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Video crew to visit Merry-Go-Round

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Efforts to promote a new Blue Ridge Music Trails program in western North Carolina will include a “ride” on the Merry-Go-Round in Mount Airy this Saturday.A video crew is scheduled to visit the Earle Theater downtown to record the musical program that is aired every Saturday by local radio station WPAQ, which specializes in the bluegrass and old-time genres. The Merry-Go-Round has been broadcast live continuously since the station opened in the late 1940s, a record eclipsed only by the Grand Ole Opry.“But we’re second,” WPAQ owner Kelly Epperson stressed.

 

Season of all things pumpkin is upon us

For better or worse, the season of all things pumpkin is here. Since Starbucks introduced the pumpkin spice latte in 2003, each year has brought more and more pumpkin flavored foods.Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year. It’s not even necessary to go to a store or a farmer’s market. It’s not even necessary to deal with another human being. Doe Run Farm in Ararat has a self-service pumpkin stand on highway 89 just west of highway 52 where customers select their...

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Jury awards $4.5 million in mother’s death

DOBSON — In what is believed to be the largest damage verdict in Surry County history, a jury has awarded $4.5 million to the estate of a woman who died shortly after giving birth in 2009.The jury ruled that Dr. Peter F. McIlveen of Total Woman Care, an Elkin medical practice, was negligent in the death of Kelly Casstevens Jarvis as a result of severing her small bowel while performing a cesarean section. The decision rendered last Thursday after a lengthy trial in Surry Supe...

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Pilot Mountain slates prescribe burns

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Officials at Pilot Mountain State Park have announced NC State Parks staff will be conducting prescribed burns along the Yadkin River within Pilot Mountain State Park between now and early December as weather conditions permit. According to information supplied by park representative Karen Rice, the burns will be conducted between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Early voting to start Thursday amid ‘confusion’

DOBSON — The average citizen in Surry County can be excused for harboring a little uncertainty about this year’s election process, with all that’s been going on recently.After state government officials approved a reform package last year eliminating same-day registration during early voting periods, among other changes, a federal appeals court ruled in recent weeks that it would be reinstated. But then the U.S. Supreme Court reversed that decision earlier this mo...

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Police briefs

• Two teens are facing larceny-related offenses stemming from an incident at Walmart, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Zachary Isaiah Hall, 17, of 147 Kimberly St., was cited Saturday for larceny and possession of stolen property, and William Graham Pruitt, 16, of 138 Kimberly St., for aiding and abetting a larceny. The violations were issued after an investigation surrounding the theft of a Survivor Slim iPhone 5 cell phone case valued at $30. The two youths are sched...

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Hounds ousted from playoffs

North Surry’s bid for another volleyball title ended with a 3-1 loss to Maiden on Tuesday.The Lady Blue Devils were pumped up for the match and played with a high level of energy throughout the upset.Maiden was 13-7 at the start of the playoffs and a 17 seed in the brackets, while North was on a 14-match win streak coming in and the top seed in the West.“It was not the result we were hoping for tonight, but we kept plugging along to give ourselves ...

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Cards spike Lady Knights

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Once East Surry’s volleyball team caught fire, there was nothing Robbinsville could do to keep it from spreading.The Lady Cardinals got hot in Game 1 and never let up in a 3-0 sweep of the Black Knights on Tuesday night. With the win (25-12, 25-12, 25-20), East advanced to the third round of the Class 1A West playoffs.Senior outside hitter Kacie Markle and senior middle hitter Jessi Marion led the charge for the Cards, who improved to 26-1 on...

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Central falls in state 2A playoffs

DOBSON — Surry Central fell to West Davidson 5-3 in Tuesday’s playoff tennis match.The Lady Eagles (13-3 going in) faced a strong West Davidson team with an 18-3 mark.The Eagles dropped four of the six singles matches and needed to pull off all three doubles matches to win. The Eagles won a match on Court One, but dropped the second doubles match to give West Davidson the win.West Davidson’s top seed, Olivia Varner, was 20-4 on the season, wi...

