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Scholarship Day not a one-shot deal at SCC

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DOBSON — Staffers at the Surry Community College Educational Opportunity Center want students and potential students to know they will be there beyond Monday’s Scholarship Application Day on SCC’s Dobson campus.“You never know when an event is held for a first time, but we had someone in line at 8 a.m. ready for us to help them,” said Coordinator of Career Opportunities and Workforce Advancement Erica Smith. “The official start was 9 a.m. and turnout was good with us seeing a lot of foot traffic.”


Surry North 13U All-Stars compete in Southeast Regional

The state champion Surry County Cal Ripken 12U Surry North All-Stars open play today at the 2014 Babe Ruth Southeast Regional Tournament in Lewisburg, Tennessee.Surry North begins pool play against Mount Pleasant (South Carolina) at 11:30 a.m. There are 12 teams competing at the regional, split into two divisions (American and National). Participating are teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.Surry North will play five pool ...

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Mount Airy soccer and football player Mitchell Brown receives two awards at the N.C. Coaches Association 48th-Annual All-Star Banquet held Sunday. Brown received a plaque for being named as a player on the West Men’s Soccer Team and for being an academic all-star as well. He stands with Bears head coach Will Hurley, left, and assistant coach Holden Hurley, right. For all-star game details, see tomorrow’s edition of The News.

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Police warn of UPS, Microsoft scams

While many people are busy with lawn and gardening chores, scam artists are focused on trying to separate local residents from their money — as evidenced by a flurry on Monday.The latest fraudulent flavor of the month evokes the United Parcel Service name, coming on the heels of another involving callers pretending to represent Microsoft.“We actually had five calls yesterday for the UPS scam,” Capt. Alan Freeman of the Mount Airy Police Department said ...

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Hitting ‘enter’ to pull the trigger

DOBSON — Want to apply for a gun permit in your underwear? Soon, that will be an option.The Surry County Board of Commissioners gave a nod Monday night to a proposal proffered by Sheriff Graham Atkinson that will allow county residents to apply for gun permits online.“We’ve been looking at it for several months, and there are several companies who do it,” Atkinson said. “What we want to do as a matter of convenience for the public is to try ...

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Board punts on courthouse contract

DOBSON — After some discussion on the matter, the Surry County Board of Commissioners decided to take a “wait and see” approach and get more information before taking any action on a plan to provide much-needed improvements to the historic Dobson courthouse.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-based Brite Engineering.

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Availability fee a good solution for city

Last week the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners again took on the question of mandatory water and sewer hook-ups for city residents.Actually, that question was answered years ago when the city made hooking up to the utilities mandatory. The specific question that’s been plaguing the city in recent years has been a number of residents in the Hollyview Forest, Sandy Level, Cross Creek and Laurel Court communities who have refused the city’s mandate to hook onto the system...

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A new look, thanks to you

A new look, thanks to youThe Mount Airy News today is launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Mount Airy News is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveil...

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City stalls redevelopment expense

Mount Airy officials have delayed spending as much as $110,000 for an outside entity to help a new redevelopment commission get organized.When tabling action on that expenditure during a meeting Thursday night, the city board of commissioners decided to let members of the fledgling group study proposals submitted by three organizations vying to provide advisory assistance. They will make a recommendation concerning that selection at an upcoming commissioners meeting.

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Johnson perfect in East-West All-Star Game

GREENSBORO — For Malaya Johnson, it was the perfect ending to a sparkling high school basketball career.The North Surry center didn’t miss from the floor and scored 12 points on Monday night in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game on Monday night at Greensboro Coliseum.The West defeated the East 82-68.It didn’t take long for the recent graduate to get in the scorebook. Johnson scored four of the first six points for the West A...

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Surry County schools receive School District Cup

DOBSON — Surry County Schools have received the Middle School District Cup for medium-sized school districts from the North Carolina Association of Scholastic Activities (NCASA).According to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jill Reinhardt, the system joined the NCASA this year. The organization allows schools across the state to compete in scholastic events which promote intellectual achievement and excellence.

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Shelter, rescues seeking grant funding

DOBSON — In what could herald a new working relationship following years of animosity between animal rescue groups and the Surry County Animal Shelter, the two groups are seeking to secure a grant that, if received, could lower the number of unwanted pets in the county.“This is the first time it’s happened, but the county and Mayberry4Paws are partnering on writing the grant,” said Jane Taylor of Mayberry4Paws. “The grant is a targeted spay and neuter ...

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Thai ambassador to visit city

The annual reunion of descendants of the Original Siamese Twins this coming weekend here will be special in itself — with the gathering now in its 25th year — but also because of an esteemed visitor.Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Thailand’s ambassador to the United States, will take time out from his duties in Washington, D.C., to visit Mount Airy for a reunion luncheon Saturday honoring the legacy of Eng and Chang Bunker. They hailed from Thailand in the early 1800s, when ...

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Business owners suffering from loss of bridge

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Poor planning and lack of communication are what have led to an economic struggle for survival in Pilot Mountain, according to local business owners and town officials.More than 50 people from the business community gathered with town officials and county Commissioner Paul Johnson last week in the basement meeting room of Mountain View Restaurant to discuss the absence of the N.C. 268 bridge overpass at U.S. 52.The bridge was removed about a month ...

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Scholarship application day offered July 21 at Surry Community

DOBSON — In the competitive realm of student financial aid, a little savvy can make all the difference. The Educational Opportunity Center of Surry Community College is hosting Scholarship Application Day on Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on SCC’s Dobson campus.The event is free to the public and refreshments will be offered to participants. According to Coordinator of Career Opportunities and Workforce Advancement Erica Smith, the idea to host a day on the application pr...

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Church gives cancer patient new lease on life

Sometimes when life seems bleakest, a ray of sunshine appears.That is the case with a cancer victim from Texas who is a former member of the FBI, and the love she has received from the congregation of Slate Mountain Baptist Church on N.C. 103.Dawn Thomas, 50, and her husband Derrick had pretty much reached the end of their line this past winter when Dawn’s treatment was ending at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. The local church came to the rescue after one of i...

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Board to hear courthouse update

DOBSON — An update on needed improvements to the historic Dobson courthouse tops the agenda when the Surry County Board of Commissioners meet Monday night.The county has been in the process of having the building assessed, and during the meeting county Facilities Director Don Mitchell is expected to update the board on what has been discovered.

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Incident reports

The following incidents are under investigation by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office:• On July 13, Marjorie Wagoner Draven, 42, of Toyland Trail in Pilot Mountain, reported that someone stole her window mounted air conditioning unit. The air conditioner was valued at $350.• On July 13, Jennifer Elizabeth Clement, 42, of Marlboro Trail in Pilot Mountain, reported that someone broke the glass on her storm door, causing $100 in damage.• On...

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