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Rotarian Club learn benefits of Chinese

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Mount Airy City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little and Mandarin Chinese teacher Vicky Yang told Mount Airy Rotary members about the benefits of the program in the district. The two spoke at the regular meeting of the club on Tuesday at Cross Creek Country Club.“We believe students with skills for innovation will be more successful in a complex world,” said Little. He likened the program to “another tool in students’ toolboxes” for tackling complex problems and applying them globally.

 

Construction delayed on Dobson park

DOBSON — Material delays have hampered the start of dirt-moving, but officials say that doesn’t mean things haven’t been happening on the planned Dobson Square Park.The 2.5-acre park is planned for the intersection of South Crutchfield and West Atkins streets. It will house two picnic shelters, one of which will double as the site of the town’s farmer’s market, an amphitheater, an interactive fountain, splash pad, playground and walking trails....

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Greyhounds defense answers the call

Coach Danny Lyons of North Surry said his defense took a lot of heat after giving up 50 points in a season-opening loss to Ashe County.What a difference a week makes.The Greyhounds allowed just one touchdown, had three interceptions and held Elkin to just two rushing yards in a 31-6 win on Friday night at Charles Atkins Stadium.Mobile quarterback Josh Strickland of Elkin was 15 of 31 passing for 202 yards, but he faced heavy pressure from a blitzing Greyhounds...

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Mount Airy closes series with win against Thomasville

Mount Airy ended an intense football series with Thomasville on a winning note, beating the Bulldogs 22-8 on Friday night at Shelton Stadium to improve to 2-0.The Granite Bears relied on a stellar defense to hold Thomasville to just 103 yards of total offense and eight rushing yards. The Bulldogs picked up 71 yards on a single play. Cordell France and Isiah Simmons each had an interception in the game for Mount Airy.The two teams have met in each of the last six seasons ...

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East Surry falls to Starmount

BOONVILLE — “That looked like us.” So said Starmount Coach Scott Johnson as he walked off the field Friday night after a 38-15 win over East Surry Friday night.The win came on the heels of a 28-17 loss to Mount Airy a week before — a game that was tight at the half.Starmount was up 10-7 after a half Friday night, but it was three touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the third quarter that all but sealed the victory.“We’r...

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Central soccer beats Elkin

ELKIN — Osber Valle scored three goals for the hat trick as Surry Central defeated Elkin 6-2 in nonconference soccer on Tuesday night.Jose Avalos scored twice and had an assist and Ramiro Gonzalez had another goal for the Golden Eagles (2-0-3). Julio Sanchez had two assists and Arturo Lopez had one assist.

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East Surry spikes North Stokes 3-0

DANBURY — East Surry swept past North Stokes 25-21, 25-21, 25-20 in Northwest 1A Conference volleyball on Tuesday night.With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.The first set was back-and-forth with neither team getting much of a lead. East took an early 7-1 lead in the second set and the Vikings never got within three points the rest of the way.In the third set, East trailed 5-0 to start the match, but rallied with ...

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Hounds tackle tough Titans

North Surry ran away with the first set, but then the visiting Lady Titans made a close match of it.The Lady Greyhounds won 25-15 in the opening game, but the next three were tight before North downed West Forsyth 3-1.West Forsyth, a 4A school, called a timeout early in the first set as North used a 5-1 run to break a tie.The Titans stayed as close at 17-14 before North finished the game on an 8-1 run.Morgan Hawks served the Hounds to several points...

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Local Lupus advocate receives national award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Local Lupus “thriver” and advocate Barbi Manchester has been named the inaugural winner for the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) “One Mission Award” in the Education, Support & Advocacy category.“Barbi was nominated by NC CEO Christine John-Fuller, who was impressed by this young woman as she and her family pounded the pavement of Capitol Hill urging members of Congress to support federal funding for lupus research,...

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Police briefs

• A case of property damage involving a truck was reported last Wednesday at Mayberry Mall, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. An unknown suspect or suspects used some type of item to cause $1,500 in damage to the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup of Jacob Bradley Hooker, a resident of Johnson Road.• A larceny was discovered Wednesday at an unidentified restaurant located at 502 N. Andy Griffith Parkway, where someone cut wires from an icebox, snowplow and...

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City still wrestling with postal lot dilemma

With Mount Airy’s “festival season” approaching and thousands of visitors expected to strain parking resources, a large lot beside the city post office could help alleviate that — if only it were open.Despite vigorous attempts to negotiate with officials of the U.S. Postal Service — which owns the site — the lot remains closed, as it has been since January, because the space needs repairs and is deemed unsafe by the USPS. Familiar yellow tape tha...

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Surry County fair to open soon

With September here, the annual Surry County Agricultural Fair can’t be far away — with organizers promising a bigger and better event this year.That will include a change in the provider of midway rides and attractions. Dreamland Amusements will fill that role when the local fair — now in its 67th year — begins on Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 14 at Veterans Memorial Park on West Lebanon Street in Mount Airy.“Actually, I think it’s ...

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“Race Car Friday Night on Main” slated for Pilot Mountain

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Hot Nights and Hot Cars Cruise In organizers are planning on giving local enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a pit stop of their own during a racing theme night slated for Friday night.Spokesman Jerry Venable said “Race Car Friday Night on Main” in Pilot Mountain will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will be a closed show where the cars on display will be parked on the street for the public to view.

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MACC holds tournament

Mount Airy Country Club recently held its Member/Guest Tournament.Here are the results of the divisions.Championship Flight Score1. Ryan A. Atkins 68-64=132Kevin Atkins2. Scottie Payne 66-71=137Kerry Cooke3. Donnie Marion 68-70=138Gary Moore4. Travis Sizemore 68-70=138Matt Renegar5. Dan Spainhour 68-73=141Travis HallFirst Flight Score1. Bo M...

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Local runner Bryant secures third place

LAUREL SPRINGS — Local runner Jason Bryant finished third in the Sixth-Annual Continental Divide Trail Race here.The challenging course winds around the area of the Eastern Continental Divide.“The course provides runners with a mixture of challenges as the terrain is constantly changing,” said Jason’s wife Alison Bryant who was the race coordinator with her husband. “From the start on top of the mountain, runners are continually descending t...

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SC soccer ties 2-2 with Vikings

DOBSON — Surry Central finished 2-2 with North Forsyth, the third tie in four games for the soccer team.The visiting Vikings scored first, but the Golden Eagles scored once in each half to take the lead 2-1. The Eagles held that lead for about 15 minutes before North Forsyth tied it with 18 minutes left. Neither team could break through the rest of the way.Central played to a 2-2 tie with West Iredell, 1-1 tie with Mount Airy and now this one, noted head coach Blak...

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Rivals United for a good cause

The four local high schools are teaming up for a cancer awareness event at Mount Airy this month.The four volleyball teams will take part in the Rivals United tournament Sept. 27 to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.The Lady Bears recently dedicated a match to classmate Taylor Bouma who is battling Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.Rivals United will provide proceeds to the Northwest N.C. division of the Susan G. Komen organization.Mount Ai...

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SC defense holds the line

DOBSON — The Golden Eagles downed East Wilkes Friday thanks to some big plays from the defense.Surry Central had a couple of nice defensive stands on first downs in the red zone. East Wilkes came away with zero points on those two drives.With Central winning by 10 points at 30-20, a touchdown on each of those two drives could have given the Cardinals a victory.On one of those drives, the Eagles had the ball deep in their own territory. Kirk Needham threw...

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