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O’Dell: I have the experience

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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 are you running for office?I would like the opportunity to serve the good people of Surry County and take the clerk’s office to the next step through excellent leadership.


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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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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Marines to mark anniversary

Surry Detachment 1322 Marine Corps League will celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States Marine Corps on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Mount Airy Country Club at 6 pm.All Marines, former Marines and Navy Corpsmen and Chaplains that served with the Marines are cordially invited to attend. There will be a buffet dinner and birthday cake served at a cost of $25 per person.Please contact Elizabeth Martin at 336-789-0030 or for reservations by Monday, ...

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Season of all things pumpkin is upon us

For better or worse, the season of all things pumpkin is here. Since Starbucks introduced the pumpkin spice latte in 2003, each year has brought more and more pumpkin flavored foods.Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year. It’s not even necessary to go to a store or a farmer’s market. It’s not even necessary to deal with another human being. Doe Run Farm in Ararat has a self-service pumpkin stand on highway 89 just west of highway 52 where customers select their...

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Jury awards $4.5 million in mother’s death

DOBSON — In what is believed to be the largest damage verdict in Surry County history, a jury has awarded $4.5 million to the estate of a woman who died shortly after giving birth in 2009.The jury ruled that Dr. Peter F. McIlveen of Total Woman Care, an Elkin medical practice, was negligent in the death of Kelly Casstevens Jarvis as a result of severing her small bowel while performing a cesarean section. The decision rendered last Thursday after a lengthy trial in Surry Supe...

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Pilot Mountain slates prescribe burns

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Officials at Pilot Mountain State Park have announced NC State Parks staff will be conducting prescribed burns along the Yadkin River within Pilot Mountain State Park between now and early December as weather conditions permit. According to information supplied by park representative Karen Rice, the burns will be conducted between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Early voting to start Thursday amid ‘confusion’

DOBSON — The average citizen in Surry County can be excused for harboring a little uncertainty about this year’s election process, with all that’s been going on recently.After state government officials approved a reform package last year eliminating same-day registration during early voting periods, among other changes, a federal appeals court ruled in recent weeks that it would be reinstated. But then the U.S. Supreme Court reversed that decision earlier this mo...

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Police briefs

• Two teens are facing larceny-related offenses stemming from an incident at Walmart, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Zachary Isaiah Hall, 17, of 147 Kimberly St., was cited Saturday for larceny and possession of stolen property, and William Graham Pruitt, 16, of 138 Kimberly St., for aiding and abetting a larceny. The violations were issued after an investigation surrounding the theft of a Survivor Slim iPhone 5 cell phone case valued at $30. The two youths are sched...

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Mount Airy tennis defeats Avery County

NEWLAND — Mount Airy breezed past Avery County 6-0 in the second round of the Class 1A dual-team tennis tournament on Tuesday night.The Lady Bears (16-2) won all of their singles matches in straight sets.Solid performances by Carley VanHoy, Bailey Jackson, and Carly Clark put Mount Airy ahead 3-0 in team points. VanHoy defeated Savannah Church 6-0, 6-0; Jackson beat Keturah Taylor 6-1, 6-0; and Clark downed Madison Johnson 6-1, 6-0.After a 6-2 first set ...

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Going once. Going twice. Sold!

The brightly-colored fiddle sculptures that dotted Mount Airy’s Main Street are now gone, but this Saturday one, or more, of them could be yours.Nine of the 12 sculptures are set to be auctioned off during a Friday night event at Old North State Winery, according to Lizzie Morrison, Main Street coordinator for Mount Airy Downtown Inc., the group who sponsored the sculptures. The remaining three sculptures were purchased by sponsoring businesses and will remain on permanent di...

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Hounds ousted from playoffs

North Surry’s bid for another volleyball title ended with a 3-1 loss to Maiden on Tuesday.The Lady Blue Devils were pumped up for the match and played with a high level of energy throughout the upset.Maiden was 13-7 at the start of the playoffs and a 17 seed in the brackets, while North was on a 14-match win streak coming in and the top seed in the West.“It was not the result we were hoping for tonight, but we kept plugging along to give ourselves ...

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