning track

After three straight years of winning, North Surry’s football team took a step back in a 2013 season marked by injuries and inconsistent play.Coach Danny Lyons is confident the Greyhounds can restore order this year.North kicks off the season tonight when it travels to Ashe County for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Hounds are coming off a 4-7 campaign after going 23-12 over the previous three seasons.“Last season kind of left a sour taste in our mouth,&#...

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