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DOBSON — Organizers of Surry Community College’s Week of Welcome for new students say the effort has been well received, in spite of weather earlier in the week literally raining on their best-made plans.Vice President of Student Services Randy Ledford cited recent studies indicating student involvement with activities and higher graduation rates as one reason behind the event.“We are trying to engage students through activities because the more they are involved the better their college experience is and the more stay and complete their degrees,” Ledford said. He explained the proposition is different for community colleges with a more diverse student body, in contrast to four-year schools.

 

Mount Airy drops tennis opener

Three-time defending dual team champion Mount Airy fell to Bishop McGuinness 7-2 on Wednesday in a rematch of the top two tennis teams in the Northwest 1A Conference last season.The matchup was scheduled for Tuesday, but play was halted because of rain. Only four games had been played on most courts when play resumed Wednesday afternoon.Sophomore Bailey Jackson recorded the lone singles victory for the Lady Bears (0-1). Jackson defeated senior Kendall Cortes in straight ...

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Man charged with sexual battery at hospital

The investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a patient at Northern Hospital of Surry County by an employee there has led to a misdemeanor charge against a Dobson man.James Adam Cave, 28, of 394 Cave Road, is accused of one count of sexual battery, according to a spokesman for the Mount Airy Police Department.The case arose in late June, when a patient described as a male in his early to mid-30s reported being assaulted by a man identified as a “caretaker”...

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Development group to meet at Spencer’s

As part of its mission of injecting new life into a blighted industrial area in Mount Airy, a recently formed group is going right to the source.Members of the city redevelopment commission plan to meet next Wednesday at the former Spencer’s Inc. property in Mount Airy for an up-close examination of a site that was the catalyst for the group’s creation in April.“I have never been in there,” commission Chairman Steve Yokeley, also a Mount Airy coun...

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Boundaries drawn for timber plan

No lines have been drawn in the sand, but lines have been drawn in the woods — at least on paper, as Mount Airy officials prepare to sell timber at the city-owned Westwood Industrial Park.After months of debate on that issue, it might finally be resolved by the city board of commissioners during a 7 p.m. meeting today.A vote on launching the logging process was delayed at the board’s last meeting on Aug. 7, reflecting a belief among the majority of members th...

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Board praises Hungry Bear program support

The Mount Airy Board of Education expressed its gratitude at its regular business meeting Tuesday to First Baptist Church for its support of the Hungry Bears Backpack program at Mount Airy Middle School (MAMS).School Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little told the board the church decided to focus its efforts on a missions project to benefit the local school in place of its usual global missions effort. He said members were encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items and money whic...

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Central soccer battles to tie

STATESVILLE — Surry Central opened its soccer season with a 2-2 tie at West Iredell.The Golden Eagles are a young team in general and got even younger when head coach Blake Roth sat a couple of seniors for disciplinary reasons.At any given time, the Eagles had one senior and just three or four juniors on the field with a bunch of freshmen and sophomores.Central lost a huge number of seniors from last year’s 17-6 team, which could have sent the team...

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Lady Cards top Vikings 3-0

HAYS — East Surry won its second volleyball match of the season in a sweep of North Wilkes.Each set was close, but the Lady Cardinals finished off each frame 25-22, 25-22 and 25-20.In East’s first win against Elkin, head coach Caleb Gilley said his team played sloppy at times and gave away too many points in the first and third sets.“We did a much better job keeping serves in play,” he said, and the accuracy was better on those serves, ...

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Lady Cards top rival Hounds 8-1

East Surry topped rival North Surry 8-1 in tennis Wednesday.The Lady Cardinals improved to 2-0 while the Lady Greyhounds dropped their first match of the season.The Cards won all six singles matches in straight sets, then took two out of three doubles matches.East whipped Winston-Salem Prep 9-0 on Tuesday. While the team score was one-sided against North, the matches individually were a lot closer.“I thought we did pretty well today,” sa...

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Additional $300,000 needed for greenway work

A greenway connector in Mount Airy which officials already have said could cost up to $4.5 million apparently will have an even higher price tag due to related stream stabilization.The city board of commissioners is expected to vote at a meeting tonight to state the need for an additional $300,000 in funding for the connector project. In addition to linking the existing Emily B. Taylor and Ararat River greenways, it will involve streambank stabilization and stream restoration for s...

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Police briefs

• A Mount Airy man is facing violations of shoplifting, possession of stolen goods and second-degree trespassing after an incident Sunday at Dollar General on North Renfro Street, according to city police department reports. Brandon Wilson Key, 26, of 149 Hamburg St., allegedly concealed beer and miscellaneous merchandise at the business. Key also had been banned from the store previously, resulted in the trespassing offense. He is free on a written promise to appear in Surry District C...

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Fresh products and casual market atmosphere

Business seemed to be swarming at the Mount Airy Farmer’s Market this week. Here are a few scenes from Tuesday.

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Ohio taking interest in Mayberry

Welcome to Surry County, Buckeyes.Yes, that’s right…Ohio. This state had the most visitors to the area (behind North Carolina of course), and Virginia, according to Jessica Roberts, director of tourism and marketing for the greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.According to tracking from the Mount Airy Visitor’s Center, 6,874 visitors were greeted in the month of June, and 7,883 visitors in July stopped by the center. Of that...

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City to demolish rundown houses

Mount Airy officials are posed to order the demolition of four houses in the city limits which have been ruled unfit for human habitation.Proposals to have the structures torn down, at a total estimated cost of $39,150, will be considered by the city board of commissioners during a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.The structures are located at 145 Orchard St., 923 Carroll St., 719 Worth St. and 506 Kyle St.City documents regarding the proposed demolitions state that ...

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Members told Rotary is “we” not “me”

Mount Airy Rotary speaker Dale Draughn opened his member profile talk by telling his fellow club members Rotary is not so much about any one “me,” and is all about “we.”Rotary President Van Lankford and Speaker Program Coordinator Candace Sammons told members Draughn’s talk was another way for club members to get to know one another. Sammons said that while he is a relatively new member to the group, he is actively involved.

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Police briefs

• A traffic stop late Sunday led to a Mount Airy man being served with an outstanding felony warrant for possession of stolen property, according to city police department reports. Tommy Dean McMillian Jr., 21, of 171 Pottery Trail, was arrested on West Lebanon Street near Hickory Street after the traffic stop triggered by no taillights, during which McMillian was encountered as a passenger.

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Board okays courthouse repairs

DOBSON — Interested contractors may soon be bidding on a half-million-dollar construction project on the historic Dobson courthouse.Following a brief update on needed repairs to the courthouse, the Surry County Board of Commissioners gave the nod to funding four needed improvements to the building.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-...

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Lady Cards crush Prep in opener

WINSTON-SALEM — East Surry swept Winston-Salem Prep in its tennis opener Tuesday.The Lady Cardinals took all six singles matches by perfect 6-0, 6-0 scores. Then the Cards took all three doubles matches for a 9-0 win.At the top spot, Tiffany King beat Ebony McGill. Second seed Haley Manuel whitewashed Jada Boyd.Third seed Allie Hawks swept Cherise McConnell. Makayla Manuel beat RayAnne Rosenbaum.Makayla Keener topped track star Deonica Reid. K...

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