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New group starts work on Spencer’s plan

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Although a new redevelopment commission is just getting started — holding its first meeting Monday — members have some definite goals regarding their work, which apparently includes a limited dependency on consultants.An initial challenge for the group, charged with identifying blighted areas and devising plans to make them economically viable, was to review proposals from three entities proposing to help launch the redevelopment of the former Spencer’s Inc. manufacturing site downtown.But faced with paying up to $110,000 for such groundwork, commission members seemed more intent Monday on tackling as much of it as they can on their own.“I...


New marker honors Eng, Chang Bunker

The efforts of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources recently led a new historical marker re-dedication honoring the lives of the original Siamese Twins, Eng and Chang Bunker.The informal ceremony was held after 3 p.m. Saturday at the Old White Plains Baptist Church, following the 25th annual reunion of the Bunker family’s descendants. The historic church was built on land donated by the twins, who also attended services there.

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Raycom Sports CEO to speak at Rotary

A well-known figure in the sports world will be the speaker at today’s meeting of the Mount Airy Rotary Club.Officials with the club say Ken Haines, president and CEO of Raycom Sports, is set to speak during the meeting, which gets under way at noon at Cross Creek Country Club.Haines joined Raycom Sports during its founding, and since 1982 has been involved in all facets of the company’s operation, specializing in product acquisition and contract negotiations...

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A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program

Changing North Carolina’s Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most of the proposals under consideration is the principle of “integrated health care.” Integrated health care, or “whole person care,” refers to a system that offers coordinated physical and mental/behavioral health care. It generally results in improved health outcomes.

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Wreck leaves one critical

PINNACLE — A single vehicle accident in the county Sunday evening has sent two to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, one in critical condition, according to county emergency services workers.Emergency Services Director John Shelton said the accident occurred just after 7 p.m., at the intersection of Pinnacle Motel Road and Ayers Road.Shelton said the vehicle, which he described as a “later model Ford pickup,” left the road, striking a tree.The veh...

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Smithsonian traveling exhibit focuses on sports

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will host the traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” beginning this February.The traveling exhibit is a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide. It marks the beginning of a year-long tour throughout North Carolina. The exhibit will be at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History from Feb. 28 to A...

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Speaker named for GAP conference

DOBSON — Glenn Scotland will be the keynote speaker for the Seventh Annual Standing in the G.A.P. church conference on August 9 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Dobson. The event is being held through the Glory Hallelujah Triumphant Pentecostal Apostolic Church.Scotland is the son of a retired pastor and resides in Leesburg, Virginia. He previously served as a church’s video ministry in Northern Virginia. He is presently a member of the Heritage...

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Wine tours offer something for everyone

People come to Surry County for a variety of reasons. It could be to partake in Andy Griffith’s small-town Americana. It could be the beautiful vistas, rivers and parks found in the area.More and more, however, it is the wine.Area marketing officials are touting a new wine tour package they are betting will increase tourism in the area.They hope to offer something for everyone, from the wine connoisseur to the Average Joe who may just want to have a tast...

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The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Surry County Register of Deeds office:• Daniel Edgar Beemer, 26, of Cana, Virginia, and Eden Elizabeth Boyd, 23, of Mount Airy. Issued July 24.• James Curtis Elkins, 23, of Mount Airy, and Erika Lenea Rumsey, 21, of Mount Airy. Issued July 23.• Jason Ronald Preslar, 29, of Dobson, and Brittney Leann Heath, 26, of Dobson. Issued July 23.• Tyler Jordan Payne, 29, of Mount ...

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Police briefs

• Felony violations were filed Tuesday against two Forrest Drive residents stemming from a pair of break-ins of a storage building near their home and the theft of property owned by Mount Airy Refrigeration, according to city police department reports. Jason Adam Irwin, 36, and James William Barry, 26, both of 1354 Forrest Drive, are charged with two counts each of felonious breaking and entering, felony larceny and felonious possession of stolen goods.

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Cooperation among nations keynote of annual Bunker Reunion

At a time when much national news is focused on disagreements among nations, the 25th Annual Reunion of the Descendants of the Original Siamese Twins, Eng and Chang Bunker, prided itself on the partnership between the United States and Thailand.The reunion was held in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on 714 North Main Street in Mount Airy Saturday afternoon. Zack Blackmon Jr, great-grandson of Eng Bunker, served as the emcee for the event which was highlighted by the presen...

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Aug. 14 fundraiser set for city rescue squad

A Mount Airy Rescue Squad fundraiser will be on the menu Aug. 14 when Chick-fil-A from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.According to Rescue Squad Assistant Chief Nathan Webb, 10 percent sales that evening will go to benefit the squad. He said squad members will give demonstrations and answer questions about what the group’s rescue activities during the event as well.Rescue vehicles and gear will also be on display and free instruction on “hands only” Cardio Pulmonary Re...

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Nunn brothers showcase bluegrass music

WESTFIELD — Saturday evening music again traveled through the little valley that’s home to the Annual Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival for a 16th consecutive year. Twin brothers and musicians Alden and Arnold Nunn served as hosts at their namesake park (which was once a tobacco field) in Woodville where they grew up.Arnold Nunn said he pays particular attention to not letting the music get too loud and recalled how many in the area take advantage of the cool evenings to...

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Wings and wheels take the runway at airport

A Robinson R44 helicopter takes off from the Mount Airy/ Surry County Airport Saturday during the Surry County Pilot’s Association Fly-In, Cruise-In. Association President Robert Robacker said the event was all about fellowship and to get the public interested in aviation. More than 20 planes and more than a dozen cars participated in the event.Participants in the Surry County Pilots Association Fly-In, Cruise-In Saturday could stare down the nose cone of this aircraft. Pictu...

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Rock the Runway Fall Fashion Show slated for Aug. 2

Mount Airy Downtown has set Aug. 2 as the date for its fall fashion show, “Rock the Runway.”The show’s dual purpose is reducing child hunger in Surry County and showing shoppers items they think they have to go elsewhere for are right here. According to Downtown Coordinator Lizzie Morrison, the show will begin at 1 p.m. at Old North State Winery. The fashion show is free to the public but organizers are providing donation boxes for foodstuffs.

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Youth Field Day sets sights on future sportsmen

DOBSON — The Tri County Ridge Runners of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s “JAKES Youth Field Day” at Fisher River Park Saturday was centered around making family memories in the outdoors.Ridge Runners President Lee Freeman explained “JAKES” stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. Many of the activities including a fishing derby, crafts, firearm safety, muzzle loading and offerings represent skills once more common i...

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Publication: Mount Airy NewsDate: Sunday, July 27, 2014Volume: 135Issue: 179No. of sections: 1No. pages: 8SECTION BPage 1B: Template B1Note: Story #3 is a wire story and the jump/photos have a lower priority than the other two.LEAD – mta0724WineToursStarting — 13.3 inches with artCENTER – Dave — MTA0726MuseumSmithsonianShow w/art 12 in...

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The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts:• Joy Hiatt Mitchell and Gary Wayne Mitchell. Granted July 17.• Berman M. Leftwich Jr. and Stephanie C. Leftwitch, Granted July 17.• Sheila Hickman Gwyn and Samuel Edmond Gwyn. Granted July 17.• Leticia Guadalupe Resendiz and Cesar Resendiz. Granted July 17.

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