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MCA High School ribbon cutting just a beginning

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Unlike races where breaking through a ribbon signals the end, Millennium Charter Academy (MCA) High School’s ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning signaled the beginning of upperclassmen’s educational journeys.“Many people have worked for a long time for us to arrive at this special day,” said Upper School Director Pamela Braley to a crowd of dignitaries, students, parents, faculty and staff. “You could say it’s a dream come true but more accurately it is a vision shared. You can see truth, justice, beauty and virtue being embodied in the young adults in this school.”


Woman pleads to save house

A house targeted for demolition by the city government could be saved after an impassioned plea Thursday night by a co-owner.Carol Hawks told the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners that she was unaware the vacant structure at 145 Orchard St. in a densely populated neighborhood off North Main Street was facing a date with the wrecking ball.“I recently found out by accident that the city has condemned this house and plans on tearing it down,” Hawks, 65, a reside...

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Eagles drop 4th straight match

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles concluded their heartbreaking week with a five-set loss to Forbush Thursday.In an eight-day stretch, Surry Central has gone from 6-2 to 6-6 with four very close losses.Three of the four matches went to five sets, and the West Forsyth match went to 27-25 in the fourth frame, just missing a fifth set.Coach Carrie Hutchens lamented the number of missed opportunities against the Lady Falcons in the 3-2 loss.“Don̵...

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Mount Airy tennis sweeps Walkertown

WALKERTOWN — Mount Airy swept singles and took all three doubles matches in a 9-0 win against winless Walkertown on Thursday in Northwest 1A Conference tennis.The Lady Bears improved to 10-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play and posted their eighth shutout of the season. Bailey Jackson (10-1) won the first team point for Mount Airy. Carly Clark and Jai Daniels each improved to 11-1, extending their win streak to 10 since their only loss to Bishop McGuinness in the first matc...

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North Surry’s Jane Blackburn hits a return during a doubles match against South Stokes on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Greyhounds resumed a suspended match with the Sauras from earlier this season, but rain halted play. The match was tied 4-4 with No. 3 doubles still on the court. The two teams are scheduled to finish the match on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Hounds sweep

North Surry stayed undefeated in the Western Piedmont Conference after posting a sweep of South Stokes in Thursday’s volleyball action.The Lady Greyhounds (12-3 overall, 5-0 conference) won 25-22, 25-11, 25-23.North has won 10 of 11 matches heading into a match at Forbush on Tuesday in an early battle for sole possession of first in the league.With North trying to close out the match, South put forth its best effort of the evening in Game 3. North’...

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Lady Eagles sweep Forbush 9-0

DOBSON — Surry Central defeated Forbush in tennis, looking to continue last season’s title.The Lady Eagles went 10-0 in the Western Piedmont Conference last year and are perfect so far again this season at 5-0, with a doubleheader coming up with Carver.The Eagles clinched Thursday’s match by sweeping singles 6-0.Third seed Mallory Wilmoth just beat fifth seed Hope Hinson in being the first off the court.Wilmoth defeated Carmen Wilk...

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Woman struck while crossing U.S. 52

A 19-year-old Westfield woman is being treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after she was struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening.According to Emergency Services Director John Shelton, Annalisa Nicole Gardner, 19, was transported from the scene in critical but stable condition following the 8:09 p.m., accident.Lt. Barry Vanhoy of the Mount Airy Police Department, said Gardner was traveling on foot when she attempted to cross U.S. 52 from Worth Street near Mayflowe...

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Golding tapped as board vice chair

The Surry County Board of Commissioners has a new vice chairman.Following the removal of former vice chair Paul Johnson in the wake of an ongoing State Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged financial irregularities associated with travel reimbursement, the board voted to name former chairman R.F. “Buck” Golding to the seat.The move came following a closed session discussion of the investigation, according to County Attorney Ed Woltz.The board ...

