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Tourism summit is Thursday at SCC Viticulture Center

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Tourism is a major drive for Surry County's economy, and a Tourism Summit on Thursday evening will give everyone a chance to celebrate that success and look toward the future.The Tourism Summit will take place on April 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Viticulture and Enology Center at Surry Community College. The event was rescheduled after February's date was affected by a snowstorm that hit the area.The tourism summit will include an overview of topics that affect the future of tourism for Surry County, Director of Tourism and Marketing for the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center Jessica Icenhour Roberts shared.


Hounds’ Willard wins singles title, Holder clinches 3rd

KING — North Surry won both tennis matches Tuesday morning to wrap up the Western Piedmont Conference Tournament.North’s Corbin Willard won the singles title, and teammate Samuel Holder earned third place as the Greyhounds defeated their Wildcat opponents in straight sets.The tennis tournament started Monday afternoon with the opening round, quarterfinals and semifinals all in one day.Both Hounds played two games, with the second matches being long...

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Granite Bears playing better baseball down stretch

Coach Jon Cawley said nobody outside of the Mount Airy dugout expects much from his team.The way the Granite Bears are playing right now, that could change.Mount Airy beat 4A Dudley 6-1 on Monday night in Greensboro for its fourth win in a row. Hard-throwing right-hander Jon Cagle kept a solid-hitting Panthers’ lineup in check. He gave up three hits and struck out 16.“Jon Cagle was dominant,” Cawley said. “Dudley is a team that is avera...

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SCC receives coach, player of year awards in golf

DOBSON — The Surry Community College golf team is hard at practice this week, preparing for the national championship in Indiana next month.With the end of the Region X season, the Knights picked up a few awards, including player of the year and coach of the year.Tom Pendergraft received the Region X coach of the year award, and Chandler White was named player of the year after earning the medalist honor at the two-day regional championship at Emerald Golf Course i...

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Surry pounds Wake Tech in softball

Surry’s softball team pounded Wake Technical Community College on the road in a doubleheader, winning 17-0 and 22-6.In the 17-0 win, the Knights scored 15 runs in the first two innings. Surry finished with 13 hits in the game and capitalized on eight errors from Wake Tech.Natalie Hauser (Forbush grad) and Sarah Scott (East Surry) hit home runs for Surry (20-12 overall, 11-5 Region X).Hauser was 2 for 4 at the plate with four runs and two RBIs. Rachel Wag...

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Eagles tie Wildcats, beat Vikings in soccer

DOBSON — Surry Central beat North Stokes 9-1 on a soggy field Tuesday.The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back to beat the Lady Vikings.This broke a two-match winless streak for the Eagles.Last week the team lost a heartbreaker 2-1 to Forbush. Then on Monday the team tied conference-leading West Stokes 1-1.The match with West Stokes was long and tough, according to Coach Matt Richardson. The Lady Wildcats were 15-1 coming...

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Eagles win 2 of 3 in Easter tournament

SANFORD — Surry Central’s baseball team took two out of three games in the Chatlee Easter Invitational in Sanford late last week to improve its overall record to 9-7.The Eagles dropped the opening game 5-0 to Western Harnett and then defeated North Moore 6-5 and Grace Christian 5-3.In the 6-5 victory over the Mustangs, Central rallied from a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning to take the lead. Jess Wilmoth was 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles a...

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Johnson earns doctor of philosophy in nursing

DOBSON — Surry Community College’s Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Yvonne O. Johnson, has successfully defended her dissertation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.Johnson’s dissertation topic was “Nurse Perceptions of Elder Self-Neglect.” She explained that self-neglect is a phenomenon that is most often seen in the elderly.

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Construction work continuing stormwater project

Those noticing the construction equipment at work in front of Mount Airy Middle School are seeing the beginning of what local officials hope will be an elegant, educational, and more natural alternative for storm water filtering.These constructed features at the Mount Airy Middle School and Rowe Environmental Park are known as structural storm water best management practices (BMP’s), or specifically as bio-retention cells areas.Information supplied by the school di...

