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Surry offers beginner bluegrass banjo classes

DOBSON — Surry Community College is offering a class for those wanting to add picking to their grinning skills. Interested persons may learn how to play banjo in a new Beginner Bluegrass Banjo class set to start Sept. 23 through Nov. 18 on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the J Building, Room 103 at Surry Community College campus in Dobson.Nathan Morrison who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Bluegrass, Old-Time & Country Music ...

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Early College tops in county for graduation rate

DOBSON — The Surry Early College topped all high schools in the county, posting its fourth consecutive year with 100 percent of students graduating.East Surry’s rate of 95.1 percent ranked it highest among the area’s traditional high schools, including those from neighboring Mount Airy, Stokes, Yadkin, Wilkes, and Elkin. Both Surry Central and North Surry posted their highest rates ever, with Surry Central at 86.6 percent and North Surry at 80.1 percent.

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Festival elevates humble sweet potato

Nearly every fruit and vegetable has a festival dedicated to it somewhere. Saturday in the historic village of Rockford, it was the sweet potato’s turn.While Idaho long has been known as the capital of its more ruddy and less-tasty first cousin, the sweet potato has not enjoyed such widespread success. The Sweet Potato Festival at Rockford, now in its 17th year, could be changing that — one dish at a time....

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Time for Johnson to step down

The Mount Airy News this past week broke the story that Surry County Board of Commissioner Paul Johnson is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation over what appear to be alleged irregularities in expense requests he submitted to the county.Those requests under suspicion go back at least until 2011.According to county officials, several of those requests raised some red flags, so the county commissioned an audit of all expense reimbursement ...

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City celebrates new park

For the past 73 years, Perry Robertson has been reminded of an old friend every time he visits downtown Mount Airy.And while his pal, Carlos Warren Jones, no longer is around, there is now a special fixture at the corner of North Main and West Oak streets that will keep his memory alive for many years to come.Robertson was among a huge crowd of people who gathered Saturday morning for a celebration ceremony for the new Carlos Jones Blue Ridge Park on the corner....

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There’s always time for love

It just goes to show you’re never too old to fall in love.Mount Airy’s Ridgecrest retirement community played the role of proud parents when two of their beloved members, Ed Anderson, 88, and Amanda Mercer, 77, tied the knot in a fall-themed wedding Sept. 13.The wedding was held in the facility’s dining room with all of the center’s residents invited to celebrate the union.“We held the wedding in the dining room because we wanted ...

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Family displaced by Saturday fire

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 intersect...

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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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