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Effort planned to restore historic school

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WESTFIELD — Remembrance will be the theme for the Ridge Westfield School reunion next weekend as former students recall its past, but they’re also looking to the future and a campaign to preserve the old campus.“We just don’t want this to go down,” Lizzie Penn James of Pinnacle, one of those students, said of the need to improve the facility that served African-American children. The former school sits alongside Chestnut Ridge Primitive Progressive Baptist Church on N.C. 89 near Westfield.That objective of refurbishing the structure will be on the minds of former classmates who’ll gather at the church this coming Saturday for the third-annual Ridge Westfield...


Holiday to affect sanitation schedule

Mount Airy sanitation personnel will still be “laboring” on Labor Day to an extent, but the holiday will bring some changes in pickup operations.This will include no yard waste collection on Monday, a day when there are no regular residential garbage collections except for that material. The next day for yard waste to be picked up is Sept. 8.Also, the industrial trash route normally run on Monday is to be collected on Tuesday instead.The regular sc...

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The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts:• Richard Wayne Jones II, and Susan Y. Jones. Granted August 28.• Christopher M. Nelson and Cherish N. Nelson. Granted August 28.• Melinda Leonard and Kevin Olen Leonard. Granted August 26.• Alison Reeves Johnson and Wallace Allen Johnson Jr. Granted August 26.• Damon Chappell and Alicia Marie Chappell. Granted August 26.&...

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Arrest reports

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office has reported the following arrests:• On August 26, Bobby Rodderick Green, 22, of Piper’s Gap Road in Mount Airy, was arrested and charged with the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was booked into the Surry County Jail under a $2,000 secured bond.• On August 24, Aaron James Epperson, 19, of Dinosaur Lane in Mount Airy, was arrested and charged with one count of common law robbery. He was booked into...

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Incident reports

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the following incident reports:• On August 24, Jean Cook Taylor, 80, of Pine Ridge Road in Mount Airy, reported that someone entered her car port and stole a pressure washer and a leaf blower. The items were valued at $300, according to police reports.• On August 23, Scott Junior Tate, 37, of Oak Street in Lowgap, reported a potential arson as a result of his Nissan Sentra catching fire while sitting in...

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“Parade of Success” held at Dobson Elementary

DOBSON — Organizers of Dobson Elementary’s first “Parade of Success” Friday morning say the jaunt around town’s main goal was to show students the community is behind them as they open their school year. Media Specialist Stephanie Bode credited Principal Sharia Templeton with seeing a similar idea in another school and adapting it for the Tigers.She said more than 400 students participated, along with music from the Surry Central Marching Band and flag...

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Wayne Farms honored for safety record

DOBSON — Facilities of Wayne Farms, including three in Surry County, were cited for outstanding safety performance by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council during a conference this week in Florida.Included was the company’s fresh processing plant in Dobson, which received an award of honor.Awards of distinction — the highest of the accolades given — were presented to a hatchery located in Elkin, along with a feed mill there.In al...

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Martin’s long run carries SC

DOBSON — Surry Central broke loose for some long plays to put East Wilkes away 30-20 .The Golden Eagles struggled on offense for much of the game, but found daylight twice in the fourth quarter, clinching it with a 65-yard TD run from Alex Martin with less than seven minutes to go.Central opened the game with a nice, steady march down the field for a touchdown to lead 7-0.Running back Alex Martin went around the left side from nine yards out with 9:01 in...

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Goss runs wild for Hounds

Dakota Goss ran wild as North Surry muscled its way past Elkin 31-6 to earn its first win of the season.The senior running back finished with 25 carries for 310 yards and two touchdowns on Friday night at Charles Atkins Stadium.North (1-1) went 68 yards in seven plays on an opening drive that included a big run from Goss and a pass interference call against the Buckin’ Elks. Senior quarterback Nolan Stanley hooked up with Colton Acord on a 23-yard touchdown pass wi...

