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County commissioner subject of SBI probe

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A longtime member of the Surry County Board of Commissioners is the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation probe focusing on alleged financial irregularities, which could lead to grand jury action, sources say.The existence of that investigation coincided with the removal Monday night of Commissioner Paul Johnson as the board’s vice chairman and the stripping of Johnson’s committee assignments with the group. This occurred during a commissioners meeting in Dobson, which Johnson — a Westfield resident who represents the county’s East District — did not attend.


H&W official clarifies sale

Although the sale of H&W Trucking Co. has been reported by local and state media outlets, a company official said Monday that the transaction doesn’t involve a lock, stock and barrel situation.Gary Harold explained that certain assets of H&W will remain in the hands of the family owned company that has been in place since the 1960s.What has been sold to Longistics, a Raleigh-based entity, is “the trucking part of our business,” said Harold, who was not ...

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A walk back in time

County veterans advocates are planning an event they say is long overdue: A night of glitz and glamour to recognize the area’s World War II veterans.Surry County Veterans Services Director Mike Scott said his office is nearly ready to sell tickets for a Nov. 15, 1940s-themed Hollywood night.“We’re hosting the event to honor our World War II veterans on Veterans Day,” Scott said. “The theme will be 1940s Hollywood.”The public...

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‘Video showcase’ eyed for city

A month after rejecting the idea of a New York communications company producing a “video showcase” program for Mount Airy, city officials are poised to award the job to a local provider this week.During an Aug. 7 meeting, the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners wanted no part of a plan in which CGI Communications Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., would have prepared a series of spots promoting awareness of various aspects of the community.

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County, city to huddle on Interstates project

DOBSON — The county’s board of commissioners is set to schedule another meeting with the city of Mount Airy’s board in an effort to hammer out an agreement on the perpetually-on-the-horizon Interstates Sewer Project.The $4.6 million project will extend the service to the area west of Mount Airy in the hopes of stimulating growth in an area that both city and county officials have identified as a prime development area near the two interstates.The city h...

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College Fair and Carnival is “one stop shop” for students

DOBSON —Surry Community’s College Fair and Carnival attracted more than 2,000 participants Monday in a type of academic “one-stop shop” for students from local areas in economic transition.

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The following divorces have been granted by the Surry County Clerk of Courts:• Zachary B. Darnell and Leslie D. McCann. Granted September 10.• Carlos Jevon Carvana and Turquoise Andrea Erving. Granted September 9.• Beverly Elizabeth Safrit Snyder and George Milfred Snyder III. Granted September 8.• Latasha Lyn Bowman and Jamie Lee Bowman. Granted September 8.• Jimmy Lee Morton and Jennifer Lynn Morton. Grante...

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The following marriage licenses have been issued by the Surry County Register of Deeds office:• Adam Miller Cox, 27, of Pilot Mountain, and Ashley Elizabeth Branch, 21, of Pilot Mountain. Issued September 11.• Jonathan Wayne Hamm, 21, of Dobson, and Alexandria Janay Semones, 18, of Dobson. Issued September 10.• Jonathan Wayne Gardner, 26, of Mount Airy, and Meagan Nicole Seigler, 25, of Mount Airy. Issued September 5.• Mitche...

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Property transfers

In recording deeds, the state of North Carolina does not require that the amount paid for a parcel be stated on its deed. However, a tax stamp at the rate of $2 per $1,000 in value, or fraction thereof, is affixed to each deed.• Cellie Bowman, of Mount Airy, to Troy Bowman of ?Archdale. 1 acre in Mount Airy. $139.• Robert Z. Hester of Archdale, to Joseph A. and Donna Lm Mirabito of Amsterdam, New York. 5 acres in Bryan. $130.