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Police briefs

• A Mount Airy woman was arrested Monday on break-in, assault and other charges, according to city police department reports. Kelly Elizabeth Strickland, 36, of 1908 Cardinal Drive, No. 9, is accused of breaking and entering, assault and battery, domestic trespassing and harassing phone calls, with warrants on the charges filed Sunday. Strickland, who additionally was served with a 50B (domestic violence) order by the Surry Sheriff’s Office, was confined in the county jail with no...

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Local woman reported missing

A report of a missing woman has been made to the Mount Airy Police Department.Summer Nicole Hill, 28, has not been seen since last Wednesday, according to a police spokesman.Hill’s mother reported the disappearance, saying she and other family members had not seen or heard from Hill in several days.The missing woman is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 95 to 100 pounds.Hill has shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes....

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Mayor to pick finalists for redevelopment group

The job of selecting five finalists for a redevelopment commission approved on April 3 by Mount Airy officials amid controversy will rest with Mayor Deborah Cochran, who says her goal is a “diverse board.”Citizens have been wary of the extensive powers the new commission will wield in mounting redevelopment plans for areas of town deemed as blighted, including seizing private properties through eminent domain. Concerns also have been expressed that the group would be &#...

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Sports Calendar

Knights to host Military Appreciation DayThe Surry Knights baseball team is honoring local veterans with a Military Appreciation Day baseball game on May 3.Veterans and active military personnel will be recognized at 12:30 p.m. on the Angus Tucker Baseball Field at Surry Community College. The Surry Knights will play the Patrick Henry Community College Patriots at 1 p.m. Hot dogs and drinks will be complimentary for all veterans. Admission to the game is free to everyone...

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SCC softball drops close games to Pioneers

DOBSON — Surry Community College’s softball team recently dropped a pair of close nonconference contests on the road to nationall-ranked Spartanburg Methodist.The Knights (18-12) lost the first game 4-3 and the second 7-4.In Game 1, Surry scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but gave up the g0-ahead run in the bottom of the inning. The Pioneers (31-12) out-hit Surry 8-3 in the game.Shey Steelman (Forbush) took the loss in the ...

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Bears’ Hiatt gets coach of year, 6 locals on first team

East Surry posted four players on the Northwest All-Conference team for golf, and Mount Airy had two players and the coach of the year.In his second season at the helm, the Bears’ Mark Hiatt tied in the coach of the year vote amongst the coaches. In a re-vote, Mount Airy edged out conference-leading Bishop McGuinness for the honor.Conference player of the year is determined by scoring average. Bishop senior Tanner Owen, who has committed to Wake Forest, took his th...

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Moody gets warm reception in homecoming

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Wade Moody most likely never got a warm reception at East Surry during his high school playing days.He sure did Thursday night.Moody, who played basketball at county rival Mount Airy, was in Pilot Mountain for the ACC Barnstorming Tour. The senior guard at North Carolina was a member of the team of ACC All-Stars that took on the Surry County All-Stars.As the ACC lineup was announced, it came down to the last two guys — N.C. State&#...

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County schools plan Read 5 Read 5 effort for literacy

DOBSON — Surry County Schools are seeking the assistance of business and local communities to help avoid the perennial student literacy lag which occurs over summer vacation.According to Director of Communications, Instructional Media and Teacher Quality Sonia Dickerson, the effort has been named “Give 5 Read 5.

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Autism walk to fund teacher training

The third-annual Autism Walk of Surry scheduled Saturday in Mount Airy will raise awareness of a developmental disorder that strikes one of every 58 children — and money to train teachers to deal with the condition.Last year, more than 1,000 people participated in the walk, which generated $23,000. Part of those funds provided workshops for teachers in the Surry County educational system to help them become more knowledgeable about autism, which has been labeled a “misu...

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