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Andy Griffith Show still resonates for Best and MacRae

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Although their appearances on “The Andy Griffith Show” were not watershed moments in the careers of James Best and Elizabeth MacRae, the production’s small town values went hand in glove with beliefs the two hold dear.Best, whose career was hitting on all cylinders by the time appeared in 1960 in “The Guitar Player,” episode. He recently recalled how he landed the part.


Gentry Middle one step closer to STEM designation

J. Sam Gentry Middle School’s application for STEM recognition moved one more step forward Monday afternoon as a site visit by state representatives took place.The visit follows more than two years of work by the school which also served in a state Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pilot program.

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Saturday Night Jam links music past to present

ARARAT — The Eldora Ruritan group is hoping its ongoing Saturday Night Jam program can use the building’s past ties to music and community to ensure its future with renovations to the historic building.According to show organizer and veteran musician Billy Smith, the Ruritan building is one of the last remaining Civilian Conservation Corps style structures once so important to rural communities“I’ve been in the music business since I was 11 years ...

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C’mon girls, let’s get outside

DOBSON — An event set Saturday is starting to get national attention, and organizers say they’re hoping for bigger and better this year.“Last year, our event was considered the number one Women In The Outdoors event in the nation by the Wild Turkey Foundation, and that’s just a huge honor,” said coordinator Una Freeman. “We’ve been named the number one event in the state for the past five years, but this is the first time we’ve receiv...

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Mount Airy spikes Elkin 3-1

Mount Airy defeated Elkin 3-1 in nonconference volleyball on Monday night at Finch Gymnasium, winning 25-16, 24-26, 25-12, 25-23.The Lady Bears (8-7 overall) trailed 19-17 in the fourth game with Elkin threatening to force a decisive Game 5, but Mount Airy closed things out with an 8-4 run. Megan Fleming had a kill to put the Bears ahead 21-20. Elkin would tie it at 23, but couldn’t retake the lead.Game 1 was all Mount Airy. The game was tied 7-7 before Samantha Ko...

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Lady Bears hand Elkin first loss

ELKIN — Mount Airy handed Elkin its first loss of the season, beating the Buckin’ Elks 7-2 in nonconference tennis on Monday afternoon.The Lady Bears took four of the six singles matches and swept doubles to improve to 11-2 on the season.Carley VanHoy gave Mount Airy the first team point with a two-set shutout. Jai Daniels put the Lady Bears up 2-0 with her victory against Mattie Timmerman in straight sets. Elizabeth Marion rallied from 3-4 in the first set a...

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Free fishing day lures families

The local catfish population suffered a sharp decline Saturday because of people such as Anthony Garrett of Mount Airy.Anthony, 14, had been at Tumbling Rock Reservoir for only about an hour, but already hauled in nine catfish from the well-stocked pond, and proudly held up part of his whiskered catch for onlookers to admire.Despite his young age, Anthony considers himself a veteran fisherman, which has included attending the annual Take Me Fishing Day at the Westwood Pa...

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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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