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Family displaced by Saturday fire

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A local family was displaced by a fire Saturday afternoon which gutted their home and possibly was sparked in a room containing oxygen tanks.Members of three volunteer fire departments — Bannertown, Four-Way and Franklin — responded to the blaze that was reported around 2:20 p.m., sending thick smoke into the air that was visible from miles aroundIt struck a single-story house at 2616 S. Main St in a residential area not far from that street’s intersection with U.S. 52.The home was identified as that of Randall and Sharon Wall and their children, and was heavily damaged by the fire.

 

Disabled man ripped off by live-in caregiver

On the surface, it seemed to be a good plan for a local disabled man.Desiring to live as independently as possible, he would allow people to stay in his home rent-free in exchange for such tasks as cooking, cleaning and helping with his medications.But that arrangement resulted in disaster this summer for “Joe,” who is 51. He wound up losing more than $700 in Social Security funds after a woman living at his home found his personal identification number and c...

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Police briefs

• A case involving the obtaining of property by false pretense was reported Thursday, according to Mount Airy Police Department records. A woman identified as the victim, Roshel Nicole Wilson of Hamburg Street, said a known individual had falsely represented himself as the owner of a rental property. Wilson’s address is listed as the location of the crime, for which no charges had been issued at last report.

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Mount Airy High holds academic letters assembly

An academic letter assembly at Mount Airy High School Friday morning highlighted it isn’t so much the symbols sewn on a Letterman’s jacket, but how the accomplishment matters in the fabric of a students’ life.Seventy-eight students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes were honored in the Bears’ auditorium.“Congratulations to you, the Class of 2015 in your senior year,” said Principal Dr. Sandy George. “I look forward to ...

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$57,000 project under way at fire station

A Mount Airy fire station resembled a war zone Friday as work progressed on a $57,000 project to replace concrete flooring inside the building and the front pad area which had deteriorated and presented safety problems.“I don’t want to make light of it, but it looks like Ground Zero around here,” Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said as a back hoe operator removed large chunks of concrete from the front of the station on Rockford Street.Meanwhile, jackhammer-...

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Bears’ defense stymies Central

The Granite Bears blanked the Golden Eagles 35-0 on Homecoming night.Some early mistakes by Surry Central let Mount Airy have short fields, and the Bears took advantage with two scores in about half a quarter.The Bears kept the pressure on until the middle of the third quarter when head coach Kelly Holder started subbing out many starters.The game began with the kickoff hitting the ground and bouncing up inside the 10-yard line. The Eagles bobbled the catch, a...

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Hounds race past Vikings

HAYS — North Surry raced out to a big halftime lead and went on to beat North Wilkes 48-19 on Friday night in a nonconference matchup.Colton Acord scored on a 68-yard run to open the game for the Greyhounds, who led 36-0 at halftime and never looked back. Chase Summers blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown, and quarterback Nolan Stanley threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Hodgin after Acord recovered a North Wilkes fumble.Stanley finished 5 of 9 passi...

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Cards beat Villains in soccer

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Trace Simmons scored two goals and had an assist during East Surry’s 4-2 victory against Bishop McGuinness in Northwest 1A Conference soccer on Thursday night.Storm Livingston and Souli Boutis also scored for the Cardinals (4-5-2 overall, 2-0 league), who led 2-1 at halftime and had a three-goal lead with 20 minutes to play.Coach Bill Hart of East said he’s had to use Simmons as a defender after losing Austin Haymore to an injury earlie...

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Bears shut out Atkins in soccer

WINSTON-SALEM — Mount Airy posted a 4-0 victory against Atkins late Thursday night in Northwest 1A Conference soccer.The Granite Bears (6-2-3 overall, 1-1 league) led 1-0 at halftime and tacked on three more goals in the second half. Senior Jeremy Chappell, Mount Airy’s leading scorer with 12 goals on the season, scored twice for the Bears. Junior Chandler Snyder had a goal and an assist, and senior Christian Cabrera (11 goals this season) also scored. Freshman Robert B...

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Remembering Ronald Boyles

Being that I work second shift here in The News office, I often miss out on important discussions that happen during the course of the day.One of those recent dicussions was on the death of the beloved Ronald Boyles.I am sorry that I missed that announcement when it first happened.Over the years, the sports department here wrote many articles on Ronald Boyles. In the past four years, I’ve written three or four myself.In memory of Rona...

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Saving the planet

DOBSON — County officials say the public has taken them up on their offer of expanded recycling, and the results are impressive.According to Public Works Director Dennis Bledsoe, the county began accepting an expanded list of recyclables in mid-July, and the effort is paying dividends in keeping the items out of the county landfill and protecting the environment.“This program, where we started recycling textiles, light bulbs and motor oil, has been running le...

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A widespread pattern?

A cursory look at the expense reports submitted by embattled Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson reveals what one county source has described as a widespread pattern of financial impropriety.Johnson, while he hasn’t been officially named, is reportedly the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) probe into alleged financial misconduct.The issue arose after county staff began scrutinizing Johnson’s expense reimbursement requests, according to Count...

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MCA High School ribbon cutting just a beginning

Unlike races where breaking through a ribbon signals the end, Millennium Charter Academy (MCA) High School’s ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning signaled the beginning of upperclassmen’s educational journeys.“Many people have worked for a long time for us to arrive at this special day,” said Upper School Director Pamela Braley to a crowd of dignitaries, students, parents, faculty and staff. “You could say it’s a dream come true but more accu...

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Woman pleads to save house

A house targeted for demolition by the city government could be saved after an impassioned plea Thursday night by a co-owner.Carol Hawks told the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners that she was unaware the vacant structure at 145 Orchard St. in a densely populated neighborhood off North Main Street was facing a date with the wrecking ball.“I recently found out by accident that the city has condemned this house and plans on tearing it down,” Hawks, 65, a reside...

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Eagles drop 4th straight match

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles concluded their heartbreaking week with a five-set loss to Forbush Thursday.In an eight-day stretch, Surry Central has gone from 6-2 to 6-6 with four very close losses.Three of the four matches went to five sets, and the West Forsyth match went to 27-25 in the fourth frame, just missing a fifth set.Coach Carrie Hutchens lamented the number of missed opportunities against the Lady Falcons in the 3-2 loss.“Don̵...

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Mount Airy tennis sweeps Walkertown

WALKERTOWN — Mount Airy swept singles and took all three doubles matches in a 9-0 win against winless Walkertown on Thursday in Northwest 1A Conference tennis.The Lady Bears improved to 10-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play and posted their eighth shutout of the season. Bailey Jackson (10-1) won the first team point for Mount Airy. Carly Clark and Jai Daniels each improved to 11-1, extending their win streak to 10 since their only loss to Bishop McGuinness in the first matc...

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North Surry’s Jane Blackburn hits a return during a doubles match against South Stokes on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Greyhounds resumed a suspended match with the Sauras from earlier this season, but rain halted play. The match was tied 4-4 with No. 3 doubles still on the court. The two teams are scheduled to finish the match on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Hounds sweep

North Surry stayed undefeated in the Western Piedmont Conference after posting a sweep of South Stokes in Thursday’s volleyball action.The Lady Greyhounds (12-3 overall, 5-0 conference) won 25-22, 25-11, 25-23.North has won 10 of 11 matches heading into a match at Forbush on Tuesday in an early battle for sole possession of first in the league.With North trying to close out the match, South put forth its best effort of the evening in Game 3. North’...

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