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Cards tennis season ends

KERNERSVILLE —East Surry’s tennis season came to an end in a loss to Bishop McGuinness on Tuesday in the second round of the Class 1A dual team tournament.The Lady Cardinals finished the season 12-6 overall — with three of those losses coming to the Villains, who were the No. 1 seed from the Northwest Conference. East opened the state playoffs by posting an impressive victory on the road against Chatham Central, the top seed from the Yadkin Valley Conference....

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Bears crush Pack, tie for 2nd

WALKERTOWN — Mount Airy picked up an easy soccer win heading into its Senior Night today.The Granite Bears rolled over Walkertown 10-1 with about 20 minutes still left on the scoreboard.Today the Bears host Bishop McGuinness with a chance for second place in the Northwest Conference behind East Surry.“After a week and a half, we needed something,” coach Will Hurley said of the long break between games.Defender Christian Cabrera pla...

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Granite Bears stay No. 3 in AP poll

Mount Airy remained No. 3 in the latest Class 1A prep football poll released by The Associated Press. East Surry moved up a spot to No. 8 in the poll. The Granite Bears (8-0) have been ranked third for four weeks in a row while the Cardinals (7-1) cracked the top 10 last week.A statewide panel of prep sports writers votes in the weekly polls.The Bears got off to a slow start last week against Atkins in Winston-Salem, but eventually pulled away for a 42-0 victory...

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Mount Airy defeats Avery County in 1A duals

NEWLAND — Mount Airy breezed past Avery County 6-0 in the second round of the Class 1A dual team tennis tournament on Tuesday night.The Lady Bears (16-2) won all of their singles matches in straight sets. Solid performances by Carley VanHoy, Bailey Jackson, and Carly Clark put Mount Airy ahead 3-0 in team points. VanHoy defeated Savannah Church 6-0, 6-0; Jackson beat Keturah Taylor 6-1, 6-0; and Clark downed Madison Johnson 6-1, 6-0.

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Going once. Going twice. Sold!

The brightly-colored fiddle sculptures that dotted Mount Airy’s Main Street are now gone, but this Saturday one, or more, of them could be yours.Nine of the 12 sculptures are set to be auctioned off during a Saturday night event at Old North State Winery, according to Lizzie Morrison, Main Street coordinator for Mount Airy Downtown Inc., the group who sponsored the sculptures. The remaining three sculptures were purchased by sponsoring businesses and will remain on permanent ...

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Health fair set for seniors

Ghouls, goblins, fairies and witches will converge on the human services building on State Street in Mount Airy on Halloween, but not for any nefarious reasons.Organizers are planning a second Haunted Health Fair to celebrate Halloween for seniors aged 60 and up.The free event is set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mayberry Mall, according to Surry County Health and Nutrition Center spokesman Maggie Simmons.Simmons said the impetus for the event is simple.

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Show starring local actress is canceled

In show business and life, when one door closes another often opens — which is true for an actress from Mount Airy who recently starred in a prime-time network television series.Despite the announced cancellation earlier this month of “Reckless,” a crime-drama that premiered on CBS as a summer replacement show in late June, Anna Wood’s family is happy about the experience and the exposure it gave her career.That career will continue with upcoming ...

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Hazardous waste collection set Saturday

County residents will have the opportunity to get rid of some of their more dangerous waste next month, as the Surry County Public Works Department hosts a hazardous waste pick-up event.The pick-up will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy on Oct. 25.County Public Works Director Dennis Bledsoe said the event is a chance to help out county residents and protect the environment.“We do this to keep these kinds of items...

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Cards win two matches

WINSTON-SALEM — East Surry beat Atkins on the road 4-1 on Tuesday night to cap off an undefeated season in Northwest 1A Conference play.With the win, the Cardinals finish the regular season 8-1-5 overall and 8-0 in league play. Atkins fell to 1-14-2.Souli Boutis had two goals and an assist for the Cards. Trace Simmons had a goal and an assist, and Storm Livingston had a goal.On Monday night, East posted a 9-0 win against Walkertown.Th...

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