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Video crew to visit Merry-Go-Round

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Efforts to promote a new Blue Ridge Music Trails program in western North Carolina will include a “ride” on the Merry-Go-Round in Mount Airy this Saturday.A video crew is scheduled to visit the Earle Theater downtown to record the musical program that is aired every Saturday by local radio station WPAQ, which specializes in the bluegrass and old-time genres. The Merry-Go-Round has been broadcast live continuously since the station opened in the late 1940s, a record eclipsed only by the Grand Ole Opry.“But we’re second,” WPAQ owner Kelly Epperson stressed.


Going once. Going twice. Sold!

The brightly-colored fiddle sculptures that dotted Mount Airy’s Main Street are now gone, but this Saturday one, or more, of them could be yours.Nine of the 12 sculptures are set to be auctioned off during a Saturday night event at Old North State Winery, according to Lizzie Morrison, Main Street coordinator for Mount Airy Downtown Inc., the group who sponsored the sculptures. The remaining three sculptures were purchased by sponsoring businesses and will remain on permanent ...

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Health fair set for seniors

Ghouls, goblins, fairies and witches will converge on the human services building on State Street in Mount Airy on Halloween, but not for any nefarious reasons.Organizers are planning a second Haunted Health Fair to celebrate Halloween for seniors aged 60 and up.The free event is set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mayberry Mall, according to Surry County Health and Nutrition Center spokesman Maggie Simmons.Simmons said the impetus for the event is simple.

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Show starring local actress is canceled

In show business and life, when one door closes another often opens — which is true for an actress from Mount Airy who recently starred in a prime-time network television series.Despite the announced cancellation earlier this month of “Reckless,” a crime-drama that premiered on CBS as a summer replacement show in late June, Anna Wood’s family is happy about the experience and the exposure it gave her career.That career will continue with upcoming ...

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Hazardous waste collection set Saturday

County residents will have the opportunity to get rid of some of their more dangerous waste next month, as the Surry County Public Works Department hosts a hazardous waste pick-up event.The pick-up will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy on Oct. 25.County Public Works Director Dennis Bledsoe said the event is a chance to help out county residents and protect the environment.“We do this to keep these kinds of items...

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Tennis, volley teams in playoff action

Local teams are in action for the second round of the state playoffs for both tennis and volleyball.TennisMount Airy’s tennis team (15-2) travels to Avery County (14-6). East Surry (12-5) takes on Bishop McGuinness, which beat the Lady Cardinals twice during the regular season.Elkin (13-1) hosts Pine Lake Prep (9-5) at 7 p.m. The winner takes on the winner of Bishop and East Surry.If the Lady Bears win, Mount Airy would face the winner of Gray...

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Forbush beats Central, earns WPAC title

EAST BEND — Forbush clinched the Western Piedmont Conference title in soccer with a 1-0 win over Surry Central.The Falcons’ Ryan Miller scored the game’s only goal, and Ian Grooms stopped six shots as Forbush defeated the Golden Eagles Monday night.Forbush gets the WPAC’s top seed for the state 2A playoffs.Miller put the Falcons up in the seventh minute, taking a ball from Edgar de la Sancha. Oscar Varonas’ through ball to de la S...

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Five qualify for state tourney

Five local golfers have qualified for the 1A/2A state tournament next week after 18 holes at Cross Creek Country Club Monday.Mount Airy was the host school for the Central Regional 1A/2A Tournament.“It went very well,” said Bear coach Tommye Phillips. “We had 37 girls here. We’re very happy to have the turnout we did, and we had wonderful weather. The girls were just great.”Salisbury took first place as a team and earned the medal...

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Blackburn in

LEXINGTON — The Lady Bears were shut out of the state tennis tournament this year after a long run, but another local player has qualified to play this weekend.North Surry’s Jane Blackburn continued her strong play in the second day of the 2A regional tournament in Lexington over the weekend.After winning two matches on Friday, Blackburn split two matches to finish in third place and advances to the state tournament in Cary this Friday.Blackburn wa...

