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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.


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 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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No wasting of tea in protest here!!!

Frances Lowe likes half-and-half tea.“Half sweet and half unsweet,” Lowe explained. She’s trying to cut down on sugar. “And, I don’t like lemon in my tea. In water, yes, but not in tea.”The first time Lowe remembers drinking tea she was around 3 years old down in Georgia.“They had a big bucket of iced tea for breakfast,” she remembered. “That’s the first time I remember drinking tea.”...

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Park plans top Dobson agenda

DOBSON — Thursday night’s board of commissioners meeting in the town of Dobson is about one thing: Clearing the few remaining hurdles to construction on the planned Dobson Square Park.“This meeting is about getting ready for construction to start,” Town Manager Josh Smith said Tuesday morning. “That’s going to be the theme.”During the meeting, the town’s board is expected to approve a $858,400 contract with Mount Airy-based...

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Airport project on schedule

HOLLY SPRINGS — Officials with the Mount Airy/Surry County Airport say work is progressing on schedule on a project they believe will ultimately stimulate economic development in the area.Both Airport Authority member Nolan Kirkman and Authority Chairman John Springthorpe have reported that surveying work, tree removal and erosion control efforts have begun on the project that is designed to extend the airport’s runway.In order to do that, a one-mile portion ...

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Surry North 13U All-Stars compete in Southeast Regional

The state champion Surry County Cal Ripken 12U Surry North All-Stars open play today at the 2014 Babe Ruth Southeast Regional Tournament in Lewisburg, Tennessee.Surry North begins pool play against Mount Pleasant (South Carolina) at 11:30 a.m. There are 12 teams competing at the regional, split into two divisions (American and National). Participating are teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.Surry North will play five pool ...

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Mount Airy soccer and football player Mitchell Brown receives two awards at the N.C. Coaches Association 48th-Annual All-Star Banquet held Sunday. Brown received a plaque for being named as a player on the West Men’s Soccer Team and for being an academic all-star as well. He stands with Bears head coach Will Hurley, left, and assistant coach Holden Hurley, right. For all-star game details, see tomorrow’s edition of The News.

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Police warn of UPS, Microsoft scams

While many people are busy with lawn and gardening chores, scam artists are focused on trying to separate local residents from their money — as evidenced by a flurry on Monday.The latest fraudulent flavor of the month evokes the United Parcel Service name, coming on the heels of another involving callers pretending to represent Microsoft.“We actually had five calls yesterday for the UPS scam,” Capt. Alan Freeman of the Mount Airy Police Department said ...

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Hitting ‘enter’ to pull the trigger

DOBSON — Want to apply for a gun permit in your underwear? Soon, that will be an option.The Surry County Board of Commissioners gave a nod Monday night to a proposal proffered by Sheriff Graham Atkinson that will allow county residents to apply for gun permits online.“We’ve been looking at it for several months, and there are several companies who do it,” Atkinson said. “What we want to do as a matter of convenience for the public is to try ...

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Board punts on courthouse contract

DOBSON — After some discussion on the matter, the Surry County Board of Commissioners decided to take a “wait and see” approach and get more information before taking any action on a plan to provide much-needed improvements to the historic Dobson courthouse.County Facilities Director Don Mitchell told the board during the meeting that his department had been in the process of having the courthouse assessed by Pilot Mountain-based Brite Engineering.

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Availability fee a good solution for city

Last week the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners again took on the question of mandatory water and sewer hook-ups for city residents.Actually, that question was answered years ago when the city made hooking up to the utilities mandatory. The specific question that’s been plaguing the city in recent years has been a number of residents in the Hollyview Forest, Sandy Level, Cross Creek and Laurel Court communities who have refused the city’s mandate to hook onto the system...

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