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Police division undergoes changes

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Police often are viewed as people who give out tickets or make arrests, but Mount Airy officers also play a behind-the-scenes role through a community services unit that recently has undergone changes.Officer Gerald Daniel has transferred from the patrol division to that unit, filling a vacancy caused by the retirement of Lt. Kelly Hiatt, a veteran member of the Mount Airy Police Department who spent more than 28 years on the force.“Kelly Hiatt was just a quintessential community police officer,” Police Chief Dale Watson said, “a stakeholder in the community who knew the community very well and served with integrity.”


Teen trying to save county animals

While many county students are spending their spring break working on a tan or a high score on World of Warcraft, one county teen is using it as a chance to improve the plight of unwanted animals in the area.Mallori Hopper, 14, has organized a pet adoption event scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pet Sense in Mount Airy.The event, which Hopper dubbed Fetch A Pet, will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, food, drinks, face painting and a raffle...

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Trout Unlimited group returns for Ararat River Clean Up project

Members of the Blue Ridge Trout Unlimited, Winston-Salem Chapter are set to return Saturday to be sure something fishy continues along the Ararat River. The group plans to conduct a Stream Cleaning on the river beginning at Rowe Park at 8:30 a.m.“We’ve been doing this for two years on the Ararat and this is the third year I’ve been involved with clean up efforts by our group,” said Blue Ridge Trout Unlimited, Winston-Salem Chapter Treasurer Ron Zambor. ̶...

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Lady Eagles fall to 4A Titans 12-1

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles kept it close for a few innings, but West Forsyth pulled away for a 12-1 win in six innings.Through three innings, Surry Central trailed just 2-1 and had left three people on base.The Titans, however, are a strong 4A team with a 13-5 record coming in.The Titans put up 10 runs over the next three innings, helped by some miscues from the Eagles.“We made a series of mental and physical errors, and it all seemed to g...

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Conference-leading Cats top Hounds 9-0

North Surry’s Kailen Hauser rolls her ankle after stepping on the foot of a West Stokes player. The Lady Greyhounds lost 9-0 to the Lady Wildcats.West Stokes gets around Keylee Ragland (2) and sends a ball toward the far post, but North keeper Grace Swift falls on the shot.

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Cards shut out West Wilkes 4-0 for 19th win

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry baseball beat West Wilkes 4-0 Wednesday night.The top 1A team in the state remains unbeaten this season at 19-0. Going back to the midway point of last season, the core of this team has won 38 of the past 40 games.Each team had just four hits in this pitchers’ duel, according to East head coach Barry Hall.“It was well played by both teams,” Hall said. “These are the kind of games we need to prepare for ...

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SCC Knights split doubleheader with national power

Coming off a confidence-boosting win against nationally-ranked Spartanburg Methodist, the Surry Knights baseball team could be poised for a strong finish to the regular season.The Knights (16-11) split with the Pioneers, the No. 2 ranked NJCAA Division I team in the country, winning the second game 6-2.Jamison Nagle hit a two-run homer for the Knights, who have won three of four games after being swept at Catawba Valley Community College.“It was good to ...

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Lady Cards come from behind to top Falcons

PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Lady Cardinals came from behind to beat Forbush 7-6 at home.East Surry was down 2-0, then 4-2 and then 6-4, but rallied each time for a win over the 2A opponent.The Lady Falcons scored two runs in the first inning, but the Cards got two of their own in the second.When the Falcons scored twice in the fourth inning, the Cards didn’t waste any time and got those two back in the bottom half of the inning.In the top of th...

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Tough Titans beat Eagles 4-0 in soccer

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles wanted a challenge and got one from a 4A powerhouse.On Thursday Surry Central hosted West Forsyth, ranked as one of the top 20 teams in the entire state.Coach Matt Richardson said he told his team that he knew that the Lady Titans were very good, but he wanted to see his team compete hard for 80 minutes and not hang their heads if they got behind.The Titans scored just two goals in each half for a 4-0 win. And the last shot came ...

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Mount Airy beats Elkin in nonconference baseball

ELKIN — Mount Airy put on a hit parade in the Bears’ 8-4 victory against Elkin in nonconference baseball on Thursday night.The Bears (11-7) have won five straight and swept two games from the Buckin’ Elks this season. Elkin fell to 4-14.Jon Cagle had three singles and Kenny Overfelt tripled twice for Mount Airy, which finished with 10 hits. Left-hander Logan Holder got the win on the hill for the Bears.Mount Airy turned a couple of double pla...

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Dobson man voted off ‘Survivor’

Jeremiah Wood’s time in the national spotlight as a competing member of the “Survivor” television series has come to an end.Wood, 34, a male model and an employee of Reece Machine in Dobson, was voted off the CBS-TV program Wednesday night.The Dobson man has been appearing in the cast of this season’s version of the long-running show, “Survivor: Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty” since its debut ...

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Home destroyed in Thursday morning fire

The cause of a Thursday morning house fire is still under investigation by Surry County Fire Marshal’s office inspectors. According to Fire Inspector Jason Burkholder, no firefighters or civilians were hurt in connection with the blaze.Burkholder said the call for the fire was received at 8 a.m. for the single story modular home located at 107 Country Mist Lane in the Holly Springs area. He said firefighters responded to the blaze minutes after the call was received and credi...

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Sheriff: Deputy acted properly

While the official investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Graham Atkinson says an internal investigation into Wednesday’s officer involved shooting revealed the officer acted properly and followed proper police protocol.“We did our own internal investigation and I’m very confident our guys acted appropriately,” Atkinson said.The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), as is typical of officer involved shootings, is conducting its own investigation into th...

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Fletcher named Administrative Professional of the Year

Julie Corder Fletcher with Allstate Insurance Company/Tonda Phillips Corp. was named Administrative Professional of the Year at the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce’s Administrative Professional Day Luncheon on Wednesday afternoon.

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Citizens Police Academy graduates recognized

High school commencement ceremonies are still weeks away in this area, but one graduation event has already occurred.It involved members of the 14th-annual Mount Airy Citizens Police Academy (CPA). The class was recognized at a meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners last week.The Citizens Police Academy provides local residents the opportunity to learn about law enforcement operations during a series of classes held weekly from January to March.

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Early voting starts today for primary

DOBSON — Although the primary itself won’t occur until May 6, citizens can get a jump on the democratic process beginning today.Early voting ahead of the primary is now under way at the Surry County Board of Elections office in Dobson, and will extend to sites in Mount Airy and Elkin on Monday.“We are open, and please come out and vote,” was the word Wednesday afternoon from Susan Jarrell, county elections director....

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Dobson couple charged with 19 meth labs

DOBSON — A Dobson couple have been arrested on drug manufacturing charges after Surry County deputies were called to their home Monday.Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Douglas Edward Dumas, 27, and Sandy Denise Wood Dumas, 23, of 655 Wind Ridge Lane, were arrested after patrol deputies responded to a report of drug activity at the residence.“When the patrol officers arrived they saw items in view that alerted them to the possibility that methamphetamine was being...

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Deputy shoots, kills man brandishing rifle

The State Bureau of Investigation is sending a bomb detecting robot into the home of a local man who was shot and killed by a Surry County deputy earlier today.James Ransom, 55, was shot and killed by an as-yet unidentified Surry County deputy after Ransom brandished an assault rifle at the deputy and disregarded commands to put the weapon down.Now, the SBI is sending a bomb robot into the man’s Ararat home because Ransom had previously threatened to booby-trap his...

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