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Betty Lynn reunites with Ron Howard

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The Greensboro metro area isn’t exactly Mayberry, but that didn’t stop two key figures of “The Andy Griffith Show” from holding a mini-reunion there Thursday night.Mount Airy resident Betty Lynn, the actress who played Thelma Lou, was able to spend some time with Ron Howard, Opie on the series, during an appearance by Howard in Greensboro.Now 60 years old and an acclaimed director of such films as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13” and “Cocoon,” Howard spoke at the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday night as part of an ongoing series of Guilford College.


Accident disrupting I-77 traffic

Motorists traveling on Interstate 77 northbound into Virginia were advised today to seek alternate routes after a tractor-trailer accident in Virginia closed a portion of I-77 this morning near the state line.The tractor-trailer hauling lumber caught fire around mile marker 7 in Virginia. No portion of I-77-northbound is closed in North Carolina, but the closure in Virginia is causing backups and delays in Surry County.The road is expected to open completely by 4 p.m. to...

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Lady Cards swat Yellowjackets

PILOT MOUNTAIN — After taking Hayesville’s best shot early, East Surry responded and took Game 1 of a Class 1A West third round playoff game Thursday night.The Lady Cardinals (27-1) kept the momentum going and swatted away the Yellowjackets 3-0 to advance to the regional semifinals. East won 25-21, 25-16, 25-16. The top-seeded Cards host Community School of Davidson (a No. 4 seed) on Saturday.In Game 1, Hayesville led 16-11 before senior outside hitter Kacie ...

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Tickets going quickly for hoops exhibition

Tickets still remain for next week’s exhibition game between national prep powerhouse programs Oak Hill Academy and Hargrave Military Academy at North Surry.Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Ron King Gymnasium.The marquee hoops matchup includes nine players who have committed to Division I schools and includes two individuals with local ties.Guard Scott Meredith, East Surry’s all-time leading scorer, plays for Hargrave’s post-grad...

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Bears hosts Wolfpack in key NW matchup

Mount Airy looks to keep its perfect record intact when it hosts Walkertown in a key Northwest 1A Conference matchup on Friday.Kickoff at Shelton Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.The Granite Bears (8-0) are currently tied for first place with East Surry in the conference standings with a 2-0 league record. Walkertown (6-1) is in third place with a 1-1 mark in the conference.The Wolfpack fell to the Cardinals 20-6 two weeks ago, and a loss to Mount Airy would essent...

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Eagles host Greyhounds

Leading this week’s football matchups are two local rivals facing off in conference action.Surry Central (5-3) hosts North Surry (2-6) in one of those games where team records can be thrown out the window.Coming into the season, Central head coach Monty Southern knew he had some returning talent at the skill positions, but wondered how the other spots would work themselves out.The result has been a defense that has given several teams fits. In the past f...

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A new business for Dobson

DOBSON — Thursday night’s brief meeting of the Dobson Board of Commissioners resulted in a new business for the town.And a new town clerk.With little fanfare, the board unanimously approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for Nick Beck, owner of Beck Trucking, to move his operations to the town.The proposal, explained Town Manager Josh Smith, was to rezone a little more than four acres on Main Street at its intersection with Highway 601 f...

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Virginia man killed in Wednesday wreck

The names of the victims of the single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of one man and sent two passengers to the hospital have been released.Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton said Henry Reid Holt Sr., 63, of Elk Creek Drive in Stuart, Virginia, died as a result of the Wednesday afternoon accident.The accident occurred shortly before 12:40 p.m., in the 3500 block of East Pine Street.Officials at the scene said they believe Holt lost c...

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MACS group to visit China

A group representing Mount Airy City Schools will tap into their inner Marco Polos in The College Board 2014 Chinese Bridge Delegation from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12 in China.Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little said it represents an effort to give city students an edge at thinking globally while acting locally. Participants from schools across the nation will be guests of Hanban/Confucius Institute on the official tour sponsored by the Chinese government.