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Sheriff’s reports

The following incidents are under investigation by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office:• On Sept. 6, Bambi Suzanne Horton, 25, of Rockford Road in Dobson, reported that someone knocked down her mailbox. Damage sustained in the incident was valued at $50.• On Sept. 6, Bryant Keith Pegram, 41, of Reeves Road in Siloam, reported that someone stole a Troy Bilt lawnmower from his property. The lawnmower was valued at $2,000.• On Sept. 5, Walte...

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Fowler receives white coat

A county honors graduate is moving forward with her education, receiving the traditional “white coat” during a recent ceremony at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.Kayla Marie Fowler was among 85 students honored at the college during the White Coat Ceremony held on August 15 at the James Cox Memorial Auditorium.During the ceremony, veterinary medicine Dean James Thompson presented the welcome address to students, faculty, families an...

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Cardwell to be grand marshal

Organizers for the Christian Family Fun Day in Hillsville, Va., set for Sept. 20, couldn’t have picked a more appropriate grand marshal for this year’s parade, titled Miracle in Me.By all accounts, grand marshal Pamela Cardwell is indeed a walking miracle. Feared dead in a horrific car accident Nov. 30, 2013 on Coulson Church Road, the Austinville, Va., teen has defied the odds and doctors’ prognosis that she would never walk or talk again. Cardwell’s fianc&...

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Bowman, Allbright to Wed

Dorey Jamison and Steve Allbright announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Marie, to Lee Michael Bowman, the son of Mike and Diane Bowman.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Nancy and Richard Jamison and Gordon Allbright. She is a graduate of Wakefield High School and a 2008 graduate of UNC-Wilmington. She is employed as a finance manager.The groom-elect is the grandson of Gene and Francis Bowman and Betty Hewett. He is a graduate of Mount Airy High School ...

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Kids invited to ‘Take Me Fishing’ event

Andy and Opie won’t actually be there, but the thrill of going to the old fishing hole to catch a big one awaits participants of a gathering next weekend in Mount Airy.The annual Andy-Opie “Take Me Fishing” event will be held Saturday at the Tumbling Rock Reservoir at the city’s Westwood Park on Galax Trail.Not only is admission free for the outing — scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine — but fishing poles and bait will be fur...

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Police briefs

• Assorted grocery and food items were stolen at Sheetz on U.S. 601 last Monday, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. No dollar figure was listed for the loss.• A wooden patio table, black in color and valued at $30, was discovered missing Tuesday at the residence of Leah Taylor Hauser on Arlington Street. The unsecured table was stolen from a porch.• Police learned on Sept. 4 of a larceny at Enmar Accessories, a business in Mayberry Mall,...

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Glass, Jones engaged

Joey and Lisa Thomas Glass of Mount Airy announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Suzanne, to William Joseph (Joey) Jones, the son of Ricky and Candy Lovill Jones of Mount Airy.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jean Glass and the late Bob Glass and Russell and Nancy Thomas. She is a 2005 graduate of North Surry High School and is employed as a CNA by Home Instead Senior Care in Mount Airy.The groom-elect is the grandson of Lela Jones and the late George W. ...

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Fashion show to benefit Alzheimer’s Foundation

The Mount Airy Walk to End Alzheimer’s won’t happen until Oct. 4 but not everyone is waiting until then to start walking.On Thursday 17 models will take to the the catwalk at Cross Creek Country Club to get a jump-start on fundraising for The Alzheimer’s Foundation. The fall fashion shows started in 2003 but have been on hiatus for seven years, according to Celia Dollyhigh, fashion director at F. Rees Ladies Upstairs and coordinator for the event.

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Copeland students to ‘Read Around the World in 180 Days’

DOBSON — Copeland Elementary has a project which appeals to the inner Phileas Fogg in all of us.Principal Sandra Scott says the school has kicked its student literacy project up a notch with “Read Around the World in 180 Days.” She explained the county school’s new logo and tag line, “Lighting Pathways to Global Success” inspired the effort.“We feel one of the best things we can do for our children is to offer experiences so they...

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