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City police now equipped with ‘body cams’

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It’s the kind of scene typically portrayed on reality TV shows such as “Cops ” — an officer approaches a suspicious-acting person who takes off running during the initial interrogation.Then the camera records the ensuing chase by the policeman, who becomes winded as he frantically shouts out his location to headquarters so other law enforcement personnel can converge to secure the perimeters. Finally the officer closes in and the suspect, after being threatened with tasering, goes to the ground and is handcuffed.This drama was not part of a television program, but was a real incident occurring in Mount Airy recently — and recorded for posterity due to new technology...


Kids sought to model at Belk Kidfest Aug. 9

CHARLOTTE — Belk has announced it will host its bi-annual Kidfest in-store event August 9, from noon until 3 p.m. in Mount Airy.“It (Kidfest) just keeps getting bigger,” said Belk Vice President and Regional Manager Michael Linsbeck.” I’ve been involved with Kidfest in Mount Airy for the past five years and I think the additional things added each year have helped it grow in popularity.”

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Urgent appeal issued for blood

An urgent appeal for blood has been issued for the American Red Cross collection region that includes Surry County.Blood and platelet donors of all types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are needed in the face of a looming summer shortage to avoid an emergency situation with the supply available for patients.As a result, the Carolinas Blood Services Region of the Red Cross is urging local residents to roll up their sleeves and give during a series of dr...

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Modified ladder scrambled at Bowman Gray

WINSTON-SALEM — The Night of Destruction on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium saw monster trucks and demolition derby cars crunching sheet metal — but the biggest hit of the night came to the points ladder for the Modified Series.NASCAR officials docked two drivers 100 points each for excessive contact during the race.Tim Brown of Tobaccoville shot out into the lead as the green flag dropped for the first scheduled 25-lapper, with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove fili...

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Board okays rezoning request

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners has given its blessing to a proposal to rezone a parcel of land on U.S. 21.The rezoning will allow for the construction of a paint and body shop, but it didn’t come without an opponent.In his proposal, applicant Michael Maher asked to rezone the 2.2 acre parcel from rural/agricultural use to general highway business use, which allows for the construction of paint and body shops.County Planner Kim Bat...

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Solar project at old landfill falls through

The plug has been pulled on plans for a solar farm at the former Mount Airy landfill on City View Drive.This is due to the developer for the project being unable to secure funding for it, according to Jeff Boyles, public services director for Mount Airy.The reason for that is linked to the depth of the floodplain at the site located in the vicinity of the Ararat River, where the city landfill operated until being closed about 30 years ago.That depth is listed ...

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Runnin’ and rocking’, downtown style

Are you a part of the fittest company in town?Now you can prove it, and at the same time help out a worthy cause in the community.Preparation is under way for the kick-off event that will start the United Fund of Surry’s annual fundraising season.This year, for the first time, organizers of Downtown Rocks and Runs 5K are challenging companies in the area to participate in a Corporate Fitness Challenge.“Take the corporate fitness challeng...

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Northern Hospital names new emergency department director

Karen R. Hagen as been named the Emergency Department Director at Northern Hospital of Surry County.Hagen will manage all operations for the department, according to hospital officials. She joins comes to Northern from Indianapolis, Indiana, and recently served as nurse manager over a 26-bed emergency department. She has been an emergency department or trauma center nurse since 1999.Hagen received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and is certifi...

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DOT official: Traffic to be flowing by end of year

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Contractors and state DOT officials pledged to business owners Thursday night that a bridge would be open to traffic by the end of the 2014 calendar year, after the N.C. 268 bridge over U.S. 52 was demolished a month ago to make way for a new bridge.In a follow-up meeting to an initial gathering of business members and county and town officials last week, Mike Pettyjohn, division engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 11, which ...

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Dobson awards park contract

DOBSON — After more than a year in the planning stages, the town of Dobson has set an August 4 groundbreaking ceremony for Dobson Square Park.The groundbreaking, which will get under way at 10 a.m., will herald the kickoff of construction, coming on the heels of the town accepting a $1,324,500 contract with Mount Airy-based Simcon Company.The contract was approved unanimously on a motion by Commissioner John Lawson with a second by Commissioner Todd Dockery....

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A building may be lost, but church’s place in community remains

On Thursday, an important part of our community was destroyed.Early in the afternoon, as storms were rolling into the area, officials say a lightning strike set the Ararat Missionary Baptist Church building on Jones School Road ablaze. Firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes and, at first, had hoped to be able to bring the blaze under control, though significant damage was evident even as the firefighters.Unfortunately, the flames had crept into so many nooks an...

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Police briefs

• A Taylor Street man who was encountered by police investigating a larceny from a vehicle on that street Sunday was discovered to have outstanding warrants against him for three felony charges, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Violations including obtaining property by false pretense, possession of a stolen vehicle and altering a title had been issued last Friday by Surry County authorities for John Christopher Yarbrough, 28, of 323 Taylor St. He was jailed under a $1...

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Fire destroys century-old church

A lightning bolt struck the historic Ararat Missionary Baptist Church at 211 Jones School Road Thursday afternoon, starting a blaze that destroyed the more than 100-year-old church.Bystanders at the structure fire, which is located near the L.H. Jones Auditorium, said the lightning appeared to have directly hit the building’s steeple, followed by a thunderclap which shook the Family Resource Center. Some of the first members of the congregation arriving at the scene said choi...

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Ignition-switch suit filed over fatal wreck

A West Virginia man whose wife and unborn child died in a 2006 traffic crash in Mount Airy is suing General Motors, claiming that a faulty ignition switch in her car was responsible.The May 2, 2006 death of Keisha Dawn Vest, 26, of Princeton, W.Va., is still vividly recalled locally due to circumstances regarding Vest being on a cell phone at the time.“She was talking on the cell phone with her mother,” Surry Emergency Services Director John Shelton recalled ...

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Fire strikes historic church in Mount Airy

Firefighters are still on the scene of a blaze that has destroyed the more than 100-year-old Ararat Missionary Baptist Church building on Jones School Road this afternoon.There were no injuries reported.Mount Airy Police Department Detective Brad Quesinberry said the fire was the result of a confirmed lightening strike to the structure. Units on the scene include the Mount Airy Fire Department, Four Way and Franklin Volunteer Fire Departments, Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Su...

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Alleged sexual assault reported at hospital

An alleged sexual assault of a patient at Northern Hospital of Surry County is under investigation by the Mount Airy Police Department.The case arose in late June, involving a male patient described as being in his early to mid-30s. That individual allegedly was assaulted sexually by a person listed in police department documents as “a care taker” at the hospital.Those documents state that the NHSC employee, also male, was put on administrative leave from the...

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Police Briefs

• An iPhone 4s valued at $300 was discovered missing Monday at the Colonial Care senior housing facility on Snowhill Drive, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. The phone, white in color and owned by Angel Nichole Pareoez of Belton Road — an employee there — was stolen after being left unattended.• David Thomas Bullin II, 18, of 344 Cave Road, Dobson, is facing offenses including shoplifting and carrying a concealed weapon stemming from an inci...

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Official sheds light on Project Glow snub

DOBSON — Despite indications Surry County would allocate its share of funding to extend natural gas to Westwood Industrial Park, “Project Glow” got left in the dark during a meeting this week.However, it wasn’t a case of not wanting to participate financially in an effort with Mount Airy to construct the gas line to benefit existing companies and help lure others to the city-owned park, a county official says. The matter that involves meeting half of a $95,0...

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