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Cards blank Pack 9-0 in soccer

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry hounded the Wolfpack in a 9-0 soccer win Monday night.The Cardinals had their last regular-season home match against Walkertown, but because of schedule changes, this game wasn’t listed as Senior Night, noted East coach Bill Hart.Since the Cards have already qualified for the state 1A playoffs, East Surry will honor its senior-heavy roster before the start of the opening-round match on Oct. 29, a Wednesday.In this one, H...

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Juanita Hawks

Mrs. Juanita Combs Hawks, 76 of Cana, VA passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, October 18, 2014. She was born in Carroll County, VA to the late William Raleigh and Annie Mae Edwards Combs. Mrs. Hawks was known for her kindness and compassion. She retired as cafeteria manager from St. Paul School, making sure all the children were fed and cared for, as if they were her own. She was a faithful member of Paul’s Creek Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing i...

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Police chase leads to drug charges

A High Point man is facing multiple drug charges following a police pursuit on Highway 601 Friday night.According to Sheriff Graham Atkinson, the incident began around 9:40 p.m., when a county deputy attempted to stop a motorcycle on the highway for a tail light violation.“The driver of the motorcycle failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit that covered over three-and-a-half miles,” he said.The pursuit eventually came to a conclusion on Highwa...

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Annual Horne Creek Farm Corn Shucking Frolic well attend

PINNACLE — Horne Creek Living Historical Farm Site Manager Lisa Turney predicted attendance Saturday at the 23rd Annual Cornshucking Frolic would break all records. The potential was evident early on with all parking nearby filled and additional cars six deep in rows filling a neighbor’s field a little over a half mile away from the farm.The frolic typically draws around 6,000 visitors each year. Turney said they had never had to resort to the overflow parking in the fi...

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Debate stalls mandatory hookup vote

Mount Airy officials are finding that tweaking rules for mandatory water and sewer hookups in the city limits is easier said than done.After a lengthy debate that consumed much of a board of commissioners meeting last Thursday night, the issue was not put to rest and out of sight as all good utility lines are — but remains up in the air.Board members did not waver from a policy change they approved in July which will require property owners not hooked up to pay a m...

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DOBSON — Attendance at the self described service dog quest for Logan Sweatt at Fisher River Park Saturday morning was as brisk as the chilly morning air.“I’m so excited about all of the positive response. When I drove up to park the attendant told me the lot was full,” said Sweatt. “I said that’s my face on the sign there so I think you gotta let me park.”The event for a mobility dog for Sweatt was spearheaded by The Women’...

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‘Historic event’

DOBSON — It is a story as old as the ages. A couple meet. They fall in love. They marry. They have a child.But for Sarah and Jamie Carpenter, who have been together for more than a decade, the marriage was not to be.Until last week.Late Tuesday afternoon, the couple, who have been together since 2000, became the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license from the Surry County Register of Deeds office.For Sarah Carpenter, who was inter...

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50th anniversary surprise party

Johnny and Gaynell Bowman Lewis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 3, 2014. They celebrated with family in Longs, South Carolina at a surprise party hosted by Kim, Kevin and Dana Lewis. The Lewis’ enjoyed spending time with their new twin great-granddaughters, Ella and Esmae Lewis, who are the daughters of Johnathan and Rachel Lewis. Johnathan is the son of Kevin Lewis. Kevin and Dana Lewis’ children, Keelan and Karlee Lewis, assisted in the celebration. Grandson...

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Thomas, Tucker wed

Andrea Brooke Thomas and Jordan Paul Tucker were married on Saturday, July 19 at five o’clock in the afternoon . The marriage was officiated by the Rev. Danny Culler at Hunting Creek Farm in Hamptonville. Music was provided by Mitzi Stanish, Allen Nichols and Brittany and Marcus McGill.The bride is the daughter of Susan and Randy Thomas of Mount Airy. She is the granddaughter of Nancy and Russell Thomas and Sylvia Harold and the late Bobby Harrold. The bride graduated from No...

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