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Mayberry Days showing no sign of slowing in 25th year

Those anticipating the eventual demise of Mount Airy’s annual Mayberry Days by the graying of The Andy Griffith Show’s cast would do well to learn from the animated feature “Hoodwinked.” Everyone has a little different perspective and a personal bit of Mayberry all their own.Surry Arts Council Executive Director Tanya Jones said the festival isn’t slowing down and two of Ron Howard’s contemporaries, Morgan Brittany and Joy Ellison, are proof a yo...

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Police briefs

• Stephanie Lynn Hiatt, 38, of 308 Crosswinds Court, was taken into custody Monday on an order for arrest, and she also is charged with obtaining property by false pretense, larceny and possession of stolen goods stemming from an August incident at Belk in Mayberry Mall. Hiatt was encountered during an investigation of a suspicious person at the Food Lion shopping center on West Pine Street Monday and found to have three outstanding warrants against her on the Belk-related offenses in a...

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Board OKs PGW extension

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners took a “middle of the road” approach to a request by Elkin’s Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) to extend the deadline on its incentive package, choosing to give the company a break on the number of jobs created and holding them to the deadline on the amount of money invested in the county.The action came Monday night during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting.PGW had requested a 12-month extens...

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City schools honor staffers; audit results given

The Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education Tuesday recognized staff receiving teacher and classified employee of the year honors and received a positive report on its annual audit by the firm of Dixon, Hughes, Goodman.Plaques honoring Classified Staff of the Year awards were given to Becky Parries of Jones Intermediate and Brooke Bobbitt of Mount Airy High. Teachers Of the Year honored with plaques were Sandy Matthews of B. H. Tharrington, Cindy Wilson of Jones Intermediate and...

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SC taps Joyner

DOBSON — Surry Central has named a former three-sport star as its latest head coach.“I am honored to announce Whitney Joyner as the new head softball coach here at Surry Central,” said Myles Wilmoth, athletic director.Joyner played volleyball, basketball and softball for four years at Central, then played two years at Surry Community College before injuries forced her out of softball.“Sports have always been a huge part of my life,̶...

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Central takes 1st in WPC golf

Surry Central took first place in Wednesday’s Western Piedmont Conference golf tournament at Cross Creek Country Club.The Lady Eagles shot 157 (the total of the top three scores) to beat out South Stokes and Forbush.The Lady Sauras took second place by a single stroke over the Lady Falcons, 165 to 166.While the greens and fairways were in great shape, the rough was cut very high in spots, noted Daniel Broughton, coach for both Surry Central and North Sur...

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Unbeaten Bears host Eagles

Mount Airy, ranked No. 5 in this week’s 1A prep football poll released by The Associated Press, will look to stay undefeated when it takes on upstart Surry Central on Friday night at Shelton Stadium.Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.The Granite Bears (4-0) rallied from a nine-point third quarter deficit to beat rival North Surry 35-28 on the road last week. Cordell France had an interception late to seal the win. Senior running back Shay Wilson ran wild fo...

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Surry Central boots Elkin 5-1

DOBSON — Jose Avalos scored three goals for the hat trick as Surry Central posted a 5-1 nonconference win against visiting Elkin on Wednesday night.Brayan Gomez put the Golden Eagles on the scoreboard when his shot in the 12th minute was mishandled by the keeper and went in for the goal. Avalos would score his first two goals in the 20th and 32nd minute to stretch Central’s lead to 3-0.In the second half, Zach Rhyne scored for Elkin off a rebound in the box t...

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Man dies in apparent ‘huffing’ incident

A Westfield man found dead in the Walmart parking lot early Wednesday was an apparent victim of “huffing,” according to the Mount Airy Police Department.While the inhaling of toxic vapors substances — in this case a canned air duster product — has been a growing problem, the apparent overdose death of Roger Taft Collins, 52, is believed to be the first fatality from that practice in Mount Airy.“It’s disturbing,” Lt. Paul Barker o...

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