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Habitat store to move

The Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity ReStore is moving, officials announced this week.According to Neal Cothren, executive director for Habitat for Humanity, the decision to move was based on the desire to reduce costs while offering customers a more pleasant shopping experience.“We made that decision as a business decision based on the desire for us to be able to utilize more of our funding to build homes,” he said. “We wanted to reduce cost and...

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Rough railroad crossing to be fixed

Crossing railroad tracks at the intersection of U.S. 52 and U.S. 601 (Rockford Street) in Mount Airy can be a bumpy proposition, but improvements will occur there soon.The bad news is that the work will require temporary lane and road closures around the city’s busiest intersection.While serving as a member of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners during the 1990s, the late Frank Lowry made it a personal project to have rough railroad crossings in town addressed. L...

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Cawley fears ‘firestorm’ over blighted area plan

A Mount Airy councilman is concerned that the preliminary identification of a blighted area in the city will cause “anger” among citizens, although it’s still at the proposal stage.“I don’t know if anybody feels the way I do, but I think it’s going to create a firestorm,” Commissioner Jon Cawley said of the draft proposal for an “urban redevelopment area” in town.Even though the draft — which includes former pro...

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East Surry JROTC hosts Military Appreciation Night

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry’s United States Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will host the annual Military Appreciation Night Sept. 5 as the event moves back this year to the school which debuted the observance locally.According to First Sargent Ronald Montgomery, the event will return to its roots with a straightforward focus on veterans and the accomplishments of local JROTC units.In addition to bringing the celebration back to its roots, the gro...

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Eagles edge Cards 1-0

DOBSON — Surry Central welcomed the return of all-conference players Uriel Secundino and Jose Avalos on Thursday night, as the Golden Eagles beat East Surry 1-0 in nonconference soccer for their first victory of the season.The Eagles overwhelmed the Cardinals with a 16-4 edge in shots. After a scoreless first half, Avalos had a goal off an assist from Arturo Lopez three minutes into the second that just got past Andrew Rogers.After ties against West Iredell and Mou...

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Mount Airy soccer ties Thomasville

Mount Airy saw a two-goal lead slip away in a 4-4 tie against Thomasville on Thursday night at Shelton Stadium.The Bears (2-0-2) had a 3-1 lead at halftime on two goals from Christian Cabrera and another from Robert Brown. In the second half, Cabrera was fouled and got hurt on the play. Hunter Clawson scored off a free kick.Mount Airy later committed a foul in the box and Thomasville scored on a penalty kick. The Bulldogs got the tying goal with about six minutes left....

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Three at home in Week 2

Mount Airy and Thomasville have played some classics in the last several years.The two teams rich in football tradition will meet again Friday night when the Bulldogs make the trip to Shelton Stadium for the Granite Bears’ home opener.It will be the sixth straight season Mount Airy and Thomasville played in a nonconference game. They will not play during the regular season next year with Winston-Salem Prep announcing it will join conference play in 2015.

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Hounds outlast Bears 3-0

Mount Airy challenged early, but North Surry pulled away to take all three sets in Thursday’s volleyball rivalry.Each team was missing a middle hitter as North’s Mikaela Johnson and Mount Airy’s Katie Hicks watched from the bench.In the first set, the Lady Bears pulled out to a 7-2 lead before the Lady Greyhounds clawed back to 8-7.Mount Airy refused to give up the lead at that point and pushed ahead to 16-11.North got the ball bac...

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Lady Bears crush Forbush Falcons

The Lady Bears crushed Forbush in tennis 9-0 with a perfect 72-0 in singles.Mount Airy’s girls won every singles match 6-0, 6-0 over the visiting Lady Falcons. Then they swept doubles by a combined 24-3.Since a season-opening loss to Bishop McGuinness, the Bears have won four straight matches. In those four matches, Mount Airy has won by a combined 35-1 score.In this one, top seed Bree Hughes beat Alisha Baity.Second seed Bailey Jackson improv...

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