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Mount Airy native is write-in candidate for board

Mount Airy native Alisha Dancy-Brown has announced she is running as a write-in candidate for the Mount Airy Board of Education District A seat.She will be seeking the seat now held by Mike Hiatt, who is not running for re-election.“I so respect Mike Hiatt, who is a former principal of mine and I was hoping he would come around,” said Dancy-Brown as she explained why she had not filed initially. “He was doing a good job. We kept waiting and found out (a...

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O’Dell: I have the experience

Editor’s Note: Republican Teresa O’Dell, who is challenging incumbent Rebecca Brendle for the Clerk of Superior Court seat, says she has the experience and leadership to get the job done. O’Dell ran for the clerk’s seat in 1995, 2002 and 2006. She is active in the Republican party, regularly attending meetings and has served on its executive committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Gardner Webb University.Why ...

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Brendle: I serve the citizens

Editor’s Note: Democrat Rebecca Brendle is seeking re-election as Surry County’s Clerk of Superior Court, a position she has held since January 2013. Prior to being named clerk, she served for more than a decade as assistant/deputy clerk. She is married and has two daughters, Erin, 9, and Ava, 6, who attend Surry County schools.Why are you running for office?

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Students do well on Read to Achieve

Results of “Read to Achieve” program testing shared at The Mount Airy Board of Education’s regular business meeting Tuesday night showed Jones Elementary students were scoring higher in End of Grade (EOG) tests than counterparts statewide.Student Services Coordinator Jesse Hiatt presented the results comparing various Read to Achieve scores from levels 1 through 5 from the Beginning of Grade (BOG) proficiency tests and the EOG tests with percentages of students wh...

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Bears fall to Villains on PKs

Mount Airy and Bishop McGuinness battled for second place in the conference Wednesday.After 100 minutes, the matter still wasn’t settled.The match ended in a 2-2 tie after two 40-minute periods and two 10-minute overtimes.Because this match had playoff implications, the teams kept going to decide the game with penalty kicks.Each team sent five players to the line, and after those five kicks, the score was tied 2-2.That meant another...

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North Surry falls to Forbush 3-0

Forbush finished conference play undefeated after a 3-0 win over North Surry Wednesday.The Falcons won the Western Piedmont title with a 7-0-1 record, while the Greyhounds fell to 1-6 with one game left.The Hounds are 7-2-2 outside the conference this year, but have been mired at the bottom of the league standings with tough opponents like Forbush and Surry Central.“Forbush is always a formidable team,” said North coach Rachel Escobar. The team is ...

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Central blanks Cats 2-0

DOBSON — Surry Central recognized its seniors on Wednesday night.It was the young guys that helped send the Eagles to a win.The Golden Eagles scored once in the first half and added an insurance goal late in a 2-0 Western Piedmont 2A Conference victory against West Stokes on Senior Night.In the 13th minute, junior Brayan Gomez put the Eagles on the scoreboard. Central (10-3-5 overall, 4-1-2 WPC) had a few other scoring chances in the first half to add to...

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Board to hear rezoning request

DOBSON — A public hearing on a rezoning request is set in Dobson for Thursday night, one that could ultimately result in the town growing a bit.The hearing is set as the Dobson board of commissioners meet for their regular monthly meeting in Town Hall. The meeting is set to get under way at 6 p.m.According to Town Manager Josh Smith, the hearing is on a rezoning request submitted by Nick Beck, owner of Beck Trucking.“It’s a proposal to rezone...

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Pine Street accident claims one life

Emergency workers and law enforcement were still on the scene of a single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of one person and left two passengers pinned in the vehicle shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday.While all details were not available, officials say the accident occurred shortly after noon in the 3500 block of East Pine Street.“It appears the vehicle lost control, crossed the center line on the left side of the highway, over-corrected, ran off the right side ...

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