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Smithsonian traveling exhibit focuses on sports

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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 April 11.

 

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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Marriages

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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Divorces

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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City police now equipped with ‘body cams’

It’s the kind of scene typically portrayed on reality TV shows such as “Cops ” — an officer approaches a suspicious-acting person who takes off running during the initial interrogation.Then the camera records the ensuing chase by the policeman, who becomes winded as he frantically shouts out his location to headquarters so other law enforcement personnel can converge to secure the perimeters. Finally the office...

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Kids sought to model at Belk Kidfest Aug. 9

CHARLOTTE — Belk has announced it will host its bi-annual Kidfest in-store event August 9, from noon until 3 p.m. in Mount Airy.“It (Kidfest) just keeps getting bigger,” said Belk Vice President and Regional Manager Michael Linsbeck.” I’ve been involved with Kidfest in Mount Airy for the past five years and I think the additional things added each year have helped it grow in popularity.”

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Urgent appeal issued for blood

An urgent appeal for blood has been issued for the American Red Cross collection region that includes Surry County.Blood and platelet donors of all types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are needed in the face of a looming summer shortage to avoid an emergency situation with the supply available for patients.As a result, the Carolinas Blood Services Region of the Red Cross is urging local residents to roll up their sleeves and give during a series of dr...

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Modified ladder scrambled at Bowman Gray

WINSTON-SALEM — The Night of Destruction on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium saw monster trucks and demolition derby cars crunching sheet metal — but the biggest hit of the night came to the points ladder for the Modified Series.NASCAR officials docked two drivers 100 points each for excessive contact during the race.Tim Brown of Tobaccoville shot out into the lead as the green flag dropped for the first scheduled 25-lapper, with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove fili...

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Board okays rezoning request

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners has given its blessing to a proposal to rezone a parcel of land on U.S. 21.The rezoning will allow for the construction of a paint and body shop, but it didn’t come without an opponent.In his proposal, applicant Michael Maher asked to rezone the 2.2 acre parcel from rural/agricultural use to general highway business use, which allows for the construction of paint and body shops.County Planner Kim Bat...

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