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‘How to Make Friends and Monsters newest Dewey offering

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A mixture of veteran and new Mount Airy Library Dewey Decimal Players held their last dress rehearsal for the play “How to Make Friends and Monsters” on Wednesday afternoon.The play proves that a simple friend made out of “wonder Putty” can get very complicated.A July 29 evening performance has been set to allow more of the general public to see the show with the curtain set to go up at 6:30 p.m. Two additional shows will be performed on July 31 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. as part of the library summer reading program. All of the performances are free.

 

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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To the Editor,A couple of months ago my husband and I had the privilege of visiting the lovely city of Mount Airy and meeting a TV legend, Ms. Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou of the Andy Griffith Show).As a child growing up, the Andy Griffith Show was watched in our household every day, and that tradition has continued to this day throughout our family. Five generations have watched those beloved townspeople of Mayberry, now including our children and grandchildren.

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I was reading The Mount Airy News on Friday July 18 and saw the article “General Assembly Cutting School Bus Drivers.”How and why do we as North Carolinian’s keep allowing this government to keep throwing crap at us?They have cut teachers pay and now they are going after the teacher assistants and bus driver. Children are now going to have longer routes on the buses, then get home and do homework that they may not understand due to the lack of teacher&#...

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To the Editor,Responsiveness.Constituents expect this from their elected officials. Even if the politician disagrees, there is an expectation of responsiveness to citizens’ concerns, if only a respectful reply.I read today about the meeting of local business owners in Pilot Mountain, who are losing their livelihoods, because of the seemingly nonchalant pace with which the 268 bridge is being reconstructed. Who can they turn to do something about it?...

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PAC swimmers compete at state championship

CARY — Four swimmers represented the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) this past weekend in the North Carolina 14-and-Under Age Group Long Course Championships held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Sydney Beck, Julie Hicks, Mikki Nunn and Avery Tucker each obtained qualifying times to compete in the three day championship meet.“After 20 plus years of coaching I am amazed that I can still be surprised by awesome performances,” PAC coach Leah Tunstall said. &...

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NFL player buys local property, reaches new deal

An NFL football player with local ties has signed a new contract with the Houston Texans.Tyson Clabo, the former Atlanta Falcon and Miami Dolphin, has reportedly received a two-year deal from the Texans, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.Brenda Ramsey reported this week that she has sold a farmhouse and parcel of land out on N.C. 103 to Clabo where he intends to build a new home. Ramsey is the operator of Brenda’s Kountry Kitchen on the corner of East Pine Stre...

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Bears’ Brown shines in East-West All-Star Game

GREENSBORO — The East All-Stars beat the West 5-2 in soccer, but Mount Airy’s Mitchell Brown was one of the bright spots for his team.Brown and Jordan Couch, Smoky Mountain, seemed to have the most impact for the West team.The West team was loaded with 3A and 4A players, but it was the 1A Granite Bear who scored the first goal for the West.Unlike high school teams which can have 20 or more players on the sideline, the all-star game had 16 players p...

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Rules clarified for dance marathon

As it turns out, a marathon will mean just that on Aug. 2 when a local dance contest — and $1,000 prize — will be won by the last couple standing.A degree of confusion had surrounded a sock hop and dance marathon scheduled for that date at Mount Airy Elks Lodge to benefit the Shepherd’s House homeless shelter in Mount Airy.Organizers of the contest, members of the facility’s governing board, originally announced that it might involve competitors d...

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Faster, easier website unveiled

The Mount Airy News is unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making mtairynews.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier-to-read headlines with one-click accessibility to stories....

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Draughn family holds family reunion

Pictured here, 60 years ago, in the front row from left, are Sadie Martin, Irene Simpson and Gertrude Hodge; in the back row from left are: Archie Draughn, Bette Draughn, mother, Walter Draughn, father, and Frank Draughn.A reunion of the Walter and Better Draughn family was held not too long ago at Blue Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. This reunion always is held on the third weekend of May. It was hosted by several of the grandchildren and their families. Sadie D. Martin and ...

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Rotary told recognizing a stroke promptly is critical

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Manager, Stroke-Neuro Services Rayetta Johnson said a stroke occurs every 45 seconds in the United States and only 3.6 percent of those have a chance for a good outcome because it is not identified rapidly enough for treatment.Johnson made her comments Tuesday at the Mount Airy Rotary Club lunch meeting at Cross Creek Country Club.

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Freedom School aims to build confidence

One theme for Mount Airy City Schools second year of Freedom School is supporting at risk students’ attitude and teaching them that learning has an impact.This week marks the fifth week of the six-week program, held daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.“More than anything else, Freedom School is to build confidence,” said Coordinator of Student Services Jesse Hiatt. “I don’t know if this has ever been the officially stated mission but I see it as t...

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Nunn Brothers to host 16th annual bluegrass festival

WESTFIELD — For the 16th consecutive year the rolling hills around the Nunn Brothers Music Park will come alive with bluegrass music this weekend.The annual Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival will again be hosted by twin brothers and musicians Alden and Arnold Nunn at their namesake park, located in the rural Woodville community where both grew up.The event will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday with a musicians’ jam session that will be free and open to all....

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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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Dance marathon offers $1,000 prize

The dance marathon craze, which emerged during the 1920s and 1930s, will be rekindled during an upcoming event at Mount Airy Elks Lodge which offers a $1,000 prize to the last couple standing.“We want everyone to wear their best poodle skirts, muscle shirts and dancing shoes and plan to dance all night,” Tammy Gravely, the chairman of the Aug. 2 event said in announcing the sock hop and dance marathon....

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