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‘Thank you for letting me sing’

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If it needed to be summed up in a sentence, this year’s Jimmy Lowry Tribute Concert would be described as a lively and laugh-filled celebration of the life of a man who devoted himself to music and serving others.The concert got under way Friday evening at Blackmon Ampitheatre and featured Beach Music Hall of Fame Artist and Mount Airy native Steve Jarrell of the Sons of the Beach, Mount Airy native and former Donna Fargo band member John Rees and blues great Melva Houston.The performers were joined on stage by other musicians and friends of Lowry.A standing-room-only crowd was on hand to dance the night away as Lowry’s wife Sylvia lent her considerable vocal talents to keep the feet moving on the dance floor.


Greyhounds, Cards shine in Lineman Challenge

KING — It was the big guys’ night to shine.West Stokes hosted its third-annual Lineman Challenge on Thursday. According to Wildcats coach Jimmy Upchurch it allows teams to showcase the offensive and defensive players that have worked hard in the weight room.“I enjoyed it. It’s a really fun thing because these kids don’t get a lot of recognition. They don’t get touchdowns, and they don’t catch the ball and run with it so this is a...

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Fulp enjoys trip of a lifetime

Keri Fulp would like to visit all seven continents in her lifetime.So when her college adviser presented a summer opportunity to go overseas, the East Surry graduate did not hesitate to jump at the chance.The rising sophomore forward at Wake Forest recently returned from a school trip to Vietnam, where she spent three weeks teaching academics, basketball and life skills to children.“I was expecting to learn a lot and experience a lot of cool things,̶...

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Secretary of Commerce speaks at Rotary lunch

North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Dr. Sharon Decker’s talk to Mount Airy Rotary members centered “Mount Airy does matter in the whole scheme of things.”The secretary was the featured speaker at the regular noon meeting of the group at Cross Creek Country Club on Tuesday.Decker had previously visited Mount Airy earlier this year to bestow the “Certified Retirement Community” award on the city. Rotary spokesperson Ann Vaughn said she believ...

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Ashburn recognized at honors ceremony

Nicklaus Powell Ashburn, a Mount Airy, was honored at The Honors and Awards Ceremony on May 18 at Wake Forest University. He was honored with The Walter S. Flory outstanding student award for biology and The Edgar Christman Award for for his contributions to the community through service.Ashburn graduated summa cum laude at WFU on May 19 on Hearn Plaza with a bachelor of science degree in biology with minors in chemistry and philosophy. He will enter Wake Forest School of Medicine ...

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Blackmon advises federal commission on child deaths

An analytics expert who was born and raised in Mount Airy is playing a role in preventing child fatalities, which has included appearing before a federal commission.Albert Blackmon addressed the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities on Thursday during a meeting held in Tampa, Florida, to discuss ways of dealing with a problem that caused the deaths of 1,640 children nationwide in 2012.Blackmon — an employee of Statistical Analysis System (SAS) ...

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The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Surry County Register of Deeds office:• Dennis “Dink” Wade Faw, 74, of Mount Airy, and Hazel Mae Rorer, 68, of Mount Airy. Issued July 9.• Miguel Angel Lopez, 22, of Mount Airy, and Rebeca Sanchez, 21, of Mount Airy. Issued July 8.• Jason Michael Dunlap, 39, of Lowgap, and Jessica Brook Kirby, 30, of Lowgap. Issued July 8.• David Locke Rowe, 31, of Mount Airy...

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Property transfers

In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for a parcel be stated on its deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 in value, or fraction thereof, is affixed to each deed.• The Cinda Christine Lambert Revocable Trust, located in Mount Airy, to Jessica Rae King of Mount Airy. One acre in Mount Airy. $170.• Samuel D. and Kimberly J. Hall, of King, to Gersson L. Rodriguez and Marylee Perez Bucio of Mount Ai...

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Arrest reports

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office has reported the following arrests:• On July 3, Lori Brooke Robertson, 33, of Heavenly View Lane in Mount airy, was arrested and charged with one count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle. She was booked into the Surry County Jail under a $1,000 unsecured bond.• On July 3, Jeffery James Lawson, 35, of Heavenly View Lane in Mount Airy, was arrested and charg...

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The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts:• Sara Gordon and Michael A. Giersdorf. Granted July 23.• Pamela R. Richardson and Kevin Richardson. Granted July 23.• Tammy Snow Arrington and Mitchell Ralph Arringson. Granted July 23.• Kevin Wayne McMillian and Jennifer Chafins McMillian. Granted July 23.• Jami Nicole Eastridge and Thomas Lee Eastridge Jr. Granted July 23....

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Incident reports

The following incidents are under investigation by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office:• On July 4, Brandon Charles Hutchens, 23, of Anderson Road in Siloam, reported that someone broke into his out building and stole two chain saws and various lawn equipment. The items taken were valued at $350.• On July 4, Mickey Dean Venable, 67, of Siloam Road in Mount Airy, reported that someone removed a gas tank from his lawn mower. The gas tank was valued at $100....

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Common threads

If organizers of Saturday’s display at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm had one message for the public it would be simple: At the turn of the 20th century, things were tough all over.“A lot of times when you talk to someone about turn of the century farm life in the region, they probably will get a picture in their heads of a man plowing a field with a horse-drawn plow,” said Lisa Turney, site manager for the farm. “They might not think about how hard the ...

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TV station to re-broadcast debate

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A televised debate between the Republican congressional candidates for the district covering Surry County, scheduled to be shown live on a cable channel Friday night, will be re-aired on a regular broadcast channel tonight.“I just got word,” 6th District GOP Chairman AJ Daoud said Friday while en route to Raleigh for the debate scheduled later in the day between Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker. They are involved in a runoff election to become the ...

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Celebrating the ‘new’ historic Edwards-Franklin House

LOWGAP — What was old is new, in a manner of speaking as the Surry County Historical Society announced it will hold an open house this weekend to showcase the historic Edwards-Franklin House’s fresh, “new” look.According to Society spokesperson Dr. Annette Ayers, the open house will be held at 4132 Haystack Road and is set for today and Sunday, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.“We want the public, the whole communit...

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West Stokes host Lineman Challenge

It was the big guys’ night to shine.Thursday West Stokes hosted its third annual Lineman Challenge and according to Coach Jimmy Upchurch it allows teams to showcase the offensive and defensive players that have worked hard in the weight room.“I enjoyed it. It’s a really fun thing because these kids don’t get a lot of recognition, they don’t get touchdowns and they don’t catch the ball and run with it so this is a glory thing for them. ...

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New study finds no difference in helmet brands

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin reports that its new study showed no difference in the rate of concussions based on what helmet brand is used.The university recently completed the first large-scale, prospective study in a field-based sports setting to examine if the rate of concussion is affected by the protective equipment that is worn by high school football players.Not only did the brand not make a difference in the rate of concussions, there also wa...

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NOCSAE releases helmet safety findings

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Football helmets’ ability to protect against concussions has become “exaggerated,” according to a national safety committee.After extensive study of various models of helmets, the results released this week are that no helmet is effective at stopping concussions and that all helmet brands have similar occurrences of brain bruising.The N.C. High School Athletic Association released a report from the National Operating Committe...

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Supporting our veterans

DOBSON —A sudden afternoon rain storm had organizers of the first annual Surry County Veterans Appreciation Night a little worried.“It certainly dampened things a little bit, but hey, at least it will be a cool night,” said organizer and county Veterans Services Officer Mike Scott.All the worry was for nothing, as it turned out.Shortly before the Rockin’ Rollercoasters took the stage at 6 p.m., the skies brightened and sun shone down on...

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