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City schools honor staffers; audit results given

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The Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education Tuesday recognized staff receiving teacher and classified employee of the year honors and received a positive report on its annual audit by the firm of Dixon, Hughes, Goodman.Plaques honoring Classified Staff of the Year awards were given to Becky Parries of Jones Intermediate and Brooke Bobbitt of Mount Airy High. Teachers Of the Year honored with plaques were Sandy Matthews of B. H. Tharrington, Cindy Wilson of Jones Intermediate and MAHS teacher Levi Goins, who received high school teacher of the year honors as well as being named to system wide teacher of the year.


Man dies in apparent ‘huffing’ incident

A Westfield man found dead in the Walmart parking lot early Wednesday was an apparent victim of “huffing,” according to the Mount Airy Police Department.While the inhaling of toxic vapors substances — in this case a canned air duster product — has been a growing problem, the apparent overdose death of Roger Taft Collins, 52, is believed to be the first fatality from that practice in Mount Airy.“It’s disturbing,” Lt. Paul Barker o...

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Johnson: ‘I’m not that person’

DOBSON — Facing a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on alleged financial impropriety, county Commissioner Paul Johnson is asking the public to stand behind him while acknowledging he is not perfect.“I’m human just like everyone else,” he said. “And humans tend to make mistakes.”Johnson said he has “made some mistakes and misjudgments in error,” but said he hopes his constituents remember all the work he has d...

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Police briefs

• A breaking entering involving the felonious larceny of a car trailer valued at $4,000 has occurred in Mount Airy, according to city police department reports. Police were told of the crime Thursday, which occurred sometime in late August when a cutting tool was used to remove a lock to a gated area on West Lebanon Street, enabling the property owned by Charles Walter Vaughn, a Valleyview Drive resident, to be taken. It was described as a white Featherlite 20-foot aluminum trailer with...

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City open to more talk on interstates project

After throwing down the gauntlet earlier this month regarding the city’s financial participation in the interstates sewer project, Mount Airy officials now are willing to talk further with the county government that’s also involved.This comes on the heels of a Surry Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night when county leaders expressed concern about recent action by the city council on the joint plan to extend municipal sewer service along the N.C. 89-West corridor....

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Good food, good times at Goins reunion

What makes a family? Love, obviously, but a family is also made by the things they have in common. Shared ancestors, shared history and even shared food.The Goins family, some living in Mount Airy and others who live as far away as central Virginia or South Carolina, share all of these things.

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County schools get Aiphone access control system

DOBSON — An electronic door security system pilot project at White Plains Elementary School has proved successful and is being expanded to other elementary and middle schools.“We are fortunate to have great schools and a supportive community. This increased security measure helps to ensure that schools are a safe place where learning is the primary focus,” said County Schools Superintendent Dr. Travis L. Reeves.Board of Education members in various regu...

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Circle discusses historical relevancy of faith

History presenters Janet Pyatt and Cheryl Yellow Fawn explained Tuesday to the Central Methodist Church’s Abigail Circle how individuals in both the North and South found relevancy through their faith during the Civil War.Central Minister Rev. Jim Pyatt noted published reports suggesting a “graying” of congregations nationally. He said younger Christians now often become involved through outreach missions as opposed to Sunday worship services. Pyatt said the ladie...

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Mount Airy rallies to grant local child’s wish

The animated character Jiminy Cricket’s adage of when you wish upon a star is being brought about through local efforts rallied by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Three-year-old Cayden Talbert of Mount Airy’s wish to go to DisneyWorld and visit LegoLand will come true.Organizers indicted the young boy has been battling “Evan’s Syndrome,” an autoimmune disease in which an individual’s antibodies attack their own red blood cells and platelets, since hi...

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Bears ranked in top 5 in AP poll

Mount Airy is currently ranked No. 5 in the latest Class 1A prep football polls released by The Associated Press. The Granite Bears (4-0) are one of four teams in the the top 10 with an undefeated record.The Bears came from behind to beat rival North Surry 35-28 last week, their eighth in a row against the Greyhounds. Mount Airy hosts Surry Central on Friday evening.Wallace-Rose Hill (4-0) sits atop the 1A rankings, ahead of Princeton (4-0), James Kenan (3-1), and Murphy...

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East Surry takes girls golf match

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry took first place in a a seven-team golf tournament Tuesday at Pilot Knob Park.Madison Moore took the medalist honor with a 38 after the match was halted for about 40 minutes for rain.The rain might have helped some of the players, said East coach Chad Freeman.Rain has kept teams from playing the last two scheduled events, so the girls may have been a little anxious, he pointed out.Madison was playing bogey golf thro...

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Eagle netters nip Hounds

DOBSON — North Surry came from behind to take some matches, but Surry Central pulled out the tennis win 5-4.The Lady Greyhounds trailed in the second set on the first three courts, but came back to take all three.The Lady Eagles won the bottom three courts to make it tied 3-3 going into doubles.The Eagles took matches one and three and the Hounds took the second doubles match.“North Surry came to play,” said Central coach Dennis Mi...

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Lady Bears drop 5-set thriller to Vikings

Mount Airy came all the way back from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth-set tiebreaker but lost to North Stokes at Finch Gymnasium on Tuesday night in Northwest 1A Conference volleyball.The Vikings won 25-19, 25-12, 16-25, 23-25, 21-19 to improve to 7-5 overall and 4-1 in conference play. With the victory, North holds on to second place in the league standings behind undefeated East Surry.Mount Airy fell to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in a league race that currently has the Bears, ...

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Hounds down Eagles in five sets

DOBSON — North Surry needed all five sets to overcome Surry Central in volleyball 3-2.The Lady Greyhounds committed more unforced errors than usual, and the Lady Eagles fought hard after a poor first set.The Hounds scored the first three points of the match and led 7-3 when Jordan Badgett served the team to a 7-0 run to lead 14-3. The Eagles got no closer than six in a 25-14 set.The longest rally of the match occurred on the first point of the second set...

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County commissioner subject of SBI probe

A longtime member of the Surry County Board of Commissioners is the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation probe focusing on alleged financial irregularities, which could lead to grand jury action, sources say.The existence of that investigation coincided with the removal Monday night of Commissioner Paul Johnson as the board’s vice chairman and the stripping of Johnson’s committee assignments with the group. This occurred during a commissioners meeting in Dobson, w...

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H&W official clarifies sale

Although the sale of H&W Trucking Co. has been reported by local and state media outlets, a company official said Monday that the transaction doesn’t involve a lock, stock and barrel situation.Gary Harold explained that certain assets of H&W will remain in the hands of the family owned company that has been in place since the 1960s.What has been sold to Longistics, a Raleigh-based entity, is “the trucking part of our business,” said Harold, who was not ...

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A walk back in time

County veterans advocates are planning an event they say is long overdue: A night of glitz and glamour to recognize the area’s World War II veterans.Surry County Veterans Services Director Mike Scott said his office is nearly ready to sell tickets for a Nov. 15, 1940s-themed Hollywood night.“We’re hosting the event to honor our World War II veterans on Veterans Day,” Scott said. “The theme will be 1940s Hollywood.”The public...

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‘Video showcase’ eyed for city

A month after rejecting the idea of a New York communications company producing a “video showcase” program for Mount Airy, city officials are poised to award the job to a local provider this week.During an Aug. 7 meeting, the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners wanted no part of a plan in which CGI Communications Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., would have prepared a series of spots promoting awareness of various aspects of the community.

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